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Mother’s Day Pop Up Shop

Mother's Day 2016

Mothers Day‬ is HERE!

I’m delighted and honored to be collaborating with Olive & Ivy Botanicals and Broadway Coffeehouse for this weekend’s holiday pop up‬ event to offer some wonderful homemade gift options for Mum (Saturday May 7th & Sunday May 8th, 9 am – 1 pm).

The beautiful and talented Sarah runs Olive & Ivy, which is an organic and raw, small batch botanical apothecary located here in Salem, Oregon. I will be creating custom #‎PopUpPoetry‬ on demand, and hopefully offer custom greeting cards for the first time! Sarah will offer her handcrafted, organic skin & body products.

And hey–even if not for Mom‬, feel free to stop by and say hello regardless and buy something for yourself! We’d love to talk with you and answer questions. And don’t forget — Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ coffee beans, coffee accessories, Smith Teamaker teas, and Broadway gift cards are always available at BCH for any occasion.

*Top left, bottom right images courtesy of Olive & Ivy Botanicals | Bottom left image courtesy of Dennis Galloway*

Pop Up Poetry – Valentine’s Weekend 2016

Saturday, February 13th

Brooks Winery, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Poetry is “on the house” this Saturday, courtesy of the amazing Brooks Winery! Come to their gorgeous tasting room for some exquisite wine flights, a phenomenal view, and excellent conversation. Ask me to type up a poem on my vintage typewriter for you, or as a gift to someone! Give a subject; get a poem. It’s that easy. And what pairs better than wine and poetry? Donations accepted, and don’t forget to tip your server! See you there!

Sunday, February 14th

Broadway Coffeehouse, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

As a teaser for the 2:00 p.m. event “Poetry in Performance,” I will be busking Pop Up Poetry at the Coffeehouse for a special Valentine’s Day treat. Be sure to support the Broadway Coffeehouse with a drink purchase, and tip your baristas!

THEN–stick around for Poetry in Performance, hosted by the Mid-Valley Poetry Society (Salem’s chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association), which will be at Broadway Coffeehouse from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Be sure to attend! You won’t want to miss this event.

Vagabond Brewery, 6:00 p.m. – ?? (this event is awaiting confirmation, TBA)

Enjoy a totally relaxed environment this Valentine’s evening at Vagabond Brewery. There will be cheese, beer, and wine in abundance. Grab a beer, grab a poem, grab a valentine tonight, and salute the Love of friends, of family, and of significant or not-so-significant others. Cheers!

 

A Rhetorical Update

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A line from a larger piece. ✒

An update for you, my dear reader:

I know it’s easy to see that #PopUpPoetry takes up a LOT of my time (it does…my IG gallery reflects that blatantly, as does my gap in WordPress posts). But that’s not to say I don’t continue to work on other things. It has actually been very hard to resist posting my more personal pieces as of late–because, firstly, people plagiarize FAR too much on the internet for my liking and I can’t afford to be plagiarized because, secondly, I am saving my work to submit for publication. It’s a slow and arduous process, but that’s tells me I’m doing it right. Publication doesn’t come easy…it’s not something to rush, but I am enjoying my steady march because I know I will look back with no regrets at some knee-jerk acceptance to some new-age publisher I knew nothing about. Due diligence is my goal. If I do this right, if I do this proper, paying attention when my moral compass points North…I think I’ll make it out okay, and with a smile.

On top of submissions, I am gearing up to begin one of my novels. ‘Nuff said, there. Otherwise, summer is here and the hubs and I are delighting in house projects in our new home, especially our backyard… #bonfiresandbarbequeandbunsOHMY! Life is busy, but full and joyful! I continue to do commissioned pieces through Etsy. I am forever working on my website/blog. I am networking hard and pushing to get involved in my community. I’m even in discussions to teach mini writing classes to the local youth. LIFE, guys. Life. It is my ultimate Muse and I am blessed by it. So I would like to apologize that my feeds, my sites, my pages, haven’t been the best reflection of my work, as of late, but I hope you now understand why.

From this point forward…I wish to be more candid with you and share what it is I do….REALLY do. Even if it’s just snippets. Because ALL of it plays into my career. Writing is a huge part of who I am, and Life absolutely makes me the writer you see before you now. I look forward to opening up my Pandora’s box for you. I hope you enjoy, in turn. ❤✒❤

As always, with deepest gratitude, 

J.M.
#RhetoricalRedhead

Pop Up Poetry 04.18.2015

Better late than never! I wanted to give you guys another peek into my event this last weekend during our glorious 70-degree sunny weather. 🙂 I set out to perform Pop Up Poetry at two locations on Saturday: first at Broadway Coffeehouse in the late morning/early afternoon, then to Archive Coffee & Bar in the evening. My first time performing a Daily Double, I am merely thrilled that I managed to survive! It was incredibly fun, as always, and I got to meet some wonderful people who were so kind to share their stories with me. Thanks to each of you for giving me a priceless gift time and time again! Hope to see you again soon!

Some Pop Up poems below in order of creation…Hope you enjoy!

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Pop Up Poetry 03.03.2015

Improv Pop Up Napkin Poetry

with my dear friend, Sharalyn…

Pop Up Napkin Poetry Pic

 

Our two loves as our first prompts for one another… 🙂

PUP Napkin Words & Music

Falafel for me, Spring for her…Falafel was the first thing she thought of, and I gave her Spring since Winter was giving her the seasonal blues. 🙂

PUP Napkin Falafel & Spring

 

Pop Up Poetry 02.28.2015

Poems and backstories behind tonight’s Pop Up Poetry gig on location at Archive Coffee & Bar…

Archive’s decor and overall theme just makes me giddy with nostalgia of a bygone era. It always provides with the perfect mood and atmosphere. Combined with excellent coffee, craft cocktails, and delicious food…it will forever be one of my favorite haunts. So thrilled to be doing Pop Up Poetry with them.

PUP Archive Setup

 

Poetry below! 🙂

Remember (Letters to a Friend Series)

Remember (Letters to a Friend Series)

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