Poet Laureate’s News

May 2019

Poetry Walks Through Sonoma’s Open Space Areas

Maya Khosla

What an intense, nonstop National Poetry Month! Hope you had fun celebrating. For many of us, the celebrations began and ended with readings at The Sitting Room Community Library. On April 5th, Brenda Hillman and Bob Hass read from their work (I’ve never seen the library so full of people!) and on Sunday, April 28th, we concluded the month with a series of poetry readings. Once again, JJ Wilson and Karen Petersen generously offered the Sitting Room for the readings. We took a chance, held the event in the garden framed by redwoods, and were reasonably lucky with the weather (JJ had a stack of hats and blankets for the sun and wind). A California quail and an American robin made cameo appearances during the readings.

Sandra Anfang read from her new book, Xylem Highway, and Tim Nonn from his new collection, The Path Worn by Love. Many thanks to the poets, audience members, JJ Wilson, Karen Petersen, and Jenny Blaker, who set up all the refreshments!

OK – now that the events went smoothly, I have a confession. On Saturday, April 27th (a day before the Sitting Room readings), I was up in Grass Valley, Nevada County, at the Sierra Poetry Festival (reading and giving a workshop about poetry and film)! The festival featured Forrest Gander, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Matt Zapruder, Karen Terrey, Marcello Hernandez Castillo, Blas Falconer, Molly Fisk, Sarah Borjas, Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan (co-editors of Fire and Rain, a new anthology of California poetry), and Chris Olander, who became the new Nevada County Poet Laureate!

Driving down from the Sierra foothills on Sunday morning, straight into preparations for the April 28th readings, was slightly nerve-wracking! Anyway, all went well.

Fairfield Osborn PreserveOK, a couple of announcements for May 2019. As part of my Legacy Project, I am hosting two poetry walks. I will be so pleased if you can join me at Fairfield Osborn Preserve on the evening of Friday, May 10th. The event is called Poetry for a Changing Landscape, a continuation of an event that was held last November. If you’d like to go to the Preserve, please send an email to creekshade@gmail.com and I will send you directions and details. The second event on Sunday, May 12th is an afternoon walk through Glen Oaks Ranch. Between 2 and 5 pm, I will be leading a walk exploring the land and responding to it with writing. Parts of Glen Oaks that burned during the 2017 fires are now making a comeback. You are most welcome to attend both walks!

Best wishes,
Maya Khosla
Poet Laureate, Sonoma County (2018-2020)



Archives of previous Poet Laureate columns may be found here for 2012,  2013, 2014,  20152016-2017 and 2018-2019.


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