Whisper is the author of the book of poetry “I Have Arrived.” When you see her at Classics, it will be the first Saturday of the month and she will be reading her poetry in the back of the store at the Capital City Open Mic.
Whisper once said, “Poetry saved my life!! It rescued me from off of that ledge! One more ounce of negative energy and I would have jumped.”
Barbara is a Scrabble players’ Scrabble player. She plays on Friday nights and some Saturdays in Trenton at Classics Books, Tuesdays in Princeton and through FaceBook. A two-time Classics Tournament champion, Barbara is tough to play—but fun. She never gloats (well, almost never) and is pleasant to play if you are good or a beginner.
She is also an accomplished artist, turning parts of the bookstore into a gallery of her photos and paintings.
When you see her at Classics, she could be anywhere–at a Scrabble board, hanging her artwork or ringing up customers during the week.
Barbara’s most common quote? “Bingo!”
Photo by Bruce Bentzman
Pulitzer Prize winning Trentonian Poet Yusef Komunyakaa published Testimony, a collection poetry inspired by Charlie Parker
Trenton Poet Laureate Doc Long had reminiscences published in Volunteers in the African Bush, a collection of essays about the early years of the Peace Corp in Africa
Capital City Open Mic celebrated its one year anniversary in April
The New Jim Crow Committee of Trenton met and discussed Michelle Alexander’s book and mapped out ways to put responses to the book in action.
The Trenton Books at Home Program handed out thousands of books for Trenton kids.
Trenton author and radio host Yolanda Landy Robinson published Don’t Be Bitter Be Better, a book of inspirations.
Trenton author Natasha Buckalious Parker published her poetella, Ah Hood Romance
Trenton author Will Foskey published Poeticine
In November, Trenton author Marie Murf Antionette, author of The Struggle and A Girl Named Job, was bookseller for a day at Classics.
In February, Barbara Keogh became the reigning Classics Scrabble champion.
Artist and Classics co-op member Barbara Keogh covers the store Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 noon to 2 pm. Here is her list of books and DVD’s she would like to read and watch.
1. 32 Candles by Ernessa Carter
2. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
3. At Canaan’s Edge by Taylor Branch
4. An Easy Burden by Andrew Young
5. White Collar Factory by Jack Washington
6, 7 and 8. Be Cool, Maximum Bob and Pagan Babies by the recently deceased Elmore Leonard
9 Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman
10. Devil’s Corner by Lisa Scottoline
11. Barchester Towers and The Warden by Anthony Trollope
12. Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
13. Marguerite de Valois by Alexander Dumas
14/15 Complete Works of O’Henry in 2 volumes
16. DVD: The Devil Wears Prada
17. DVD: Walk Hard
18. DVD: Nothing But The Truth
19. DVD: Bulgarian Lovers
20. DVD: Last King of Scotland
For the first time in its new location at 4 West Lafayette Street in downtown Trenton, Classics held its 13th Annual Scrabble Invitational, where the top 16 players from 2012 met to battle it out for the title of Grand Champion!
After a rousing America the Beautiful, non-lip synched by Trentonian Cherry Oakley (as befits all great sporting events), and after 5 consecutive rounds of play, the winner was determined. Last year’s Grand Champion, Trentonian Megan Iurilli and number-one seed, Trentonian Eric Maywar, failed to make the final four.
The winners were
- Tim Walker in 4th Place
- 2-time Grand Champion Bruce Gross in 3rd Place.
- 4-time Grand Champion Daniel Robinson in 2nd Place
- and the 2012/1013 and Current Grand Champion is Barbara Keogh!
Scrabble is played at Classics every Friday from 6:30 to midnight at 4 West Lafayette. All skill levels are welcome.