As usual, the reading will include two sections of open mike and refreshments. A suggested donation of $3 will help defray the costs of future events.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Mariko Kitakubo lives in Mitaka-city, Tokyo and is an accomplished poet. She is a member of the Association of Contemporary Tanka Poets, Kokoro no Hana, The Japan Writers' Association, Japan PEN Club, Japan Tanka Poets Club, Tanka Society of America, and Tanka Online Project. She published 5 books of tanka including 2 bilingual ones: On This Same Star and Cicada Forest. She has also produced a CD of her tanka, entitled Messages. Mariko is an experienced performer who has presented her poetry on at least 100 occasions, 50 of them overseas. Tanka as a form pre-dates haiku, in fact haiku was born from it. It is emotional, musical, lyrical. and free. Mariko hopes by her presentations to encourage more poetry lovers worldwide to appreciate and practice tanka. tanka.kitakubo.com/english
Kathabela is a California poet, artist, editor, the founder and leader of Poets on Site and Tanka Poets on Site, a FB group of over 400 poets who write on shared themes. She is also the Secretary of the Tanka Society of America. Kathabela is the author of hundreds of poems, published in many journals and books, including Maja Trochimczyk’s Chopin with Cherries anthology published by Sunland’s Moonrise Press in 2010. Kathabela is also the editor of over thirty Poets on Site anthologies inspired by art and gardens in California and featuring the work of hundreds of poets. She hosts local tanka meetings at her home salon and at Caltech in Pasadena. She is the secretary of the Tanka Society of America.
ABOUT THE DIALOGUE
wet from shimmering bay
driftwood and stone
at emerald green beach
my long long drift
about in a shell
Op-Art Painting by Julian Stanczak www.julianstanczak.com.
DOROTHY SKILES - FAREWELL READING ON VIMEO
The February 23, 2014 reading by Dorothy Skiles was filmed by Joe Barrett and placed on Vimeo. In this reading she presented a series of poems inspired by or coupled with photographs by her husband Bill Skiles. This travelogue took the listeners into the past and around the world, into reflections about the beauty of nature and the passing of time. There was a visit to snow-covered Berlin, and sunny English countryside. There were boats in Venice, Italy, and chaparral in our hills. The full moon, birds in flight, open sea, a Japanese plum tree in the spring, and the summer rains. A real delight!
Poets after Dorothy's reading. Front L to R: Mira Mataric, Maja Trochimczyk,
Dorothy and Bill Skiles,Marlene Hitt, Kathabela and Rick Wilson.
Back L to R: Taura Scott, Beth Baird, Judy Garrett, Beverly Collins,
Sharon Hawley, Peter Larsen, Toti O'Brian, Bryan Story, Mari Werner,
Janet Nippell, Becky Mate and Joe DeCenzo.