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Tara Betts





In July I asked Tara Betts, a writer friend with Chicago roots, to send me a photo and bio for me to put up of her about her book release. She did, but I'm finally in September having a chance to get it up here. She sent me a lovely photo of herself taken by Rachel Eliza Griffiths and the jpg for the cover of her book ARC AND HUE.  ARC AND HUE is available for pre-order at  The pre-orders will be $12 (20% off the $15 cover price) before Sept. 1, 2009, which is when this collection is due out in stores. Here's a brief bio:

Tara Betts is the author of Arc and Hue.  Tara is a Cave Canem fellow, a graduate of the New England College MFA Program.  Her work appears in numerous anthologies and journals such as Ninth Letter, Callaloo, Hanging Loose, Gathering Ground, and Bomb Magazine's  blog.  She currently teaches at Rutgers University and leads community-based workshops with teens and other groups.




Click the photo above to visit Tara's new website. Sign the guest book and see what Tara's doing.

To get your copy of Arc & Hue from Aquarius Press/Willow Books imprint, visit Willow Books by 9/1/09 to receive a 20% discount. You can also request ARC & HUE at your favorite bookstore or order it on Amazon.

To have Tara read, speak or lead a workshop, email Rich at

Hey All, just wanted to add a personal message since I'm excited to announce the release of my first full-length poetry collection ARC & HUE. I've scheduled parties in NYC and Chicago, my two homes, but I'm happy to say that I'll be fanning out over the U.S. in the coming months, so wherever you are, mark your calendars. You can find me in Detroit, Philly, Baltimore, D.C., and Massachusetts with more dates to come. Since my website has been updated courtesy of web guru Jose Vilson with fabulous photos from Rachel Eliza Griffiths, I'll be blogging on a regular basis again. Enjoy your day & hope to see you soon.
take care, Tara

Parties & Appearances for Tara Betts, author of ARC & HUE

September 6, 2009, 8:30 PM - The Mecca Lounge

September 13, 2009, 10 AM-6 PM - Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza at the flipped eye press table

September 20, 2009, 5:30-7:30 PM- Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, NYC
Tara's ARC & HUE official release party featuring Latasha Natasha Diggs, Aracelis Girmay, Rachel McKibbens, Nemiss, Giselle Buchanan & Cynthia Ceez Keteku from the 2009 Urban Word NYC slam team, host Mahogany Browne and others.

September 23, 2009, 8 PM - Page Meets Stage Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, New York 10012 Tara Betts is paired with Major Jackson for this series curated and hosted by Taylor Mali.
Admission: $12

September 26 & 27, 2009 - Baltimore Book Festival
Mount Vernon Place, 600 Block N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
September 26, 4-5 PM - Cave Canem panel & poems “To Form or Not To Form"
CityLit Stage (east side of circle around Washington Monument)
Featured poet/panelists: Tara Betts, Derrick Brown, Kyle Dargan, and Jadi Omowale (Participant/Moderator).
September 27 from 12-2:30 PM - Cave Canem Reading at Creative Cafe
The Cave Canem reading will include: Tara Betts, Derrick Brown, Kyle Dargan, Reginald Harris, (Participant/Host), Jadi Omowale, Venus Thrash, Jaci Jones LaMon, and Kamau Rucker.

October 1, 2009, 8:30 PM - Katerina’s, 1920 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, Illinois 60613
Tara Betts celebrates the release of her debut collection ARC & HUE as a feature at this series, which will be recorded for Chicago Public Radio. This event also showcases Les Pontes Arts Ensemble including Richard Fammerée & singer-songwriter Carrie Ingrisano w/ Meg Lauterbach, Victor Sanders & Meg Thomas. Admission: $7

October 2, 2009, 8 PM - The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60622
This is Tara's official Chicago release party. Arrive early since we are expecting a large turn-out!

October 3, 2009, 6 PM - Aquarius Press 10th Anniversary
Fellowship Chapel 7707 Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48235
Tara Betts, Curtis Crisler, Antoinette Brim, Karen S. Williams and other Aquarius Press authors celebrate a decade of Aquarius Press titles.

