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!"



Monday, October 31, 2016

Poetry Reading November 16

Georgia Center for the Book presents
LOUISE RUNYON & THROWER STARR
POETRY READING
Wednesday, November 16, 7:15 p.m.
Decatur Library Auditorium
215 Sycamore St., Decatur 30030
~ Poetry books will be for sale ~

Louise Runyon, also a dancer/choreographer, has published three books of  poetry.  Based in time and space and laced with movement, her poetry reflects a dancer's sensibility and is grounded in observation of the natural world.  Artistic Director of Louise Runyon Performance Company, she has toured her solo performance Crones, Dolls and Raging Beauties around the nation.  She is also a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of movement education.

Thrower Starr has been writing poetry for 45 years.  His poetry draws on both nature and relationships.  He works at Paideia School as English teacher and as counselor, and is also a psychologist in private practice.  Long interested in men's work, for the past decade his English classes have been boys-only.  www.ThrowerStarr.com

Co-presented by Louise Runyon Performance Company and supported in part by Poets & Writers.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Dance Performances May 28 & 29

LOUISE RUNYON @ DECATUR ARTS FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 28, 4 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 3 p.m.
Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore St., Decatur 30030
Park at DeKalb County Parking Deck, Commerce & W. Trinity Place
http://decaturartsfestival.com



Louise Runyon in "Storm"
Photo:  Grady Cousins

Come enjoy Decatur Arts Festival and check out the dance performances!  I will present “Storm: Ode to Mickey N.,” inspired by the music of Mickey Newbury.  Newbury, an alternative country singer/songwriter who died in 2002, was known as the “Fifth Outlaw” along with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.  The piece is set deeply in Southern culture, reflecting pathos, heartbreak, pride and love of place, and explores the question of tragedy – is tragedy something from which we can recover, learn, move forward?  Other choreographers will present work, including D. Patton White, Jacqueline Woo, and Dancing Flowers for Peace.

Awareness Through Movement® Class at Decatur Arts Festival
Free Feldenkrais® Class with Louise Runyon
Saturday, May 28, 10 to 11 a.m.
Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore St., Decatur 30030
Park at DeKalb County Parking Deck, Commerce & W. Trinity Place
http://decaturartsfestival.com
~ Bring a mat if you can ~

Awareness Through Movement classes offer ingenious, gentle movement sequences designed to bring mobility, ease, and efficiency to all forms of physical activity, through heightened awareness of how the body and mind can function together as an integrated whole.  www.FeldenkraisAtlanta.com.

“The Feldenkrais Method is the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the prevention and reversal of deterioration of function" -- Anthropologist Margaret Mead, Ph.D.