30 Aug

Starting the day at the Multiverse Poetry Festival Singapore via virtual tools was great!

Hearing Christopher Okemwa singing his first poetry selection was really special and resounded with memories of choral groups in Kenya. Although the connection was interrupted, Okembwa’s words were not lost and in his second work, he carried strong comments focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement and the state of current affairs in the USA. The Poetry Festival Singapore organization did a super job with the setup and in making we participants feel comfortable with the setting. I found it relaxing enough to sit and enjoy the presentations, even up to the point of my own presentation. That was different as I am usually pacing and rehearsing right up until the moment of – you’re on! LKN came with interesting comments for each introduction and his own live composition came through strongly. Cathy Limpe Candano’s perceptive comments to new and previously published poets provided important encouragement for everyone to reflect upon. It is impossible to comment on everyone’s work in one paragraph but I would like to say that Unmesh Mohitkar’s Stand Tall was touching and deeply sad but its positive message carried well through the Internet.

Eric Tinsay Valles has remained a friend since I met him at the Kisii Poetry Festival in Kisii, Kenya 2016. It seems that now I have a new company of colleagues since reading in Singapore. I have to keep saying that I hope that we can all meet up in the earth’s landscape in the future. Please tell LKN that we will have the passports ready to go!

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About Valerie LeBlanc

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, pluri-­disciplinary artist and writer Valerie LeBlanc has worked in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her creations travel between poetry, performance, visual and written theory. Valerie LeBlanc has been creating video poetry since the mid 1980’s, and is the creator of the MediaPackBoard (MPB), portable screening / performance device.

L’artiste pluridisciplinaire Valerie LeBlanc est vidéaste, poète, performeuse et essayiste. Son travail oscille entre le remarquable et le quotidien. Elle a exposé ses œuvres en Europe, en Australie et au Brésil. Elle crée des vidéopoèmes depuis le milieu des années 1980 et a inventé le MediaPackBoard (MPB), un appareil de projection mobile pour la performance.

Date : April 2020
Genre : Vidéopoésie/Videopoetry

Videopoetry / Vidéopoésie

Small Walker Press

Date : January 2021
Genre : Poetry