A Small Grant From the State’s Art Commission
Shortly after receiving notification of my first poem being published, I received another notification. The state (South Carolina) arts commission awarded me a small grant to continue my work and to attend the Atlanta Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
Off I went to Atlanta from Columbia, South Carolina. I headed west driving my white, with blue leather top, 1980 Oldsmobile Royale on interstate 20. I was nervous and excited. This would be the biggest art festival I ever attended.
After arrival, I checked into my hotel and made my way to the registration center, picked up my program and started making my way to every poetry reading I could. A lot more than poetry was going on but I wanted to check out the poetry scene.
I listened to poets from New York City, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and many other places. I went to many venues, some near midtown and others as far as Buckhead. Although I did not know it at the time, I was receiving an education about reading poems onstage. Little did I realize it but this experience would benefit me later. Stored in my subconscious were many lessons on “what to do” onstage and “what not to do” onstage.
Please stay tuned for more in the next post in “My Journey as a Poet “. In the meantime if you missed any of the previous posts, they are listed below: