A place to connect with the musings, poetry, writing, spoken word, interviews, performances, events, film, and photography of a poet, writer, and multidimensional artist who still carries a note pad and moleskine with him as well as embraces the current technological tools available for artistic expression.
Experiencing a creative journey means being inspired. James Berkowitz has lived and traveled in many cities fascinated by art, language, and culture. He breathes musically poetic words into his visual writings and enjoys experimentation by playing guitar and composing music to poetic titans such as Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes.
During recent years the discovery of reading poets and writers such as Nazim Hikmet and Mario Benedetti whose works and experimental use of language James feels akin is part of the excitement of evolving. Growth into prose writing of short stories and plays are now taking place. Whether he’s in the street or at the laptop he finds himself grateful for the opportunity to share and connect with other sentient beings via written and spoken word.
All poems, writings, photography, film, video, and quotes presented in this website are copy written by James Berkowitz. All rights reserved. With the exception of quoting brief passages for the purposes of review, the author requests permission in writing for any further use.
"In a time where voices of dissent and any independent voices for that matter are threatened, one voice will continue to melt away the anger, hatred, judgment, and condemnation of diverse people from our vast sea of humanity; that is, the omniscient and truthful voice of eternal love."
James Berkowitz will bare his poetic heart and soul reading/ performing live on the boulevard that inspired "Reaching for the Light of Day" and other works during his frequent night walks around Venice. His poem "The Inner Sun" published in the literary arts journal San Francisco Peace and Hope in 2015 was recently accepted into the San Francisco Public Library and The Special Collections of the Calfornia State Library. He's also published in Edgar Allan Poet Journal #3 (2015) which is a collection of recognized Los Angelels poets dating back to the Beat Era in Venice.
Please join James as part of the VENICE ART CRAWL and WATCH globally via FACEBOOK LIVE as he takes the written word from the page and brings it to the street in theatrical fashion. He is grateful for your presence and support. Hashtag #veniceartcrawl
LIVE PERFORMANCE SET TIMES
(Located on the First Floor Stage)
7:30-8:00 Carol McArthur
8:00-8:10 Art Currim
8:10-8:20 Maryam Mottahedeh
8:20-8:30 Sean Hill
8:30-8:40 Break / Announcements
8:40-8:50 Chaya Silberstein
8:50-9:00 James Berkowitz
9:00-9:15 Betsy Salkind
9:15-10:00 Sayed Sabrina
10:00-10:15 Awesome Giveaway Time
(I'm experimenting with an app Live Air Solo via my iphone to stream the event via my You Tube channel under my name and link berky1). I will update prior to the event.
Please use the following hashtags with posts #vac16 #venice #artravenous #art #poetry #music #comedy #veniceartcrawl
We are grateful for your presence and support. Thank you very much for being part of the event.
A VAC celebration of holiday and original works from Robert Frost to "Do You Hear What I Hear?" I'll be interspersing spiritually uplifting, socially conscious, and romantic original poems during the set. Grateful for your presence. #vac15 #art #poetry
You are invited to Return of the NoHo Beat - a Los Angeles Poet Society production at the 3rd Annual LIT CRAWL LA:NoHo!
We are super excited to bring you Return of the NoHo Beat!
Julio the Conga Poet is back with Jessica Wilson and Juan Cardenas of the Los Angeles Poet Society!
Enjoy conga rhythms and the poetic persuasions of LA Poets!
Norman Molesko - LA's "Young Oldie" Poet and LAPS Senior Advocacy Partner!
Brenda Petrakos - such a powerful word artist! We love Brenda!
James Berkowitz - he is a humble and inspirational bard of truth and love!
Juan Cardenas - LA's Flutist of the people, and Poet!
Julio the Conga Poet - the rhythm and wisdom heartbeat!
Jessica Wilson - the NoHo Beat herself, rocking the words!
Join us and stay for the rest of the Lit Crawl extravaganza!!!
LIT CRAWL IS FREE! #litcrawllanoho #litcrawlla15 #losangelespoetsociety #lapoetry
*I'll be reading and performing as part of the Soap Box Poets segment. Grateful for your presence.
26 September, Saturday - 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE
Over 80 countries worldwide celebrate the movement toward a sustainable future. Beyond Baroque represents Venice, California with a day of poetry and action. Free.
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SOAPBOX POETS - Jessica Wilson hosts
4:00 PM -
BB WEDNESDAY NIGHT WORKSHOP LEADERS READ
5:00 PM - BB GREEN POETS READ
6:00 PM -
Wide Awake Poets Laurel Ann Bogen & more TBA
7:00 PM -
Charles Harper Webb Reads from his new book
Brain Camp (More Below)
26 September, Saturday - 7:00 PM
CHARLES HARPER WEBB:
BRAIN CAMP PUBLICATION READING
Winner of many poetry prizes and recipient of fellowships from the Whiting and Guggenheim foundations, Charles Harper Webb reads from Brain Camp, his eleventh collection of poetry. A former professional rock singer / guitarist, Webb teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Cal State Long Beach. His book of craft essays, A Million MFAs Are Not Enough, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Part of 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE.
