Look, Cook, and Eat Kickstarter

Main Dish Media has a wonderful project called Look, Cook and Eat, that offers a digital how-to cooking magazine designed for those with intellectual disabilities to help promote an independent lifestyle.

They are seeking $45,000 through Kickstarter, and are about a third of the way there, with 102 backers (including me) at this writing.

I know the folks involved in this effort–and they are awesome! Not only do they have loads of recipe-development, cooking, and publishing experience, they’ve worked with many remarkable people with intellectual disabilities.

Take a look at the video, make a contribution if you are so inclined, then share the projects with others who might be interested. Thank you!


Looking forward to Wednesday’s poetry reading

I’ve been prepping a bit this afternoon. I find it fun to develop a program with a theme or a flow to it that works for a particular audience–like putting puzzle pieces together.

Tomorrow’s reading has a little bit of Asian feel (ooo–chicken haiku, anyone?) and a little bit of Southern feel. Might share a couple of poems from Raleigh Review as well.

Should be an entertaining evening. Come join us!

Karin reading at Unvined June 2014

Karin reading at Unvined June 2014


To have great poets, there must be great audiences.

Ah, that Walt Whitman, he really knew what he was talking about.

Harry “the Great” Calhoun and I will be reading this Wednesday, July 23, at UnVine’d in Cary. There’s room for open mic readers and, of course, there’s room for a great audience.

Here are the details…

Location: UnVine’d Wine Bar & Tapas, 201 West Chatham St., #103, Olde Cary Commons, Cary, NC (Reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy, UnVine’d Wine Bar and Tapas is tucked away in the heart of downtown Cary. Fine wines at affordable prices… tapas, paninis and salads prepared by gourmet chefs… and walls adorned with artwork from local artists, courtesy of Manifestationz Art Gallery. It’s the perfect atmosphere for an evening of poetry!)

Time7:30pm to 9:30pm (or thereabouts)

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Open mic: You’ve got 5 minutes to wow the great audience. Sign up in advance with me (kswiberg at gmail.com) or Harry (HarryC13 at aol.com); or sign up that night.

Harry has had work published in various poetry journals and more than a dozen books, oh let’s risk inflating it, maybe two dozen chapbooks. But he’s old. His most recent collection is Failure is Unimportant. Don’t ask him if that’s true after he’s had a bad day.

You already know lil’ ol’ me.

Empower a writer with Power2Give!

UPDATE: GOAL MET!!! Stayed tuned for chicken haiku in the next few days… 🙂


Pop culture stereotypes writers as moody introverts huddled behind the glow of their computer screens. Masterpieces, when they come, fall whole from the sky to their laps. However, for most of us who consider ourselves writers, we know this isn’t true.

Writers need community. Writers need mentors. Writers need friends. Writers need help. Writers need to be empowered.

Today, I’m inviting you to empower a writer.

For the past year, I’ve been volunteering as managing editor at Raleigh Review. In Fall 2014/Spring 2015, we’ll offer our new workshop and reading series, Southern Recitations. Six award-winning writers will teach weekend workshops in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction and will perform readings the corresponding Saturday evening. Each 2-day workshop is limited to 15 participants, allowing students to receive hands-on guidance from the instructor and enjoy camaraderie with peers. Readings are free and open to the public.

To make our workshops accessible for those who might not otherwise be able to attend, we’re using the crowd-funding platform Power2Give. Contributing NOW to our scholarship campaign means that your funds will be generously matched 1:1 by North Carolina Arts Council. For every $10 you donate, NC Arts Council will donate another $10! But the funds only last until they are gone, which we’ve been informed will probably happen within the next week.

It’s free money, people! Help us get it! To read more about the project and to donate $5, $10, or $20 (or as much as your writerly heart desires) and earn matching funds, click here!

And as an EXTRA bonus–just for my blog readers–if you donate now, I will write you a chicken haiku!! 🙂