Harvey Taylor

At a July 2005 Rally

Bio Note

Harvey Taylor is a founding member of the Earth Poets & Musicians performance ensemble, peace activist, music and writing teacher (often in ‘special needs’ settings), avid gardener, part-time crane operator at the port of Milwaukee, and obsessive writer of poems and songs morphing into compulsive music composer and CD producer: www.harveytaylor.net

Holly Haebig

Holly with her main source of inspiration, baby Elladia

Louisa Loveridge-Gallas

Looking at you

As an earth poet, Louisa Loveridge-Gallas believes all beings are deeply connected, as she reveals in her “Ode to Slugs”: Remind me, with your body of alien goo/we are mud relatives. We’re family, me and you.”

She has performed her poems and also on piano in concerts with Red House Recording Artist Claudia Schmidt who writes of Louisa’s poetry collection, Revelations on Longing Street: “. . . I am reminded to forgo cynicism and simply to celebrate this wild ride called the human condition.” Schmidt performs Louisa’s poems in her national tours, on radio shows, including “Prairie Home Companion” and on a spoken word CD, “Roads.”

She has been an artist in The Wisconsin Arts Board Artist in Residence and Education Program and a featured poet at Chicago’s Women and Children First, Madison’s Room of One’s Own Bookstores, Milwaukee’s PAC Peck Pavilion, Woodland Pattern, Centennial Hall, Village Church, and Schwartz Bookstores.

Often inspired by Milwaukee, she was the winner of onmilwaukee.com’s poetry Contest 2006 for her poem “Live at the Jazz Estate.”

She has 25 years experience as a body-mind counselor and quotes Freud who said “Everywhere I go, a poet has been there before me.
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Jeff Poniewaz

Dolphin poet smiling in the Milky Way

Bio note

Jeff Poniewaz has taught “Literature of Ecological Vision” via UW-Milwaukee since 1989. His poems have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies. Allen Ginsberg praised his work for its “impassioned prescient ecological Whitmanesque/Thoreauvian verve and wit.” His book Dolphin Leaping in the Milky Way won a 1987 “Discovery Award” from PEN, the international writers’ organization. In March 1997 the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performed the special “Song of the Rainforest” concert he brainstormed to draw attention to the global rainforest crisis. He was awarded an Earth Guardian Award at Milwaukee’s Earth Day 2000 celebration.

Suzanne Rosenblatt

Suzanne reading (with Jeff and Louisa) at Antler’s Poet Laureate reading sponsored by Friends of Milwaukee Public Library, March 23, 2003

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Bio note

Suzanne Rosenblatt writes travel journals, performs with the Earth Poets and Musicians, draws wordrawings along Lake Michigan and moving dancers during performances, paints sunrises on the beach, does tai chi and yoga, bikes, gardens organically, and is an environmental and political activist. Her books include Everyone Is Going Somewhere (MacMillan), Memorandance (Marcel Dekker), and Shorelines (Gallery of Wisconsin Art), and illustrations in her daughter Sarah’s books, On the Waterbed They Sank to Their Own Levels and One Season Behind (Carnegie Mellon University Press).

Web site: http://www.rosenblattgallery.com/suzanne/index.shtml

Here’s a link to my blog: http://blogs.shorewoodnow.com/between_yesterday_and_tomorrow/

Link to Grass Roots, my pesticide education group: http://www.rosenblattgallery.com/grassroots/index.shtml
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Jahmes Tony Finlayson

A Poet of Percussion

Bio Note

Jahmés Tony Finlayson is an accomplished musician, performing artist, storyteller, composer and workshop facilitator. His interactive and engaging presentations include music, songs, stories and movement of Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and beyond. He has presented numerous concerts and assemblies to school groups, colleges and universities across the country and his programs are enthusiastically received by young and old alike. He is a keynote presenter who has performed and facilitated workshops and therapeutic music sessions for wellness/health care professionals and educators. He has presented at several peace camps and peer mediation/conflict resolution organizations. Jahmés also conducts classroom sessions and workshops involving creativity, creative use of found objects, instrument making and drumcraft. He has led drumming and music workshops for people of all ages with a variety of special needs, and is the Musical Director of “Children of the Sun,” a drum ensemble for deaf and hard of hearing youth at the Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Jahmés is a faculty member at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the Director of Music for Express Yourself Milwaukee Inc., and performs regularly with the Milwaukee Public Theatre. He has been affiliated with the world renowned Ko Thi African Dance Company as poet, musician and prop designer for more than two decades and is a founding member of the popular world music ensemble “One Drum.”

