Alabanzas a Tonantzin

November 25, 2012

Ukiah, California

Alabanzas a Tonantzin / Praises to Mother Earth

A Celebration of Spanish poetry on the occasion of the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe

Featuring poets Lorena Calvo-Evans, Jabez Churchill, Lin Marie DeVincent, Marcos Pereda, Ricardo Stocker, and Theresa Whitehill

Sunday, 9 December 2012

6:00 to 8:00 pm
Grace Hudson Museum Conference Room
431 South Main Street, Ukiah, CA

A production of the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, and the Grace Hudson Museum

For more information contact Jabez Churchill at
or Ukiah Poet Laureate Dan Barth at


Ukiah, California

Colored Horse Studios Winter Solstice Open Reading 2012

Friday, 21 December 2012

5:30 pm: Informal Potluck Appetizers
6:00 pm: Open Reading (poetry, shorter fiction, film, art…)

780 Waugh Lane
Ukiah, CA 95482

For information, contact Theresa Whitehill at (707) 462-4557 or

Theresa Whitehill, Poet Designer & Paulo Ferreira, Artist

Past Events:

Watershed Poetry Mendocino 2012: Poets Night

Watershed Poetry Mendocino 2012
Poets Night
featuring Mary Norbert Korte, David Smith, Dan Roberts, Armand Brint, Jacquelyn Hewitt, and Linda Noel

7 o’clock pm
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Community Room
Grace Hudson Museum
431 South Main Street, Ukiah, California
Produced by the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, in association with Watershed Poetry Mendocino; the reading took place in an exhibit of poetry broadsides produced by Doug Strong and Larry Sheehy, and  included participation by watershed organizations

The Region of Bliss

A synchronicity between Charlotte Brontë and Emily Dickinson
Script & Art Direction by Becca Smith (as Charlotte); Poet Theresa Whitehill (as Emily)
8 pm, Saturday, November 10, 2012
4 pm, Sunday, November 11, 2012
The White Barn, St. Helena, California
$25; benefits St. Helena Public Library
for more information, visit the White Barn website:

Poetry Reading, lecture on poet as printer, and exhibit of letterpress broadsides
Theresa Whitehill, along with student poets

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Monday, October 3, 2011
Archbishop Alemany Library Reading Room
Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
Produced by Dr. Judy Halebsky, PhD, Assistant Professor, English
For more information:
Dominican College Events

The Rabbit Rancheria & Honest Tea: 48 Hours in Ukiah

Article by Theresa Whitehill
Real Estate Magazine, Fort Bragg, CA
August, 2011
Link to online article
A Surprising, Wide-Ranging Poet

Interview with Theresa Whitehill
by Michael Waterson, American Canyon Eagle & Napa Register
April 2011
Link to online article

A Grammar of Longing
Poetry, Theresa Whitehill

Published November 2009 by Pygmy Forest Press
Also available: limited edition letterpress dust jacket and companion broadside
Independent Bookstores that carry the book
PDF of Flyer and Order Form

Katrina Poem-narratives
Theresa Whitehill
, reader, along with
Lee Edmundson and Devreaux Baker for featured poet
Cynthia Hogue
7:30 pm
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Mendocino Hotel
45080 Main St, Mendocino, CA
Co-produced by Devreaux Baker and Mendocino Stories
For more information:

Ina Coolbrith Circle
Theresa Whitehill, featured poet
Afternoon (Time TBA)
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Lafayette/Orinda Presbyterian Church
49 Knox Drive, Lafayette, CA

Second Annual Chocolate Poetry Content
Theresa Whitehill, judge
presented by Beatriz Lagos & Viva Cocolat
Deadline: April 30, 2011
Presentation of prizes: Thursday, 14 May 2011
5:30 pm, Viva Cocolat
For more information:

Mendocino LitFest

Theresa Whitehill, writing workshop: Spontaneous & Collaborative Writing
Afternoon (Time TBA)
Saturday, 30 April, 2011
Mendocino College
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482