October 5, 2009, 7 PM - LouderArts-Bar 13, 35 E. 13th Street, NY, New York 10003 - $5
Bar 13 features Tara Betts for an NYC ARC & HUE book party.

October 11, 2009, 8:30 PM (EST) The Black Sol Cafe Radio

October 17, 2009, 3 PM - Massachusetts Poetry Festival
St. Anne’s Church, 8 Kirk Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
Cave Canem poets hosted by Afaa Michael Weaver and Jarita Davis. Readers include: Tara Betts, Metta Sama, DeLana R.A. Dameron,January O’Neil, Jarita Davis, Jericho Brown, Lillian Bertram, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Venus Trash, Joy Gonsalves, and Johnny Davis.

October 23, 2009, 7:30 PM - EarshotNYC
Rose Live Music, 345 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tara Betts and Sarah Dohrmann are the features at Earshot.
Directions: b/w Havemeyer & Marcy, nearby Train Stops: L (Lorimer/Bedford), G (Metropolitan/Grand), J/M/Z (Marcy Ave) - $5 includes one free drink. More info @

October 29, 2009, 6 PM - Rachel McKibbens’ PINK ELEPHANT Release Party
Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, New York 10009
Willie Perdomo’s CYPHER Press celebrates the release of Rachel McKibbens’ debut collection
PINK ELEPHANT. This reading will also feature Erica Fabri, Tara Betts, Bekah Dinnerstein, Samantha Thornhill, Jane Cassady and Benjamin Lear, and Daniel McGinn.

November 3, 2009, 10 p.m. - The November 3rd Club annual reading
Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, NY, NY
Co-Poetry Editor Tara Betts co-hosts this reading of November 3rd Club contributors with Victor Infante.

November 5, 2009, 6:30 PM - Cave Canem Workshop Instructors Read @ The New School
Arnold Hall, 55 W. 13th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10011 Tara Betts, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Marilyn Nelson, Patricia Smith and Patricia Spears Jones read.

November 9, 2009, 7 PM - Molly Malone’s Pub
7652 Madison Street, Forest Park, Illinois 60130 - $5 or $3 Tara Betts features at this long-running Chicago-area open mic hosted by Nina Corwin and Al DeGenova.

November 11, 2009, 7 PM - Fordham University's Poets Out Loud
Lincoln Center Campus, 113 W. 60th Street, 12th Fl. Lounge, New York, New York 10023
Tara Betts, Aracelis Girmay, Rachel McKibbens & Willie Perdomo.

November 15, 2009, 4-6 PM - "Sunday Kind of Love" - Busboys & Poets
2021 14th Street, Washington, DC 20009 (14th &V)

November 21, 2009, 8 PM - Chapterhouse Cafe
630 S. 9th St. (between South & Bainbridge on 9th) Philadelphia, PA 19147

November 22, 2009, PM - Wooden Shoe Bookstore
508 S. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

December 4, 2009, 7 PM - Pete's Candy Store/Big Poetry Series
709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY
Crystal Williams, Tara Betts, Tyrone Williams, and Jackie Clark feature.

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I've learned that volunteering, being a board member, and helping using whatever financial support or cultural talents you may have is good for the soul. Here is a list of organizations that have my focus and hope that you may also take notice and support as well. Are others that you think I should add here? Please let me know.

“Totally agree with your sentiments, and thanks for sharing. I'll keep on the lookout for some other orgs that might fit this list.”
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I'm excited because it is time for Making Media Connections 2009! I attended this educational nonprofit and media communications conference a few years ago as a project dirctor & marketing/PR consultant while I was associated with Shoestring Creative Group, one of the sponsors for the event at that time.

I am interested in how the Chicago conference presenters, Community Media Workshop, have added more and more interesting things each year. For example, attendees can hear and meet real live journalists and public relations professionals.  If you can't attend in-person, you can attend virtually through "live blogging," and you can apparently follow their hashtag #mmc2009.

The Community Media Workshop have also recently created fun "Web 2.0" activities like social networking meet-ups and their ning, called Adventures in Nonprofit Communicating (where I added My Page) where the public has opportunities to make local nonprofit arts and cultural connections throughout the year.

