March 2, 2007, YourHub.com
Poets and paintings make for fine art event by Tabitha Dial
‘Put away the years -- there’s a western on TV’ is one of my favorite bits of poetry that Vicki Mandell-King shared Feb. 24. She has written poetry most of her life. She has been a criminal defense attorney for the Federal Public Defenders for 26 years. She lives with her family in a remodeled Victorian in Louisville, Colorado. Vicki’s poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, including ‘Kalliope,’ ‘Margie,’ ‘Parnassus Journal,’ and ‘Plainsongs’.
Editor’s Note: This blog was first posted in Aurora and has been reposted here in recognition of poet Vicki Mandell-King, a Louisville resident. See more photos of the event here. A couple months ago, my friend Jari Thymian invited myself and several other poets to take part in the 33rd annual Fine Arts Festival at Parkview Congregational Church in Aurora. Of course I was up for it.
“We are so pleased that literary works have become a more and more important part of our festival,” said Sharon Lininger, our host for the event Feb. 24.
The readings began with mystery writer www.ogeechee.avigne.org Linda Berry, who read from her book Death and the Hubcap, the funniest mystery novel I’ve ever encountered.
I loved hearing poetry from everyone; being welcomed into other poets’ worlds was refreshing and wonderful. Highlights, for me, include Hilary Depolo, who wrote a book inspired by names she found in obituraries (what a creative idea!), getting to see Wayne Gilbert perform for the first time (he’s got a heart of jazz and can wail colors), getting to see Vicki Mandell-King recite her work (always awe-inspiring) and hearing Jari read the poem that was performed at Words of Art.
About a dozen writers shared their work at the church, surrounded by paintings. Most of us were poets and we all had five minutes to share our work (I used mine to share Revolution and Front Range Fish, poems inspired by Naomi Shihab Nye and Aaron Abeyta, respectively).
It was a pleasure to hear everyone's work and to look at all the beautiful art work at the church. I also enjoyed meeting Aurora poets Ilse Bryant Manche and Margaret Walther.
Walther is a librarian in the Denver metropolitan area, a past president of Columbine Poets, Inc., and has been widely published in journals, such as Lullwater Revew, Fugue, Quarterly West, and Connecticut Review.
Bryant shared poems about cooking and borrowed dresses and is a former student of Sharon Lininger, our host for the occasion.
Aurora has a fine, well-rounded community of poets.