I’m thrilled and honored that The Mad Poets Society of PA chose me as their 2023 Poet of the year! I’m looking forward to sharing insight into my poems and new work on their blog starting in April (Poetry Month). ❤️
Starting in April, I’ll be posting a poem each month along with insight into the poem. Some will be old favorites and some will be unpublished. I hope you subscribe to their blog and share with another poetry lover.
Repost from the Mad Poets Society of PA newsletter:
Friends and fans of poetry! Our next First Wednesday poetry reading, at 7:00 p.m. on April 6, will feature two wonderful poets: Tonita Austin, aka Toni Love, and James Feichthaler!
The reading will take place in the Ballroom, *upstairs* at the Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA. If anyone has questions or needs info about the CAC elevator, contact series host Sibelan Forrester at <email@example.com> or leave voicemail at (610) 328-8162.
Light refreshments will be served, and an Open Mic will follow the featured reading.
Greetings! If you’re in the neighborhood and enjoy being outdoors, please join us: Sunday, September 19 – 11:00am at Sankofa Farm in Bartram Gardens “Mother Tongue” is the final program in the series that celebrations the fortifying roots of Black Art. The cob oven, called “The Furrow” is both a work of art and a symbol of divine womanhood, was created by Philly Jawn and award-winning multidisciplinary artist, Misty Sol. Inspired by Toni Morrison’s book, Paradise, the oven will be lit, and fruits will be available in this gathering in remembrance of indigenous peoples and all our multicultural / multi-ethnic ancestors who made use of the land to feed loved ones. Bring your young people, too, to express their craft-making creativity, to dance, to sing, and to introduce themselves on the open mic. Also featuring Karen Smith and Ursula Rucker. All are welcome! Wednesday, September 22 – Autumn Equinox at The Woodlands Philly Jawns–Aziza Kebe, Lois Moses, Kia Knight, Sherry Wilson Butler–will be performing “That Blackness: In Tribute to Nina Simone” as part of the Weez The Peoples (Karen Smith & Donna Dorman) set of the Ars Nova Workshop’s Autumn Equinox Festival. The full schedule is below, with the Weez The People’s performance time scheduled from 6:15pm to 7:15pm. (Philly Jawns will close the Weez portion of show at 7:00pm). Please register in advance, don’t forget to bring a lawn chair, and don’t worry about dusk–the space will be lit and so will the stage. Also featuring Philly Jawn, Toni Love, one of Philly’s favorite jazz vocalists, V. Shayne Frederick, and a few other Philly superstars! https://www.arsnovaworkshop.org/programs/new-grass-odean-pope-immanuel-wilkins-chad-taylor-trio-autumn-equinox-celebration-2021/ Performance Times 5:00 – 6:00 PM Spirits Up 6:15 – 7:15 PM Weez The Peoples 7:30 – 8:45 PM Odean Pope/Immanuel Wilkins/Chad Taylor Hope to see you ! ____________________ Powell-Wright http://www.phillyjawns2020.com Editor/Curator, Philly Jawns: For Women Revisited Lead Strategist, SistahWrites! Founder/Performer, For Women Collective Recipient, Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant Recipient, Pollination Project Grant Recipient, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Art & Travel Grant Founding Member/Performer, In The Company of Poets Guest Performer: Sistahs Laying Down Hands
MAD POETS SOCIETY . Join us tonight for the next Livin’ on Luck reading at 7 pm! We will feature Pat Kelly, Toni Love, and Francesco Pasqualino. Open mic will follow hosted by Brooke Palma. To register, use the link below. See you there! Registration Link: https://wcupa.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0udu-srzkrH9MkU0-RXt2oPzi1gB9giaND?fbclid=IwAR0S58sEyLeH2zARcRshO0mkZv0lSfzBDaXuLypAu1WDa0QYqKQLZzxsDIQ Pat Kelly is a writer from Harrisburg. He writes poetry and fiction that explores the dark fringes of humanity and its impact on time and memory. He is currently working on his first collection of poetry, Buried Litanies, which is both a means of personal therapy and a voice to his repressed experiences with childhood sexual abuse.
