Thursday May 17
Poetry as an entry point to deeper connections with yourself and others sparking conversations that matter.
A monthly gathering of community, spoken word, good food and art!
Barbara Piper reads from her poetry collections and invites people into the conversation. Much of her poems are a conversation between herself and the different parts of her Jewish, German, English, and Dutch heritage. She also ventures into more recent work around being brave and moving away from those family ties to moving into a new way of being. By holding the conversation lightly, deeper connections and new insights are woven into the evening with ease.
‘May Day May Day’ – May 2018
Open Mic with Rob Nilsson
Throughout May, published poet and painter, and well-known filmmaker, Rob Nilsson is on display at Spark Arts.
For the May Poetry Bites, we will collaborate and present some of our poetry together and open the floor to poets alike. Please feel welcome and share your works!
Poetry Bites this month is all about ‘the Film of your life’.
Have you ever had that feeling that life is like a flash of light? A falling star? Swoosh! And suddenly you look up and a big chunk of life had already come to pass? During this event, I will be reading from some work around big life events that came and went. And we will venture into conversation about how looking over that proverbial shoulder can help you take that next step into a new venture.
Barbara Piper is a poet and life coach. During her poetry salons, she combines the art of words with personal development, using art as an entry point to inner dialogue followed by conversations that matter. This unique approach has touched the hearts of her listeners. Barbara’s words give food for thought and are aimed at bringing contemplation, (self)-compassion, and silence in a light way. Words that touch the heart move conversations.
Barbara enjoyed an international childhood. Life ever since has revolved around travel and living abroad in both Europe, Asia, and the US. Home is The Netherlands, but for now home is with her family in San Francisco.
Barbara earned a Master of Arts in Communication and has had a diverse career. She started out in the corporate sphere and, after ten years, she moved into health care and ran her own health care facilities. She has written prose and poetry for as long as she can remember, and it was only after moving to San Francisco that she decided to share her work.
“So grateful for this group. I appreciate the gentle curiosity your work brings to exploring both the unknowns and the knowns.”
“I have been to many poetry events but you have a way to bring positivity to the room. Talking about deep feelings and dark places. Like the seaweeds we go into and you bring it to the surface and light. It isn’t heavy but light. “
“I celebrate you Barbara- you open many windows to the fresh air of the world. We all walk away lighter than when we came. Thanks for lightning our load and giving us more air to breath.”