Shades of Poe


Write Out Loud,
in partnership with San Diego Public Library, presents THE BIG READShades of Poe.

Inspiring our community to read the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

THE BIG READ – Shades of Poe April 2012 Events 

All events are FREE to the public, except where noted *

April 1 – 30 –Artwork on display at the following libraries–

Central Library, 820 E Street, SD 92101

Mission Valley Public Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, SD 92108

Mira Mesa Library, 8405 New Salem Street, SD 92126

Logan Heights Library, 567 South 28th Street, SD 92113

April 1– Spreckels Organ Pavilion Family Festival Day - Celebrates Edgar Allan Poe with readings of Poe’s poetry as well as music inspired by Poe, played by Carol Williams, San Diego Civic Organist. – 2:00 pm at Spreckels Organ Pavilion, home of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ with over 4,500 pipes, located in the center of Balboa Park.  Stop by the Poe Art Activity Table for kids.

April 2 –OPENING NIGHT!  at The Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza.  Presentations include a San Diego Opera – Words & Music student written opera developed at Southwest High School – The Cask of Amontillado, performed by David McBean and Phil Johnson. Other student creations inspired by Edgar Allan Poe will be presented by professional readers – 7:00 pm

 April 3 – Poe Classic Film – The Pit and The Pendulum, directed by Roger Corman, featuring Vincent Price.  Mira Mesa Library, 8405 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126 – 4:00 pm

April 4 – Edgar Allan POE(try) - An interactive, edgy Edgar Allan POE(try) workshop presented by POE(tess) Felicia Morgenstern, award-winning author of The Night Mother Earth Told Father Sky She Was Tired of the Missionary Position and founder of Poetic Passports. Kensington Library, 4121 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116 – 6:30 – 7:30 pm

April 5 – Edgar Allan Poe’s Life, Love, Work and Influence – A Poe-centric Evening Event presented by POE(tess) Felicia Morgenstern, award-winning author of The Night Mother Earth Told Father Sky She Was Tired of the Missionary Position, at Progress in South Park, 2225 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104 – 7:00 pm

April 7, 14, 21, 28 – Readings of Poe’s poems at each of the MTS stations in Santee (4/7), Chula Vista (4/14), La Mesa (4/21), Old Town (4/28). Distributing Poe readers guides and bookmarks.  1:00 – 4:00 pm

April 8, 15, 22, 29 – POEments  Featured moments of Poe Poems and Poe inspired musical selections as part of Spreckels Organ Society Sunday Afternoon Concerts, Carol Williams organist.  Concerts begin at 2:00 pm

*April 9 – In The Shadow of the Master – A reading of a Poe mystery story and stories by other favorite mystery writers.  Author Jan Burke will speak about Poe’s influence on the genre. Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92110. *This is a ticketed event.  Call Write Out Loud at 619-297-8953 to purchase tickets. – 7:00 pm

 April 10 – Mo Poe Favorite works of Edgar Allan Poe will be read by students from Wangenheim Middle School and professional readers from Write Out Loud. Bill Nericci, Professor of English at SDSU will discuss the influence of Poe on the current fantasy phenomenon. (Student artwork inspired by Poe will be on display).  Mira Mesa Library, 8405 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126 – 6:30 – 7:30 pm

April 11- The Language of Poe – Charles Harrington Elster, author and co founder of A Way With Words, will speak about the language of Edgar Allan Poe.  Write Out Loud will read select Poe literature.  Kensington Library, 4121 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116  6:30 pm

April 13 - Graffiti Art Workshop- Artists from Writerz Blok review grafitti art history, techniques for creating grafitti art and how to incorporate Poe’s work into graffiti art.  First of a two part workshop.  Logan Heights Library, 567 South 28th St, San Diego, CA 92113  4:00 – 5:30 pm

April 13 –  The Raven & Other Stories, by the editorial staff of IDW Publishing.  Write Out Loud will read select Poe stories. Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. #302, San Diego, CA 92111 7:00 pm.

