Peter has been interviewed by Michelle Chung of the Korean Poets Society of America, based in Los Angeles, for their publication Global Poetry & Poetics "Mijusihak”. The interview and a selection of Peter’s poems will appear in early 2012.
Peter, who has just returned from California, where he was a poet-in-residence for the whole of July and August, returns to America in late September.
He will give readings, with American poets John Dotson and Peter Fulton, at the Robert Frost Farm Museum in New Hampshire, the famous The Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Boston, where he read with Aeronwy Thomas, daughter of Dylan, in 2008, the Rockport Public Library, and Thoreau’s Walden Pond.
His verse drama, THE BOY AND THE LION’S HEAD, about his childhood on Kilvey Hill, will be performed by the recently formed The Seventh Quarry Drama Group at several venues in Boston.
The drama received its world-premiere in California in 2010 and was recently performed at the Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea, as part of the International Poetry Festival, organized by Peter in a collaboration with Stanley H. Barkan of Cross-Cultural Communications, New York, and Carolyn Mary Kleefeld of Atoms Mirror Atoms Inc., America.
The Seventh Quarry Drama Group comprises Swansea actresses and actors, Jill Goodwin-Croke, Julie-Anne Grey, Steve Grey, and Luke Williams, a pupil at Bishopston School, Swansea, who will play The Boy in the verse drama, and American actor James Ellis.
Julie-Anne Grey and Steve Grey will also perform in John Dotson’s and Lisa Maroski’s drama, THUMPS. Jill Goodwin-Croke and Luke Williams
will feature in Peter Fulton’s drama, HOW TO CARVE AN ANGEL. Both dramas were also recently performed at the Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea.
The Seventh Quarry Drama Group will also perform fragments from Dylan Thomas’s UNDER MILK WOOD to American audiences.
Peter is returning to Big Sur, California, in May 2012, for two months as a writer-in-residence. Whilst there, as a guest of poet and painter Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, he will work on his commissioned drama, THE FIRE IN THE WOOD, which is about Big Sur sculptor Edmund Kara.
He will also participate in several literary events in Big Sur, Monterey, and Carmel, organised by writer John Dotson and Patricia Holt, during his stay.
Peter, who has completed a new comedy drama, SALEM'S LOT, which is about the literary world, whilst a poet-in-residence in Big Sur, California, has been commissioned to write a new drama on Big Sur sculptor Edmund Kara, whose derelict cabin is situated below the cabin where Peter is in residence. Edmund Kara is famous for his sculpture of Elizabeth Taylor in the 1965 film, THE SANDPIPER, which also starred Richard Burton, and for the Phoenix sculpture at the Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur. The working title for the Kara drama is THE FIRE IN THE WOOD, which will also feature poetry, prose, and paintings by Big Sur poet and artist Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, and music and film.
LITERARY TOURS WORLDWIDE includes the Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village, commissioned by the Welsh Assembly in New York and written by Peter and Aeronwy Thomas in 2008.
LiteraryToursWorldwide.com/Traveling the Path of the Literary:
Visit Juliet's balcony in Verona. Take a nature walk in the Lake District where the English Romantic poets escaped from city life to write ...
Peter has been invited back to America in July 2011 for two months.
He will reside in Big Sur from July to September as a poet-in-residence, the guest of poet and artist Carolyn Mary Kleefeld. His second American book, POEMS FROM A CABIN ON BIG SUR (Cross-Cultural Communications, New York), will have its American launch at the Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, organised by Monterey’s John Dotson and Big Sur’s Patricia Holt.
He will also participate in other events, including an inaugural Los Angeles American/Korean Festival, arranged by his American publisher Stanley H. Barkan.
POEMS FROM A CABIN ON BIG SUR will have its Welsh launch in Swansea in May.
Peter has been invited to New York by the Welsh Assembly Government in New York for the media launch of the revamped DYLAN THOMAS WALKING TOUR OF GREENWICH VILLAGE on March 4th. It has been officially taken over by the city's New York Fun Tours operator, and will be offered as a weekly tour to those visiting New York. It will be in memory of Aeronwy, Dylan's daughter. The launch will be part of WALES WEEK USA: March 1 - 6, 2011. Peter originally wrote the Tour in 2008, with the support of Aeronwy.
The tour is being re-launched on March 4 this year by Swansea-born poet Peter Thabit Jones as part of Wales Week 2011 - WESTERN MAIL newspaper, 26th February 2011.
