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Virtual Poetry Cafe – December 2020



Invitation to the Poetry Café
by Don McLagan

Season feeling kinda weird?
Out of kilter? Joy and fear
All mixed in some uncertain way
You cannot find just how to say?

Then join with us December 2
When we will share our poems with you.
We hope you’ll find a verse or phrase
That helps you with these awkward days,


A sound that makes your ear feel kissed,
Or belly laugh at some quick twist,
A rhyme that cuts through tweets and chatter
To show how much words really matter.

Laura, Arnie, Rose and Don
Invite you, Turn your tablet on,
And join with us this holiday
At the Playhouse Poetry Café.

Don McLagan

Don McLagan is an entrepreneur and poet. An innovator of business information services for forty years, he is now retired and advises entrepreneurial CEOs. He writes poetry with the Concord Poetry Center and the Edgartown Poets Collective, and has published a book of poetry, “Tug at the Knot.” Don has a B.S. and B.S.M.E. degrees from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and an MBA from Harvard Business School (1967).

Laura Roosevelt

Laura Roosevelt is a journalist, photographer and poet who lives in West Tisbury. Her poems have been published in a few small literary journals and have twice won the “Best Of” award for poetry at the Eckerd College Writers- in-Paradise Conference. Several years ago, she was one of five winners of a local poetry competition that resulted in the publication of a chapbook entitled “Island Quintet.”

Rose Styron

Rose Styron is a poet, journalist, translator and international human rights activist. She's published five volumes of poetry (Viking, Rizzoli), and traveled widely for Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, chairing AIUSA’s National Advisory Council, PEN's Freedom to Write Committee and the RFK Human Rights Award. A variety of her articles appeared in national periodicals on her involvement. In 2009 and 2010 Rose was a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and its Carr Center for Human Rights. Recently she has written introductions to Letters to My Father (LSU Press) and The Selected Letters of William Styron (Random House), also editing the latter. Her essays and book chapters are published from time to time. With Meryl Streep, she co-chairs Poetry and the Creative Mind on stage at Lincoln Center on behalf of the Academy of American Poets each April. Beyond Conflict, with its new emphasis on neuroscience and conflict resolution, interests her greatly. She is currently working on a memoir.

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