First off, Chicago. Here's the obligatory tourist shot at the Chicago Bean with my husband and my crutches.
I also fell in love with a blues artist who is new to me - Joanna Connor. I have never seen a better guitarist in my life. Pair her nimble fingers with her soulful voice, and it's a winning combination. I could have listened to her all night long.
Next up is the Stamford Art Festival, organized by the very talented poet, Jerry T. Johnson. Right on the water in Stamford, it was a lovely view and a lovely day, with some very talented writers reading, including Edward Ahern, Lisa Pierce Flores, Ann Cefola, Roberta Bisgyer, John F. McMullan, Gil Fagiani and Shanna T. Melton.
In addition to the reading, several of the poets (myself included) volunteered to do drive-by poeting. What that means is we'd chat with people for a few minutes and write a poem for them on the spot. I was super nervous to do it, but it ended up being a ton of fun. Of course, I gravitated towards the kids, who I always find easier to write for than adults.
Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend! Hope to see you again at the next local art festival.