The Seventh Quarry and Cross-Cultural Communications, New York
A three-day festival of Poetry Readings, Drama, DVD presentations, Music, and a Book and Art Portfolio Display will take place from 16th to 18th June, featuring writers and performers from AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BULGARIA, CANADA, CATALONIA, CORNWALL, ENGLAND, INDIA, ISRAEL, ITALY, KOREA, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SCOTLAND, SERBIA, SICILY, AND WALES.
Hosted by Peter Thabit Jones and Stanley H. Barkan at the Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea.
Extra festival events at The Boathouse, Laugharne; Dylan Thomas House, Swansea; and the Nick Holly Art Studio, Swansea.
Peter's portrait has been painted by Long Island artist David Martine for permanent display in the planned Long Island Poetry Archival Center. The portrait is part of a series of paintings of poets by David, who has had exhibitions in many galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Center is the brainchild of The North Sea Poetry Scene's Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, a leading poet and publisher.
Peter is interviewed in the latest issue of the Romanian literary journal MARMATIA LITERIA/REVISTA FESTIVALULUI INTERNATIONAL DE POEZIE DE LA SIHETU MARMATIEI. His interviewer is Romanian poet and editor Vasile Proca. The English version was translated into Romanian by Dr. Olimpia Iacob, who is the translator of two of Peter's books published in Romania and dozens of his poems and articles published in other Romanian journals.
Peter’s poem THE BIRD OF GRIEF, from his forthcoming book POEMS FROM A CABIN ON BIG SUR (Cross-Cultural Communications, New York), is matched with poet and artist Carolyn Mary Kleefeld’s painting ST. ELAINE AND HER GUARDIANS as part of the ongoing IMMAGINE&POESIA Poetry and Art Project. The artistic literary movement was founded in Torino, Italy, in 2007.Peter is the U.K. representative for IMMAGINE&POESIA.
“St. Elaine and her guardians”, painting by CAROLYN MARY KLEEFELD ...
Peter's STARS AT ELBOW AND FOOT: ECHOES OF SLAVERY, a long poem-sequence, which was premiered at Swansea's National Waterfront Museum as part of its exhibition on slavery, EVERYWHERE IN CHAINS, is to be translated into Romanian by Dr. Olimpia Iacob and published by Caiete Internationale De Poezie. It will be accompanied by his INTERNAL VOICES, a new essay about being a poet.
Peter is featured in a travelling exhibition in America. The exhibition features Catherine Zeta Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Jones, and others who have been embraced by America.
WELSH AMERICAN HISTORY 2010
The Welsh Assembly Government's ' Welsh in America' travelling exhibition will be at the following venues in 2010:
June 18th- July 1 st:
Granville Historical Museum, Granville, Ohio
July 3rd- August 3rd:
Bangor Heritage Center, Bangor, Pennsylvania
August 5th- August 25th:
Welsh America Heritage Museum, Oak Hill, Ohio
August 28th- Sep 5th:
North American Festival of Wales, Portland, Oregon
September 27th- October 15th:
Gomer United Church of Christ, Gomer, Ohio
November 12th- 20th:
Annual Global Expo, UCHL, Houston, Texas
Written and performed by Martin Shears, singer and songwriter
Martin writes on his website: This is an overture I was asked to write for a verse play by the Welsh poet Peter Thabit Jones. The play was performed for the first time in Monterey, CA, along with this recorded version of my overture. The aforementioned author, director John Dotson, and audience were very pleased with the piece.
A new poetry collection, POEMS FROM A CABIN ON BIG SUR, about Peter's time as a writer-in-residence in Big Sur, California, in April/May, 2010, is forthcoming from Cross-Cultural Communications, New York, in March 2011.
The poems will be accompanied by a selection of photos and an Introduction by New York's Vince Clemente.
(See the Book's Introduction by Vince Clemente in the Prose Selections section)
Cross-Cultural Communications West presents
The unknown man Simon Hunt
The unknown woman Marilee Childs
The grandmother Deanna McKinstry-Edwards
The grandfather Langston Johnson
The boy Garland Thompson, Jr.
Music by Martin Shears
Directed by John Dotson
THE BOY AND THE LION'S HEAD
a verse drama
by Peter Thabit Jones
The Lion's Head is a formation in stone, a bit larger than a full-grown African male lion.
It is not man-made but shaped by time and the natural forces. ~ PTJ
Monday, May 17, 2010