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Santa Clara County’s Favorite Poems Reading to Take Place on Sunday

What:
Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County’s current Poet Laureate, will host a first public reading of poems which were submitted as part of the Santa Clara County Poet Laureate’s Favorite Poems Project. Poems submitted to the Favorite Poems Project will be read by contributors. Come and enjoy favorite poems read by your neighbors and friends!

When:
Sunday, September 18, 1 p.m.

Where:
Barnes and Noble, 3600 Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95117

Who:
Parthenia Hicks, Los Gatos, reading “What We Want” by Linda Pastan
Sal Pizarro, San Jose, reading “The Second Coming,” by William Butler Yeats
Frances Roberts, Los Gatos, reading “Tell Me Again,” by Nigar Hanim
Jason Baker, Campbell, reading “What Work Is,” by Phillip Levine
Erica Goss, Los Gatos, reading “The Rain Stick,” by Seamus Heaney
Jonathan Lovell, San Jose, reading “Ozymandias,” by Percy Bysse Shelley
Vicki L. Harvey, Santa Clara, reading “Sweet Darkness,” by David Whyte
Kara Arguello, San Jose, reading “When You Are Old,” by William Butler Yeats
Marilyn Manzo, Milpitas, reading “Rags for Heaven,” by Clem Bascar
Nils Peterson, Campbell, reading “Among School Children,” by William Butler Yeats
Pushpa MacFarlane, San Jose, reading “The Lanyard,” by Billy Collins
Dennis Noren, Campbell, reading “Poem in October,” by Dylan Thomas

Why:
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors created the Poet Laureate post in November 2008. The mission of the 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.

In April 2011, during the National Poetry Month, current Poet Laureate Sally Ashton asked the community to participate in a project to compile an online collection of well-loved poems. The poems are now posted at the Poet Laureate’s blog online: http://poetlaureateblog.org. The reading will provide an opportunity for the submitters to ready their favorite poems in public.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Anna Weldon, Arts Council Silicon Valley (408) 998-2787, ext. 217
Posted: September 14, 2011