Poetry Circus 2017

Aug 20, 2017

Celebrating the 97th anniversary of the 19th amendment—prohibiting the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex— The Poetry Circus presents “Ladies Night” on August 26.

Griffith Park’s lovely merry-go-round is the venue for Poetry Circus. Not only are free merry-go-round rides on the menu, but attendees can enjoy 25 female poets reading their work, craft-making stations, face painting by Dayna Joy, haiku balloons, and interactive poetry performances.

The Poetry Circus was inspired by the release of the collection, In the Circus of You, by Nicelle Davis, published in 2015 by Rose Metal Press. Part workshop, community outreach, performance, ride, dance, and creation, the Poetry Circus blurs the line between performer and audience to allow everyone the chance to run away and join the circus. 

By presenting poetry in an alternative venue, the egalitarian characteristics of poetry are amplified. Poetry IS for everyone, regardless of where we come from or how we got here; we all process and understand the world through metaphor.
—The Poetry Circus


Petunia; photo by Bob Baker Marionette Theater.


Fifteen literary organizations will be on site with published works, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater performs, and the evening also features improv by The Industrial Players and music by Beach.

Don’t miss one of our favorite poets, Gerda Govine, who will be reading at 5:50 p.m., so be on time! Founder Nicelle Davis finishes out the poetry readings at 9:30 p.m.

Chapbooks of the poetry are available for purchase, as will be Nicelle’s new chapbook “Elephant”…




Literary organizations include Pasadena’s Red Hen Press, as well as Beyond Baroque, Skylight Books, Tia Chucha’s, and Yak Press.


Haiku balloons! Photo by Nicelle Davis.


The last week countdown for The Poetry Circus is when things start to get (really-really) weird at my house. We have over a hundred costume pieces to give away, quotable unicorns to adopt, and bags full of glitter. Not to mention 35 awesome poets, 7 historical ghosts, and a team of puppets. Please do not miss this year’s Poetry Circus!
—Nicelle Davis



Come to The Poetry Circus and adopt an inflatable, quotable unicorn!



The Poetry Circus
Saturday, Aug. 26th, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round
4730 Crystal Springs Rd., LA 90027
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Details may be found on event Facebook page



Image courtesy of The Poetry Circus.


Peggy Dobreer reads at The Poetry Circus on August 26 at 9:05 p.m.


Image courtesy of The Poetry Circus.


Image courtesy of The Poetry Circus.


Face painting by Dayna Joy.


Bob Baker.


Who’s Bob Baker?
At age eight, Baker trained with several different Los Angeles-based companies before giving his first professional performance for director Mervyn Leroy. While attending Hollywood High School, he began manufacturing toy marionettes that sold both in Europe and the United States. After graduation he became an apprentice at the George Pal Animation Studios. A year later he was promoted to head animator of Puppetoons. After World War II, Baker served as an animation advisor at many film studios, including Disney. His puppetry was featured on TV in Bewitched, Star Trek, Land of the Giants and NCIS; and on film in the 1944 movie Bluebeard, in A Star Is Born, G.I. Blues, Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Baker was also instrumental in championing union membership for puppeteers. As a result, Screen Actors Guild andAFTRA now recognize puppeteers as actors with a special skill. He has also provided a place of learning for the next generation of puppeteers, including Scott Land and Michael Earl.  Bob Baker (1924–2014) was an American puppeteer whose marionettes have entertained thousands of children and adults worldwide for more than 70 years.

Baker and partner, Alton Wood, turned a run-down scenic shop near downtown Los Angeles into a family entertainment institution: The Bob Baker Marionette Theater. The Bob Baker Marionettes have performed around the globe (even on Navy ships and submarines!), with an inventory of nearly three thousand puppets. Like Bill Baird before him, Bob Baker is an American pioneer in the art of puppetry.

Bob Baker passed away at 90 years old on November 28, 2014 of natural causes.

(Text above thanks to Bob Baker Marionettes.)


Photo credit: Bob Baker Marionette Theater.







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