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."
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SPECTRUM PUBLISHING Welcomes the public to join 66 poets and artists in a Celebratory Reading of the new issue themed “Who’s Your Honey?” taking place at “The Studio on 4” on the fourth floor located inside of the main branch of Pasadena Public Library 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101
Saturday, August 31, 2019 3-5PM.
*FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC-ALL AGES
Please arrive early as reading begins promptly at 3PM sharp. Seating based on availability.
Books will be available for $10 each payable via cash.
Grateful for your presence and support. 😊🙏🏼
Creator: Don Kingfisher Campbell Managing Editor: Gregory Foster Cover Art: Joyce Lieberman
ALL AGES! FREE PUBLIC EVENT! James Berkowitz reads and performs a set of original and published work on the Main Stage outdoors in back of the theater. Grateful for your presence and support.
Welcomes the public to join 49 poets and artists in a Celebratory Reading of the new issue themed “Soul Clean” taking place at “The Studio on 4” on the fourth floor located inside of the main branch of Pasadena Public Library 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101
Saturday, June 29, 2019 3-5PM.
*FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC-ALL AGES
Books will be available for $10 each payable via cash.
Grateful for your presence and support. 😊🙏🏼
Creator: Don Kingfisher Campbell Managing Editor: Gregory Foster Cover Art: Jack G Bowman
Join us on Saturday, April 27, 2019 for our next Lyrical Flames event! We are very excited to host alongside some beautiful and inspi talent!
Co-Host Andretakeapic Mulligan returns!
Features include Barni Rothman, Eden Miel, James Berkowitz, Saufty Cupples, and Wendy Rainey
We also include an Open-Mic as well!!!
Hope to see you there!
Admission is free, but Donations are welcome, and appreciated!
Pizza from next door is available for purchase.
Wine and Coffee offered.
Venice Art Crawl Mixer & Silent Auction
$25 Tickets $5 Raffle and Silent Auction Includes food and beverages by Erewhon and Firestone
6PM Free food and beer by Erewhon and Firestone
7PM Poetry Reading/Performance James Berkowitz
8PM Screening and talk with filmmakers
Screening of Daughters of the Sexual Revolution
The never-before-told story of Suzanne Mitchell, the fiercely loyal den mother of the original Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Seen by many as regressive and exploitative, this diverse sisterhood of small-town “girls next door” became a controversial pop culture phenomenon at the height of the Sexual Revolution, changing the game of football - and America- forever.
Seating and tickets are limited, Get your tickets today!
A celebration of animals, art, and poetry
James Berkowitz Reading/Performance
(2) Sets @ 8 & 9PM SHARP
Highlighting poet contributors from the award winning new book "San Francisco Peace and Hope: Light the Sky" edited by Elizabeth Hack.
Hosted by Dan Brady
Short Talk with Elizabeth Hack, editor
Open mic prior and following SFPH feature. Sign up at 7PM.
Phil Lewenthal will be the photographer for the event.
James Berkowitz captures the audience with a lively reading/performance of newly published and original poetic work in a set. Grateful for your presence and support. All ages! FREE to the public! https://www.facebook.com/events/304808833371904/?ti=icl
Honored to be selected and will be reading/performing as part of the event. Grateful for your presence and support 🙏🏼
ALL AGES WELCOME FREE ENTRY TO THE PUBLIC A celebration of life, art, culture, fashion, poetry, and music. We will be live streaming portions of the event via Facebook.
Alexa Garfunkel https://www.facebook.com/agarfunkel13/ Ewa Pietraszak https://www.facebook.com/kivvi22/?pnref=lhc Frank Strasser http://frankstrasserfineartist.com/ Marjan Vayghan http://marjanv.com/ Matthew Cummings puzzlingclockz.net Todd Goodman https://www.facebook.com/toddgoodmanarts/
Devin Carbaugh Clothing https://www.facebook.com/DevinCarbaughClothing/
POETRY READING/PERFORMANCE 9:00-9:20PM
Art Currim Brenda G Jackson James Berkowitz www.jamesberkowitz.com
Devin Carbaugh Clothing https://www.facebook.com/DevinCarbaughClothing/ The Film Detective http://www.thefilmdetective.com/ Gibbons Media http://www.gibbonsmedia.com/ Maui Jim https://www.mauijim.com/ Sea of Silver https://www.facebook.com/SEA-OF-SILVER-186597268054033/
A celebration of life, art, culture, poetry, and music.
We will be Facebook Live Streaming periodically during the event.