Caffé Greco
Theresa Whitehill, featured poet

6:30 pm
Monday, May 30, 2011
Caffé Greco
San Francisco, CA
Produced by Philip Hackett

Valona Deli Second Sunday Poetry Series
Theresa Whitehill and Armand Brint, featured poets

Evening (Time TBA)
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Valona Deli
Crockett, CA
Produced by Connie Post

Winter Solstice Open Reading
Hosted by Colored Horse Studios

5 pm to 8 pm
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Colored Horse Studios
780 Waugh Lane, Ukiah, CA

The latest in an ongoing series of open readings hosted at Colored Horse Studios since 1990. From 1990 to 2001 these readings were hosted at Colored Horse Studios in Elk, and since 2001 they have been held at our Ukiah location.

Ukiah Skate Park Opening
Theresa Whitehill, presiding Poet Laureate

12 noon
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Ukiah Skate Park (between Ukiah Players Theatre and Low Gap Park)
1041 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA
Produced by City of Ukiah Mayor Benj Thomas

Alabanzas a Tonantsin: Ofrendas a la Virgen, Poesia, Música y Meriendas
Praises To Tonantsin: Offerings to Mother Earth, Poetry, Music & Refreshments

featuring poets Bill Churchill, Lorena Calvo-Evans, Ricardo Stoker, Fabiola Sandoval, and Marcos Pereda; Theresa Whitehill, presiding Poet Laureate
4 to 6 pm
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Grace Hudson Musuem
431 South Main Street, Ukiah, CA

Featured Poetry Reading
Theresa Whitehill with poet Devreax Baker
4 pm
Sunday, October 17, 2010
The Muse, The Centre for Artful Living
30 A East San Francisco Ave., Willits, CA
Produced by Michael A’Dair

Watershed Poetry Mendocino Map project

Theresa Whitehill with the Watershed Poetry Mendocino Map at Tierra: Art Garden Wine, 2009

The Favorite Poem Project
Poetry event  production, Theresa Whitehill, presiding Poet Laureate

Submissions Accepted: September 1–23, 2010
Community Reading:
7 pm
Friday, October 15, 2010
Grace Hudson Museum
Produced by the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah
For information visit:

Watershed Poetry Mendocino: The Watershed Map Readings
Produced by Colored Horse Studios in association with Watershed Poetry Mendocino

Saturday, October 9, 2010
2:30 pm: Watershed Map Poets Bill Bradd, Kyala Shea, Dan Barth, and Linda Noel
4:00 pm: The Future of the Map Poets Jacquelyn Hewitt, Ricardo Stocker, Shannon Hughes, and Michael Riedell; introduction by Benj Thomas
Nelson Family Vineyards, in the Redwood Grove by the Tasting Room
550 Nelson Ranch Road, 6 minutes south of Ukiah on Highway 101
Sponsored by Nelson Family Vineyards,
For information, visit

Workshop: Spontaneous & Collaborative Writing with Theresa Whitehill
2 pm to 5 pm
Saturday, October 2, 2010
San Francisco Center for the Book
300 De Haro Street, San Francisco
For more information: or

Poetry Reading & Book Signing for A Grammar of Longing
Theresa Whitehill, featured poet

7 pm
Friday, October 1, 2010
San Francisco Center for the Book
300 De Haro Street, San Francisco

Arts & Wine, the Expressions of an Industry
Includes the poetry of Theresa Whitehill

Opening Reception: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Friday, August 6, 2010
Exhibit runs through October 31, 2010
Napa Valley Museum
55 Presidents Circle, Yountville, CAThis exhibit includes work from the 1998 Stags’ Leap Winery project, Napa Valley: Portrait of a Community – paintings by Patrick McFarlin; literary portraits by Theresa Whitehill (poetry) and Rod Smith (prose); produced by Jennifer Garden, member of the board of the Napa Valley Museum

Summer Solstice Open Reading
Hosted by Colored Horse Studios

6 pm to 9 pm
Friday, June 18, 2010
Colored Horse Studios
780 Waugh Lane, Ukiah, CA

The latest in an ongoing series of open readings hosted at Colored Horse Studios since 1990. From 1990 to 2001 these readings were hosted at Colored Horse Studios in Elk, and since 2001 they have been held at our Ukiah location.

