Saturday, August 18, 2018

Poetry Reading at Decatur Book Festival

Louise will be performing her poetry at the Decatur Book Festival on September 1, and will have a booth there both Saturday and Sunday with other poets.  Come and check out all the wonderful festival offerings, and do your holiday / birthday shopping early  -- The Passion of Older Women makes great gifts !

At the POETRY! Booth, 1-minute personal poetry readings will be offered, as well as the chance to write your own poem...  The booth will be open on Saturday, 9/1, from 10 to 6 and on Sunday, 9/2, from 12 to 6. 

Decatur Book Festival ~ Poetry Reading + Visit the POETRY! Booth
Saturday, September 1, 3 p.m.
Local Poets’ Stage
Java Monkey Coffee, 425 Church St.
Please visit Booth #504, opposite Parker’s on Ponce, 116 E. Ponce
~ You can purchase poetry books for the older women -- and others -- in your life !

You should be able to buy books by credit card as well as cash or check.  

If you cannot attend but would like to order a book, please scroll down for how to order.


BOOK CLUB OFFER!  Louise is offering Free Readings to Intown Book Clubs -- please email here at louiserunyon@aol.com if you're interested!  Scroll down to read a sample poem from the book. 



The Passion of Older Women is a manifesto on the wisdom, strength, needs and desires of older women – the rising demographic in our country.  It is also a testament to women of the previous generation, “who have brought us safe this far.”  The poems are inspired by working the earth in Decatur, Georgia; a love of the Southern Appalachians; the current political situation; the experience of writing in Italian; and the status of older women in relationship to men.  Included also are two short prose pieces – a life story in fable format and a summary of Runyon’s work as a dancer/choreographer.  The book affirms that older women will not go gently into this goodnight, the last phase of our lives.  Louise Morgan Runyon is a dancer/choreographer, political activist, urban farmer, student of Italian, and former steelworker as well as poet.  



To order by credit card or PayPal:


Backpack Bebop
I had a dream the other morning
that I carried a man in my backpack
the green backpack I always take hiking
and to New York and everywhere
the one with the little red cross
Swiss army knife logo on it
green grow the rushes oh
I carried the man in my backpack
down a gray concrete sidewalk
on Peachtree Street near Peachtree Center
into a building that had glass walls
and there I let him out
he was no one I knew, really
smallish, but still a grown man
my age, with silver hair
green grow the rushes oh
he might have been a former student of mine
laughing and with a silver beard
blue jeans and vest and gold-rimmed glasses
he folded nicely into my backpack
his arms around his knees
and wasn’t too heavy for me, at all
green grow the rushes
oh

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Poetry Reading August 5

Come hear Louise on Sunday night, August 5, for a poetry reading at Java Monkey Coffee in Decatur!  She will be the featured poet at the always lively, often irreverent, sometimes raucous Java Monkey Speaks, a popular long-standing open mic in Decatur.  Come at 8 p.m. to enjoy the open mic poets; Louise will read at 9 or 9:15.
Poetry Reading / Book Signing
THE PASSION OF OLDER WOMEN by Louise Runyon
Sunday, August 5 -- Louise will read at 9 or 9:15 p.m.
Open Mic 8 to 11 p.m. (sign up at 7:30)
Java Monkey Speaks, 425 Church St., Decatur 30030
~ Free parking on the street ~

You should be able to buy books by credit card as well as cash or check.  Great gifts for the older women -- and others -- in your life!  If you cannot attend but would like to order a book, please scroll down for how to order.
BOOK CLUB OFFER!  Louise is offering Free Readings to Intown Book Clubs -- please email her at louiserunyon@aol.com if you're interested. 
To order by credit card or PayPal / Great Gifts!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Poetry Reading June 25


Georgia Center for the Book & Poetry Atlanta present:
POETRY READING / BOOK SIGNING