April 13 – Pit and the Pendulum – A one man performance immediately following Intrepid Shakespeare’s 8:00 pm performance of “Turn of the Screw” at San Dieguito Academy, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, 92024  9:30 pm

April 14 – Graffiti Art WorkshopWriterz Blok graffiti artists help students design, create and complete graffiti art based on Poe’s literature, working together on a large portable frame.  Artwork will be displayed in the library in April. Logan Heights Library, 567 South 28th St, San Diego, CA 92113  11:30 am – 2:30 pm

 *April 16 – Orpheus Speaks – The Music of Poe –Nick Reveles, Education Director of San Diego Opera will discuss Poe’s influence on the French Symbolists.  Write Out Loud will read selections of Poe, Mallarme, and other stories of music and art. Athenaeum Library of Art & Music, 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037.  This is a ticketed event.  Call The Athenaeum at 858-454-5872 to purchase tickets – 7:30 pm

*April 17 – In The Shadow of the Master – A reading of a Poe mystery story and stories by other favorite mystery writers.  Author Alan Russell will speak about Poe’s influence on the genre.  Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011 *This is a ticketed event.  Call Write Out Loud at 619-297-8953 to purchase tickets. – 7:00 pm

April 17 – Poe Classic Film – The Masque of the Red Death, directed by Roger Corman, featuring Vincent Price.  Mira Mesa Library, 8405 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126 – 6:00 pm

April 18 – Edgar Allan Poe and other gothic literature alive and aloud.  Kensington Library, 4121 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116 – 6:30 pm

April 19 – Poe Lives Student works inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, including Dance, Music and Literature presented by students and professional artists. Salvation Army’s Kroc Center, 6845 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115 – 7:00 pm

April 21 – Cask of Amontillado Brick by Brick Reading at Quilt Gathering – Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace Street, San Diego, CA 92110 – 1:00 pm

April 22 – The Nature of Poe – Write Out Loud reads Poe’s Nature/Garden pieces, The Domain of Arnheim and Landor’s Cottage, at Mission Trails Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119 – 3:00 pm

April 23 – Nancy Holder, NY Times best selling author, discusses Poe and his influence on horror writing. In honor of World Book Night, 20 copies of The Great Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe will be distributed. Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 – 7:00 pm

April 23 – Shot by Shot film series will show the 1950s animated “Tell Tale Heart” narrated by James Mason. Whistle Stop, 2236 Fern Street in South Park at 8:00pm.

April 24 –Arthur Salm, author and former book editor of San Diego UT, leads a discussion of Edgar Allan Poe with Charles Harrington Elster, Peter Rowe and Abigail Padgett.  Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, CA 92108 – 6:30 pm.

April 25 –Poe’s a Poppin! – Logan Heights Choral Ensemble for Kids, lead by Justine Hansen will sing Poe inspired songs. Teens from Kim Noriega’s poetry workshops will present a ‘call and response’ poetry reading combining Poe’s poems and their own original work. Original Poe inspired music will be presented by The Felines. (Student Artwork will be on display). Logan Heights Library, 567 So. 28th Street, San Diego, CA 92113 – 5:00 pm

April 26 – Arts & Literature Family Night – Families will enjoy a student dance presentation, inspired by Poe and choreographed by Evoke Dance Theatre.  Evoke will lead a group “Raven” dance and families will have an opportunity to create Poe inspired art projects.  Each family will go home with a copy of Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow. Salvation Army’s Kroc Center, 6845 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115 – 6:30 pm

April 28 – Premature Burial – Inspired by Poe’s haunting story The Premature Burial, have your photo taken in a 19th Century coffin, but first, write your own epitaph to be included in the photo.  A Literary Séance will be conducted by Madame Olga, bringing back the spirits of Edgar Allan Poe and Mary Shelly, to decide which of them is the more important writer of Gothic Horror.  Casa de Estudillo in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace Street, San Diego, CA 92110. – 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

April 29 & 30 – Scott Marks, film critic and historian, joins us both nights to talk about Corman’s films.  The Pit and the Pendulum on Sunday and The Fall of the House of Usher on Monday.  San Diego Central Library, 820 E Street, San Diego, CA 92101 – 2:00 on Sunday & 6:30 on Monday

 May 1 – Grossmont Community College Literary Arts Festival Write Out Loud will read favorite and lesser known selections of Edgar Allan Poe.  Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942 – 2:00 pm