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  1. LOOSE LEAF TEA LOFT: Poet and friend Carlos Cumpion (see ) mentioned to me that there are "great [poetry and literature] readings at the Loose Leaf Tea Loft 4200 n. Lincoln ave. Corner of Hutchinson and Lincoln [in Chicago] on Tuesday nights and special Friday's...." I hope to check them out soon. The Loose Leaf Tea Loft is also on Facebook here.


  1. PRINTERS ROW LIT FESTIVAL: The Midwest's largest literary event located on five city blocks (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk) is an outdoor festival where folks can come hear authors speak and debate their works Saturday, June 6 through Sunday 7, 2009 from 10am to 6pm. It has unique booksellers, poetry readings, exhibitors, kids activities, cooking demos, wine tastings, and more. See list of programs and authors and more.

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In my mid-30s, I don't seem to have as much disposable income for music or clothes as I did when I was younger. Today I will buy from Amazon or Ebay or live events. Mostly enjoy what I've aquired from malls, record stores, Tower Records, Borders, Barnes & Nobel or gifts.

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Bill T. Jones' Chapel/Chapter

Bill T. Jones finds strength from real-life tragedies By Valerie Gladstone, Globe Correspondent | February 8, 2008 "How do we live with the disturbing and incomprehensible news items we encounter every d The choreographer Bill T. Jones asks this question in a recent phone conversation, recalling Company gives its Boston premiere Wednesday through Feb. 16 at the Institute of Contemp "I thought how most of us are never fully able to express our horror at the barrage of terrible For "Chapel/Chapter," Jones draws upon three real-life tragedies: the random murder of a f committing suicide. That last story hit particularly close to home: It happened to one of his company's dancers, naturally to Scott to tell him of the traumatic childhood event. "I sent Bill an e-mail," Scott says, "because I'm better at writing than talking. There was som happened is that a friend at camp and I went for a walk early one morning and without sayin family problems - but still. I was there. I witnessed his suicide. I'm not sure I even have the e "Quite a bit after I sent that e-mail," Scott continues, "Bill brought it up in a rehearsal and as complicity. And although it's not explicit, also on redemption. To go over my story again and In a recent phone conversation about the piece, Jones launches into a discussion of nothin political or ethical statement," he says. "I simply want to look at our moral paralysis. I don't h fantasies and secretiveness. We all bear witness. 'Nothing human is foreign to me,' " as the Exploring sensitive and timely subjects has become a modus operandi for Jones, now 56. A choreographed some of the most profound and thrilling pieces of our time, taking on racism and AIDS in "Still Here," and patriotism in "Blind Date." But he can be lyrical as well, in such Broadway hit "Spring Awakening." Over the course of the 70-minute "Chapel/Chapter," the three stories are repeated, rearrang taken from court transcripts, newspaper articles, and jailhouse interviews. Bringing all these operatic stature. Throughout his career, Jones has closely collaborated with dancers, composers, writers, an exercises to engage my dancers," he says. "This time, I asked them to spell out phrases wi seemed like a lighthearted game but it was actually deadly serious. Slowly they developed a Because of the subject matter of "Chapel/Chapter," Jones wanted to establish a religious to choreographer at New York's Aaron Davis Hall, he presented the work for the first time in D Gatehouse, once a pumping station for New York City water. A more hallowed atmosphere courtroom and a sacred place," he said. "The Gatehouse turned out to be perfect." For more than 15 years, Jones has called on his partner, the sculptor Bjorn Amelan, for ma effective. The stage resembles a basketball court, divided into 10 gray squares with a semic same red fabric that covered the walls floor to ceiling. "We had no idea then," Amelan says, "that the piece would have a life after the Gatehouse. then. In Boston, we can't duplicate the original concept but we will drape the sides of the sta chapel, with a nave and altar." Janet Wong, the company's associate choreographer and videographer, originally added to In Boston, they will be projected on the stage's back wall. "I didn't want the audience to be d the movement. The theater will still be covered as much as possible with red fabric. I can te A smile in his voice, Jones says, "They get into the spirit with me - Bjorn, Janet, the lighting "It makes me bolder, more honest," he continues. "A good leader knows he doesn't have al being a group having ongoing discourses with our audiences, but that's where we are now." © Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company