Nevada City Poetry Series
Theresa Whitehill, featured poet

7:30 pm
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, CA
Produced by Bill Gainer
Sponsored by Poets & Writer, Inc.

Mendocino LitFest
Workshop on Spontaneous and Collaborative Writing by Theresa Whitehill

10:30 am to 12 pm
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Mendocino College
1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
Produced by John Koetzner, Mendocino College Library
Sponsored by Friends of the Mendocino College Library & Poets & Writers

Eighth Annual ukiaHaiku Festival
Poetry Competition and Festival
Theresa Whitehill, presiding Poet Laureate

2 to 4 pm
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Ukiah Civic Center
411 West Clay Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
Produced by Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah
Leadership Mendocino: Arts & Tourism Day
Theresa Whitehill, featured poet
9:00 am
Friday, April 16, 2010
Mendocino Art Center
45200 Little Lake Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
Produced by Suzanne Pletcher, Leadership Mendocino

An Evening of Poetry at the Napa Valley Museum
Theresa Whitehill reading with Jim Lyle and Carolyn Wing-Greenlee

5:30 to 8:30 pm
Friday, April 16, 2010
Napa Valley Museum
55 Presidents Circle, Yountville, CA 94599
Produced by Pat Alexander

Ukiah City Council Proclamation for Poetry Month and ukiaHaiku Festival
Theresa Whitehill, presiding Poet Laureate

Wednesday, 7 April, 2010
Ukiah City Council Chambers
Ukiah, CA

Wild Women Poetry Reading
Theresa Whitehill reading with Devreaux Baker and Robin Rule

6:30 pm
Friday, 26 March, 2010
Willits United Methodist Church
Corner of School & Pine Streets, Willits California
Produced by Linda Noel

27th Annual Mendocino County Women’s History Gala
Writing Women Back Into History
Guest Poet: Theresa Whitehill
Honorees: Peg Kingman, Dr. Katarzyna Rolzinski, Dr. Molly Dwyer
2:00 pm
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse
107 South Oak Street, Ukiah, California
Presented by: National Women’s Political Caucus – Mendocino County, along with AAUW-Ukiah, Saturday Afternoon Club, and Soroptimist International of Yokayo Sunrise
Contact: Katarzyna Rolzinski, PhD: 707 468-9003

International Women’s Day Salon
Profiles of women in history who were ahead of their time
Produced by Becca Smith
Performed by Theresa Whitehill, Becca Smith, Susan Garden, Jennifer Garden, and Sarah Forni

3:00 pm
Sunday, March 7, 2010
The White Barn
St. Helena, California
Contact: Box Office (707) 251-8715

Women Artists: Making A Full-Time Business Making Art
Panel of Speakers:
Theresa Whitehill – Ukiah Poet Laureate/Graphic Artist, Owner, Colored Horse Studios, with
Jan Hoyman-Browe – Ceramics Artist, Owner, Hoyman-Browe Studio
Paula Samonte – Singer, Performing Artist, and Teacher
7:00 pm
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Pomolita Library
740 North Spring Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
Sponsored by American Association of University Women
Contact: Katarzyna Rolzinski, PhD: 707 468-9003
Colored Horse Studios website

Poetry Reading
Theresa Whitehill reading with Beatriz Lagos, Robert Martin, and Peter Tamases

Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, California
6:30 pm, featured reading followed by open mic
Monday, 1 February 2010
presented by Friends of the Kensington Library
free of charge
produced by Maggie Morley
510 524-0253

