Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - March 25, 2011

Poetic Pleasanton

Good week to be a poet

This weekend is the 10th annual Pleasanton Poetry, Prose & Arts Festival. The public is invited to attend the free events from 1-2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad St. There is a free reception for the Fine Arts Show and Literary Row where you can meet California Poet Laureate Emeritus Al Young, best-selling author Adair Lara and other Bay Area writers for a book signing.

Poetry evening

We're hosting a special, free poetry evening with Connie Post and Katherine Hastings from 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday March 29, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. Connie and Katherine will present a "Poets Braided Reading," taking turns reading poems from their new chapbooks.

Connie, Poet Laureate Emerita of Livermore, is leader of the Valona Second Sunday Poetry Series in Crockett; Katherine is founder of the WordTemple Poetry Series in Sebastopol.

Teen Poet Laureate Poetry

Spring break is upon us, and soon, graduation. As Teen Poet Laureate Mitch Grimes, a senior at Amador Valley High School, contemplates the approach of college, he wrote this poem.

The Waiting Game

by Mitch Grimes

Summer is brewing

over the horizon line,

I wonder what I'll be doing

in another year's time.

I've seen many seasons

swept away in piles,

another space in time

put away in files.

What fate will bring

nobody knows

so I'm here waiting

to see how the story goes.

Deborah Grossman is Pleasanton's Poet Laureate. Email her at


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