As an independent Project Director & Marketing/PR Consultant with creative experience, I have provided writing, marketing and public relations support in various types of organizations. My focus has been on proposal initiations, press release writing and editing, bio writing and editing,... [more]
As an independent Project Director & Marketing/PR Consultant with creative experience, I have provided writing, marketing and public relations support in various types of organizations. My focus has been on proposal initiations, press release writing and editing, bio writing and editing, media contacts and follow ups, contract drafting and outsource negotiating, review of existing marketing collateral, booking special events, and teaching clients about social networking.
As an independent contractor, I have been a co-producer for three one-act plays and two short films with various African-American directors and playwrights in Los Angeles. In this process, I helped to co-found a small "black-box" theater space near Hollywood and Vine streets. I was a company manager for an independent theatre ensemble's play production in Los Angeles. As an alum of Columbia College Chicago's Arts, Entertainment and Media Management graduate program, I have also been an advisor/manager/agent to independent musicians in Chicago where I have helped with booking gigs, writing and editing press releases, creating media kits and CD covers, marketing CD release parties, doing follow up calls and on-site event duties. I attended a few Grammy - Chicago events and familiarization events at Chicago area hotels as a PR/meeting planner.
Throughout the years, one of my "day jobs" has been helping my parents build their independent financial services and tax preparation small business. I have done everything from the mundane such as typing letters, opening mail, cutting the lawn, and taking out the trash to the extremely technical such as online financial transaction review, computer software upgrades, "help desk" tasks, and database mail merges for complex customer mailings.
In July I asked Tara Betts, a writer friend with Chicago roots, to send me a photo and bio for me to put up of her about her book release. She did, but I'm finally in September having a chance to get it up here. She sent me a lovely photo of herself taken by Rachel Eliza Griffiths and the jpg for the cover of her book ARC AND HUE. ARC AND HUE is available for pre-order at http://www.willowbookspoetry.com. The pre-orders will be $12 (20% off the $15 cover price) before Sept. 1, 2009, which is when this collection is due out in stores. Here's a brief bio:
Tara Betts is the author of Arc and Hue. Tara is a Cave Canem fellow, a graduate of the New England College MFA Program. Her work appears in numerous anthologies and journals such as Ninth Letter, Callaloo, Hanging Loose, Gathering Ground, and Bomb Magazine's blog. She currently teaches at Rutgers University and leads community-based workshops with teens and other groups.
Click the photo above to visit Tara's new website. Sign the guest book and see what Tara's doing.
To get your copy of Arc & Hue from Aquarius Press/Willow Books imprint, visit Willow Books by 9/1/09 to receive a 20% discount. You can also request ARC& HUE at your favorite bookstore or order it on Amazon.
To have Tara read, speak or lead a workshop, email Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hey All, just wanted to add a personal message since I'm excited to announce the release of my first full-length poetry collection ARC & HUE. I've scheduled parties in NYC and Chicago, my two homes, but I'm happy to say that I'll be fanning out over the U.S. in the coming months, so wherever you are, mark your calendars. You can find me in Detroit, Philly, Baltimore, D.C., and Massachusetts with more dates to come. Since my website has been updated courtesy of web guru Jose Vilson with fabulous photos from Rachel Eliza Griffiths, I'll be blogging on a regular basis again. Enjoy your day & hope to see you soon. take care, Tara
Parties & Appearances for Tara Betts, author of ARC & HUE
September 6, 2009, 8:30 PM - The Mecca Lounge http://www.blogtalkradio.com/themeccalounge
September 13, 2009, 10 AM-6 PM - Brooklyn Book Festival Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza at the flipped eye press table
FIRST OFFICIAL BOOK PARTY FOR ARC & HUE September 20, 2009, 5:30-7:30 PM- Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, NYC Tara's ARC & HUE official release party featuring Latasha Natasha Diggs, Aracelis Girmay, Rachel McKibbens, Nemiss, Giselle Buchanan & Cynthia Ceez Keteku from the 2009 Urban Word NYC slam team, host Mahogany Browne and others.