THE PASSION OF OLDER WOMEN by LOUISE RUNYON
with poets Alex Johns & Laura Carter
Monday, June 25, 7:15 p.m.
Decatur Public Library Auditorium
215 Sycamore Street (downstairs)
Decatur 30030
~ Arrive early to find parking ~ not always available at library, but free street parking after 6 ~
If you cannot attend but would like to order a book, please scroll down for how to order.
This book is a manifesto on the wisdom, strength, needs and desires of older women – the rising demographic in our country.  It is also a testament to women of the previous generation, “who have brought us safe this far.” The poems are inspired by working the earth in Decatur, Georgia; a love of the Southern Appalachians; the current political situation; the experience of writing in Italian; and the status of older women in relationship to men.  Included also are two short prose pieces – a life story in fable format and a summary of Runyon’s work as a dancer/choreographer.  The book affirms that older women will not go gently into this goodnight, the last phase of our lives.  Louise Morgan Runyon is a dancer/choreographer, political activist, urban farmer, student of Italian, and former steelworker as well as poet.  ~~ You can also hear Louise read and be interviewed on WRFG 89.3 FM the following Monday, July 2, from 12 noon to 1 p.m.  Please note that Louise is offering Free Readings to Intown Book Clubs -- email her at louiserunyon@aol.com if you're interested.  Scroll down to read a NEW sample poem from the book ~~


To order by credit card or PayPal / Great Gifts!

 

~ or go to http://louiserunyonperformance.com/orderbooks.php ~
 
New Sample Poem
Backpack Bebop
I had a dream the other morning 
that I carried a man in my backpack
the green backpack I always take hiking
and to New York and everywhere
the one with the little red cross
Swiss army knife logo on it  
green grow the rushes oh

I carried the man in my backpack
down a gray concrete sidewalk
on Peachtree Street near Peachtree Center
into a building that had glass walls
and there I let him out
he was no one I knew, really
smallish, but still a grown man
my age, with silver hair
green grow the rushes oh

he might have been a former student of mine
laughing and with a silver beard
blue jeans and vest and gold-rimmed glasses
he folded nicely into my backpack
his arms around his knees
and wasn’t too heavy for me, at all
green grow the rushes
oh

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Book Launch May 12


POETRY READING / BOOK LAUNCH
THE PASSION OF OLDER WOMEN by LOUISE RUNYON
with cameo appearance by poet Rupert Fike!
Saturday, May 12, 4 p.m.
Atlanta Shambhala Center
1447 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30030

Supported in part by Poets & Writers
~ Reception to follow ~ 

Please note that Louise is offering Free Readings to Intown Book Clubs -- email her at louiserunyon@aol.com if you're interested! Please Like/Share on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/louise.runyon.7If you cannot attend but would like to order a book, please scroll down for how to order.

This book is a manifesto on the wisdom, strength, needs and desires of older women – the rising demographic in our country.  It is also a testament to women of the previous generation, “who have brought us safe this far.”  The poems are inspired by working the earth in Decatur, Georgia; a love of the Southern Appalachians; the current political situation; the experience of writing in Italian; and the status of older women in relationship to men.  Included also are two short prose pieces – a life story in fable format and a summary of Runyon’s work as a dancer/choreographer.  The book affirms that older women will not go gently into this goodnight, the last phase of our lives.  Louise Morgan Runyon is a dancer/choreographer, political activist, urban farmer, student of Italian, and former steelworker as well as poet.  Please go to "Poetry" page on this site for sample poems.


To order by credit card or PayPal:

 
Or see "Order Books" for other options.  Great Gifts!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Poetry Reading September 2

Louise Runyon Poetry Reading
Decatur Book Festival
Saturday, September 2, 11 a.m. sharp!
Java Monkey Coffee
425 Church Street, Decatur 30030
www.decaturbookfestival.com
~ Poetry books will be for sale ~

Come hear Louise read new poems and old favorites at the nation's largest independent book festival!  Check out her reading and see what all the festival has to offer at www.decaturbookfestival.com.  Louise will be one of numerous local poets reading at Java Monkey; her reading starts at 11 a.m. sharp.  She will have poetry books for sale -- cash or check only.  Come hear her new poem, "I can get old if I want to!"