Debbie Kolodji, Ruth Nolan
Home Brew Coffee Company, San Dimas, June 10, 2007
Ruth Nolan, who teaches English at College of the Desert, was the other featured reader. She lives in Palm Desert and is involved with poetry events in the desert and in the Inland Empire. I especially enjoyed the poems she read with desert images, having hiked in the Palm Springs area last March.
Several people from the Riverside area came out to support her, including the editor of Epicenter, A Literary Magazine. Afterwards, a group of us went out to eat at a nearby vegetarian tea house restaurant.
We had about twelve readers and it was an exceptional afternoon of poetry samhenderson read her 2006 Rhysling nominated poem, “Cabazon,” which helped find a new home for a 2006 Rhysling Anthology.
For my feature, I read a mixture of haiku, cinquains, and speculative poetry. Although I did sell a copy of Amaze: The Cinquain Journal 2006 Annual and a copy of Seaside Moon, the speculative poetry I brought along seemed to garner most interest from those gathered. I found homes for the Rhysling Anthology mentioned above, a copy of Alchemy of Stars and for several copies of free “What is Scifaiku?” and “Dragon Lust” brochures as well as Science Fiction Poetry Association membership flyers.