“With her poems, Terry Godbey tells stories that break your heart, over and over."

— Martin Achatz, Passages North Poetry Editor

I11x17PosterTemp_wOut_Presenter‘ll be reading my poems at the Herndon branch of the Orlando Public Library on Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m. I’ll be joined by Naomi Butterfield, Ashley Equality Inguanta, Jesse Bradley and Peter Gordon. The library is at 4324 E. Colonial Drive, next to Sam Ash Music Store. See you there!

Lwords_webPainter Pamela Ramey Tatum and I will portray the many facets of love and its sidekicks lust and loss in paintings and poetry on Saturday, Nov. 1, in New Smyrna Beach.

The show, from 4 to 8 p.m., will be at The Hub on Canal, a historic downtown building that’s home to more than 70 working artists. Pamela will give an artist’s talk at 6 and I’ll follow at 6:30 with a reading of my poems, many of which will hang among the paintings. Our event is part of the First Saturday Gallery Walk, so there will be plenty of artwork to admire, and appetizers, wine and music, too.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 4 to 8 p.m.
Gallery Talk, 6 p.m.
Poetry Reading, 6:30 p.m.

The Hub on Canal
132 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach
386-957-3924

I am grateful to Martin Achatz, Poetry Editor of Passages North, for reprinting my poem in his great blog, “Saint Marty.” He writes, “Terry Godbey has a great poem about boys in her collection Flame.  The boys in the poem are trying to impress the girls.  The girls are trying to attract the boys.  There’s much showing off by both genders.  But, in the end, they remain on their respective sides, wanting each other, but not knowing how to say so.”

I’m delThere Will Be Verseighted to be the featured poet at this limited-edition poetry slam series hosted by the incomparable Jesse Bradley at Stardust Video & Coffee in Orlando. Sign-ups start at 8 p.m. and the slam begins at 8:30. Eight poets will compete in a head-to-head slam, with the entire audience acting as judges, and I’ll take the stage after the first round. Two more rounds follow my reading, and the winner gets $20.

Jesse, host of the popular There Will be Words prose reading series, created this trial event to feature Central Florida’s finest performance poets, so please come and support him, me and the other poets. Don’t tell me you have something better to do on a Tuesday night!

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 8 to 10 p.m.
Stardust Video & Coffee
1842 E. Winter Park Road, Orlando