Robin and I, with help from Zac and Priscilla, wrote lots of poems for the Streets Alive crowds, amid the tall canyons of Peachtree Center. And here they are:

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Free Poems at Gallery 992

by jon on May 10, 2017

Nathan Brown curated a night of music on March 19th, 2017 at Kebbi Williams’ Gallery 992, and he asked Free Poems to join in. Gallery 992 is a great new-ish spot in the West End where both well-established and young jazz talent gather. The place has a really pleasant community vibe about it.

Al and I wrote poems and we also read some of them from the stage; here are a few of them.

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Zac and I wrote poems at the Center for Puppetry Arts for their Valentine’s Night event. There were arts, crafts, food, and drinks. There was even caricature portraits! We also got a chance to look around the awesome Labyrinth exhibit before the event started. Here are some photos from that night:

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We wrote again for Atlanta Streets Alive. It was fun! See poems below:

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Dunwoody Nature Center, October 15, 2016

by Jimmy Lo on October 16, 2016

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We wrote poems at the Dunwoody Nature Center during their first ever Arts in the Park event. It was great, the weather was great, and we got to commune with nature as our poetic muse! If you haven’t checked out the nature center yet, you really should. It’s pretty awesome.

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Ghastly Dreadfuls, October 14, 2016

by Jimmy Lo on October 14, 2016

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We wrote poems for the Ghastly Dreadfuls show at the Center for Puppetry Arts. It was really fun. Our poems were, predictably, halloween themed:

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We braved another Atlanta Streets Alive this past Sunday. We were stationed near the Highland Ave/Boulevard intersection this time. The demand wasn’t as high in this location, but we still had plenty of topics to keep us busy. Among the poets on this unusually warm day were Jon, Allison, Naya, Zac and me.

Between heated debates about the merits (or the lack thereof) of Donald Trump and in-depth discussions about having a stand-up comic to entertain our demanders as they wait for their poems, we were somehow still able to write all these poems:

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We wrote poems on two Tuesdays at a pop-up vineyard in the middle of midtown Atlanta, part of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and “the first of its kind in the U.S.” Forbes magazine described it as “help[ing] to shorten the knowledge gap between [the foodie] audience and urban agriculture, including Atlanta’s 350 or so urban farms and community gardens, many of which are located in lower-income neighborhoods and go unseen by even the most ardent food and wine enthusiasts.” Free Poems takes a similar approach: we shorten the gap between poetry as a food tasted by the few and a taste for anyone to enjoy.

We really enjoyed being amid the growing vines and adding poetry-making to the bucolic scene.

Our presence there was thanks to the Hambidge Creative Residency Program: we appreciate their kindness towards Free Poems! Jimmy and I (both Hambidge fellows) and Robin wrote poems on June 7th, and here they are:

Jimmy and I also wrote poems on June 28th:

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Atlanta Streets Alive is one of our favorite events, and this time is no exception. We were once again set up on Peachtree Street close to Ellis. We had a bit of rain early on, but thankfully it stopped and we were able to continue writing poems! Inspired by the rain! Jon and Zac joined me.

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Atlanta Zine Fest, June 11, 2016

by Jimmy Lo on June 12, 2016

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This is the second year we’ve done the Atlanta Zine Fest, which is an awesome event featuring many DIY artists, writers, and makers. The event is organized by Murmur Media, and held at Murmur Gallery, Mammal Gallery, and Eyedrum in downtown Atlanta. Jon and Zac joined me, and at one point we were able to recruit Naya, who sat in and wrote me a poem on the topic of “tattoo ideas” (hopefully she’ll join us again). Many of the poems we wrote were for other artists and zine makers, and I felt a good energy and inspiration from all the creative topics.

Last year we created an on-the-spot zine featuring poems we wrote that same day. This year, I decided to make a promo video, (look for it soon) so with all the camera work going on, we decided to skip the same-day-zine idea. We were able to produce a zine (though not from the same day) by curating some of our best poems from our first five events in 2010. These were available at our table, and will also soon be available online too.

Without further ado, here are photos from AZF2016:

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