Tonita Austin also known as “Toni Love” is a gifted poet, singer, activist, and writer born in West Philadelphia. While attending Columbia University, Tonita was a student of Amiri Baraka and performed in Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls” as the Lady in Orange. Her writing is influenced by both experiences. She is a contributor to the anthology The Black Body and featured poet in the 2018 and 2020 Winter/Fall edition of the Philadelphia Arts and Urban Literary magazine. The Restoration EP is her first published recording; Toni’s Room is her first published book. Toni currently resides in Media,PA
Francesco Pasqualino is a restauranteur and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Francesco has supported many artistic groups including The International Poetry Forum, The Hillman Center for Performing Arts, and The Mad Poets Society, He has had the honor of studying with Ted Kooser and Mary Karr. His writing appears in Voices in Italian Americana, Mad Poets Review, Main Street Rag, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You’ll find his culinary insights on Attenzione! A Writer’s Journal on his restaurant’s website, pasqualinos.com. He has also shared his family recipes as an invited guest on WQED public television. Mad Poets Society · P.O. Box 1248 · Media, Pa 19063 · USA
Not only is this a poet’s favourite time of year because poets are summoned to perform and share their work. But it is also a wonderous time for those who love poetry because you can pretty much find poetry anywhere during this national poetry month. A poem in your pocket Can be found scattered amongst stores in your community and you’ll find poetry online and social media so It’s a wonder full time to just get filled up on poetry.
Of course you can go on Amazon to grab a copy of my Poetry book “Toni’s Room; a poetic journey to restoration” If you order from my website you’ll get an autographed copy and while supplies last, a free copy of my poetry CD titled “The Restoration”.
Stay tuned and come back and check out the space from time to time I will publish some poems that Are not included in my book or on this site. Love words, love writing, love expression, love one another, love poetry!
The show has been rescheduled to March 7th! Tickets from January’s show will be honored ❣
After successful book launches in Philadelphia and New York, Toni Love is bringing her new poetry book Toni’s Room alive in Washington D.C. at the famed BusBoys and Poets on 14th and V Street, Northwest Washington D.C. Toni will take you on a journey inside her book, sharing the emotion and inspiration behind her poems accompanied by accomplished percussionist Ronin Ali. Tickets to this intimate event include light fare and VIP packages are available. PRICES INCREASE at the door, so get your tickets today. Show is 5-7pm. You will leave feeling inspired, entertained and loved! 💜
My sincere apologies but the DC Book Launch of Toni’s Room has been postponed. Toni is sick with the flu and is unable to perform this Saturday.
We are working now with the venue for a new date which we will have in a few days. All tickets will be honored when the event is rescheduled along with a special gift. If at any time you choose to receive a full refund, please respond to your confirmation email. All ticket holders were notified by email yesterday.
Thank you for the love and support and are deeply sorry for the inconvenience.
The Toni Love DC book launch is confirmed!! After a successful book launch in Philadelphia and New York, I am excited to bring the tour to Washington D.C.
Come for a look inside Toni’s Room Saturday, January 25th, 2020 5-7pm at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V N.W Washington D.C.
I’m excited to have the percussionist extraordinaire Karen Smith join me in bringing my poems to life!
Light fare is included and so much more!
Event Ticket Only
Your ticket to the January 25th Toni Love Book Signing at Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V location, NW Washington DC. includes entry to the reading of "Toni's Room", beverages and light fare.
Books and CD's will be available for purchase at the event while supplies last.
Event + Pre Ordered Book
Your ticket to the January 25th Toni Love Book Signing at Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V location, NW Washington DC. includes entry to the reading of "Toni's Room" an autographed copy of "Toni's Room", beverages and light fare.
If you are purchasing for someone else and would like it autographed, please put the name of the person in the note section, otherwise your name will be used.
Your VIP ticket to the January 25th Toni Love Book Signing at Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V location, NW Washington DC. Your VIP experience includes priority check-in, VIP seating, ticket for one signature “Poet Mojito”, other beverages and light fare. You will also receive the Toni Love fan kit including an autographed copy of the book “Toni’s Room”, bookmark, debut CD “The Restoration” and a Large Toni Love T shirt.
Thank you for the love!
VIP tickets include the full Toni Love fan kit, priority access and seating and a complimentary ‘Love Poet Mojito’!