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Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival
March 5, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am EST
An homage to women and against violence for a culture of peace
Hosted by the Free Poets Collective
Debbie Tosun Kilday
With musical guest Izikhotane Project
Open mic to follow!
Elizabeth Fontaine Bio
Elizabeth Fontaine is a Navy veteran, a poet, a mother and a humanitarian activist. She has been living and working in the Pioneer Valley since the late 90’s. Some of Elizabeth’s accomplishments include:
• For 3 consecutive years (2013-2015), she was invited by the Veterans Administration to read a poem on the steps of City Hall Springfield. What a true honor to be a part of these Memorial Day events that was headed by Springfield’s Mayor Michael Albano, his staff, Veterans Admin, etc.
• Elizabeth had 3 poems published through ARISE For Social Justice in their newsletter called, “Taking It To The Streets”. Located in Springfield this group is a nonprofit organization that gets involved in issues such as environmental and humanitarian needs, such as homelessness.
• Elizabeth is also associated with The Veterans Art Support Group. An organization that uses creativity in a therapeutic way to help with the symptoms of P.T.S.D. and other issues particularly military experiences are addressed in this group. Through the Springfield V.A. CBOC Arts Support Group, she helped to develop the concept of a calendar for local veterans and was instrumental in having it published.
• On November 6, 2014, Elizabeth attended the 10th Annual Women’s Veterans Appreciation Day held at the Boston capital. Presented by the Mass Women Veterans Network from the MA Dept. of Veterans Services. She is also a member of this group as well. It was an honor to be a speaker and read a poem in front of other veterans, state and federal officials, politicians, etc.
Elizabeth writes about experiences in her life that had a major impact on her as well as global events that affect us all. She shares her work in the hope that others who have been through similar experiences will feel validated and supported. She hopes to publish a poetry collection of her own work within the next year.
Susan Mardinly has enjoyed a career as an operatic soloist, concert singer, music director and lecturer. She is the author of journal articles, a book, and sixty musical scores about women composers. She has been teaching voice for decades, currently at The Hartt School, University of Hartford.
Dr. Mardinly began writing at age eight and has been honored to be published in newspapers and journals, including Naugatuck River Review, where she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She loves featuring for FreePoets and ekphrastic events. Deep Calls to Deep: A Journey in Ancestral Voices is her first published book of poetry (available on Amazon) She is working on her second and a novel.