Jahmés is available for performances and residencies of any length.
For more information, contact Jahmés at 414–840–7590 or handswithheart@aol.com or www.onedrum.net
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Group pictures

First Earth Poets

Earth Poets group photo taken in advance of the very first Earth Poets performance. This was the original group selected by the event’s organizer, Jeff Poniewaz. The photo was taken in the red oak grove on the wild side of Riverside Park just west of the bike trail in April 1988. Left to right, standing in front of the tree: Jeff Poniewaz, Suzanne Rosenblatt, Angela Peckenpaugh. In the tree: Rick Ollman, Ann Megisikwe Filemyr, Craig Kowalkowski, Cristina Herrera, Louisa Loveridge-Gallas, Sue Silvermarie, Harvey Taylor. Antler performed with the group for its first few years, but was doing readings on the East Coast when this photo was taken.
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Earth Poets in early April 2008

The four original members of the Earth Poets group who have performed as part of the Earth Poets every April since 1988: (left to right) Jeff Poniewaz, Louisa Loveridge-Gallas and Harvey Taylor. Far right: 2008 guest poet James Godsil. 4/2/08 photo taken by Keith Knox on the wild side of Riverside Park, west of the bike trail.
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Past years’ Special Guests

Claudia Schmidt, guest poet/singer 4/24/09

Claudia Schmidt – Vocals, Guitar, Dulcimer

Nationally known recording artist Claudia Schmidt has toured more than three decades as a professional singer, song writer and poet. If there has been one thread through Claudia’s varied work over the decades, it has been the relationship to our environment, not as a backdrop, but rather how we are informed and shaped by whether or not we stay awake to where we are and what we need to do to keep it all in balance. Her music has recently appeared in the “Motherhood Manifesto “ produced by the folks at moveon.org. Her venues range from intimate clubs to 4000 seat theatres and festival audiences of 25,000. One critic has written that her concerts are “a lot like falling in love. You never know what’s going to happen next….Every moment is burned into your memory and you know you’ll never be the same again.” For more information, please go to her website: www.claudiaschmidt.com
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Antler, guest poet 4/25/09

Antler: Poet, Explorer of wilderness, without and within

Former (2002–03) Milwaukee Poet Laureate Antler was one of the original members of the Earth Poets group. His epic poem Factory was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in the City Lights Pocket Poet Series in 1980. His book Last Words was published by Ballantine in 1986. Antler: The Selected Poems was published in 2000. Allen Ginsberg called him “one of Whitman’s ‘poets and orators to come’.” In fact, Antler won the Whitman Association’s 1985 Walt Whitman Award, given annually to an author “whose contribution best reveals the continuing presence of Walt Whitman in American poetry.” Known nationally and beyond, he has read his poems at the International Festival of the Poet in Rome and at Kerouac Poetics School in Boulder. This spring his readings include one at Texas A&M. More details can be found at his website: www.antlerpoet.net.
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Susan Firer, guest poet April 2010

Susan Firer is the recipient of this year’s Lorine Niedecker Award. Her most recent book is Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People: New & Selected Poems 1970–2007. Her book The Lives of the Saints and Everything won the Cleveland State Poetry Center Prize and the Posner Award, and The Laugh We Make When We Fall won the Backwaters Prize. She curates the poetry column ExpressMilwaukee.com. Her poem “Call Me Pier” is included in the Poetry Everywhere series, available for viewing on YouTube or through the Poetry Foundation. She was Poet Laureate of the City of Milwaukee from 2008–2010.
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