December 20, 2022

HMM 12 – 20 – 22 Talking with Poets Holiday Special

Today on the Hudson Mohawk Magazine we are bringing you the Talking with Poets Holiday Special, highlighting five very interesting creators.

We are kicking things off with poet, artist, educator, and slam host Elizabeth Gordon who talks about the writing process, editing her work to fit the audience, and the community she is building with a new event series in Troy.

Then, we chat with Avery Stempel about walking in nature, getting inspiration for his writing, and starting up Collar City Mushroom, an urban mushroom farm in Lansingburgh.

Later on, we sit down with retired teacher and open mic host Nancy Klepsch to discuss how poetry can be a tool for social change and how she has incorporated it into her life.

After that, Hudson Valley Writers Guild VP Mary Panza lets us know what inspires her poetry, her first time taking the stage at the legendary QE2 open mics hosted by Tom Nattell in the late-80s, and how motherhood has shaped her writing.

And finally, we catch up with the great D. Colin and we talk about her poem “Up Ahead We’ll See,” her Haitian heritage, and how she represents her cultural identity in her art whether it is on paper, on canvas, or on stage.

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