Saturday, August 30, 2008

Frances Mai Ling: Poet and Alternative Classical Composer

Frances Mai-Ling is pioneering the genre of Alternative-Classical music; taking classical piano to new level giving it a fresh sound of the traditional and the current trend of rock, pop, alternative. Creating a new genre that is powerful, for people of all ages can enjoy. Since 2001, she has taken her creation of Alternative-Classical merging the sparkling qualities of classical music with the emotional melodic style of many generes, all within an intimate setting of Mai-Ling and her music.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

John Amen: Poet, Musician/Songwriter, Editor

John Amen is the author of two collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer (Uccelli Press 2003) and More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications 2005), and has released one folk/folk rock CD, All I’ll Never Need (Cool Midget 2004). His poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including, most recently, Rattle, The New York Quarterly, The International Poetry Review, Gargoyle, and Blood to Remember. He is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas. His second CD, Ridiculous Empire, was just released (Spring 2008) and is now available for purchase. Amen travels widely giving readings, doing musical performances, and conducting workshops. He founded and continues to edit the award-winning literary bimonthly, The Pedestal Magazine (

Friday, August 8, 2008

David Francis: His poetry, music and Interview

From "New Grey Whistle Test" ( by David Hudson

All the way from New York this guy oozes credibility and coolness, he has a new album out now called 'Poems'...
All the lyrics and poems on his new album were written entirely in the UK, a collection of inspirations and thoughts that our country had on an 'American in London'....and beyond

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Joe Martin: Playwright, Novelist, Theatre Director

Playwright, novelist and theatre director, Joe Martin's works comprise an international, searching, formal exploration into the border regions between the spiritual cosmos and the political world.

He is the recipient of various grants and awards as a writer and director--including a Fulbright Senior Fellowship in Theatre, and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Scandinavian Foundation, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, among others. In 2002 Martin was selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Theatre.

Also active as a translator of drama from Swedish, Norwegian and Spanish, he has translated many works of August Strindberg, as well as Jens Bjorneboe, and Juan Tovar.
A director and dramaturg of over fifty stage productions in the US, Canada and Europe, his choices have included both originals and classic works: The Ghost Sonata (Washington 1988), Parabola: Tales of the Wise and the Idiots (Washington, 1990), Anatole's Lover (Washington 1991), Woyzeck (1993), The Match Girl's SNOW QUEEN (Washington 1995), Three Plays by Brecht: The Wedding/The Chalk Cross/The Beggar (with Zeljko Djukic, 1997), Rumi's MATHNAVI (Washington and New York, 1998-2001), and Jose Rivera's Marisol (Bucharest, 2002).

He is a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts and Studies, Johns Hopkins University; & Creative Writing at George Washington University.
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