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This month’s featured poet is: Leslie Silton

Leslie Silton
My career as a poet started back in Greenwich Village, (New York City) in 1964, when I began showing up at the only coffeehouse I knew about - Le Metro - and I was nudged onto the stage to read my poems. It turns out that Alan Ginsberg (the Beat Poet) used to come in there (I didn't know who he was) and he asked me to contribute a page of poems (it was done on mimeo paper in those days) for his irregularly issued "Ninth Street Poets" magazine. Since then I've participated in many readings and open mics over the past 30-plus years both here in the USA and Paris, France when I attended American Center for Students and Artists.

The emphasis for me has been in performance, but poets need chapbooks because you can't carry a live poet around in your hip pocket … so I have self-published 3 chapbooks so far (with more to come). Since 1998 my work has been published on the internet quite a few times and I have read my poetry on radio programs in Los Angeles, Boston, and Miami. In the last couple of years several of my poems were recorded for different CD collections and read aloud either by myself or others on the radio on both coasts. Three of my short stories were recorded and broadcast the cable radio network here in Los Angeles.

The picture featured above was designed and painted by Leslie for the first Youth for Human Rights Int'l mural at the Micheltorena Elementary School in the Silverlake District of Los Angeles.

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