LitKicks @ LitFest: Bethesda, MD April 25, 2004

Gallery Neptune was the home-base for LitKicks @ LitFest. Elyse Harrison opened her beautiful art space for the LitKicks Action Poets to accompany the exhibit The Influence of Curious George and Other Literary Icons of Our Childhood. We took the theme and ran with it… covering everything from nursery rhymes to Harry Potter, from The Giving Tree to classic fairy tales. All with our own unique spin, naturally. The poet performers shared their literary influences, childhood favorites and wit-soaked original writing with an engaging and appreciative crowd.

Check out our pictures from the event and follow the links for more eyewitness accounts…

Gallery Neptune Artist/Owner, Elyse Harrison

Caryn warms up the crowd and introduces the first act…

Andrew Lundwall then shares some great poetry against a surreal playground backdrop.

Jamelah recounts a childhood memory and entrances the audience with her cool intensity.

Elyse & Levi concentrating on poetry


John Lawson tells a clever tale of a literary mystery that spans all genres, ages and intersections.

firecracker looks on

WIREMAN, blasts out “Kid Stuff

Levi shares his childhood literary secret… as well as a few moving poems.

The Audience, Amazed.

Star Jewel Smith and The Giving Tree

Doreen prepares to connect us with words.

Michael Boettcher shares a clever villanelle and reads a few of his pieces from “The Furnace”

Lightning Rod… lost in a literary fantasy.


Andrew & Star

Taking a break

Doreen, Wireman & Lenny

L-Rod offers a home remedy

Doreen & Lightning Rod perform their collaborative piece, “You Make”

A Happy Crowd

Jamelah acts out the children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Vorst

Coming out from behind the camera

One last glimpse of Gallery Neptune

Read more about the evening here and here.

See more pictures here

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