I'm no fashionista (I'm a comfort-over-fashion kinda gal), but I do love me some good, as I call it, activist wear--messaging on tees, scarves, pins, etc., that I can wear to readings as well as on a daily basis so people know exactly where I stand. Some people even learn about something they'd never heard … Continue reading What’s in My Closet
On Wednesday afternoon, I attended our school district’s Curriculum & Instruction Committee meeting regarding gender in the curriculum. I want to share my experience from the meeting. At a recent Family Life Advisory Committee meeting (which I did not attend), parents were openly hostile. My reason for attending this particular C&I meeting was not to … Continue reading My Experience at a Meeting on Gender Mention in Curriculum
Back in November, I participated in a very cool ekphrastic event, writing to the art in a beautiful show at the Baltimore County Arts Guild, PORTRAITS OF LIFE: Once Upon A Story, featuring artists April M Rimpo and Elaine Weiner-Reed. Poets chose works that spoke to them. I chose Elaine's painting "Stop Injustice." Below you'll … Continue reading Stop Injustice Painting: Recordings of My Two Ekphrastic Pieces
For the one-year anniversary of the Insurrection, I just recorded the spoken word piece I wrote last year in the aftermath. Ignore the dark circles around my eyes--I've been dealing with some stressfully stressful stress this week. (Text below) https://youtu.be/08LOlDm9hnY CAPITOL OFFENSE Kari A. Martindale From ALLCAPS on Parler to the Capitol parlor, groups carpool … Continue reading “Capitol Offense”
I want to share some organizations you could donate to today (or any day!), and why they mean something to me. Plus, some suggestions for how to double up and not only support an organization but check people off your Christmas list! There are also tips for organizations to maybe look into in your own … Continue reading Giving Tuesday Suggestions & Christmas Ideas!
I have to share about an exciting event I did on Sunday: an ekphrastic event paired with the exhibit Portraits of Life, at the Baltimore County Arts Guild Clubhouse. The exhibit featured the work of Elaine Weiner-Reed and April M Rimpo. Selfie with artist Elaine Weiner-Reed in front of Stop Injustice, the painting I chose … Continue reading Ekphrastic, Fantastic!
EC Poetry & Prose and Friends of EC Poetry & Prose (photo uncredited), Write Women Book Fest 2021 Following a successful reading with EC Poetry & Prose at the Write Women’s Book Fest this past weekend, I feel like sharing my past year’s poetry journey with you all. It’s kinda long, so here’s your warning … Continue reading My Poetry Journey this Year
On Wednesday night, I read two of my poems at the Frederick Arts Center. Our chapter of Maryland Writers' Association typically hosts an annual poetry reading and open mic at Sky Stage, an outdoor venue, but we were rained out this year--twice! But the Arts Council was great--they found us space at the Arts Center, … Continue reading Poetry Reading at Frederick Arts Center
I can't tell you how exciting, humbling, nerve-wracking, and truly wonderful it has been to get some of the feedback I'm getting to the poetry I'm writing. It's been my writing focus for the past year. It's mostly political, though my recently-published poem was a portrait piece. I call it "Ninety-Six," though it was published … Continue reading More Poetry Published!
As we come out of this dark Covid cloud, I'm super excited to be out and about, as more things open. (I'm looking forward to when Maryland Writers' Association, Frederick Chapter, will resume meeting in person...) Anyway, we just went on our first airplane trip (Do I sound like I'm five?) this month, out to … Continue reading Still travelin’