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Poetry Writer Natalie Jovanic

I wanted to bring my message to a different audience, and I was curious how my poems would sound if they were interpreted by a professional actor.

– Natalie Jovanic, on why she submitted to WILDsound (review)

WILDsound just performed three poems by Natalie Jovaniic. Watch them now:

    THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL

    LOVE AND FREEDOM

    IN WHOLENESS WE MEET

    Poem read by actor Frances Stecyk

    Submit your own poetry to the festival and we’ll have it performed:
    http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

Q&A with Natalie:

MT: What is the theme of your poem?

Natalie: My poems are about love and relationships, and I hope that they support people in creating relationships that are free of violence and judgement.

MT: How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

Natalie: That’s difficult to say because each person will relate to the poems in a different way. I’d be very grateful if my poems gave people hope and inspiration.

MT: Do you have a favorite poet?

Natalie: I love Rumi.

MT: How long have you been writing poetry?

Natalie: I never had the intention to write poetry. It just happened. Two years ago, I started to express my ideas in poetry. It took me a year until I dared to share it with other people and they encouraged me to publish them.

MT: Do you write other works? Scripts? Short Stories? Etc…?

Natalie: I have a blog and write healing stories. I also wrote a memoir, A Brave, True Story, which is available on amazon.com and amazon.ca.

MT: What is your passion in life?

Natalie: My passion is to help people heal and create loving and nurturing relationships that are free of violence and judgement.

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7 Questions with Poetry Writer Bright Calm City

Today we are getting to know the Poet Bright Calm City. We just performed two of their poems:

WATCH: YOUR SOUL IN OTHERS

and

WATCH: NICE TO MEET YOU

Both poems were performed by Val Cole.

Submit your poem today and get it performed:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

Watch OCTOBER 2014 Poetry Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/watch_october_2014_poetry_readings.html

1) What is the theme of your poem?

My latest series of poems are based on powerful little moments and observations we make, but very rarely talk about, diving deep into a moment or feeling to give it the attention it deserves.

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

If for just one moment the words help someone else in their daily chaos feel happier, calmer or slightly more connected, I’d be over the moon.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

A few years now.

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

So many to choose from, Rumi reigns high for me, also loving all the new poets coming through now too, their raw takes on human relationships and the way we connect are amazing. I also get inspired by singer/songwriters – the singing poets of the world – it amazes me how words sung well, with emotion, can get in so deep, millions of people playing it over and over again as they take on the feeling/story as their own. So powerful.

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

Curiosity. I write a lot but hardly ever read them out loud. I love watching someone read a poem, taking it into their mind and connecting it to something they are going through personally. I have great admiration for the spoken poets out there – and was very curious to see how the words connect/felt through have one of my poems read out loud.

6) Do you write other works? Scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Yes, I’ve have written short stories, currently working on a book too. The book is based on being a young widow, a non-fiction book on my own experiences, the raw moments no one prepares you for, a few magical encounters along the way and a series of poetry to help anyone else going through the grief process.

7) What is your passion in life?

Connecting the right words in the right places, words are so powerful, they can change your mood, your day and your life.

7 Questions with Poetry Writer Carolyn Urquhart

Today let’s get to know the poetry writing of Carolyn Urquhart. We just showcased her intense poem ALL IS DARK. Watch it here, performed by actress VAL COLE:

7 Questions with the Writer:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of my poem was included with the submission – domestic violence. My problem is that if any of my family members see the poem and it gets back to my husband it will literally be a life and death situation. So that makes it very difficult for me . But then , I doubt if any of them will be watching. Here’s hoping because my guardian angels already work overtime.

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

Just want the audience to feel sadness, sympathy, pain, empathy, anger

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

Started wring 25 yrs ago. Was told I was terrible ( at writing ) so stopped for a long time.

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

Henry Lawson – an Australian poet. His poetry could be ‘ down ‘ but he knew the soul – both male and female . He just knew people, life and humanity. Love his writing . Short stories fabulous too!

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I felt alone and wanted someone else to KNOW what was happening to me.

6) Do you write other works? Scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have written short stories , started a movie script and have finished the first draft of a novel. Unfortunately all of this was before I was married but I have ideas for a couple if novels, some short stories and even a movie script . Just need my confidence back .

7) What is your passion in life?

What is my passion . Do I even have one anymore? Seeing my family have the best possible lives they can . Not really a passion . My writing and painting ( landscapes in oils ) Although I can’t fulfil that part of me right now they are ‘ a part of me ‘ .

Enjoy

Matthew Toffolo

7 Questions with Poetry Writer Matthew Carter

Today, let’s get to know poetry writer Matthew Carter better. We just showcased his poem called AWKWARD at our recent festival.

