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The Big Read: Shades of Poe

A Month-Long Celebration of Edgar Allan Poe

Above: Vincent Price in Roger Corman's production of "The Fall of the House of Usher."

Aired 4/2/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Walter Ritter, Executive Director of Write Out Loud

Veronica Murphy, Artistic Director of Write Out Loud

Transcript

Yesterday, Write Out Loud kicked off The Big Read: Shades of Poe, its month long celebration of writer Edgar Allan Poe that is being run in partnership with NEA's The Big Read and the San Diego Public Library.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to inspire people to pick up a good book. It was prompted by a 2004 report by the NEA that found literary reading in America on the decline especially among young people. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Communities are encouraged to focus on a book or author for a month-long series of events. Yesterday, WriteOutLoud in San Diego kicked off Shades of Poe, it's month-long celebration of Edgar Allan Poe. WriteOutLoud is a non-profit organization committed to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading short stories aloud for a live audience. The organization was founded by my guests, San Diego actors Veronica Murphy and Walter Ritter.

Here is an article Ritter wrote about "Why Reading Matters."

Here is a list of the planned events.

Aired 4/2/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Walter Ritter reads the Poe-inspired student poem "The Orangutan" by Ronan Elliott.

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April 2 –Opening night at The Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza. Presentations include a San Diego Opera – Words and Music student written opera developed at Southwest High School – The Cask of Amontillado, performed by David McBean and Nic Reveles. Selections from student written musical by Morgan Hollingsworth. Professional actors will present other student creations, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. – 7:00 pm

April 3 –Poe Classic Film screening 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 pm

Aired 4/2/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

David Myers reads Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven."

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April 5 – Edgar Allan Poe’s Life, Love, Work and Influence – A Poe-centric Evening Event presented by POE(tess) Felicia Morgenstern 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 (April 7), Chula Vista (April 14), La Mesa (April 21), Old Town (April 28). Distributing Poe reader’s guides and bookmarks. Giant pupett will attend 2:00 – 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

Aired 4/2/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Walter Ritter reads the final paragraph from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher."

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April 10 – Mo Poe Favorite works of Edgar Allan Poe will be read by students from Wangenheim Middle School and professionals from Write Out Loud. Bill Nericcio, Professor of English at SDSU discusses the influence of Poe on the current fantasy phenomenon. Mira Mesa Library, 8405 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126 – 6:30

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 – Writerz Blok Graffiti Art Workshop - Background on grafitti art history, techniques for creating grafitti art and how to incorporate Poe's work into graffiti art. Logan Heights Library, 567 South 28th St, San Diego, CA 92113 4:00 – 5:30 pm

April 13 – "The Raven" and 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

Aired 4/2/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Linda Libby reads from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"

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April 14 – Writerz Blok Graffiti Art Workshop – 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 –Nicolas 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

Vincent Price in "The Masque of Red Death."

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Above: Vincent Price in "The Masque of Red Death."

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

Aired 4/2/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Veronica Murphy reads an unusual excerpt of Edgar Allan Poe's writing, "Landor's Cottage."

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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 at the Whistle Stop, 2236 Fern Street in South Park will show Poe shorts and have a Poe reading by Monster Island Resort Podcast and Horrible Imaginings' Miguel Rodriguez at 8:00pm.

April 24 –Arthur Salm, author and former book editor of San Diego UT, leads a discussion of Edgar Allan Poe with local authors Charles Harrington Elster. Abigail Padgett and Peter Rowe. 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. Logan Heights Library, 567 South 28th Street, San Diego, CA 92113 – 5:00 pm

April 26 – Arts and 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

Aired 4/2/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Walter Ritter reads from Edgar Allan Poe's "El Dorado."

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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 and 30 – Scott Marks, film critic/historian, joins us both nights to talk about classic Corman films based on Poe. "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 and others. 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

You can also listen to Poe set to music by Orange County's Kristen Lawrence.

For more information call 619-297-8953 or visit Write Out Loud.

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Missionaccomplished | April 8, 2012 at 10:17 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

All that is missing would be a sneak preview of the upcoming John Cussack movie.

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