September 23, 2009, 8 PM - Page Meets StageBowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, New York 10012 Tara Betts is paired with Major Jackson for this series curated and hosted by Taylor Mali. Admission: $12
September 26 & 27, 2009 - Baltimore Book Festival Mount Vernon Place, 600 Block N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 September 26, 4-5 PM - Cave Canem panel & poems “To Form or Not To Form" CityLit Stage (east side of circle around Washington Monument) Featured poet/panelists: Tara Betts, Derrick Brown, Kyle Dargan, and Jadi Omowale (Participant/Moderator). September 27 from 12-2:30 PM - Cave Canem Reading at Creative Cafe The Cave Canem reading will include: Tara Betts, Derrick Brown, Kyle Dargan, Reginald Harris, (Participant/Host), Jadi Omowale, Venus Thrash, Jaci Jones LaMon, and Kamau Rucker.
October 1, 2009, 8:30 PM - Katerina’s, 1920 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, Illinois 60613 Tara Betts celebrates the release of her debut collection ARC & HUE as a feature at this series, which will be recorded for Chicago Public Radio. This event also showcases Les Pontes Arts Ensemble including Richard Fammerée & singer-songwriter Carrie Ingrisano w/ Meg Lauterbach, Victor Sanders & Meg Thomas. Admission: $7
CHICAGO ARC & HUE RELEASE PARTY October 2, 2009, 8 PM - The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60622 This is Tara's official Chicago release party. Arrive early since we are expecting a large turn-out!
October 3, 2009, 6 PM - Aquarius Press 10th Anniversary Fellowship Chapel 7707 Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48235 Tara Betts, Curtis Crisler, Antoinette Brim, Karen S. Williams and other Aquarius Press authors celebrate a decade of Aquarius Press titles.
October 5, 2009, 7 PM - LouderArts-Bar 13, 35 E. 13th Street, NY, New York 10003 - $5 Bar 13 features Tara Betts for an NYC ARC & HUE book party.
October 11, 2009, 8:30 PM (EST) The Black Sol Cafe Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/TheBlackSolCafe
October 17, 2009, 3 PM - Massachusetts Poetry Festival St. Anne’s Church, 8 Kirk Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852 Cave Canem poets hosted by Afaa Michael Weaver and Jarita Davis. Readers include: Tara Betts, Metta Sama, DeLana R.A. Dameron,January O’Neil, Jarita Davis, Jericho Brown, Lillian Bertram, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Venus Trash, Joy Gonsalves, and Johnny Davis.
October 23, 2009, 7:30 PM - EarshotNYC Rose Live Music, 345 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Tara Betts and Sarah Dohrmann are the features at Earshot. Directions: b/w Havemeyer & Marcy, nearby Train Stops: L (Lorimer/Bedford), G (Metropolitan/Grand), J/M/Z (Marcy Ave) - $5 includes one free drink. More info @ http://earshotnyc.com.
October 29, 2009, 6 PM - Rachel McKibbens’ PINK ELEPHANT Release Party Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, New York 10009 Willie Perdomo’s CYPHER Press celebrates the release of Rachel McKibbens’ debut collection PINK ELEPHANT. This reading will also feature Erica Fabri, Tara Betts, Bekah Dinnerstein, Samantha Thornhill, Jane Cassady and Benjamin Lear, and Daniel McGinn.
November 3, 2009, 10 p.m. - The November 3rd Club annual reading Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, NY, NY Co-Poetry Editor Tara Betts co-hosts this reading of November 3rd Club contributors with Victor Infante.
November 5, 2009, 6:30 PM - Cave Canem Workshop Instructors Read @ The New School Arnold Hall, 55 W. 13th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10011 Tara Betts, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Marilyn Nelson, Patricia Smith and Patricia Spears Jones read.
