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Imperfect Armor is an official selection at the only Oscar-qualifying children’s film festival, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival!  This marks the second consecutive year of Poetry in Pictures Series films being a part of the line up in Chicago. Details to come.

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Imperfect Armor is an offical selection at the Kansas International Film Festival!  This is the festival’s 10th annivarsary and the first year they are including animated shorts.  It is an honor that Imperfect Armor was selected to be one of the first short animated films the festival is screening.  The animated shorts block will be playing on Tuesday, October 5th at 7:25 pm at Glen Arts in Overland Parks, Kansas.

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Imperfect Armor is an offical selection of the 2010 Carmel Art and Film Festival taking place October 6th – 10th in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.  More details to come!

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Art, poetry, music and film are essential to the development of young minds and are even more vital to troubled youth. Developing the skills to express creatively thoughts and feelings gives young people means to better understand themselves and their environment and to be better understood by others. Such tools become especially crucial in circumstances characterized by conflict.

Berks Bards, a grassroots poetry group that meets monthly in Reading, PA, is teaching poetry to the youth at the Abraxas Academy in Morgantown, PA, a secure residential facility for male habitual delinquents and sexual offenders aged 12-18. The  Berks Community Television website posted an article by Marilyn L. T. Klimcho detailing the influence the poets are having on the students. One student, Brandon S., thought the poetry workshop would be dumb but felt differently after class. “When the speakers from the workshop left,” he said, “they had me motivated to keep working because of what they were saying.” Another resident, Markys B., said, “Berks Bards has been a good experience, especially for young adults like me with a lot of built up emotions whose only outlet is through writing.”

The earlier young people are exposed to learning about art and creative expression the better equipped they will be to positively handle what the world throws at them.

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Jeanetta Calhoun Mish’s Work Is Love Made Visible: Poetry and Family Photographs is a collection that I will return to again and again.  The poem that opens the book, “Rosasharn Reports from California in the 21st Century,” is full of humor and insights as to how things really haven’t changed since Steinbeck’s time.  The poems about the poet’s family are the jewels of the collection.  She takes you deep into her family, their poverty, anger and love.  She touches on many personalities in the family tree and is able to identify her own strengths and weakness by exploring her personal history.  I felt the pain, happiness and moments of pride while reading Mish’s work and the family photos included in the collection only heightened the experience.  “Road Burns,” “Work Is Love made Visible,” “For My Brother,” “Lessons from Luke,” “Body Snatcher,” and “mapping desire” are among my favorites but “My Great-Great-Grandmother Writes the Perfect Poem” with a  photo of the poet’s great-great-grandmother in front of the Busy Bee Cafe really stands out.

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