The Big Read: Shades of Poe is a month-long celebration inspiring San Diegans to read Edgar Allan Poe through visual art, performances, music, exhibits, and celebrity appearances. Here’s a full schedule.
Write Out Loud’s most ambitious project to date, the NEA-sponsored The Big Read: Shades of Poe is coming to a close on May 1. What a month this has been! We have appeared in libraries, community centers, bookstores, theaters, parks, trolley stations and street corners encouraging San Diegans of all ages and descriptions to read the stories and poems of a great American master, Edgar Allan Poe; to read him not for a grade, not for an obligation, but just for fun.
To make our message persuasive, we collaborated with authors, actors, singers, dancers, writers, and teaching artists. We forged partnerships with organizations as diverse as the San Diego Public Library and the San Diego Opera; the North County Times to the San Diego Reader to the Voice of San Diego. This collective effort has touched San Diegans all over the region.
Our giant puppet, Edgar, attracted the attention of thousands with his appearances at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, The La Jolla Atheneaum Music & Arts Library, The Salvation Army Kroc Center and trolley stations from Santee to Chula Vista. We’ve had folks dancing with Eveoke Dance Theatre, painting with Writerz Blok, creating with A Reason to Survive, writing with Playwrights Project and listening raptly to Poe accompanied by civic organist Carol Williams at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.