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Thursday, May 25, 2017: Avotja
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Last Thursday in May in Ukiah, California

Writers Read Ukiah
Featured Readers: 7 pm, followed by Open Mic
Art Center Ukiah
201 South State Street
Corner of Church Street
(1 block south of Ukiah Court House on opposite side of the street)
Suggested donation: $5
Tea, coffee, and desserts provided

For Information, contact Series MC, Michael Riedell, innisfree@pacific.net

This reading series is sponsored in part by Poets & Writers, through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundation. Additional support provided by an anonymous local writer, Colored Horse Studios, Michael Riedell, Bill “Jabez” Churchill, The Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, Art Center Ukiah, and donations.
A little history: Writers Read, founded by Susan Sparrow and Hal Zina Bennett of Tenacity Press, has been happening monthly on the last Thursday of the month since 1999 in Ukiah, California, starting at the Emerald Cafe, moving to the Saturday Afternoon Club, then to Colored Horse Studios for five years (2004-2009) and as of 2009, back almost full-circle to Art Center Ukiah’s annex, which is next door to the former location of the Emerald Cafe. Dan Barth and Theresa Whitehill co-produced the series with Susan and Hal for many years. As of August 2014, Bill Churchill took over producing the series with Theresa Whitehill as co-producer. As of January 2017, Michael Riedell has taken over hosting the series, with Theresa Whitehill and Bill Churchill as co-producers.
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Poets of the Spanish Civil War

Sunday, April 23, 2017
3 pm
The White Barn, St. Helena
Tickets: $20
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Join readers Michael Caldarola, Theresa Whitehill, and Paulo Ferreira as they present the work of Spanish poets Antonio Machado and Federico García Lorca, and the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. The poetry will be read in English translation, with a selection in the original Spanish.

To accompany the poetry, cellist Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson will perform “Lorca Musica per cello solo,” a fantasia composed by Geoffrey Gordon after themes from Lorca’s play, “The House of Bernarda Alba.”

The work of these three poets, considered some of the finest practitioners of Spanish literature, sparkles with tenderness and tension, outrage and vitality, whether addressing the darkness of their time or the vital mystery of the human spirit. Each employed distinctly different poetics. Lorca, whose poetics was grounded in the Flamenco form, cante jondo, or deep song, felt that much of the soul of Andalusia and Spain came from the fertile mix of Gypsy, Arab, and Spanish Culture. Machado’s work is more formally serene and pensive. Neruda’s poetic range was wide, from sonnets to Whitmanesque soliloquys to an entire collection of odes to ordinary things, a celebration of the things of everyday life, such as scissors, chairs, and kitchen utensils.

Of the three poets, only one would survive the Spanish Civil War. Lorca was assassinated in 1936, in the early months of the war, by agents of General Francisco Franco, who had the support of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, and would go on to rule Spain as dictator for 36 years. Machado survived through much of the war only to die along with his mother just days after crossing the border into France in the war’s closing months of 1939. Neruda, who was working as Chilean consul in Madrid when the war broke out, chose to stay and bear witness to the atrocities and tragedies, ultimately being recalled from his post because of his open support of the left-wing loyalists. Neruda survived to carry on a long life of poetry and activism, finally succumbing to cancer in 1973, having been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.

All proceeds from White Barn events benefit local and international charitable organizations. Complimentary refreshments and desserts will be served.

The White Barn
2727 Sulphur Springs Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574
http://www.thewhitebarn.org/

CITY OF UKIAH POET LAUREATE
Poets Laureate Current and Emeritus, City of Ukiah
Michael Riedell, 2016 – 2018
Bill Churchill, 2014 – 2016
Dan Barth, 2012 – 2014
Theresa Whitehill, 2009 – 2011
David Smith-Ferri, 2006 – 2009
Linda Noel, 2004 – 2006
Armand Brint, 2001 – 2004
– For information about the Ukiah Poet Laureate program, write to P.O. Box 865, Ukiah, CA 95482; for information on the ukiaHaiku Festival, visit ukiaHaiku.org

Poets Laureate Current and Emeritus, Lake County
Julie Adams – 2016-2018
Casey Carney – 2014-2016
Elaine Watt – 2012-2013
Russell Reza-Khaliq Gonzaga – 2010-2011
Mary McMillan – 2008-2009
Sandra Wade – 2006-2007
Carolyn Wing-Greenlee – 2004-2005
James BlueWolf – 2000-2002
Jim Lyle – 1998-1999

CITY OF POINT ARENA POET LAUREATE
Fionna Perkins was appointed by the Point Arena City Council as Poet Laureate of the city of Point Arena, a lifetime position. She passed away in December of 2012.

For California Poets Laureate information, see the link http://www.poetslaureate.com/

Hal Zina BennettDan Barth

Poet & Author Series
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Main Street Gallery
325 North Main Street, Lakeport, CA

For more information: http://www.lakearts.org/writers/writer_series_sep2016.htm

Armand Brint

5-day workshop: Bringing Your Poems To Life with poet Armand Brint

September 14–18, 2016
Artstay Program, Emandal Farm, Willits, California

Link to information, emandal website

For information: contact Armand Brint, armando@pacific.net or Emandal Farm, info@emandal.com or 707 459-5439