The five poets laureate in Santa Clara County have combined their talent, wit, and insight to produce a new anthology –Local Habitations. To quote from the introduction of the book: “Theseus famously says in Midsummer Night’s Dream…
imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.”
In the first event of its kind, the five poets laureate in Santa Clara County will launch the release of Local Habitations with a reading, live music, refreshments, and outspoken and reserved poetry lovers. Each will read from the anthology, poems at times funny, moving, reflective. The reading concludes with a poem collaboratively composed also entitled Local Habitations. None know what the others have written. Come and join in their mutual surprise.
Santa Clara County Poets Laureate- Nils Peterson (2009-11), Sally Ashton (2011-13)
Los Gatos Poets Laureate – Parthenia Hicks (2011-12), Erica Goss (2012-14)
Cupertino Poet Laureate – David Denny (2011-13) – Event Host
Harpist Kathleen Peters
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Avenue, Cupertino
The mission of the County of Santa Clara Poet Laureate is to create a poetic identity for Santa Clara County, and showcase the spirit of the people and the special qualities of the county through poetry. Among the many tasks of the Santa Clara County poets laureate is make poetry more available and accessible to the community; act as an advocate for poetry, literature, and the arts; and contribute to Santa Clara County’s poetry and literary legacy through public readings and participation in civic events help create a literary identity for the area. The local Laureates have similar missions in Cupertino and Los Gatos. This is the first time that all five poets laureate will appear together.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Joshua Russell, Arts Council Silicon Valley (408) 998-2787, ext. 217
Posted: June 4, 2013