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Past Parties and Readings
Note: Because none of us stood on the stage under the lights during the Spring 2001 Reading, the photos for this reading didn't turn out. Sorry. And next time I'll be clear about getting people on stage.
KotaPress Welcomes You To Our Spring Reading 2001!
This is the time of Beltaine, May Day, L'ei Day, Mother's Day, and Father's Day. While these can all be joyous celebrations, we would like to acknowledge how difficult holidays can be-- especially the Hallmark manufactured ones.
At the foot of the stage we offer an ofrenda (altar) to celebrate the joy and sorrow of these seasons. With this, we honor the memory of Dakota Jones, namesake of KotaPress, who died at birth and all our loved ones who have left too soon. We invite you to participate in this celebration by viewing the ofrenda, adding to it, holding the memory of your loved ones in heart and mind tonight as we celebrate with Poetry and Music. Welcome.
October 20, 2000
This night we celebrated the release of the first ever KotaPress Poetry Anthology, Volume 1, Number 1, result of the first KotaPress Anthology Contest.
This was the line-up for the evening:
We also celebrated the seasonal holidays of Halloween, Hallomas, Samhain, All Soul's Day, and Day of the Dead that night. Down in front of the stage we built an ofrenda for the celebration. This tradition comes from the Mexican culture where Dias De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated all during the month of October with the building of ofrenda tables in people's homes. (See www.azcentral.com/rep/dead/ for more information.)
October is also Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, so we, in particular, celebrated Day of the Dead for all the angelitos (little angels) who have passed on ahead of us. That night we honored the memory of Dakota Jones, namesake of KotaPress, who died at birth and all our loved ones who have left too soon. We invited audience members and readers alike to participate in this celebration by viewing the ofrenda, adding to it, holding the memory of their loved ones in heart and mind as we celebrated with Poetry and Music.