Gardner is a Groundlings performer and actress whose credits encompass writing and voicing more than one roles on Crackle’s Bryan Cranston-produced animated comedy SuperMansion. She next has an assisting position inside the feature Life of the Party, written via and starring Melissa McCarthy. (McCarthy this month took domestic an Emmy for her function as Sean Spicer on SNL.) Gardner is repped through TalentWorks and Odenkirk Provissiero.

Null is a Chicago-based musical comedian and improviser hailing




from iO Chicago. His credits consist of the 2011 film The Heart: The Final Pulse. He is repped by UTA.


Additionally, SNL has additionally delivered several new writers for the approaching season, including Sam Jay (Take My Wife), Gary Richardson (The Characters), Erik Marino (Weeds), Andrew Dismukes (Call Me Brother), Steven Castillo (Becoming Red), Claire Friedman and Nimesh Patel (the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner).

SNL returns for its forty-third season this Saturday with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z. The Lorne Michaels-produced sketch collection will retain to hold its national live telecasts all through the imminent season. Emmy winner Alec Stanley Baldwin is about to return inside the most suitable as President Donald Trump.

SNL capped a banner season forty-two via taking home a main nine Emmy wins this yr, consisting of for cartoon series and cast member Kate McKinnon in addition to McCarthy and 1st earl Baldwin of Bewdley.

“Going into the season, I knew I desired to get it right. We notion it’d be the largest election of our lifetime and we desired to be in the middle of it,” Michaels advised The Hollywood Reporter after SNL’s large Emmy displaying. “We lived week to week, and it changed into one of those years wherein the cast simply rose to any assignment; the writing group of workers did, and the layout team did. No one stated, ‘We’ve handiest were given two hours.’ The president just did this and we have to trade it …. This is a set that changed into united and all of 1 mind and each person sacrificed and supported every other. That’s great you ever get whilst you do the form of display like this.”

In the Red Engine Press January 2006 newsletter, “Yarn spinners and Wordweavers,” Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of Tracings, writes:

“Auden thought the purpose of poetry is to disenchant. That, my reader, may be why I am not much for rhyme or pretty, though I do like food images, especially sweets. I prefer melancholy, wistful and if a song is sung, let it discord to keep the reader alert make him reconsider. Nursery rhymes are for nurseries, sunsets to be viewed firsthand from a bluff, preferably while holding hands with someone handsome. The tendons of the best poetry are politics, introspection, and the abominable snowmen among us tempered–occasionally–by a look back at where we’ve been. Oh, and irony. That’s better than tiramisu and latté for keeping people talking late into the night.”

In the preface to One Hundred and One Famous Poems, published in 1929, editor Roy W. Cook talks about the great need for poetry in a modern industrial age.

While the modern age, with podcasting and blogs, has made poetry more accessible, poetry is also considered frivolous–and certainly not lucrative. It’s a shame because Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s poetry can make an air raid sound still and hushed. She can let us stand beside an uncle who smells of Barbasol and is on his way to war. The subtle message is clear: Stop. Pay attention. Listen.

Most of us wrote poetry in high school that included protests against parents, petitions to teenage crushes, or the usual “my life stinks, what’s the meaning of it all” poems. As adults, we may dribble our wine-and-cappuccino-soaked angst onto the page. As private therapy, poetry often can’t be beaten, and it certainly helped poet Dessa Byrd Reed heal after a car accident. But Reed turned her recovery writings into a passion for poetry that took her to China recently.

Poetry is relevant in today’s text-messaging high-tech world, as evidenced





by all the poetry Web sites. It speaks of love, as in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnets. It relates eternal epic truths, as in John Milton’s Paradise Lost. It captures the cry of a generation, as in Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.” It reflects, as in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. It makes a cinematic statement about freedom behind bars, as in the movie “Slam.” It speaks of the Divine, as in the poetry of Thich Nhat Hanh. I agree with Carolyn Howard-Johnson that poetry moves us–or it must if we want to move others. Howard-Johnson’s poetry moved Compulsive Reader editor Magdalena Ball to name Tracings to The Compulsive Reader list of “Top Ten Reads of 2005.”

Howard-Johnson pokes fun at portraits of poets on poetry magazines, but clearly, loves poetry:

“So long before you took up a pen, wrote pictures,
you imagined them in liquid blue, the stories of others,
your own.”

It’s easy to get caught up in our own stories without understanding them. Howard-Johnson peppers her poetry with images of travel, not just global but time travel. She remarks in “Poetry, Quantum Mechanics, and Other Trifles” that her critique group warns her she complicates her poems with too many layers:

“my ingredients, they Players say, are  Featured concealed
behind an Adds  opaque pottery bowl;
their matrices misunderstood.
Children we are. No one tells
us the truth of such a grand

The poet Rainer Maria Rilke pointed out the truths of existence



in Sonnets to Orpheus, showing us that a young ballet dancer, dead, is not forever gone, but is not visible to us. That’s “the truth of such a grand/dessert.” That’s what poetry is about–revealing, evoking, describing, thought-provoking. Poetry connects the past with the present and future. Howard-Johnson can visit the historic, the war museum in Oslo, and reflect on war as it affected the world:

“Norway’s fjords shed salty droplets on
faces like my father’s. Round faces. Eyes dilute-blue
like the pale skies above them. Men who fought

as Churchill’s voice crackled through smuggled vacuum

Howard-Johnson considers war as it now affects her family:

“Only days before
I reached this spur, I saw my grandson off to war, alone.
A sacrifice. A trade. For my father, who never marched.”

We feel the sense of place in poetry, but place is fluid, as in Howard-Johnson’s work–a flight from LAX to Salt Lake City can take her through her own