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Shanna Melton

Artist, Poetic Soul Arts in Bridgeport

Poetry -- The Inspiration of Maya Angelou


Shanna Melton has shared her potery for years and has been making an impact on others. Much of her inspiration has come from Maya Angelou who set an example by sharing her triumph over the obstacles she faced and creating a legacy to influence others. Just as Maya Angelou elevated herself through her art, Shanna uses art as a bridge between herrself and her family/community.

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HOWL, Poetry, Politics and Protest

@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Alex Levene spits out impassioned spoken word in support of poetry, politics and protest.

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My Secret Life of Poetry

@ VOL 24 ON JUL 15, 2015

Chris Gallavin has a great passion for poetry and taxidermy and he presents two of his poems. 

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World of Poetry

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 29, 2015

Hala Abduallah; A spoken word poet.

She Talks about her experience in writing and poetry.

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The Links between Poetry and Youth Work

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

Sophie Rea shares the Links between Poetry and Youth Work

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Power of Poetry

@ VOL 12 ON JAN 18, 2018

Connor Simons shares a story and poem about his community trip to Cuba and the cross-cultural exhange and poetry that came from this powerful experience. He reflects on the universal reach of poetry.

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The Propagation of a Maya Narrative: From Ancestral Seed to New Life

@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

Frida Larios shares her journey to find her Mayan culture through her work as a designer. As a part of her accomplishments she has created a new mayan language through hieroglyphics.  Frida shows us how this tells stories.

Frida is from El Salvador (of Maya-pipil and Spanish heritage), a small and impoverished country in Central America with deep ethnic and social identity crisis. In 2004, these overwhelming historical tensions inspired her to found a cultural movement called New Maya Language, and while creating it, to find her own indigeneity. Larios’s unique system re-codifies a small part of the Maya mythic narrative through new graphic form. Her methodology speaks with and for today’s indigenous communities by borrowing directly from the logo-graphic principles of ancestral Maya scribes. For nearly 15 years she has dialogued diverse Mesoamerican narratives for children, youth and designers through exhibitions, workshops, installations, books, artworks, and textiles; around the world.


Larios is the Indigenous Advisory Chair for the International Indigenous Design Network (INDIGO) at the International Council of Design (Canada) and Deakin University (Australia). She co-founded  Indigenous Design Collective (Washington, D.C.), an organization that partners with the Smithsonian Latino Center for Day of the Dead celebrations in the U.S. Larios is currently an Adjunct Professor in Art and Design at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., where she lives. She holds a MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London.

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A poetic vision - the Sunshine Coast poetry trail

@ VOL 25 ON FEB 28, 2018

The Sunshine Coast Pente Poets (including Judith Bandidt, Deanne Lister and Lyn Browne) set off on a mission to bring poetry to the people by making it accessible within the local environment. The first year of their grassroots community project saw the poets investigate a variety of Sunshine Coast locations from 'hinterland to headland', exploring innovative ways of embedding poetry in natural, and built environments and writing about what they discovered. A cross-arts sculptural approach has since been used linking the visual arts with the literary arts through the creation of public art pieces with poetry as an intrinsic element.  

The Hinterland Poetry Trail took shape during 2016 and 2017 at three sites. Inspiration for both poetry and sculptures was drawn from the history, heritage and unique environments of the three locations.

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Miel maya honing

@ VOL 6 ON MAR 18, 2018

Né en 1958, romaniste de formation. Parcours professionnel essentiellement dans le commerce équitable, chez Oxfam-Magasins du Monde (1982 à 1988) et chez Miel Maya Honing (de 1993 à ce jour).

Miel Maya Honing asbl est une ONG de développement active en Belgique et dans le Sud, spécialisée dans l’apiculture. En Belgique, elle fait un travail d’information et de mobilisation sur le commerce équitable, illustré par la filière du miel. Groupes-cibles: les écoles primaires et les communes qui participent à  la Campagne Communes du Commerce Equitable. Au Sud, elle appuie des projets d’organisations paysannes apicoles, au Mexique et en Amérique centrale (jusqu’en 2013), et, depuis 2014, en Bolivie et en Afrique (Congo-RDC, Cameroun et Rwanda). Au niveau du commerce équitable, son partenaire commercial était la coopérative Maya Fair Trade (jusqu’en 2017) et, depuis 2018, Oxfam Fair Trade.

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Twenty Citations: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Writing a Collection of Poems

@ VOL 36 ON APR 10, 2019

Matthew Carlin shares his inspiration for his writing.