Heavens to Betsy

I’m reading at the first night of Roddy Lumsden’s 50 States / 50 poets / 50 poems knees-up on Thursday 3rd July at the Scooterworks Cafe on Lower Marsh in London, 7.30pm. I picked Pennsylvania because I’ve got relatives in Philadelphia – my poem starts with Betsy Ross who sewed the first stars and stripes there.

Other readers are … Alaska – Marianne Burton; Arkansas – John Citizen; Arizona – Eloise Stonborough; California – Wayne Smith; Colorado – Roddy Lumsden; Georgia – David Floyd; Hawaii – Joe Dunthorne; Idaho – Judy Brown; Kansas – Annie Freud; Kentucky – Sinead Wilson; Louisiana – Retta Bowen; Maine – Derek Adams; Massachusetts – Tim Cumming; Minnesota – Donna Bamford; Missouri – Tim Wells; Nebraska – Imogen Robertson; Nevada – Inua Ellams; Oklahoma – Niall O’Sullivan; Pennsylvania – Julia Bird; Rhode Island – Octavia Lamb; South Carolina – Ahren Warner; Texas – Sophie Richmond; Utah – Matthew Caley; Vermont – Jacqueline Saphra; West Virginia – Katy Evans-Bush.

… and the second night is on Friday 4th at the Betsy Trotwood in Faringdon with Alabama – Emily Berry; Connecticut – Luke Heeley; Delaware – Helen Mort; Florida – Camellia Stafford; Illinois – Valerie Josephs; Indiana – Miranda Stonor; Iowa – Mark Waldron; Maryland – Jack Underwood; Michigan – Lara Frankena; Mississippi – Alan Buckley; Montana – James Dowd; New Hampshire – Michael McKimm; New Jersey – Tamar Yoseloff; New Mexico – Kate Kilalea; New York – Amy Key; North Carolina- Ben Morris; North Dakota – Roddy Lumsden; Ohio – Heather Phillipson; Oregon – Gale Burns; South Dakota – Diana Pooley; Tennessee – Hannah Murgatroyd; Virginia – Kate Potts; Washington – Isobel Dixon; Wisconsin – Claire Crowther; Wyoming – Simon Barraclough.

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