For Example…


to look
no further
than Walt Wojtanik
for the definition of true
dedication to the art of writing poetry.

Thank you, Walt, for all ways being ready with a word
of encouragement, offering
a prompt to start us,
or a nudge
to write

P. Wanken

Shared at Poetic Asides

Walt was among my first fans and source of encouragement when I started writing poetry in 2010. He and Marie Good formed “Poetic Bloomings” which was a regular spot for me to get prompts and pointers. Walt’s presence at Poetic Asides (long before I stepped onto the “Street”) has proven to be an example of what it means to let the words flow–both in poetry and in the encouragement of poets. Thank you, Walt!

Poetic Path


My poetic journey is nearing its seventh year mark. It began as my fingers walked over the keyboard, composing the first entry on my shiny new blog. I was surprised more than anyone when what my eyes saw forming on the screen was more like poetry than prose. I suppose the poetic words that danced in my head as a child were always there inside, but decades of dormancy were ended that day (as I sat with my laptop in a waiting room for jurors). My words have since Whirl’d me on a poetic path through gardens and cyber pubs, down poetic streets and back again. And I will be forever grateful for the friends (nay, family) I’ve met along the way.

celebrating words
by writing even more words ~
my poetry blooms

P. Wanken

 Shared at Poems of Garden Gnomes

For Immediate Release!

NEXT Gallery proudly presents…


Title of Show: “100 Days of Summer: An International Photo Exhibit”

Artists: Linda Schmale, Cheryl Chapman, Jill Mustoffa, Jamie Garner, Tamara Andersen, Barbara Gal (Colorado Artists), Esa Mela, Kirtsi Nieemelainen, Mikko Luoto, Heidi Karjalainen, Aini Tolonen (Finland Artists), Inge Tuncer (Denmark), Leena Hanonnen, Catherine Singer, Sirpa Ikonen (California), Sheryl Odza (Florida), Steve Veilleux (Connecticut), and Paula Wanken (poet from Texas)

Exhibition Dates: January 15 – 31, 2016

Reception: Friday, January 15, 6:00-10:00 pm

From June until September of 2014, a group of photographers from many countries shared their creative work within the intense framework of providing one artistic submission per day for 100 days. The project was so popular that we decided to organize a traveling show to share our work with others. Curated by Barbara Gal, NEXT Gallery presents the first exhibition in this traveling project, showing the work of 17 photographers and one poet.

NEXT Gallery
3659 Navajo St.
Denver, Colorado 80211 U.S.A.

Fridays: 6pm – 10pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 12pm – 5pm
Or by appointment.