Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - December 16, 2011

'Laureates Speak of the World'

14 poets will share works at Firehouse event

Pleasanton Poet Laureate Cynthia Bryant will host Poets Laureate and Poets Laureate Emeritus for "Laureates Speak of the World" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Bryant and 13 other California poets will convene to read their poetry, including Pleasanton's last Poet Laureate Deborah Grossman. The program will be followed by holiday treats, opportunities to meet and speak with the laureates, purchase their books and have them signed.

The program also will include James Blue Wolf, Albert Flynn DeSilver, Stephanie Freele, Parthenia M. Hicks, Ronnie Holland, Penelope La Montagne, Juanita Martin, Michael McLaughlin, Jim Ott, Sam Pierstorff, Connie Post and Mary Rudge.

Cynthia Bryant is currently serving as the seventh Poet Laureate for Pleasanton; she also was the city's fourth Laureate from 2005-07. She was first published in 1997 after winning third place in a national poetry contest and has since been published in more than 30 anthologies, numerous websites, and an e-book.

Deborah Grossman is the author of "Goldie and Me," a book about family, friendship and freedom, and is a board member of the Ina Coolbrith Circle. She is also an independent food, wine and travel journalist who writes for publications such as Wine Enthusiast and Decanter.

Jim Ott was the second Poet Laureate of Pleasanton, 2001-03. A teacher of writing at Las Positas College since 1997, he is active on several foundations and boards in the Tri-Valley area. He hosts a television program called In a Word about books and authors on Tri-Valley Community Television.

Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Ave. in downtown Pleasanton. Admission is $5; free to students with ID. For more information, call 931-4847.

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