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County to Host Welcoming Reception for Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Sally Ashton

WHAT:
Santa Clara County Library is hosting a welcoming reception for Sally Ashton, appointed by the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors as Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. Ashton’s two-year term for this honorary post will end in March 2013.

WHO:
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Sally Ashton
Arts Council Silicon Valley

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 ***TODAY***
5:30 p.m. –7:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Milpitas Public Library, 160 North Main St., (408) 262-1171

WHY:
Since she was appointed to this honorary post, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Sally Ashton continues to promote her love for poetry and to engage the community in interactive poetry projects.

Last April, during National Poetry Month, Ashton encouraged the community to participate in compiling an online collection of well-loved poems. Participants selected well-known published poems that had proven meaningful at some point in their lives. Ashton is publishing selected entries on the Poet Laureate blog [http://poetlaureateblog.org/].

The Poet Laureate has brought her Favorite Poems Project to the heart of the community with a series of public readings, where contributors have had the opportunity to read and comment on their selection.

About Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Program

The poet laureate post, approved by the Board in November 2008, was advocated by Supervisor Liz Kniss in an effort to elevate poetry in the awareness of Santa Clara County residents and to help celebrate the literary arts. The Poet Laureate acts as a resource for poetry and literary activities to the Santa Clara County Library, represents the County of Santa Clara through outreach related to poetry, conducts presentations of appropriate works at the annual State of the County ceremony and other selected County sponsored events, as well as at activities to celebrate Poetry Month.

The Poet Laureate receives a modest honorarium. To learn more about the Poet Laureate program, visit www.sccgov.org/poetlaureate.

Sally Ashton Biography

Sally Ashton is a poet, writer, teacher, and editor of the DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. She is author of Some Odd Afternoon, BlazeVOX, 2010, and a prose poem collection, Her Name Is Juanita, Kore Press, 2009. Both books received Pushcart Prize nominations. These Metallic Days was published in 2005 as part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Choice Chapbook Series. Poems also appear in An Introduction to the Prose Poem, and Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes, as well as journals such as Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, 5am, Mississippi Review and Poet Lore.

In 2006, she produced and directed the first California Poets Festival for Poetry Center San Jose at History Park, as well as a second NEA sponsored festival in 2007, with upwards of 200 in attendance.

Ashton earned her MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches creative writing and composition at her alma mater, San José State University, as well as through a variety of workshops. She is the recipient of an Artist Fellowship, Poetry, from Arts Council Silicon Valley.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Linda Arbaugh, Milpitas Public Library (408) 262-1171 ext. 3600; Anna Weldon, Arts Council Silicon Valley (408) 998-2787 ext. 217
Posted: November 2, 2011