Reading at the Royal Academy

Posted by Robert Peake.

Last night I participated in a truly unique poetry reading sponsored by Ekphrasis. A dozen of us poets dispersed ourselves amongst installations in the Sensing Spaces architectural exhibit at the Royal Academy. As patrons wandered through the exhibits, we read poems to them, which we had written in response to these very spaces. It was… Read more »

Troubadour Poetry Prize Reading

Posted by Robert Peake.

I made my way to Earls Court on Monday night, to participate in a very special installation of Coffee-House Poetry wherein I was awarded one of twenty commendations in the 2013 Troubadour International Poetry Prize. These were selected, along with first, second, and third prize, by George Szirtes and Deryn Rees-Jones from more than 3,300… Read more »

Reading from The Silence Teacher at The Troubadour

Posted by Robert Peake.

“In the dangling conversation / and the superficial sighs / are the borders of our lives.” -Simon and Garfunkel, “Dangling Conversation” I just got back from a memorable evening at the Troubadour Cafe in Earls Court. It was my first time reading poems from The Silence Teacher since it came out earlier this year. Even… Read more »

Hanging Out with Jane Hirshfield and George Szirtes on Air

Jane Hirshfield and George Szirtes on August 14th

Posted by Robert Peake.

I just finished “hanging out” with Jane Hirshfield, George Szirtes, and about a hundred new poetry-loving friends. As part of the Transatlantic Poetry on Air reading series, George and Jane were able to join me from their homes, read some of their newer work, and answer questions from viewers–all online, using their laptops and a… Read more »

Mentors, Mentors, Everywhere

Transatlantic Poetry on G+

Posted by Robert Peake.

“A nation’s art is the expression of its soul.” -Marvin Bell Though we must walk our own path, mentors can crucially point the way. The UCLA Extension Writers Program has a nice writeup on the path I have taken since enrolling in my first serious creative writing class with Angeleno poet Suzanne Lummis in 2004…. Read more »

A Perfectly Imperfect Inaugural Evening

Posted by Robert Peake.

After weeks of preparation, my dream finally came true–bringing together two fine poets and dear friends from six thousand miles apart for a live poetry reading and Q&A with the global poetry-loving community. The poets were in great form, the questions from viewers were interesting and the conversation was intimate and wise. People “came up… Read more »

Silk Road British Poetry Readings on Air

Silk Road Review 10

Posted by Robert Peake.

As I mentioned earlier, I have been organising poetry readings for the poets included in the British poetry special feature I edited for Silk Road Review 10. The twist is that both of these readings will be conducted virtually and available globally, using Google+ Hangouts on Air. The dusts has settled, the dates (and stars)… Read more »