November 9, 2009, 7 PM - Molly Malone’s Pub 7652 Madison Street, Forest Park, Illinois 60130 - $5 or $3 Tara Betts features at this long-running Chicago-area open mic hosted by Nina Corwin and Al DeGenova.
November 11, 2009, 7 PM - Fordham University's Poets Out Loud Lincoln Center Campus, 113 W. 60th Street, 12th Fl. Lounge, New York, New York 10023 Tara Betts, Aracelis Girmay, Rachel McKibbens & Willie Perdomo.
November 15, 2009, 4-6 PM - "Sunday Kind of Love" - Busboys & Poets 2021 14th Street, Washington, DC 20009 (14th &V)
November 21, 2009, 8 PM - Chapterhouse Cafe 630 S. 9th St. (between South & Bainbridge on 9th) Philadelphia, PA 19147
November 22, 2009, PM - Wooden Shoe Bookstore 508 S. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
December 4, 2009, 7 PM - Pete's Candy Store/Big Poetry Series 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY Crystal Williams, Tara Betts, Tyrone Williams, and Jackie Clark feature.
I've learned that volunteering, being a board member, and helping using whatever financial support or cultural talents you may have is good for the soul. Here is a list of organizations that have my focus and hope that you may also take notice and support as well. Are others that you think I should add here? Please let me know.
Northern Volunteers Group (NVG) Northern Volunteers Group (NVG) was founded in the Northern Region, Tamale by Jallal Muhsin to work with children, women and the communities to improve the quality of life through Education, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development, Vocational training, and HIV/AIDS campaign education in some of the poorest part of the country by involving both volunteers within the country as well as international volunteers. For more information please see http://nvgghana.webnode.com/about-us/
I'm excited because it is time for Making Media Connections 2009! I attended this educational nonprofit and media communications conference a few years ago as a project dirctor & marketing/PR consultant while I was associated with Shoestring Creative Group, one of the sponsors for the event at that time.
I am interested in how the Chicago conference presenters, Community Media Workshop, have added more and more interesting things each year. For example, attendees can hear and meet real live journalists and public relations professionals. If you can't attend in-person, you can attend virtually through "live blogging," and you can apparently follow their hashtag #mmc2009.
LOOSE LEAF TEA LOFT: Poet and friend Carlos Cumpion (see www.goodreads.com/mexkimo ) mentioned to me that there are "great [poetry and literature] readings at the Loose Leaf Tea Loft 4200 n. Lincoln ave. Corner of Hutchinson and Lincoln [in Chicago] on Tuesday nights and special Friday's...." I hope to check them out soon. The Loose Leaf Tea Loft is also on Facebook here.
PRINTERS ROW LIT FESTIVAL: The Midwest's largest literary event located on five city blocks (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk) is an outdoor festival where folks can come hear authors speak and debate their works Saturday, June 6 through Sunday 7, 2009 from 10am to 6pm. It has unique booksellers, poetry readings, exhibitors, kids activities, cooking demos, wine tastings, and more. See printersrowlitfest.org list of programs and authors and more. http://www.artandculture.com/venues/68-printers-row
In my mid-30s, I don't seem to have as much disposable income for music or clothes as I did when I was younger. Today I will buy from Amazon or Ebay or live events. Mostly enjoy what I've aquired from malls, record stores, Tower Records, Borders, Barnes & Nobel or gifts.
This is a collaborative event of the European Network
of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC)
and the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management
Department of Columbia College Chicago. The event is
held in the framework of ENCATC Working Group
“Creative Entrepreneurship and Education in Cultural
Life.” The group explores policies and programs that
support creativity and innovation in the cultural sector.
See for event details
A Truly Spectacular Meeting Management Training Event. (I attended the MEET USA - Midwest 2009 at Pheasant Run as an independent meeting planner which included a Mardi Gras-themed Carnival dinner with band, jugglers, comedians )