How I Planned a Poetry Reading and an Invitation to Attend by author poet Ann Chiappetta #PoetryPlace#WordPressWednesday

Annie Chiappetta

It’s two weeks before my poetry reading, and I am nervous and excited. It’s not the first time I’ve presented my writing in public, in fact, far from it. Yet, I am just as nervy as if it was the first time. Hm, it sounds like a Foreigner song. 😊


I’d been trying to find a way to keep in practice after New York State was quarantined and decided to schedule a zoom webinar. Why zoom? It’s accessible to text-to-speech technology. Not only is it accessible but a presentation can be recorded, and it is also reasonably priced.


After writing my invitation I thought about how I would be able to also create an audible invitation and perhaps attract a little more cachet, as it were. I recorded the message on the sound recording app on my windows 10 laptop and saved as an MP3. Once this was done, I asked a friend for a favor. The background music was added, and the result was a great audio invitation. I then created a blog post and sent it out with the audio recording.


Let me back up a little – I learned how to convert the MP4 WAV file to the preferred MP3 that can be uploaded onto a blog website with a media file transfer plug-in. Folks, if I listed each and every step in this article, it would become long and confusing. I will say, if a person does not wish to put aside time to learn more technology-related programs and take the time to be trained on  these programs, one must find someone to do this, and this means contracting with an expert and paying for services.


I compromised, learning the less technical tasks like converting files with the program called Switch, and paying for a zoom pro account so I have full control of meetings, webinars, and recordings. I Hope to one day   be able to edit simple audio files myself but until then, I barter services with trustworthy and reliable people or ask for a favor. Failing this, I pay for the services.


Once the invitation was written and recorded, I pushed it out over my blog, Face Book, and Twitter. I sent it to all my writing contacts, email lists, friends, family, and business contacts. I hope for at least ten attendees and more than ten listeners will send me over the moon.


I also have a friend co-moderating so during the presentation I do not have to split my attention.


I selected the poems and essays, practiced, and timed them so I can fill the hour. My co-host and I will touch base and go over the list. Once the reading is over the recording will be posted on my website and blog and I hope to use clips from it to promote my work.



I love to share writing and connect with people, and I think this reading will accomplish this.





An Evening of Poetry by author poet Ann Chiappetta


Hi, I’m poet and author Ann Chiappetta. I’m hoping you can join me for an evening of poetry on September 10 at 7 p.m. via zoom.   I’ll be reading selections of my collections Upwelling and Words of Life.

words of life ebook cover

Contact me at if you are interested in joining me.

You can learn about my books and other writing-related information by going to:

Or by subscribing to my blog,

I look forward to hearing from you.

Stay well and stay creative.



About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: Visit: And: As well as:
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2 Responses to How I Planned a Poetry Reading and an Invitation to Attend by author poet Ann Chiappetta #PoetryPlace#WordPressWednesday

  1. Annie Chiappetta says:

    Thanks for posting this, Patty.

    Ann Chiappetta, Author

    ` Making meaningful connections with others through writing `

    914.393.6605 Facebook Annie Chiappetta

    “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

    * Joseph Campbell

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