Friends of the Mendocino College Library Present: Theresa Whitehill
Reading from her newly published book of poems, “A Grammar of Longing”

7:00 pm
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Room 5310
Mendocino College
1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah
Free of charge
Sponsored by Friends of the Mendocino College Library
Contact: John Koetzner 707 468-3051

Calyx literary journal presents:
Women’s Day of Poetry

Dian Duchin Reed, Connie Post, Nancy Cherry, Theresa Whitehill

7:00 pm
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Rebound Bookstore
1611 – 4th Street, San Rafael, CA
Free of charge; Open Mic Follows Featured Reading
Contact: Rebound Bookstore 415 482-0550

“Kealakekua,” oil & wax on canvas, 22″x26″

The Light and the Dark
Art Exhibit – Paulo Ferreira

Tierra: Art, Garden, Wine
November 2009Local artist Paulo Ferreira steers us from the bright light of late summer into the crepuscular darkness of winter in his new show “The Light and The Dark.” Comprised mostly of canvases with oil and wax, the light paintings have the emotional warmth of fleeting summer memories–more sensory undertones than falling leaves buried in the depths of textured wax and paint. The dark paintings evoke sheltered mystery: “What is that luminous arc? An interplanetary eclipse? First light advancing over Cow Mountain?” If you find yourself needing to “rage against the dying of the light” come in and warm your soul with this artistic journey. Tierra – Art, Garden, Wine is located at 312 N School St. in downtown Ukiah. Please call (707) 468-7936 for details.

Vigil for Iraq

Vigil for Iraq:
Original music & poetry honoring the dead, the wounded, the grieving, and the dispossessed
The Ukiah Madrigal Singers will perform original compositions by David Rounds and David Smith, with lyrics by poets David Smith-Ferri and Theresa Whitehill; David Smith-Ferri and Theresa Whitehill will also read new poetry; Narration by Benj Thomas
Friday, 16 October 2009
7:00 pm
Ukiah Players Theatre
1041 Low Gap Road
Ukiah, California
707 462-9226
Admission is free; donations accepted

For Information: (707) 462-4557 or

Watershed Map Events

Watershed Poetry Mendocino Map Project:
A Reading of the Watersheds
A reading of the Mendocino watersheds to honor a poetry mapping of the county
with a chorus of poets: including Mary Korte, Robin Rule, Linda Noel, Lisa Noel, Rachael Smith-Ferri, and Theresa Whitehill
Friday, October 9, 2009
6 pm – reception
7 pm – reading
Colored Horse Studios
780 Waugh Lane, Ukiah, CA
Map to Colored Horse Studios
Free of charge; donations will be contributed to the poets
For information: (707) 462-4557 or

Open Reading

Open Poetry Reading:
6:30 pm: sign-up (first 20 poets, 3 minutes each)
7:00: reading
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Grace Hudson Museum
431 South Main Street, Ukiah, CA
Sponsored by the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah
Free of charge; donations will be contributed to the Russian River Cleanup project

For Information: (707) 462-4557 or

Recovery Painting

Recovery Painting

MSCA Art Exchange Exhibitions
Paulo Ferreira, paintings, with other MSCA Artists

June 18–July 20, 2009
Salt Road Museum & Gallery Iizura
Omachi, Japan
Artists’ Reception Sunday, June 21, 2009
September 16–22, 2009
Matsumoto City Museum of Art
Matsumoto, Japan

To view Paulo Ferreira’s portfolio:

Women’s Voices
Theresa Whitehill, poet

Host: Val Muchowski
Monday, 13 July 2009
7:00 to 8:00 pm
KZYX&Z Public Radio, 90.7, 91.5, and 88.1 FM
Philo, California

To listen live, follow this link
Links to more of Theresa Whitehill’s poetry:

Colored Horse Studios Summer Solstice Open Reading
Potluck and Open Mic
Saturday, 20 June 2009
6:00 p.m.: Informal Potluck Appetizers
7:00 p.m.: Open Reading (poetry, shorter fiction, film, art…)
780 Waugh Lane
Ukiah, California
Contact Colored Horse Studios: (707) 462-4557 or


