Poetry at the Yard Celebrates Poetry Month with Billy Tuggle

Photos & videos by Melodie Yvonne

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 15, 2019) – Poetry at the Yard celebrated National Poetry Month at Coal Yard Coffee with a special feature performance from Chicago legend and poet, Billy Tuggle on Monday, April 15, 2019. An amazing all ages open mic was held along with the performance that brought stunning work to the forefront from many talented literary artists. The following excerpt about the legendary Billy Tuggle is courtesy of the Poetry at the Yard Facebook Event Page:

“Billy is a writer, a poet, activist, poetry organizer, and host as well as a poetry slam champion on the local, regional, and national stage. His notable winnings have earned him a place in the Haiku Hall of Fame alongside notable poets such as Basho. Billy is not your typical performance poet, though. His prowess on the mic commands the atmosphere to bend at his whim. His words demand an audience, and they get it. Billy has been active in performance since his teen years as the lead vocalist of rock and funk bands. These endeavors helped hone his skill on the stage. As an ambassador of poetry slam, Billy has helped bring many a poet along with their performance and writing abilities.”

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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