This past Sunday afternoon at the Stevens Creek Barnes & Noble, I hosted the first reading of favorite poems to an overflow audience. With over 60 people in attendance, Barnes & Noble management had to bring out more chairs. It was a terrific audience who found themselves laughing, pondering, moved to tears, all the while listening attentively as a wide variety of favorite poems were read. The readers–poets and non-poets alike–each made personal remarks as to why they’d chosen that particular poem, and I felt privileged to hear such thoughtful reflections shared. It’s the same way I feel as I read and re-read the poetry submissions that I post, and I hope you too feel drawn in. Here’s a photo of Sunday’s participants. Their names and poems read are listed above in the “List of Readers” link in the header. My hat’s off to these 12 who helped create a memorable event.
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate