Hey there, Moon Pixie!

Wow! January is gone and half of February is almost over. I settled in my new home in Oceanside, CA at the end of January. It’s so pleasant here. Our family housing community is wonderful to us. It feels so nice to be able to enjoy movie nights, Ladies Potluck Bingo, and other housing events with our neighbors.

I finally am slowly working on reshaping my favorite passion, which is bringing community together. Moon Pixel “Open-Mic” is postponed for awhile.

I am planning on branching out Moon Pixel Collective into something spectacular this 2017 year. Visit the upcoming new site here.  It’ll give you insight on what is to come.

Elmast Kozloyan is running a new open-mic series now at Half Off Books, CA called Inside The Lantern. It is every first Friday of the month. Inside The Lantern is the replacement for Moon Pixel Open-Mic. I’m not sure when I’ll be back in Whittier, CA as a resident again. If it ever does become my residence in the future I wouldn’t mind coming back and hosting for you Pixies.

I started a GoFundMe Campaign to help me flourish the vision I have for Moon Pixel Collective. It might take a while! That’s okay. Regardless of the time it takes I am organizing everything to start community here. If you’d like to see the progress of my campaign, or donate whatever contribution you’d like just click on the link above, or below. I’d appreciate any motivation or financial support.

Seriously, e-mail me from time to time asking how my lesson planning is going, or what my thoughts, and hopes are with this project! I’d love to have someone I can check up with on my progress. Positive reinforcement is a wonderful thing!

I hope you are all doing well. I miss some of you very much. I am thankful that last weekend Sarah Thursday visited me. We had some lovely girl time together. It was great!

Have a blessed weekend.

Sincerely,

Raquel

 

https://www.gofundme.com/moon-pixel-collective-fundraiser

 

 

 

 

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Get to Know Moon Pixel’s New Co-Host Elmast Kozloyan

As I announced last month Elmast Kozloyan will be helping me with Moon Pixel Open-Mic by being my co-host for September, October, November, and December. We both will be hosting each month, unless I can’t attend because I am sick. She will be taking over the entire night if that were to happen. I asked her a few questions and she answered. This is so you all can know Elmast a little bit better.

What significance has the moon played in your personal and artistic life?

Elmast: “I felt I’ve always had a deep connection with the moon. A few years back I was going through a difficult time emotionally and there were very few stable things in my life. I would go for days without much sleep and most nights I would go outside to just stare at the moon. Although its shape changed every night it was always there and became the one constant thing I could hold onto.  It is my literal and figurative rock. Right now in my artistic life the moon will play a heavy role in my next book of poetry Luna Seas. The center focus is the idea of insanity taking inspiration from mythology/folktales and the power of nature, particularly the relationship between the moon and ocean. ”

Has having a healthy artistic community helped you evolve and grow as a writer? How?

Elmast: “Absolutely! I don’t know where I would be today without my community. Surrounding yourself with creative people is an essential component for growth as an artist. I have been very blessed to have an amazing supportive community of writers whom I’ve come to consider a second family, as well as having community with those outside of the literary arts. All artists are storytellers and we have all been given a gift that we are compelled to share with the world, and I find it inspirational to watch others grow in their craft and tell their story. It pushes me to challenge myself and try new things and the feedback I get from other writers and artist are so valuable.”

In the next six months how do you see your writing improving, or growing? How do you want to challenge yourself?

Elmast: “I very honestly couldn’t tell you, if I knew where my art was going to be I think I would already be there. Although I always have goals of where I would like to improve. I find myself changing in ways I never expected. You just have to ride the wave and see where it takes you. Trying to force your own way may cause you to drown. The goal on my horizon is to experiment with new forms and subject matter. Poetry has been my main focus and I would like to try storytelling in a new medium. ”

Elmast has a feature coming up September 14, 2015 at Gatsby Books, Long Beach. For more information  go to Cadence Collective.

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Elmast Kozloyan: is a poet trapped in limbo between magic and reality (though seldom chooses the latter). At the age of fifteen won a silver medal for poetry in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and since then has been mentoring youth poets, is an editor of CSULA’s Statement Magazine and published in places such as Cadence Collective, Poetry in Motion, Pacific Review,  East Jasmine Review, and the Los Angeles Times. She also has a chapbook called Doe Eyed Venus.

Jack Daniel’s Gets Expensive When We Drink Too Much

Let’s pretend that you’re mine; mind body and soul.
That we don’t need the liquor in order to get a better feel for each other.
That I’m all you want and you won’t need another
because I’m your only lover.
Yeah let’s pretend you’re satisfied with my body.
With all these scars running down my back spilling off my spine like the sea.
That you sink all the way through my skin, my flesh, my blood, and my bones.
That you gave your whole heart to me without asking anything in return
because you believed in love.
Let’s pretend you believe in love but you don’t.
You’re not mine and we’ll always need the liquor to feel fine.

Previously Published with Bank Heavy-Press Pom Pom Pom Pom Pomeranian November 2011 issue

Prose, Rhythm and Noise: Muliebrity Vol 2

The lovely lady Elmast Kozloyan read one of my poems “Scraped” that is in my debut chapbook Born to Electrify, which is also going to be published in the Like A Girl Anthology by Lucid Moose Lit. I absolutely love how she read it! It’s available to download for free at Dave Williams and MBT Band Camp page, but here is more great news. You can listen to Raundi, JL Martindale, Sarah Thursday, and Elmast perform their original poetry too! They are accompanied by these amazing jazz musicians, so it’s poetry and music.