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Ekphrasis: A talk and workshop at the San Jose Museum of Art

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I’ll be giving a noontime talk this Wednesday, April 3rd, at the San Jose Museum of art on ekphrasis–poetry written in response to art. I’ll give some historical perspective and explore the connections between image and text examining how ekphrasis works in well-known poems as well as in my own work. We’ll also look at images from the museum’s current exhibits that use text in their compositions, another way of considering text and image and the romance between them. (free with museum admission).

If you plan on taking my subsequent Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop also held at the San Jose Museum of Art, on April 27th, 10-12:30, there’s still room, the price is right($15 non-members/$10 members), and Wednesday’s lecture would prove to be a good, though not required, introduction to the creative process. Sign up through the museum.

I’m really looking forward to the talk, the workshop, AND the capstone Fourth Annual Poetry Invitational for which ten poets are already busy writing their own ekphrastic poems in response to works on display. I will host a reading at the museum Saturday, April 27th at 2pm (free with museum admission). Readers include: Kevin Arnold; Kelly Cressio-Moeller; Darrell Dela Cruz; Kirk Glaser; Los Gatos Poet Laureate Erica Goss; Evelyn So; Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate David Swanger; Robert Sward; Sterling Warner; Leslie Zane. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the gallery exhibits and hear new poems read.

Yes, it’s (almost) April, National Poetry Month. May your calendars be full! You will hear more from me throughout April for more Poetry Month info. Check the calendar above in “Laureate Schedule.”

And with that, the Laurels slide from my brow. . . it’s been sweet.

Sally Ashton
Santa Clara County’s Second Poet Laureate (2011-2013)

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Poetry on the Move: Anthology Reading

Dear Poetry Lovers~

If you submitted a poem to the Poetry on the Move contest, then your entry appears in the just-released anthology, Invention. San Jose State University has invited me to host a reading from the book at the Legacy of Poetry Day on campus, Thursday, April 18th, 1:30pm. Our segment will last for half an hour.

If you’d be interested in participating by reading your poem, please contact me asap at the email listed below. We will have room for 10 readers and a spot for you will be reserved on a first-come basis.

There will be an opportunity to purchase a copy of this lovely keepsake anthology with your poem included on its own page. Your name and poem title also appear in the index.

I look forward to hearing from you!
Sally Ashton
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate–for one more week!

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sally.ashton@zoho.com

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Poetry Reading: Kim Addonizio

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Nationally acclaimed poet Kim Addonizio, co-author of Poet’s Companion and No Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within, and current Lurie Chair Professor at San Jose State reads from several collections. She might even play the blues harp. Free Event!

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Poet Laureates in the News: Dave and Erica

Congratulations to Cupertino Poet Laureate Dave Denny who has been awarded an Artist Laureate Fellowship from Arts Council Silicon Valley.

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This is a big honor, and I quote, “For over 21 years the Arts Council has annually awarded cash prizes to exceptional individual artists to enable them to continue to pursue their creative work. This year, $5,000 was awarded in each of the artistic categories. The Artist Laureate program was created to not only recognize mid-career artists, but emerging artists who have less than two years professional experience in visual, literary, or performing arts. Artists were selected by a panel of experienced judges based upon the artistic quality and originality of work, community impact within Santa Clara County, and professional development by demonstrating continued exploration of their art form.”

It’s been my great pleasure to get to know Dave and work with him during our concurrent laureateships. The Laureate Fellowship is a fitting acknowledgement of his talent, his contributions to poetry, and his service to the people of Cupertino and beyond. Bravo, Dave!

In the meantime, the new Los Gatos Poet Laureate, Erica Goss , hasn’t wasted any time celebrating poetry in the town. Tomorrow in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, she’ll be leading a Poetry Walk through Los Gatos, ending at C.B. Hannegan’s, an Irish pub that will be hosting a town-wide celebration.

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Erica is calling the walk, “A Pint of Poetry, ” and hopes you’ll join the stroll with her. More info can be found here. Brava, Erica! What a terrific idea.

Sally Ashton
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate

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