Michael Riedell, Poet Laureate of Ukiah; photo, Dan Roberts

Michael Riedell, Poet Laureate of Ukiah 2016-2018; photo, Dan Roberts

Michael Riedell has been selected by the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah to service as Ukiah’s Poet Laureate for the 2016 to 2018 term. He will be presented to the Ukiah City Council in July to confirm the nomination.

Who is eligible to serve as Poet Laureate of Ukiah: Any adult who lives within the Ukiah Unified School District, and is an active published poet.

Selection Criteria: Prospective Poets Laureate will be evaluated based on the demonstrated skill of their craft, their publishing credits, experience presenting poetry in public, and experience in community work.

Selection Process: Members of the public are invited to send nominations for prospective Poets Laureate to P.O. Box 865, Ukiah, CA 95482 or email to bookem@pacific.net. The Poet Laureate committee will contact the nominees to request a representative sample of their work, a brief list of their recent publications, and a short statement regarding what they would like to accomplish as Poet Laureate. The committee will then screen the nominees and invite the most qualified for an interview. Based on the materials submitted, and the interview, the committee will recommend a new Poet Laureate for the Ukiah City Council’s approval.

For Further Information:Contact Dan Barth, member, Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, bookem@pacific.net, 707 367-6581

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Writers Read Ukiah Presents Mk Chavez

Thursday, June 30, 2016
7 pm: Featured Reading
8 pm: Open Mic
Art Center Ukiah, 201 South State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482

Link to pdf poster: http://www.coloredhorse.com/poetry/pdf/Writers-Read-Ukiah-2016_0630-Mk-Chavez.pdf

Suggested Donation: $5; Refreshments provided

For information contact: Bill Jabez Churchill, jabezw@sonic.net

MK Chavez is a writer and a champion of public health. She writes about the world as it presents itself to her, broken and achingly luminous. She is the author of Virgin Eyes (Zeitgeist Press). Mothermorphosis will be released in March 2016 followed by her full-length collection Dear Animal, which will be available in the fall. Chavez is co-founder/co-curator of the Berkeley-based monthly reading series Lyrics & Dirges, and the co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She believes in literary confrontation and its capacity to an obliterate all forms of oppression. Recent and upcoming work can be found in Rivet, Aspasiology, and Eleven Eleven.

Writers Read happens on the last Thursday of most every month and has been happening in Ukiah since 1999.This reading series is sponsored in part by Poets & Writers, through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation; additional support provided by Art Center Ukiah, the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, an anonymous local writer, and donations.

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P.S. Mk Chavez will also be reading the following afternoon in Ukiah:
Poetry in the Park at Alex Thomas Plaza
Friday, July 1, 2016
2–4 pm: featured reading followed by open mic
Alex Thomas Plaza, Ukiah, CA
Sponsored by Mendocino County Library, Ukiah branch
For more information, contact Melissa Eleftherion Carr, teen & adult services librarian
707 467-6434, carrm@co.mendocino.ca.us