Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pamela Shea and Lois P. Jones Feature at Bolton Hall Museum, August 27, 2017

Returning home has never felt better. After a brief detour to the Montrose Library featuring Dorothy Skiles and Marlene Hitt on July 22, with participation of State Senator Anthony Portantino (see the photos below), we are returning to our home at the Bolton Hall Museum for the August 27, 2017 reading that will feature Pamela Shea, the newest Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga (the eight!) and the eminent and amazing poet Lois P. Jones, presenting her award-winning book, Night Ladder.
The reading will start at 4:30 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, at  10110 Commerce Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042, and will include two segments of open mike and refreshments.


Pamela Shea has lived in the Sunland-Tujunga area for nearly 40 years. Her poems appeared numerous times in the local Voice of the Village newspaper, as well as in the monthly newsletter for Salem Lutheran Church in Glendale and the fundraising literature for the Health Ministries of the Foothills. She was a featured reader at the Shouting Coyote Performing Festival in 2004 and also led a workshop at that event on the Poetry of Nature. Since then, she participated in many readings with the Wide Open Readers, led by Elsa Frausto, and the Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga at Bolton Hall Museum.

Her extensive record of community service includes many endeavors, such as volunteering for the Verdugo Hills Family YMCA’s annual Current Campaign Support Fund Drive for several years. She was also a member of VHY’s Senior Advisory Committee. She started a poetry group that met weekly at VHY as well as served as a board member for two terms (six years of service) for the Health Ministries of the Foothills. Since being inducted as Poet Laureate in April 2017, Pam has enjoyed reading at a variety of local venues for special events and fundraisers and looks forward to many more such opportunities.

Strawberry Full Moon. Photo by Pamela Shea
Strawberry Full Moon

A clear early morn

Brings spring strawberry full moon

Hibiscus leans in

For a sweet kiss from afar

Tree branches and leaves join in

Heavenly cosmic embrace

6/9/17 – Pamela Shea
Pamela Shea in the Independence Day Parade.

Garden Spider/Two Webs

Garden spider’s web
Enticingly intricate
Drawing deep within
Seducing and then stinging
Path into oblivion

Human world wide web
Networks, systems, internet
Information lures
Its complexity coaxes
Wooing into timelessness
 5/30/2017 – Pamela Shea
Lois P. Jones. Photo by Susan Rogers

Lois P. Jones is a recipient of the 2016 Bristol Poetry Prize, 2012 Tiferet Poetry Prize and the 2012 Liakoura Prize and was shortlisted for the 2016 Bridport Prize in poetry.  Her poetry has been published in anthologies including The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear Publishing), Wide Awake: Poetry of Los Angeles and Beyond (The Pacific Coast Poetry Series), 30 Days (Tupelo Press) and Good-Bye Mexico (Texas Review Press).  Her poetry collection Night Ladder is the winner of the 2017 Best Book Award from the Glass Lyre Press.

She has work published or forthcoming in Tinderbox Poetry Journal,  Narrative, American Poetry Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, The Warwick Review, Cider Press Review and others.  She is Poetry Editor of Kyoto Journal, host of KPFK’s Poets CafĂ© (Pacifica Radio) and co-hosts Moonday Poetry.  Lois’s poems have won honors under judges Fiona Sampson, Kwame Dawes, Ruth Ellen Kocher and others.
Links to poems:

A video with poem
 Music for the reading, in between the features and to close the event, will be provided by singer-songwriter from the Los Angeles area, Jeremy But who accompanies himself on an acoustic guitar.  You can listen to three sample songs here:
Here are some photos from Montrose Library from the Village Poets reading that featured Marlene Hitt and Dorothy Skiles, on July 22, 2017.


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