It’s been an exciting writing year so far, with two poems accepted for publication and a first foray into play writing.
First, my longer narrative poem, “The Murder House at Sweetwater Ridge” was a finalist for the 7th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest sponsored by the Naugatuck River Review and just recently I learned that a second poem “Why I Love Used Books” earned Honorable Mention in the Ron Rash Poetry Competition sponsored by the Broad River Review. Both will be published this spring.
Is it a coincidence that love entered my life at about this same time? I think not. My boyfriend, Johnpaul Harris, who in addition to being an accomplished sculptor, is also a wonderful writer and avid theater aficionado, having acted in Hamlet and other plays while in college and high school. Just for fun, we collaborated on two, three-minute plays for the PlaySlam! sponsored by Cary Playwrights’ Forum.
Our plays were selected from 12 among 38 total entries, and to our delight and great honor, will be performed on April 2 at the Cary Theater. Johnpaul is listed as the primary author and will be directing them because he knows what he’s doing. Audience members will vote on which of the first plays will advance to the second round (and be considered for the grand prize) but all plays will be performed live by local actors.
If you love community theater and want to see Johnpaul give his directorial debut, join us on Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $12 per person and will go on sale soon. For more information, please see the Facebook page for PlaySlam!