11th Annual Poetry Extravaganza

Dec. 28, 2006 – 2007 Poetry Extravaganza is under the direction of Speak-Easy Publishing LLC.Along with other businesses such as Alley Apple Design. LLC, Blackbutterfli Productions LLC, Golden Arts Publishing, Okera Productions, Great Publishing Company LLC, Soulfully Speaking Productions, and many others.

It will take place on January 13, 2007 at the MLK Library, 9th and G St St NW in Washington, DC from 1:00-4:00pm.It features a poet distinction, six poets, vocalists and musicians.

Collective Voices, a sisterhood of African-American poets that came together in 1996, addresses socially relevant issues and challenges of today with messages of love and inspiration. The Washington, D.C-based poetry group is composed of founder J. Joy “Sistah Joy” Matthews Alford, Syliva Dianne Beverly “Ladi Di”, and Billye Okera. Former members of Collective Voices include Carolyn Cooley-Joyner, Angela Boykin-Turnbull and the now deceased, Margie Jones. In June 2002, Joy Alford, as founder of Collective Voices, was presented the 2002 Special Poet Laureate’s Award for her group’s contributions to poetry in the City of Washington, DC.

The group made its debut performance at a celebration of Women’s History Month in Washington, D.C., at The House of Ruth, a shelter for abused and homeless women; and made its international debut in London, England in 1998. Since then Collective Voices has presented its original works at poetry readings and other literary events at bookstores, libraries, schools, colleges and universities, churches, art galleries, radio stations, and local cable television stations.

Collective Voices strives to establish dialogue and work in areas of social activism and humanitarian efforts, and align itself with others whose energies are similarly focused. The group sponsors and accepts invitations to participate in programs that support its mission, with an emphasis on aiding women’s support groups and shelters. The group also sponsors readings, exhibits, and workshops.

Collective Voices has published Experience, Expression, Expansion, and Poetry and Prose for a New Millennium, chapbooks that feature a sampling of the works of past and present members of the group. Publications by individual members of Collective Voices include, “Lord I’m Dancin’…As Fast As I Can” by Sistah Joy (available at Amazon.com) and “The Mourner’s Bench, and Other Stations of Weeping and Joy” by Billye Okera, and Forever In Your Eyes by Sylvia Dianne Beverly “Ladi Di. ”

Sistah Joy, Billye Okera & Sylvia Dianne Beverly “Ladi Di,” aka known as Collective Voices, will be featured at 11th Annual Poetry Extravaganza which takes place at the MLK, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC.

For more information visit http://www.poetryextra.com

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