|Title:||Readings by Three Petaluma Poet Laureates|
|Category:||Adults and Teens|
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
|Time:||6 p.m. - 7 p.m.|
|Readings by Three Petaluma Poet Laureates |
Featuring Terry Ehret, Geri Digiorno and Bill Vartnaw
Wednesday, April 17 from 6:00 – 7:30
Community Room of the Petaluma Regional Library
Join Us for This National Poetry Month Program - Free and Open to the Public
Terry Ehret, poet, teacher, and writing consultant, earned her BA at Stanford in 1977 and her MA from San Francisco State in 1984. She moved to Petaluma in 1990. Since then, she has taught writing at SRJC, San Francisco State, Sonoma State, California College of the Arts, and with the California Poets in the Schools Program. She has published four collections of poetry: Lost Body, Translations from the Human Language, Lucky Break and Night Sky Journey. Literary awards include the National Poetry Series, California Book Award, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, and the 2009 Northern California Book Reviewer’s Nomination for Poetry. From 2004-2006 she served as Sonoma County’s Poet Laureate. She is co-founder of Sixteen Rivers Press, a San Francisco Bay Area publishing collective.
Geri Digiorno, poet, artist and founder/director of the Petaluma Poetry Walk, now in its 18th year, came to Petaluma in the eighties. Known as "the poet of the people," Geri Digiorno served as Sonoma County's Poet Laureate in 2006-2007. She is the author of White Lipstick and several poetry chapbooks, including Rosetta Mary, Marilyn and Me and I'm Tap Dancing. She is co-editor of Petaluma Poetry Walk, Ten-Year Anthology. She has taught poetry and collage workshops all around the county. Two of her collages have graced the last two covers of The Raleigh Review, which also included one of her poems. She is presently working on a new poetry work, Bartalk, about her experiences of owning a bar.
Bill Vartnaw is the seventh and current Sonoma County Poet Laureate. He was born in Petaluma and moved back here, after 25 years in San Francisco, in 1998. He received his M.A. in Poetics from New College of California. He is the author of two poetry books, In Concern: for Angels and Suburbs of my Childhood, and three chapbooks, If You Should Die a Fool, You Will Be No Less Wiser for It; Postcards and Finnish-American Poetry by Rauhala, Vartnaw and Hagelberg. He is the founding publisher of Taurean Horn Press, which will celebrate its 40th year in 2014. He is the co-editor of Petaluma Poetry Walk, Ten-Year Anthology and has assisted Geri Digiorno with the Poetry Walk since about 2000.