Krista Nassi L. A. Marler Louisa McHugh Marjan Vayghan
POETRY: Set Time 9:00PM James Berkowitz
The Film Detective Gibbons Media Louisa McHugh Maui Jim SEA OF SILVER
AWESOME GIVEAWAY TIME: 9:45PM We'll be bringing the comedic fun and goodtimes while giving away the stash!
A celebration of life, art, culture, poetry, and music
We will be live streaming via Facebook during the event
ALEXA GARFUNKEL https://www.facebook.com/agarfunkel13/ LOUISA MCHUGH https://www.facebook.com/louisa.watercolor/ MARJAN VAYGHAN http://marjanv.com/ SANDRA ZEBI http://www.zebidesigns.com/ SARAH WADE https://www.facebook.com/SarahWadeArt/ TODD GOODMAN https://www.facebook.com/toddgoodmanarts/
POETRY: 9:00-9:20 (LIVE READING/PERFORMANCE IN ORDER)
AWESOME GIVEAWAY TIME: 9:45
JIMMY ZAMBONI AND JOHNNY PALOOKA GIVEAWAY THE GOODIES!
Grateful to our sponsors
The Film Detective http://www.thefilmdetective.com/ Gibbons Media http://www.gibbonsmedia.com/ Louisa McHugh https://www.facebook.com/louisa.watercolor/ Maui Jim https://www.mauijim.com/ Sandra Zebi http://www.zebidesigns.com/ Sea of Silver http://www.seaofsilversm.com/ A cappella Art exhibition Poetry
A celebration of life, art, and poetry
We'll be broadcasting portions of the event via Facebook Live Streaming
9:00 - 9:10 James Berkowitz Poetry Set www.jamesberkowitz.com
9:45 Awesome Giveaway Time!!! Jimmy Zamboni and Johnny Palooka giveaway the goodies with a comedic twist!
A celebration of life, art, poetry, music, comedy, and dance.
All live performances on the first level stage Artists on the second level balcony
We plan to broadcast portions of the event via Facebook Live Hashtag: #veniceartcrawl
Hana ACDB 7:00-7:40 https://soundcloud.com/hanacbd
The Ukulady 7:45-8:00 http://www.theukulady.com/
Art Currim 8:00-8:10 www.quattrain.com
Trista Hurley-Waxali 8:10-8:20 https://tristaisshort.wordpress.com
Chaya Silberstein 8:20-8:30 http://poetsdinner.blogspot.com/
The Ukulady 8:30-8:45 http://www.theukulady.com/
Beth Marquez 8:45-8:55 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1674981956101232/
James Berkowitz 8:55-9:05 www.jamesberkowitz.com
Kimberly Cobian 9:05-9:20 http://nuvein.org/kimberly-cobian/
The Anti-Job 9:20-10:05 http://www.theanti-job.com/
Awesome Giveaway Time 10:05-10:15
Note: Times may change as necessary
Marjan Vayghan http://marjanv.com/
Todd Goodman http://todd-goodman-art.myshopify.com/
The Film Detective http://www.thefilmdetective.com/
Gibbons Media http://www.gibbonsmedia.com/
Maui Jim http://www.mauijim.com/
Sea of Silver http://www.seaofsilversm.com/
Zebi Designs https://www.facebook.com/Zebi-Designs-88420485425/
FREE ENTRY TO THE PUBLIC Must be 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages.
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
ARTravenous is a celebration of life, art, music, poetry, and comedy.
ART (Located on the upstairs balcony)
John Christensen http://www.americanprimitive.net
Lindsay Carron http://lindsaycarron.com
Marjan Vayghan http://marjanv.com
Sandra Zebi http://zebidesigns.com
Betsy Salkind http://www.betsysalkind.com
Carol McArthur http://www.carolmcarthur.com
Sayed Sabrina http://www.sayedsabrina.com
Art Currim Twitter @ArtCurrim
Chaya Silberstein http://www.poetsdinner.blogspot.com
James Berkowitz http://www.jamesberkowitz.com
Maryam Mottahedeh https://library.biblioboard.com/ Search: "Heartfelt Journey"
Sean Hill http://www.letsbendreality.com
Elevate In-Home Massage http://www.elevateinhome.com
Gibbons Media http://www.gibbonsmedia.com
Sea of Silver http://www.seaofsilversm.com
The Film Detective http://www.thefilmdetective.com
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
*LIVE STREAMING (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.
HASHTAGS 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! http://litcrawl.org/la/
Featuring: 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
www.losangelespoetsociety.org Join your creative community!
*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 ANNUAL READING 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
3:00 PM - BB SATURDAY AFTERNOON POETRY WORKSHOP READS
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.