News you can use: from the Poet Laureate

Greetings on a chilly fall afternoon! I have two important announcements for you and the poetry community at large, so spread the word.

First, long-time Poetry Center San Jose president Kevin Arnold is being honored upon his retirement with two events. This Tuesday, October 23 at 9a.m., he will receive a commendation from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in Board Chambers, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110. There is usually street parking. Let’s give him a strong turn-out in honor of his years of service to poetry and the larger poetry community of the Bay Area.

Kevin also will  be celebrated at an afternoon reception, Sunday, November 18 where he will give a reading from his work amid toasts and good cheer. Event details and ticket info can be found at the Poetry Center San Jose website. Tickets must be purchased by November 11. I hope to see you there.

Second, (yes, I know it’s actually third), applications for Santa Clara County Poet Laureate are being accepted through November 19th. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please take note. Candidates should have a record of publication as well as some history of public service to the literary community. Full details can be found at the county’s website.

My term runs through the end of March, 2013, so have no fear. I’m not through yet!

Thirdly/Fourthly, (poet’s don’t need to be good at numbers), I’ll be making more regular announcements of upcoming events here, so stay tuned. Otherwise, keep an eye on the “Laureate Schedule” at the link above. I have been a busy Poet Laureate and would love to see more of you at these events.

Be seeing you soon,

Sally Ashton
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate


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