Executive Privilege

Guest Artists Paulo Ferreira & Theresa Whitehill
June 2009
Art Center Ukiah, Corner Gallery & Annex
Opening Reception: Friday, 5 June 2009
5 to 8 pm
Part of First Friday Ukiah Artwalk
201 & 203 South State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Contact: 707 462-1400,,
To view Paulo Ferreira’s portfolio:
To view the broadsides of Colored Horse Studios:

Mother God

Mother God

Paper, Paint & Pencil
Exhibit: Paulo Ferreira (Paintings), with artists Eva Strauss-Rosen (pencil) and Nancy Winters (3D paper)
Friday, 1 May to Sunday, 31 May 2009
Opening Reception Saturday 2 May, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Willits Art Center
Commercial Street, Willits

To view Paulo Ferreira’s portfolio:

ukiaHaiku Festival

Theresa Whitehill, Keynote Speaker
Sunday, 26 April 2009
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
City Conference Center
200 School Street
Ukiah, California
For more information about Theresa Whitehill’s poetry:

Earth Day Nature Poetry
Poetry Recital: Theresa Whitehill, reading with Becca Smith, Nancy Morrell, Justin Smith, and Peter,  from a script by Becca Smith
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Time: 3 p.m.
The White Barn
St. Helena, California
Tickets: $10; Benefits Calistoga Library
Contact Box Office: (707) 251-8715
For more information about Theresa Whitehill’s poetry:

Poet Laureate of Ukiah, California
Theresa Whitehill

The Ukiah City Council announced the induction of Theresa Whitehill as Poet Laureate for the city at their Wednesday, April 15, 2009 meeting. Whitehill is the fourth laureate for Ukiah since the program began in 2001.

Finding Good Bread Broadside

Finding Good Bread Broadside

Visual Investments: The Evolution of Colored Horse Studios
A Talk by Theresa Whitehill & Paulo Ferreira, founders
Exploring the two intermingled streams of their respective visual and literary arts & some of the chapels they have visited along the way
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Place: Kabuki Hotel, Japantown, San Francisco
Colophon Club, San Francisco (a private event; club members and their guests are welcome)
Contact: Colored Horse Studios (707) 462-4557 or

To view the broadsides of Colored Horse Studios:

Colored Horse Studios Broadsides Exhibit

Colored Horse Studios Broadsides Exhibit

The Broadsides of Colored Horse Studios
Opening & Closing: Friday, 3 April 2009
5 p.m.
Church Street Gallery
175 East Church Street
Ukiah, California
Contact: Colored Horse Studios (707) 462-4557 or

International Women’s Day Salon
Poetry Recital, Theresa Whitehill, reading with Becca Smith, Susan Garden, and Sarah Forni, from a script by Becca Smith; Jennifer Garden, MC
Sunday, 8 March 2009
4 p.m.
The White Barn
St. Helena, California
Contact: Box Office (707) 251-8715

So Far

November 22, 2012


Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Fez, Morocco

What I’ve learned so far: that rinsing your clothes in fresh cool water and wringing them out and putting them on damp is lovely, and that placing my hand on the top of the door jamb as I am entering the little bathroom reminds me to duck so I don’t bang my forehead, and how to crawl up the stairs: each step being anywhere from ten to twelve to fourteen inches, randomly changing height due to some nuance of need at the time of construction. I use all four appendages, bare feet, bare hands, slap slap slap up the stairs in a hunkered position. When carrying something, it becomes a three-point operation (cup of coffee, basket of writings, clothes), making each move methodically because to slip and fall would have disastrous consequences, the least of which would be broken bones. “Sobriety check!” Maggie promptly declares.

