poetry

This month on WordTemple:

DAVID MELTZER  
 

Sunday January 15, 2017 - 4:00 PM: 

Recorded live at the WordTemple Poetry Series in Sebastopol, three poets celebrate new collections — Sandra Anfang, Lee Slonimsky and Katherine Hastings.  Introduced by Sonoma County Poet Laureate Iris Jamahl Dunkle. 

WordTemple host Katherine Hastings airs a live reading from the WordTemple Poetry Series featuring:  Stephen Kessler reading from his translation Forbidden Pleasures — New & Selected Poems of Luis Cernudaone of the great Spanish poets of the Generation of ’27; Devereaux Baker reading from her latest award-winning collection out of the bones of the earth; and Michelle Wing, author ofBody on the Wall.

John Trudell, who died Tuesday, was a poet, a soldier, a musician, and an outspoken activist for Native American issues. He spoke with KRCB during a North Bay visit several years ago, and today we revisit that archival North Bay Report.

Eloquent, impassioned and powerful, Trudell's words were his greatest strength, even in his music vidoes. See two examples below.

  When a crowd of artists and advocates for peace, sustainability and justice marches through downtown Santa Rosa on Saturday, they will not be alone. The local action is part of a worldwide day of similar events, all instigated by a group with Sonoma County roots—100 Thousand Poets for Change.

Santa Rosa poet Katherine Hastings has been chosen as Sonoma County’s eighth Poet Laureate. She is a widely published poet and a stalwart promoter of poetry. Her well-known projects include the WordTemple Poetry Series, which she founded in 2005. In the series she brings together world-renowned, nationally-known, and local poets. Since 2007 she has hosted the companion WordTemple radio program on KRCB Radio 91, and has recently launched the WordTemple Arts & Lecture series at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

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The poetry of Emily Dickinson is the focus of the Big Read, Sonoma County this year. To help bring it to life, actress Barbara Dana is here this week, sharing her portrayal of the 18th century writer for local school groups and other audiences. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson spoke with her.