about the poet
in this life there are people wanting secret wishes taking shape as poems; friends connecting 3000 miles of wonder and wisdom and what now’s; lovers giving each other keys to rooms they’ve always wanted to open; rain smells on sidewalks; kites shaped like swallows; squirrels; chickens; yes; no; o; oh!; children laughing as mothers underdog them on swings; men named harry and women named betty living in nursing homes writing poems for the first time in their eighty-something years of life, “well,” they say, “how about that.”
that is where magic lies, where a poet turns teacher, meets old people turned friends, and so much waiting and wanting comes alive. that, like tea-lit pumpkins on porches and thousands of fireflies looking like fallen stars over a field at night, and punctuation changing so many things, that is the stuff of my life.
if you’d like to know more about my work teaching poetry in nursing homes, visit the Institute on Aging’s CEYA Program
if you’d like to hire me to write poems at your next event, or teach poetry, contact me at email@example.com
thank you so much for your support. yours in poetry and gratitude,
if you prefer a more conventional bio, here it is: Silvi Alcivar received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction writing from The Pennsylvania State University and earned a BA in English and Women’s Studies, with a focus on fine art, from the College Scholar program at Cornell University. Her work has been published in online journals, Poets 11 (a collection of poems edited by Jack Hirschman), and her “Broke-Ass Manifesto” is featured in Broke-Ass Stuart‘s latest book. She has performed her work on stage and radio throughout the San Francisco Bay area, where she’s been living since 2007. As The Poetry Store owner and poet/artist, she writes and sells custom poetry in three forms: on-demand, as jewelry, and as art. To date, she has written and sold thousands of poems and her artwork has been exhibited at the Femina Potens Gallery, SOMArts Ramp Gallery, Live Worms, The Goods Gallery, Secession Art & Design, La Boutique, and Steelgrass Farm in Kauai. In 2010, her work with The Poetry Store was featured in The San Francisco Chronicle and Daily Candy SF named The Poetry Store one of the top ten best new finds of the year. Since 2005, Silvi has also been dedicating herself to another passion–teaching poetry classes for the elderly. She currently teaches for The Institute on Aging and encourages everyone to visit someone in a nursing home (especially your family and especially the elders who no longer have families).