This Sunday, April 25, at 2 pm, the Ina Coolbrith Circle, California’s longstanding poets’organization named for our first state poet laureate, will feature brief readings by winners of the recent Poets’ Dinner contest, as well as a reading by featured poet Aline Soules. All are invited (even non-Presbyterians) to attend the event at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, in Lafayette.
Over 80 poets attended last month’s Poets’ Dinner held in Oakland, coming from as far away as Japan and Missouri. The Grand Prize was taken by San Ramon poet Robert Eastwood for his poem “The Other.” Carol Frith (Sacramento), Ed Bearden (Modesto), Lucille Lang Day (Oakland), Judy Halebsky (San Francisco), Wulf Lusee (Fremont), and Linda Gordon Sawyer (Waterford), were the top prize winners in the contest’s categories of “Beginnings and Endings,” “Humor,” “Love,” “Nature,” “People,” “Poet’s Choice,” “Spaces & Places,” and “Action,” which was the overall theme of the Poets’ Dinner. Halebsky won in three categories. Connie Post, former poet laureate of Livermore and coordinator of the Valona Deli Readings Series in Crockett, gave the keynote address.
Richard Angilly, current Circle president, and David Alpaugh, will introduce the poets, while Mary Jane Alpaugh and Sherry Sheehan will provide refreshments for the social hour afterwards.
Soules’ work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her book The Size of the World was published in tandem with Nancy Ryan’s The Shape of the Heart in 1999. Since then, she has written a manuscript of prose poems which have appeared in such journals as Kaleidoscope, Tattoo Highway, and The Kenyon Review. She has just completed a series of poems entitled Evening Sun which have appeared in Shaking Like a Mountain, Inertia, and Houston Literary Review. Aline Soules currently works as a library faculty member and professor at California State University, East Bay. She teaches writing workshops and participates in choirs around the Bay Area.
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