And on each step, a pattern of tiles that imitates no notion in nature except the rhythm of the heart, a diamond becoming a square as it flies on to another tile that is winking its eye at the fountain’s splash of water from the beard of the moss and the saint who lies under the archway, whose heart is immured in the wall, invites and descends, welcomes and turns his back, delights and absconds.

Here I am trying to undo language and find that I am undone instead.

I transit between places known and unknown: the sky with my name written in it, the water in the gutter with its mysterious chemical transience, the doll that peeks out of a window with a glass eye shut.

I come here with burdens, with sorrows, with fears and with fingers, with a throat and an arched foot and a wristwatch. I come here with a fragile paper ticket, something made out of the pulp of endangered trees, and stand in the fragrance of the perfumerie knowing I will not be able to invent this. This is why I am here. Because I cannot invent this and because I dreamed this.

From the outdoor roof terrace is a steep ladder to a higher terrace that gives a view over the rooftops to the Middle Atlas mountains. To the north, I often see tiny robed figures moving among the ruined arches that lead to the tombs, just shy of the luxury hotel where alcohol is served at enormous price—and that alone after you pay the taxi driver and mark your way home in the medina with strips of paper embedded with signals identifying monuments that will look the same whether seen under moonlight or shadow of noon.

Already at eight in the morning the railing of the terrace steps is too hot to invite the touch of the hand and the cat that looks like a chihuahua hunkers on a nearby rooftop and waits for some signal like food or stone, wary. The tombs on the hill represent north. It begins to make sense—the roofline, the satellite dishes pointing mostly in the same direction, away from the minaret’s bold creation of the story of the universe. Each day and several times the muezzin calls out to remind you where the sun rises is to be holding the gold coin purse of the dawn. Each night and before bathing cross yourself to gently uncover your nightmares and make for them a bed in which you will lie down and comfort your twenty reasons until they twin themselves and unmask the eroded bones of your own story, the one you lost interest in long ago but which now you see everyone is pinning on you with eyes of marble and lemon and shoe.

Already at eight, the day.

The Hotel des Merindes turns out to be rundown, vainglorious, an anachronism, complete with defunct glass elevator with the shaft full of weeds and the glass cloudy with dust, shabby window dressings. We went up there by taxi one day and did not stay for the requisite drink on the terrace. There was a clever, if faded, map bolted to the balcony with silhouettes of the prominent architectural and land features, keyed so you could identify the mosques, the peaks. We left after wandering through the lobby a bit, and walked partway back down the mountain road, and eventually caught a taxi driven by a nearly toothless man who kept up a hilarious conversation in French with Riantee about his time in Lyon and how he lost his teeth, nearly a point of pride if all you could read was his body language.

I borrow a book from the library of our host, Fez: City of Islam (by Titus Burckhardt, translated from the German to English by William Stoddart, published by The Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge 1992), noting details in my journal so that I may find it again and again, as needed. I read of the birth of Sufism in Morocco, of the arrival of the Merinides to Fez, one of a series of rival conquerors, either Berber or Arab Bedouin, who are always sweeping, as in “they swept down out of the Atlas Mountains,” or, “They swept across the north of Africa.” One imagines great brooms swabbing the milky way. This story leads to the pluralism of Sufism, but even so there is a drive toward purity that can at times leave not much room for the respect of other beings.

The festival we are attending is in large part a result of the original tenets of Sufism—a cultural event created from a desire on the part of the festival founders to promote tolerance as an antidote within a violently intolerant time, to underscore and revivify differences, and accomplishing this through the agency of music, bringing master musicians from all different cultures, speaking myriad language, to Fez, site of a university older than any in Europe, the largest living Medieval city. I read that Sufism and its approach to the divine through ecstasy is mistrusted by fundamentalist Muslims, and some of its practices (singing and dancing oneself into ecstatic union with god) are taboo in parts of the Muslim world. This endears me to Fez, and the Moorish culture that flowered in Spain, the great respect shown toward scholarship and literature. I note for Maggie that the word for “lawyer” in Arabic also means “scholar.”