The Poetry Circus: Ladies Night

$1,625 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 40 people in 30 months

The First Poetry Circus, Hosted by Nicelle Davis ,
LA Winter 2015


What is The Poetry Circus:


The Poetry Circus is part workshop, community outreach, performance, ride, dance, and creation. This community event blurs the line between performer and audience to allow everyone the chance to run away and join the circus.


This Year's Poetry Circus: 

This August 26th (in celebration of the 97th anniversary
of the 19th Amendment) we will host 25 women poets, performers, as well as many literary organizations and literacy outreach programs.

By presenting poetry in an alternative venue, the egalitarian characteristics of poetry are amplified. Poetry IS for everyone, regardless of where we come from or how we got there; we all process and understand the world through metaphor.

Photos by Michael Everett Crawford
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The Ultimate Goal:

Raise $3,000 for the Fourth Poetry Circus (10% of all funds raised will be given to NRDC) 

The date for this event is Saturday August 26, 2017.
Below is a breakdown of past Poetry Circus Costs. 
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Press for Past Poetry Circus:

Hometown Pasadena
The Poetry Circus
By Kat Ward
Sep 16, 2015

Imagine reciting lines while riding a lion. How about riding one’s steed while being regaled with verse?Well, the “poetic rides” are free at Griffith Park’s historical and restored merry-go-round on September 19, at The Poetry Circus.

Favorite local writers and poets will be reading such as Ron Koertge, Kim Dower, Nicelle Davis, Douglas Kearney, and Cindy Rinne, and Poet Laureate of Los Angeles Luis J. Rodriguez is featured along with 33 established poets. Rachel Jennings contemplates “What Is a Shakespearean Fool?” with Gary Boyles and Glynis Fuller, and prepare for “The Duel of Fools!”

Besides poetry, there will be “crafts for kids, haiku balloons, a paper monster, circus performers, and freaks and geeks are not only welcome, but expected.” Chapbooks will be available for purchase at the book fair. (Yak Press has published a The Poetry Circus chapbook, too.)

“Come join us, won’t you?”
—organizer and poet Nicelle Davis.
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If you have any questions or suggestion, please contact Nicelle Davis at nicellecdavis @ gmail . com

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Supplies for this year's Poetry Circus are accumulating! Costumes, temporary tattoos, make-your-own-crown(s), children's puppets / stage, and poet trading cards just came in the mail. It remains the goal of The Poetry Circus for the event to be free and open to the public--to have Poetry be for everyone, but this requires the collective generosity of our community. Please consider donating to The Poetry Circus.
Supplies for this years Poetry Circus are accumulating! Costumes, temporary tattoos, make-your-own-crown(s), children's puppets / stage, and poet trading cards just came in the mail. It remains the goal of The Poetry Circus for the event to be free a
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Ashaki M. Jackson is an applied social psychologist, program evaluator and poet who works with youth through research, evaluation and creative writing mentoring. She is a Cave Canem and VONA alumna who serves on the VIDA: Women In Literary Arts board. She is also co-founder of Women Who Submit. Her work appears in CURA and Prairie Schooner among other publications. Author of two chapter-length collections – Surveillance (Writ Large Press) and Language Lesson (MIEL) – Jackson earned her creative writing MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles and a psychology doctorate from Claremont Graduate University. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Welcome Ashaki M. Jackson to The Circus
Ashaki M. Jackson
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Scattered at Sea is Amy Gerstler’s most recent book of poems. Her other books include Dearest Creature and Medicine.
The Poetry Circus Welcomes Amy Gerstler
Amy Gerstler
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KG
$50
kate Gale
12 months ago

You go, circus queen!

CB
$40
Cynthia Alessandra Briano
21 months ago

Fantabulous!

JB
$30
Jeffrey Bryant
21 months ago

I love this and wish we could be there.

$40
Kate Gale
22 months ago
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God loves a circus.

AT
$20
Andrea Thamm
22 months ago
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$50
Susan Hayden
22 months ago
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What a wondrous event!! Sorry to be missing it this year. I'll be there to read next year no matter what <3

$30
Laurel Bogen
22 months ago
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Hi Folks, Let's support this event! Every year Nicelle and friends put on this family-friendly literary event at the Merry-Go-Round in Griffith Park. Public Art for the People. Put our money where the art is. I am.

$5
Sean Hill
22 months ago
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YES! =) YOUR ART IS WONDERFUL AND YOUR IDEAS ARE COMMUNITYLICIOUS AND EXTRAORDINARILY SURREALLY FABULIFICENT!!!! =D

$30
Louis Buchhold III
23 months ago
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Go Girl!

NL
$30
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23 months ago
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