Remembering Inkstrav

Inkstravaganza! was ten days ago, and already it’s receding into the mists of memory. The whole thing is a blur now, from the radio interview we did on WAMC to kick off the official tenth anniversary celebrations, to the list of groovy literary cocktails we dreamed up for Ink Slink, to the afternoon we spent setting up the Cup and Saucer for the party, to the party itself.

It was terrific fun, though. The party was even more of a success than we had imagined it might be. The place was packed — I know that during most of the evening it was hard to make oneself heard because there were so many people conversing in that space! (Emily had made a lovely iTunes playlist of literary songs — like “My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors,” by Moxy Fruvous, and Rufus Wainwright’s recording of a Shakespeare sonnet — but we were talking too loudly to hear it, most of the night.)

Our special guests are fabulous, and it was fun to get the chance to reconnect with all of them. The two poems we premiered that night ( Seth Brown’s Apologies to Poe, Thanks to Inkberry, and my own Berry Sestina) were both a hit, as was Bernice Lewis’ song about the writing process.

The food was great. The wine was great. The magnetic poetry was great. But mostly what was great was the chance to celebrate with so many friends and neighbors. My former boss, from The Women’s Times (the monthly paper I edited, before founding Inkberry) was there — I hadn’t seen her in years, and it was really exciting to get to show off my baby to her. Many of our board members were there. Many of our students were there. Many of our friends were there. Many of the artists who created amazing alphabetical art (which you can see online here) were there.

I know I made some remarks, midway through the evening. I can’t remember what they were (so if you can, please tell me!) I know I ended by raising my glass to Inkberry’s eventful past, delightful present, and auspicious future. Thanks to all of you who were there to celebrate with us — and all who celebrate with us just by reading these words now. We couldn’t have done it without you.

See all the pictures from the evening here

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