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Berks Bards Open Mic Poetry
May 7, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
First Thursday Open Mic Poetry
6PM | GW Cafe
Featured poet is Theresa Rodriguez
This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by Berks Bards, with a grant from the PA Partners in the Arts, funded by an appropriation from the PA State Legislature, and administered locally by the Berks Arts Council.
Additional support is from members and volunteers with Berks Bards, and from the Friends of the Berks County Public Libraries.
THERESA RODRIGUEZ is a classical singer, poet, author and voice teacher. She previously taught music, voice and conducted the campus choir at Penn State Berks and is currently a member of the voice faculty of the Community School of Music and the Arts at the Goggleworks. She holds a Master of Music with distinction in voice pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Theresa is the author of four books, including Jesus and Eros: Sonnets, Poems and Songs. Her sonnets have been hailed as “truly magnificent”, “poetry at its best,” and her recitations as “electric” and having “all the passions of high theater.” Her poetry has appeared in The Midwest Poetry Review, The Journal for Religion and Intellectual Life, the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship and the Society of Classical Poets, of which she is a member. She is a contributing writer for Classical Singer Magazine where she writes on a variety of subjects of interest to classical singers. As a performance poet she has appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Spoken Word Festivals of the Theater of the Seventh Sister of Lancaster and her poetry was recently featured in the Layers of Language exhibit at Studio B in Boyertown. She is a contributor for the newly-released anthology entitled Reclaiming Our Voices: An Anthology of Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She has just published her fourth book Warning Signs of Abuse: Get Out Early and Stay Free Forever which aims to help women get free early from abusive relationships. She is one of the guest speakers at the “Sharing, Selling, Signing” author’s event at Studio B in Boyetown on June 28th. Theresa is also a frequent participant at the local Sacred Harp singings at the Exeter Quaker meeting house. Theresa is the joyful mother of six children and grandmother to three grandsons. Her website is bardsinger.com.