The ZZyZx WriterZ have made LA literary history with this annual celebration of poetry in life!
Join us for:
Spoken Word Hosted by Ideas Aubrey
Performance by James Berkowitz
Poetry, short stories, & performances by the ZZyZx WriterZ
Live Music by Idiot Savant
Poetry writing workshop
Open mic sign ups begin at 6:30pm. Raffle tickets will be given to all open mic signees for ZZyZx, Poetrypalooza goodies, features' books, art, CDs & more
FREE EVENT FOR ALL AGES
This is night 4 of the Poetrypalooza 2015- The Lustrum. For more information about our features & details about our other stops this year, visit our Facebook page- Poetrypalooza & our website- https://www.poetrypaloozala.altervista.org
The Queen of Fresh, Sophia-The Gypsy Poet........., talks to fellow poet James Berkowitz on the show! He talks about his poetry, his inspiration, his life and much more! Tune in for an afternoon of poetry, emotion and enchantment!
#poetry #books #indiepub #writerslife #indieauthors #NPM15 #radio
Thanks for tuning in and sharing with your FB tribe!
GLOBAL TIMES AND DATES LISTED BELOW!
Show will be archived for future listening
4/6/15 After Midnight
4AM Chiang Mai
2:30AM New Dehli
11PM Tel Aviv
6PM Rio De Janeiro
Performance on November 22, 2014 at NYC's oldest nightclub The Bitter End Afternoon Acoustic Open Mic in Greenwich Village. A true honor to perform on such hallowed sacred grounds of artistic creativity. Deepest thanks to The Evan Kremin Band for the warm welcome, Mr. Charles Jeffrey for his superb on the spot improvisation at the piano, and musician Matt T on the harp. An eight minute set that rocked like no tomorrow.
I'm honored to be selected as a reader/performer for this spectacular three day event and will be reading a ten minute set starting at approximately 7:30PM. Deepest appreciation and thanks to Blaine Hebbel for all of his efforts. $5 suggested donation goes to the Ipswich Food Pantry and My Brothers Table Lynn, MA. Grateful for your presence and support.
3 nights of Poetry & Art Installations in support of the 99% On Thursday May 8th, Friday May 9th & Saturday May 10th.
I will be hosting the 3rd “Celebration of the American Voice”, three nights of poetry & art installations in Ipswich at the Hall–Haskell House. Last year’s event was amazing with 38 poets performing over the 3 nights, raising money for the Ipswich Food Pantry & My Brothers’ Table in Lynn. This year there are slots for 36 poets. (10 minutes each). If you have books for sale you can sell them throughout the event. Please consider donating a portion of your sales for the charities. Artists can display & sell artwork during the 3 days of the event. Please contact me for further details.
$5.00 Suggested Donation to benefit the Ipswich Food Pantry & My Brothers’ Table of Lynn May 8, 9 & 10 @ 7:00pm Hall-Haskell House, 36 S Main St. Ipswich MA 01938
Looking forward to an amazing night and collaboration at CO-LAB Seed Gallery. In honor of National Poetry Month http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/47#9 I will be reading and performing a poetry set at 8PM including newly published works from "The Revolutionary Poets Brigade" anthology http://www.vagabondbooks.net/p/2014-collection.html Photo is of my featured performance in North Hollywood last month at Writer Wednesday's hosted by Jessica Wilson Cardenas Grateful for your presence and support. Thank you Bacaz Bacaz Bacaz for your hard work and vision. #poetry #lit #art #music
PRESALE $5 EMAIL NEWARKSEED@GMAIL.COM WITH YOUR FULL NAME $10/DOOR
I'm honored to be part of this anthology (The two poems chosen are "A Saint in the City" and "In Honor of Woman") and will be reading one of the two poems at this event. Grateful for your support and presence. Please share.
Join us for the World Launch of the VAGABOND 2014 Collection.
The Revolutionary Poets Brigade will present its new Los Angeles Anthology, featuring 70 L.A. poets, including: Luis J. Rodriguez, Matt Sedillo, David Romero, Iris De Anda, Conney Williams, Yvonne De la Vega, Antonieta Villamil, Julio "the Conga Poet" Rodriguez, Chris Devcich Guido-Corleone, Nigel R Mitchelll, Apryl Skies, Jessica Wilson and many more ... and the great photo-art of Mike Chamness, all on the theme of social justice;
Henry Howard will be presenting his new book, Sing to Me of My Rights (“A major work of rage and compassion, Henry Howard’s book will be recognized as a momentous volume, blazing the way to a future free of injustice. This book holds its head high and deservedly so.” Jack Hirschman, 4th Poet Laureate of San Francisco);
and the new works, Poetry for the Masses, and Global Economic Amnesty, by Mark Lipman.