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Santa Clara County Favorite Poems Reading Features Voices from Around the World

WHAT:
December is a time of festive celebrations worldwide. This month, the Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Sally Ashton will host a Favorite Poems Reading event. Favorite seasonal poems will be read by county residents from a variety of cultures in the original languages and the English translation.
 
The event is co-sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose, and will help raise funds for The Hub, a drop-in center offering guidance, support and services to foster youth in Santa Clara County.
 
WHO:
Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate
Poets and languages - Deolinda Adao: Portuguese and English; Balance Chow: Chinese and English; Pushpa MacFarlane: Hindi and English; Ann Muto: Japanese and English; Shirindokht Nourmanesh: Farsi and English; Nils Peterson: Swedish and English; Christine Richardson: an American poem in English; Renee Schell: German and English; Dalia Sirkin: Italian and English; Binh Vo: Vietnamese and English; Roohi Vora: Urdu and English; Carmen Martinez (from The Hub): Spanish and English
 
WHEN:
7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2012
 
WHERE:
Barnes & Noble, 3600 Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95117
 
WHY:
In April 2011, during the National Poetry Month, County Poet Laureate Sally Ashton asked the community to participate in a project to compile an online collection of well-loved poems. Since then, the Poet Laureate has held a number of readings at different locations throughout the county.
 
In partnership with Barnes & Noble, the upcoming reading will help raise funds for The Hub through book selling at the event. Participants can also purchase books to sign and donate to The Hub.
 
The poems are posted at the Poet Laureate’s blog online: http://poetlaureateblog.org.
 
Media Contact:  Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119                                                
Posted: December 3, 2012