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April 15, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Price: $5 donation
Description: Come to The Hub on Canal for a delightful evening of poetry and music! Dan Pels, a surrealist poet, will emcee the evening, along with his co-host Mary Jane Barenbaum, a realist/romantic poet. There will be a number of poetry readings, in addition to a performance by the talented musician Shannon Rae. Shannon will offer an exciting repertoire spanning multiple genres and decades. Some of the guest poets will include a poet/songwriter and a couple of young poets that are the youngest traditionally published poets.
Dan Pels was born near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France in 1944. He immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 14. He is fluent in French and English and a bilingual poet.
He served in the U.S.Army in Vietnam as an Intelligence Officer. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with a minor in English and a Master’s Degree in French Literature, both degrees from Syracuse University. There, he was influenced by the surrealist poets due especially to the late, well known professor, J.H.Matthews, who has written numerous books on surrealism.
Dan Pels has published six books: Untying Woodknots, Afternoon After Midnight, Never is Over, Use the Other Door, Stop Making Sense and Ink Marmalade. He has helped spark an interest in poetry in his granddaughter, Ava Roulier and his grandson Logan Roulier, from the age of 5. Now, 11 years old, Ava was the youngest traditionally-published poet in the U.S. at the age of 9 with her 2015 poetry book, With Cherries on Top, published by Taylor and Seale Publishing, LLC. Logan, at the age of 8, will also publish his first poetry book with Taylor and Seale LLC.
For 3 years, Dan, successfully hosted monthly Poetry Shows combining poetry, music, and visual art to mirror the French Salons of the 18th and 19th century at different locations in Central Florida.
Mary Jane Barenbaum is a published realist/romantic poet who has coordinated the Writers’ Workshop at The Hub on Canal for several years.