GRACEFILLED CONNECTIONS

Yesterday, Nov. 14, fellow poet Susan Peiffer, 2012 Pikes Peak Performance Poet of the Year, journeyed with me to Fremont Correctional Facility (prison) in Canon City.  She volunteered to give a performance of her work and lead the men in some writing exercises.  She stunned them with beautiful 3 and 4 minute memorized performances of her poems, and several writing prompts that they responded to with great words on paper.  I write now to thank and praise Susan for her generosity and professional performances.  Before we left the two-hour workshop, one of the men said, “Thank you so much for coming and telling us so much about what is going on with Poetry Slams and readings, this makes us feel connected to the poets out there and we are a part of them and they a part of us.”

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About Ciletti

Jim Ciletti, an award winning poet, filmmaker, and author, is the 2010-2012, Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region, and for 41 years, poet-in-residence for the Orme School Fine Arts Festival. Jim gives many workshops on the writing and performance of poetry, and makes poetry house calls to create personal poetry events. Ciletti loves everything Italian, including cooking for family and friends, and loves to plant garlic, make homemade wine, and eating peaches and plums. "Everyday is Christmas, but you don't always get everything you ask for. Sometimes more. Poetry celebrates life."
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