Watch the poetry reading here. Performed by actress Val Cole:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

It is an introspective surreal poem of self-reflection.

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

I want the people watching or reading my poem to place themselves in the poem. I think it speaks to many people.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I have been writing it since about middle school.

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

Emily Dickinson is definitely my favorite and Walt Whitman is second.

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

My fiancé Amy Santos. She has been a great inspiration to me and when I feel like I am at my wits end and can’t go on she is there for me no matter what.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have written short stories as well, and I would like to write a script in the future. I write horror and thrillers as well. My psychological thriller is called Liquid Soul and I have a poetry book called Fearing the Invisible Invincible.

7) What is your passion in life?

I have several passions in life. Writing is a big passion of mine and the art of creating something just by thoughts that enter my mind is big to me. Also, I am currently in college to get a Master’s Degree in special education for the Cognitively Impaired. I thoroughly enjoy working with those who have special needs because they have so much to offer.

7 Questions with Poetry Writer Donald Carroll

We just showcased 6 poems from writer Donald Carroll. All unique in nature. Take a look at them here on his own YouTube channel playlist:

Submit your own poem today and get it performed:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

Get to know Donald. 7 Questions with the poet:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

1. A Little Help Required – Introversion and Social Awareness
2. Shaping It Sexy – Dating and Love
3. Retreats In Sustainability – Healing, Recovery and Social Awareness
4. Her Chorus Is All That Matters – Romance, Passion, Love and Loneliness
5. Stagnation And Starvation – Self Development, Social Awareness and Goals
6. Drunk On Ambrosia – Passion, Love and Romance

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

I want people to feel them in an universal sense. To unlock doors for those that are introverted. The creative element needs to be brought into the schools early so that students can have a sense of individuality and not have to feel like they have to fit into the collective and sacrifice on the cuffs of mainstream.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

As to writing poetry. My early indoctrination started in high school and primarily influenced by Rush in the late 70’s but it really didn’t start until I reached the age of 32 when a series of tough life events and filling voids with the use of alcohol and getting nabbed in one of those kind of roadblock kind of things. I didn’t have any positive reinforcements as to the way I was developing as a person of which added extra layers of introversion. But that can be a good thing as it protects you because you know how to retreat when things get difficult. It was when an uncle provided me a tip on my genealogy research is when I found Zane Grey as a very distant cousin on my mom’s side of the family. I knew at that point that was an identity that I wanted and that it gave me the positive reinforcement that I needed to pursue what I had felt inside all along because I knew I was good with words as being able to see them metaphorically.

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

It will probably come as no surprise to you that my primary influence is Charles Bukowski. I’ve got a considerable large library by the man. I flat simply identified with the man.

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

First off, Wildsound followed me on twitter. That would give a writer a good indication and to get some really great exposer. Also, the fact Wildsound is out of Canada and Rush is from Canada. I saw those guys when I was in high school. I had to sneak to go to that concert in 76 or 77. It was my first ever concert and absolutely loved it. A small reflection on how impacted I was by them.

6) Do you write other works? Scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I’ve written a couple small prose pieces of which aren’t very long. However, I’d be inclined to think they could be developed into something much bigger. I do have a piece a poem that is actually a plot for a script for the paranormal/ horror category. That’s a big big project. I do have the final draft software and I do have some samples on how to create it.

7) What is your passion in life?

My passion Mathew is simply to be a writer. That Whitney Jitney I operate for my day job has simply got to go. I want to be around the right people that get me and know how I function.

– Matthew Toffolo

WATCH OCTOBER 2014 Poetry Readings

In mid-2014, due to popular demand, we decided to have poetry readings performed by professional actors and then showcased on our YouTube channel. So far we’ve had excellent results as the readings are garnering a lot of views, the actors LOVE doing them, and the poets themselves seem to really be happy with the final product.

Anyone can submit their poem to be posted on our network, or have it performed. There are no winners etc.. because all poems deserve to be showcased. It’s such a subjective form of expression it wouldn’t be fair to state one poem is better than another. Plus, it’s the final product as scripts and many other forms of writing are part of a collaborative team and the written work is the beginning of a long process.

You can submit your Poem today before the October 31st deadline:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

Or watch last month’s poetry readings performed by actress Val Cole:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/watch_october_2014_poetry_readings.html

Or watch past and present readings here on the YouTube playlist:

Here’s a recent comment from poet Donald Carroll on why he submitted his poem to be performed at WILDsound:

First off, WILDsound followed me on twitter. That would give a writer a good indication and to get some really great exposure. Also, the fact WILDsound is out of Canada and Rush is from Canada. I saw those guys when I was in high school. I had to sneak to go to that concert in 76 or 77. It was my first ever concert and absolutely loved it. A small reflection on how impacted I was by them.