May 1 – Cask of Amontillado read by Write Out Loud with special guest, Mark Arapostathis, Vice-Mayor of La Mesa.  No host wine bar.  San Pasqual Wine Tasting Room, 8364 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942

IN MARCH 

MARCH 13, 20, 27 Teen Poetry workshops – Focus on the life and work, especially the poetry of EA Poe.  Explore poetic elements of his poems and write at least one original poem in response to Poe.  Each session will begin with an intro to craft including meter, rhyme, form, diction, imagery, metaphor, voice, line length, style.  Taught by poet Kim Noriega, Literacy Coordinator of Read San Diego.  Logan Heights Library, 567 South 28th Street, San Diego, CA 92113 – 5:00 – 7:00 pm

 The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Partners IncludeSan Diego Public Library, San Diego City Schools, Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, San Diego Opera – Words & Music, Playwrights Project, Young Audiences of San Diego, Eveoke Dance Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, Progress – South Park, Cygnet Theatre, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Carlsbad City Library, Voice of San Diego

 

 

7 comments on “Shades of Poe
  1. wol says:

    Irish born artist, Harry Clarke illustrated Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and magic in the early 20th Century.

  2. schneb says:


    For Halloween 2010 I created an effect where a bust recites the entire text of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”. The beauty of Poe was that he added a touch of class to the effect, while also adding to the creepy effect. The shadow of the raven perching itself onto the head of the bust, only added to the perfection this Poe masterpiece.

    See it play here…
    http://www.youtube.com/user/rschneblin#p/u/4/THtXQKMXSyo

  3. MaddySOPC says:

    Please check out my groups website for the Shades Of Poe Contest.
    Link:
    http://shades-of-poe.yolasite.com/

    Please “like” if you like it!

  4. Hai Derr says:

    Drunkeness, based on The Black Cat.

  5. dreamdark13 says:

    the crownless king, a poem based off the fall of the house of usher

  6. dreamdark13 says:

    a poem based off of The Fall of the House of Usher

    The Crownless King
    In this realm dwells Usher, a man whose going mind is killing him mercilessly by a disease whose name I cannot find.
    Usher sits in the shadows, sits atop his chair, playing stringed instruments so softly to the ear.
    He speaks so quietly, his eyes rather pained, and asks me to change my robbery but his face sad and shamed.
    No luck, no love, no light. This was and is Roderick Usher’s life. Only his sister by his side, he knows no touch of fearless plight.
    Trapped forever, in the large lonely house, is the destiny of an Usher, no freer than an unhappy spouse.
    A life that he will never know, the suggestion of his disease, passed down, high and low. His fate was sealed the moment he first breathed. He would live and die as all other Ushers, his opinions silenced and sheathed.
    “My only friend” is my title from this crownless king. I am here, by his drawn out deathbed, my heart woeful and despairing.
    His sister dies, and I bury her alongside and helpful helpless man. A coffin made of wood and tears, the brother screams his lonesome fears.
    The king will die, his friend by his side, but more alone than ever. His last breath is taken, and the disease of nonexistence is gone forever.
    The death was a murder, done by Madam Usher herself! She killed the man who trapped her beneath ground, her struggle a quiet sound.
    I fled the place, upon seeing her ghastly pallor. She was the gem in the King’s false crown, he and she are now gone forever.

  7. Pyrinox says:

    Here is a poem for the “Shades of Poe” contest, based on the short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

    The Dark Heart

    Sometimes in my sleep
    I hear a dark heart beat beat.
    It penetrates my slumbering soul
    and my mind does pay the toll.

    It interrupts my dreams,
    with an ominous thumping thump.
    A rhythm that sets my blood on fire
    but freezes my body like ice.

    I’m prickled by a thousand teeth
    and wake in fear and fright.
    I shut my eyes and cower in covers
    to avoid any scary sights.

    Next morning, I seek advice, in the refuge of bright sunbeam rays,
    but as always, after listening, you reply with a shrug and say:
    “It’s the reaper, out to get you, since you are very old in age.
    So stay in bed and fake your death, and fooled, he’ll go away!”

    Next night, I do as you say, and keep my eyes shut tight,
    and as always, the dark heart beats; a signal to wake to life.
    But this night is different; curiosity builds, and I slit open one eye
    to see your gleaming grinning face, one hand holding a knife.