Visit our Poetry Stage in the Bertolini Student Center Lobby, below the stairs near Student Affairs Office Information Window at SRJC, Santa Rosa Campus!
10:30 am – Sandy Eastoak
10:45 am – Jonah Raskin
11:00 am – Mary Mackey
11:20 am – Geri Digiorno
11:40 am – Arisa White
12:00 pm – Mike Tuggle
12:15 pm – Terry Ehret
1:00 pm – Q.R. Hand
1:15 pm – Iris Dunkle
1:30 pm – Kevin Simmonds
2:00 pm – Avotcja
2:20 pm – Dawn McGuire
2:40 pm – Gwynn O’Gara
3:00 pm – David Madgalene
Sandy Eastoak is a painter and poet committed to a paradigm of ecological wisdom and love. Her new book, Twenty-six Companions: Celtic, Buddhist & Native Spirit Guides, is based on her experiences creating linocut images of goddesses, gods, saints and shamans. She will be reading from this book and from Corona Rhea, one of her four crowns of sonnets about the consciousness of nature. Sandy is a member of Sebastopol Gallery and also works for the Pomo Project.
Jonah Raskin, author of “Storm City” and five other poetry chapbooks, including “Rock and Roll Women.”
Mary Mackey is the author of 13 novels and 6 collections of poetry including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Her ground-breaking, poetic novel Immersion has just been reprinted by the Authors Guild. Mackey’s poems have been praised by Wendell Berry, Jane Hirshfield, Dennis Nurkse, Ron Hansen, Dennis Schmitz, and Marge Piercy for their beauty, precision, originality, and extraordinary range. Her novels, all of which have recently become available as e-books, have made The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller lists, been translated into twelve languages, and sold over a million and a half copies. www.marymackey.com
Geri Digiorno is founder & director of the Petaluma Poetry Walk, which just celebrated its 18th year. She was Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, 2006-07. Recent books are White Lipstick (Red Hen Press, 2005) and Rosetta Mary (dPress, 2007). Digiorno also coordinates the First Sunday Poetry & Music Series at the Redwood Cafe in Cotati. She is working on a new poetry book called “Bartalk.”
Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the author of Disposition for Shininess and Post Pardon, as well as Hurrah’s Nest and A Penny Saved. Her debut collection, Hurrah’s Nest, was nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Award, the 82nd California Book Awards, and the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards. Co-editor for HER KIND, an online literary community powered by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and the editorial manager for Dance Studio Life magazine. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005, her poetry has been widely published and is featured on the recording WORD with the Jessica Jones Quartet. www.arisawhite.com
Mike Tuggle has lived in Cazadero in western Sonoma County since 1981. He was the recipient of a Sonoma Community Foundation Award in poetry, a Dickens Award in fiction, and the Oberon Poetry Prize. He is the author of Cazadero Poems, a chapbook with the poet Susan Kennedy, and two full-length collections, Absolute Elsewhere and The Singing Itself. He was the poet laureate of Sonoma County for 2008–2009.
Terry Ehret is the author of Lost Body, Translations from the Human Language, Lucky Break, and Night Sky Journey. She is one of the founders of Sixteen Rivers Press, and from 2004-2006 she served as poet laureate of Sonoma County where she teaches writing. She also leads summer writing-travel programs in Ireland and Wales.
Q. R. Hand Jr., originally published in 1968 classic, Black Fire, an anthology of African American Writing, edited by Amiri Baraka (Leroy Jones) and Larry Neal, received the 2012 Pen Oakland Reginald Lockett Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of three books; the latest is whose really blues, new & selected poems (2006, Taurean Horn Press). He is a founding member of Wordwind Chorus, a poetry-jazz combo.
Iris Jamahl Dunkle’s debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, won the Trio Award and was published by Trio House Press in 2013. Her chapbooks Inheritance and The Flying Trolley were published by Finishing Line Press in 2010 and 2013. Her essays and creative non-fiction have been published widely. Dunkle teaches writing and literature at Napa Valley College. She received her B.A. from the George Washington University, her M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University, and her Ph.D. in American Literature from Case Western Reserve University.
Kevin Simmonds is a writer, musician and filmmaker based in San Francisco. His books include the poetry collection Mad for Meat and two edited works, Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality and Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof. He wrote the music for the Emmy Award-winning documentary HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica and, most recently, the Japanese noh theatre piece Emmett Till, a river, commissioned by the Creative Work Fund and debuting at SF’s Theatre of Yugen in November.
Avotcja (bi-lingual poet, musician, radio personality) has been published in English & Spanish in the USA, Mexico & Europe, and in more Anthologies than she remembers. She is an award-winning Poet & multi-instrumentalist with her group Avotcja & Modúpue. She is celebrating the 2013 publication of With Every Step I Take, (Taurean Horn Press) a book of poetry & short stories. Check out www.avotcja.org/bio.html
Dawn McGuire is a neurologist and award-winning author of three poetry collections, including The Aphasia Café, which received the 2013 Indie Book Prize for Poetry. In The Aphasia Café, McGuire enters into the world of her aphasic patients to explore the way language constructs self and world. McGuire’s poems are widely published and have been praised both for accessibility and for “treating larger themes with lyric intensity”.
Gwynn O’Gara is the author of Snake Woman Poems (Beatitude Press,1983) and two chapbooks, Fixer-Upper (d-Press, 2007) and Winter at Green Haven (WordTemple Press, 2008). She has taught with California Poets in the Schools for over twenty years, and served as Sonoma County Poet Laureate 2010-2012. She lives in Northern California with her husband, dog, and apple tree, and regularly recites poetry of the ecstatic tradition with the troupe Rumi’s Caravan.
David Madgalene is a Sonoma County writer and poet, author of “Call Down the Angel.” He is the editor of New Way Media’s forthcoming “World of Change,” which builds upon his earlier anthology, “Continent of Light.” Both books feature a veritable Who’s Who of Sonoma County authors.