October 4th, 2009


West Hollywood Book Fair

Today I'm going to the West Hollywood Book Fair. There are a lot of poetry events that have caught my interest. Among them:

The Literati Cocktail/Poeticdiversity Sampler showcases the poetry selections offered in Media Cake eMagazine and Poeticdiversity and will feature Holaday Mason, Douglas Richardson, Amelie Frank, and Sabrina Edwards.

A collaboration of poetry and jazz featuring Katerina Canyon and James Maverick with accompanying musicians.

Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry publishes poems, reviews, interviews, and essays twice per year, with each issue focusing on a different kind of poetry: poetry of place, ekphrastic poetry, poems in form, prose poems, the persona poem, humor, with the October issue focusing on gender (and the current issue devoted to humor). Featuring Jeannine Hall Gailey,Robert Krut, Michelle Bitting,Chella Courington, Ching-In Chen, Paul Lieber (Although, alas, it seems Jeannine has a stomach flu and won't be there).

There are other tracks, too. These look interesting:

K.C. Cole (Science Writer mentored by Frank Oppenheimer)
DJ Byrne (JPL Flight Software Engineer)
Clifford V. Johnson (Theoretical High Energy Physicist)
Moderator: Daniel Birman (Science Journalist and Producer)

4:00 True Ghost Stories of Hollywood
Read by author Barbara Smith

5:00 “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe presented by Shine! Theatre Company
“The Vampire Snail” and a nail-biting excerpt of “Dandelion Wine” by Ray Bradbury
Presented by the Book Fair Ghouls, Roz & Carrie!

Local Haiku Workshop

Time continues to march on. Today, at the West Hollywood Book Fair, I was thinking how cool it would be to have a haiku reading/performance in a venue like that. This, of course, reminded me that I never posted about last month's haiku workshop at the Pacific Asia Museum.

sitting: Taura Scott, Deborah P Kolodji, Peggy Castro, Phyllis Collins, Janis Lukstein, Elva Lauter
1st row standing: Wendy Wright, Eve Luckring, Michael Angerman, Liz Goetz, Kathabela Wilson, Genie Nakano
2nd row standing: Patrick Gallagher, Sharon Hawley
not shown: Lindy Hill, Cindy Rinne, Susan Rogers

The September meeting was wonderful. Northern California poet Patrick Gallagher was visiting and local poets Eve Luckring and Cindy Rinne attended our monthly workshop for the first time. We started off with our usual read-around of recent haiku. Then, we generated a list of autumn kigo for our writing exercise:

college football
ripening persimmons
balloon fiesta
wild fires
migrating birds
marching band (practice)
dying blossoms
Santa Anas
dry birdbath
cutting wood

Then, we went off for 20 minutes and collectively wrote 45 haiku. One of mine was:

no breeze today
just a marching band
practicing somewhere

Although this got a couple of votes, several people had a problem with the use of "somewhere." I agree in a way, but I haven't yet figured out exactly how I'm going to eventually word it. But I'm going to let it simmer for a bit and see what happens.

Afterwards, I invited the entire group to my house for dinner in Patrick's honor. I made two kinds of homemade lasagna and had some marvelous leftovers for the next two days. It was fun having a visiting poet, I hope we have more.