Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County’s current Poet Laureate, will host the second 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. Ashton will also speak about her next project, "Poetry on the Move," a contest also supported by Valley Transportation Authority and City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs to put poetry in light rail and buses.
December 1, 2011, 7 p.m.
Booksmart, 380 East 2nd Street, Morgan Hill
Mike Wasserman, Supervisor, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Los Gatos
Steve Tate, Mayor, City of Morgan Hill
Cinda Meister, Owner, Booksmart, Morgan Hill
Nancy Glaze, Executive Director, Arts Council Silicon Valley, San Jose
Kelly Cressio-Moeller, Poet, San Jose
Darrell Dela Cruz, Academic Coach, San Jose
Karen English, Professor of English, San Jose State University, San Jose
Millicent Kellogg, Sheep Rancher, Poet, & retired Registered Nurse, Morgan Hill
Harry Lafnear, Information Developer, IBM, Milpitas
Stefan Moeller, Physicist, SLAC, San Jose
Dennis Richardson, retired Math Teacher, San Jose
Mary Lou Taylor, retired Teacher, Poet, Saratoga
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, County Poet Laureate Sally Ashton asked the community to participate in a project to compile an online collection of well-loved poems. The poems are posted at the Poet Laureate’s blog online: http://poetlaureateblog.org. The first reading was held in September and more than forty residents attended the event.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: November 22, 2011