Spine Poems and Jazz Night

Celebrate Poetry and Jazz

Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7pm

It's National Poetry Month and National Jazz Month! Bonnie Johnson, producer and host of WICN's Colors of Jazz has lined up pianist/composer Martin Gohary and violinist Kat Jara to provide the music, while the rest of us – which means all of YOU!! – will use Annette Dauphin Simon's fabulous book Spine Poems: An Eclectic Collection of Found Verse for Book Lovers as the model for creating our own short verses using the spines of books here at the bookstore. Don't quite understand how it's all going to happen? Not-to-worry .... some things are more easily explained in person, and this is definitely one of those things! "Writing" a spine poem is fun, it's quick (~5 minutes, unless you start reading the books), it's easy. In fact, they pretty much write themselves! Come on April 21st. We kinda think you'll be glad you did.

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Martin Gohary is an avant-garde pianist + composer whose uncompromising vision and relentless recording schedule have established him as a rising performer in the contemporary music scene. His music defies categorization, blending elements of 20th-century concert music, jazz, electronic, and experimental music into a unique and captivating sound. With each new release, Gohary pushes the boundaries of what is possible with the piano, exploring new techniques and textures that challenge both himself and his audience.

Kathleen (Kat) Jara is an arts educator and violinist working to use sound and artistic creation as social activism. She sees the artistic process as a means of teaching communication that crosses barriers of race, gender, age, income, and culture.

Bonnie Johnson is an innovative design thinker, radio personality and public speaker. She is producer and on-air host of Colors of Jazz, a weekly program streaming live online at the NPR affiliate station 90.5 WICN. In addition to positioning herself in media as a jazz presenter, Bonnie is a content creator, podcast producer and data engineer. Stealth in her track record of advancing the cultural exchange, Bonnie delivers STEM leadership, and seeks to find pathways for collaboration through the lens of music and social justice.

Event date: 
Friday, April 21, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
372 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602