He took the project on the road to San Francisco, before relocating to Austin two months ago. You can currently find Knowles and his typewriter at the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown in Republic Square on Saturdays and at the HOPE Farmers Market in East Austin on Sundays.
“What began as Performance Poetry with my vintage typewriter has become something really special. My poetry is a vehicle for me to connect with people on a deeper level, a way for me to share in a lot of life’s meaningful moments and most importantly, they allow me the honor of archiving special occasions and the love we share with others, or simply provide entertainment that is both engaging, and unique.”
If you’d like a performance poet at your party, wedding, fundraiser or special event, Untouched Poetry is available for private bookings. Knowles is also hoping to set up some regular gigs at local establishments around town, so if you have any connections, please help spread the word!
“The other thing I am starting to use my project for is to volunteer my time at nursing homes. I truly know the power of writing poems, and how the esthetics of a typewriter affects all my clients, but I feel a lot of healing could come for both those at the nursing home facility and myself when I volunteer. I already have a session lined up at a nursing home here in Austin in a couple weeks.”
For more information on Ryan Ashley Knowles, visit the Untouched Poetry website and like the Facebook page. If you see him out and about, be sure to buy a poem! You can also request one online. (Remember, it is Valentine’s Day this weekend!)
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