Friday, January 21, 2011

Mari Werner at Bolton Hall on 2/27/2011

On Sunday, February 27, at 4:30 p.m. Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga will present their next monthly Open Reading with Featured Poet Mari Werner.

The Reading will include time for Open Mike Poets and Musicians. Refreshments will be served and donations collected for the upkeep of Bolton Hall Museum.

Bolton Hall Museum, one of the earliest Historical Landmarks of the City of Los Angeles, is located at 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91342. Ample street parking is available and if you come early enough you may park in the Museum's parking lot.

MARI WERNER grew up in Santa Barbara, California. She now lives in Altadena, and makes her living as an independent technical writer. Her columns and articles have been published in a number of local and national publications including the Los Angeles Daily News, Freedom Magazine, and The Latest. Between projects, she’s working on a book that uses humor to make the basics and truths of economics accessible to ordinary people.

Poetry and humor are Mari’s true writing loves, and she’s been writing poetry off and on since childhood. She’s been a regular at the Village Poets open readings since she started attending last May. Though she loves nature, she finds most of her poetic inspiration in human life. Her plain-spoken poetry is often laced with a touch of humor or sarcasm, but beneath it is a hope for human kind and the creative energy in us all.

Crescent Moon

A crescent moon floats above the horizon.
“You can totally see the rest of it,”
she says, as though the moon is cheating.

And the moon is cheating.
A crescent moon should be
what a crescent moon looks like
in a bedtime story illustration,
a crescent clear and simple,
no dark sphere to detract
from its perfection.

Under the smile of the crescent moon,
she sleeps in fluffy comforters,
winked upon by stars
cuddled by a curled up cat,
guarded by a sleeping dog.

That’s the bedtime story version,
but here on the surface of the planet…
you can totally see the rest of it.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Kathleen Travers features on January 23

The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga are pleased to announce an open poetry reading on Sunday, January 23, 2011, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum.

The featured poet is Kathleen Travers, a local resident, who has previously read her poetry at venues as diverse as Maddingley Hall at Cambridge England, Gasoline Alley, the L.A. Times Festival of Books and the Iguana CafĂ©. She served on the board of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival in its glory years, and was a founding director of the Poetry Society of America in Los Angeles in the time of “The Act of the Poet” at Chateau Marmont.

She has been the recipient of fellowships to the Prague Writers’ Festival
and for post-graduate study at Cambridge University. Formerly a high school
and university educator, she is a historic restoration expert, specializing in
architectural ceramic. Kathleen has also sung with a baker’s dozen of Los Angeles choral ensembles. She is an active member of the Little Landers Historical Society.

Please join us in welcoming Kathleen as the featured poet on January 23rd!

Bolton Hall Museum, one of the oldest Historical Landmarks in the City of Los Angeles, is located on 10110 Commerce Avenue in Tujunga, CA 91042.

See you there!

Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga Committee
Dorothy Skiles, Joe DeCenzo, Barry Ira Geller,
Marlene Hitt, and Maja Trochimczyk