The Heart of the Muse

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ABOUT: Heart of the Muse

new logo_whiteEvery Heart of the Muse salon is different. It’s all about the spark of energy, and the resulting synergy, of artists putting hearts together.

Heart of the Muse began in 2011 at Books, Inc. in Alameda. Poets from all over came to read at the open mic, hosted by Amos White.

It was born again in 2015, with Kristen Caven co-producing, popping up at The Impact Hub, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, and Rhythmix Cultural Works. Each iteration featured several performers or readers, a featured artist, and free-wheeling conversation about creativity.

When salons and muses became all the rage in the SF Bay Area, the producers became immersed in other ongoing or timely events.

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SOCIAL: To Build a Fire

Saturday, July 23, 5-8p.m. at the Joaquin Miller Park Fire Circle [map]

The Heart of the Muse joins with the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club to gather East Bay literary communities for the 2016 Jack London Legacy Celebration.

A hundred years ago, Jack London, Joaquin Miller, Ina Coolbrith and their contemporaries would gather informally at Woodminister for “a blanket and a basket of chow.” From this group the CWC was born. These writers would perform “hijinx” in the form of skits & readings to amuse one another. Continue reading “SOCIAL: To Build a Fire”

SALON: Spring and Her Muse

SPRING AND HER MUSE At The Heart of The Muse
Doors Open 6:30p | Show 7:30p
at Rhythmix, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, CA map

Tickets $15 on Eventbrite or at the door include a complementary glass of wine or other beverage.

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

Featured Guest: Sarah Kobrinsky, former Poet Laureate of Emeryville
Featured Readers: Julia Park Tracey, Author, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Andrena Zawinski
Special Guest Musician: Dawn Oberg
Guest Visual Artist: Jon Kerpel
Host: Amos White
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SALON: Pearls Before Wine

The Heart of The Muse presents!

…an evening bound in literal elegance and couture.

FEATURED GUEST: Autumn Adamme, Proprietress of Dark Garden Coretry & Couture. With Featured Readers: Jennifer Lewis (Red Light Lit); Jenna Freck (poet), Sarah Kobrinsky (fmr Emeryville Poet Laureate)

MUSIC BY: Daniel Finnamore, harpsichord & piano

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SALON: Death & Chocolate

Come to The Heart of the Muse, a creative gathering of poets, writers, artist, coders and art on the latest cultural works and inspiring ideas. Our next gathering is on “Death and Chocolate: Life’s sweet inspirations”. Considering our ancestors, death, sweets and the tenderness found in remembering things past.

Sunday, November 15, 7pm
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru St. in Alameda. Continue reading “SALON: Death & Chocolate”

EVENT: Blood at the HUB

Thank you to our readers at the Heart of the Muse “pop up” on Impact Hub Oakland’s Halloween Blood Drive.

a festive (and captive) audience

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SALON: Bread & Wine

A moving and inspiring evening at The Heart of The Muse, edition 001-2015 at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda. An engaging artist and audience discussion opened our Bread and Wine salon with a resounding success. Thank you to J. K. Fowler, MK Chavez, Gina Goldblatt, and Paul Corman-Roberts for your poetic contributions, and Eric Niemann for your bold art pieces.

Gina Goldblatt reads

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POETRY FORUM: Ecstatic Melange

Come hear Bay Area poet, Kit Kennedy read from her latest work and share her inspiration for poetic creativity and inspiring insight into the heart of everyday life. Continue reading “POETRY FORUM: Ecstatic Melange”

POETRY FORUM: Poet Insight

February’s The Heart of the Muse poetry reading left us slack-jawed as John Rowe shared the depths of his poetic sensibility with the audience. More Info Continue reading “POETRY FORUM: Poet Insight”

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