In my recent blog post about Living the Life of a Writer-Part I, I shared some of my recent experience about belonging to a group of Spanish Writers in Columbus, Ohio. If you missed that first post, you can click here to find it. This journey is encouraging me to reflect so much about writing in my first language, in the process and craft of writing, in the importance of taking risks, and belonging to a community of writers.
After our poems got published in a local newspaper, our next step was to hold the first Spanish Poetry Night in Columbus, OH. This project started with four writers and we grew slowly throughout the week. Now there are eight of us and I am sure very soon this number will change.
Our meeting place was Express Yourself Music Cafe in Powell. An amazing and cozy coffee shop that hosts music events on a nightly basis. It is also decorated like an Art Museum with amazing work by local artists. It was the perfect place for us to hold such an event.
Because pictures are worth a thousand words....
So having choosing the perfect place to hold the event on a cozy Friday evening, the next step was just rehearsing and preparing ourselves for that evening. That special evening came in and was indeed a night of achievements, but mostly it was the beginning of what hopefully would be new beginnings. The seeds were planted that night, and hopefully it will bloom into a strong tree of writers who would give shade and house to hungry Spanish writers.
Here are some pictures of our first Spanish Poetry Night held on Friday December 3:
This is the stage where magic unrolled. Well-known and respected Mexican Artist Santiago Pablo brought his paintings that night for display:
Enrique Infante, the man behind this project, opened the night by welcoming everyone and explaining the goals and ideas behind this group of Spanish writers.