Poet Kimmy Van Kooten


Kimmy Van Kooten, first and foremost, is a wife and mother of 11 children. Kimmy spends what little free time she has freelancing her poetry, short stories, painting, pen and ink drawings, photography and ceramic design works, while incorporating God, her family life, growing up on the farm, trials of life, nature, romance and a little humor of course! “I like the variety in life seen through my eyes of everything I write.”

From the Upper Lake in Northern New Jersey, to the lower Lehigh Valley in Allentown, PA to the sands of Daytona Beach, and now the quiet and quaint of Saint Augustine, Florida ,“I have lived!...therefore…I write!”

Kimmy is the 7th child of 16, so to find a hiding place to collect a bit of silence, in some quiet little nook was, and still is her quest, yes, even with her brood! 🙂  Kimmy is a 2018 graduate of Flagler College, with a BA in Fine Arts, and Creative Writing.  She is a founding member of the Ancient City Poets in St Augustine, Florida, and an Acting Governor for FM magazine, New York, NY.

 


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Artist Kathryn Carlyle

 

Kathryn works in three very different and diverse mediums: painting; collage; and metal fabrication. Though Kathryn  makes the process look easy; behind the apparent spontaneity is careful and meticulous experimentation.  Kathryn has created numerous acclaimed and award- winning designs employing techniques overlapped from each medium.  Early in the artist's career, Kathryn lived in Brazil. While in Brazil her interests in precious metals and gem-stones were piqued. It is the early exposure to gem-stones that allows Kathryn to harmonize color, texture and artistic vision as a painter and jewelry artist.

Kathryn returned to the United States, living and working the Bohemian lifestyle for many years in the artistically rich cities of New York and Chicago.  Kathryn honed her artistic skills until her "voice" as an artist emerged.  Having gained the confidence to make art her only career, Kathryn relocated to the tempered and artistically rich climate of south Florida.  It is the more pleasing and sapid lifestyle she has found in Florida which allows Kathryn's work to continually evolve.   
In addition to painting, Kathryn is an acclaimed jewelry designer.  Her designs incorporate rich textured surfaces, colorful vibrant gem-stones, and uniquely tailored precious metals. Kathryn accents many of her designs with unusual materials in order to create a new look.

In the artist's own view she believes that, “The pieces of jewelry I create are meant to be savored and handled.  Each piece I create has a rich heritage in the materials; it is my desire to enhance and embellish the materials by adding my own unique creativity to their resulting designs.”

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Musician David Coogan

 

David is an Associate Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and the author of “Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail”, the creative culmination of a writing class in which ten men explore the conditions, traps, and turning points on their paths to imprisonment as well as the redemptive power of memoir.

Spare time? Music!  David plays Indian Drums for this pairing and percussion and piano on two other PAM Jam videos.

 

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