Poetry Reading April 9

You are invited!

Eleventh Annual San Lorenzo Valley Poetry Reading

Thursday, April 9, 7-8  p.m.

Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9, Felton

Free Admission

The public is invited to the Eleventh Annual San Lorenzo Valley Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m., at the Felton Community Hall. Ellen Bass, Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate, will read from her own poetry and then introduce local poets to read original poems she has selected, on the theme of “What Have You Lost?” from entries in three age categories. In addition, favorite poems will be read by Dr. Laurie Bruton, SLVUSD Superintendent; Gene Ratcliffe, SLVWD director; and Emily Thomas from The Cremer House.

The reading, described by a previous attendee  as “a wonderful, heartwarming event,” is free to the public and will include refreshments. It is sponsored by Felton Library Friends, a group of San Lorenzo Valley residents dedicated to excellent public library services for Felton and surrounding areas.  For more information, contact  www.feltonlibraryfriends.org, 335-1135, feltonlibraryfriends@gmail.com

Calling All Poets!

Calling All Poets!

Calling All Poets for the 2015 SLV Poetry Reading
 


Felton Library Friends invites submissions of poems on the topic of “What I Have Lost?” for the 11th Annual SLV Poetry Reading.
 
Poems must be submitted by March 8, 2015 to slvpoetryreading@gmail.com. One poem per poet please. Poems will be selected from each of four age categories for reading by their authors at the Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m., at the Felton Community Hall. The age groups are: 4-8 years (dictation OK), 9-12, 13-17, and Adult. Include name, age category, and phone number with your submission.An excellent series of questions and suggestions to inspire poets,

has been prepared by this year’s poet/reader Ellen Bass, Santa Cruz County Poetry Laureate.

What Have You Lost?
 
We all lose many things as we go through life. Some we miss dearly. Some we’re glad to be done with. Some are physical and tangible. Some are people or pets. Some are feelings or beliefs or states of being. Life is a series of losses and new discoveries and experiences. 
 
*Is there some object you once had that you’ve lost? Describe it in detail (using the senses–sight, taste, touch, hearing, smell) and as you do, allow yourself to remember the time you had it and any feelings from then or now. If there is another person connected to this object, you can include them too.
 
*Is there a feeling or a state of being that you have lost? Describe that feeling or state and as you do, try to make it as specific as possible, avoiding too many abstract words and generalities. Maybe talk about a time when you still had that feeling or state of being and use sensory detail there too. It could be a feeling or a state of being that you wish you still had or it could be one that you’re glad to be rid of. Sometimes when we lose something, we gain something as well, so that might also be a part of your poem–what has come to you in place of what you lost?
 
*Have you lost someone dear to you–through an argument, moving away, or growing in different directions? Or have you lost someone you loved through illness or death? Write about them in a way that makes room for you to describe that person so we can know them too. And you can include your feelings, thoughts and memories, your grief or longing or anger or feeling of release or relief.
 
*Have you ever gotten lost? You could write about that. Again, using specific sensory detail and description. Where were you? Describe the location, what was around you, how you felt. Did you discover anything through being lost? Did you find anything?
 
*Sometimes we go through a time in our lives when we feel lost. If you’ve ever gone through a time like that, write about it. Again, use specific sensory detail and description. 
 
*We live in a world where there are also losses larger than our own personal lives. War and violence, poverty and homelessness, racism and sexism–all these come with their losses. You might want to write about what you have lost that is not directly about your own life, but that affects you deeply. If so, try to be as detailed and specific here as you would if you were writing about your own life.
 
*We’ve also had many losses environmentally. We’ve lost ice in the Arctic, many species (with others endangered), farm land, forests, etc. You might want to write about these larger losses as well. And, as always, remember that one of your greatest tools as a poet is attention to specific, sensory detail and description.
 
*You may have another idea about what you’ve lost that isn’t included here. Feel free to interpret this suggestion in any way you choose. 
Read-A-Thon October 15

Read-A-Thon October 15

Wednesday, October 15
4:00-6:00 P.M., Felton Public Library
COMMUNITY READERS


4:00 Joni Martin-Hansen -excerpt from “In a Sunburned Country” by Bill Bryson

4:10 Unhae Langis – Excerpt from her original writing

4:20 Georgie Purtscher – Excerpt from John Muth’s “Zen Shorts”

4:30 Cast members from SLVHS Drama Department performing  excerpt from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

4:45 Karen Van Putten – Excerpt from Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”

5:00 Tandy Beal – Poetry Plus

5:15 Cast members from “Spamalot” currently playing at Mountain Theatre in Ben Lomond

5:30 SLV High School Students – original writing

5:45 Doug Morris – excerpt from author Lydia Davis

Drop by anytime!
 
Sponsored by Felton Library Friends, a Chapter of Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
 
www.feltonlibraryfriends.org
Call for Poems — SLV Poetry Reading

Call for Poems — SLV Poetry Reading





Tenth Annual SLV Poetry Reading


Felton Library Friends invites SLV residents to submit poems on the theme of “Sharing” for the 10th Annual San Lorenzo Valley Poetry Reading.

Entries must be submitted by March 28 by email to slvpoetryreading@gmail.com or by mail to Felton Library Friends, PO Box 1245, Felton, CA 95018. One poem per poet may be submitted, accompanied by the poet’s name, age category, email address, and phone number. The age categories are 4-8 (dictation OK), 9-12, 13-17, and adult.

Poems, selected from all age categories by former Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate David Swanger, will be read by their authors at the SLV Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 24, 7:00 p.m., at the Felton Community Hall. In addition, poems selected for the event will be published in the Press-Banner.

Poets may wish to consider the following questions in approaching this year’s theme:

  • Are there things or feelings you share?
  • Are there things or feelings you choose not to share?
  • How do things like the web/facebook/texting affect what we share?
  • What are some important things/ideas/feelings to share?
  • How do we decide with whom we share what?
  • How does a street person with a sign asking for money make you feel?
  • When your family sits around the table at night, what kinds of things do you share? Or not share?
  • In school, in your classroom, how is sharing regarded? How is sharing practiced?
  • When is sharing prohibited? (e.g. when taking a test.). When is it encouraged? (e.g. when working as a team.)
  • Are there humorous situations related to sharing (e.g. when something is shared that is not wanted)?


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9th Annual Poetry Reading


You are invited!


The public is invited to the Ninth Annual San Lorenzo Valley Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m., at the Felton Community Hall. David Swanger, Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate, will read from his own poetry and then introduce local poets to read original poems he has selected, on the theme of “Food,” from entries in four age categories.  


In addition, favorite poems will be read by Evan Borthwick (Owner, Redwood Pizzeria), Teresa Landers (Director, Santa Cruz Public Libraries), Karen van Putten (Principal, San Lorenzo Valley High School). David Wright (Director, SLV Redemption & Recycling Centers), and Donna Ziel (Cabrillo College Governing Board, Area 1).

The reading, described by a previous attendee  as “a wonderful, heartwarming event,” is free to the public and will include refreshments. It is sponsored by Felton Library Friends, a group of San Lorenzo Valley residents dedicated to excellent public library services for Felton and surrounding areas.  For more information, contact  www.feltonlibraryfriends.org, 335-1135, feltonlibraryfriends@gmail.com