Celebrate your love of poetry this April! From the snappy haiku to the humble acrostic, royal rhyme to free verse, the sky's the limit when it comes to poems. Immerse yourself in the world of spoken word poetry at our two Reading Parties!
Our second Reading Party celebrates Joe Cottonwood, Monica Korde, Hilary Cruz Mejia, Tony Press, and Lee Rossi! Our amazing local poets will share their favorite poems and have a panel discussion starring questions from the audience.
Want to learn a bit more about our poets?
One of Joe Cottonwood’s poems was recently displayed on a 9-foot-tall billboard in the Kew Gardens in London, England. He is widely published around the world, with Random Saints as his latest book of poetry, popular novels, and the award-winning memoir 99 Jobs: Blood Sweat and Houses. To support his writing habit, he’s repaired hundreds of houses as a contractor. Joe lives with his high school sweetheart in La Honda.
Monica Korde, along with being a mainstay at local open mics, co-hosts the First Tuesday Poets’ Night. This year, she debuted as a featured reader with poetry groups from Half Moon Bay and Belmont. Her poetry is published online and in anthologies. Besides writing, she loves hiking, horse-riding, painting, and motorcycling the back roads of California with her husband. A former teacher of English and French, Monica is originally from India.
Hilary Cruz Mejia is a Latinx immigrant from Puerto de Iztapa, Guatemala, a first-generation college student, and a queer poet. Poetry, with its rhythms and alliterations, has been a healing process through her transition in the U.S. Hilary is working on her first poetry book, where she encourages readers to find the guidance of self-transcendence in their lives and to wear the colors of a proud soul.
Tony Press tries to pay attention and sometimes he does. His story collection, Crossing the Lines, was published by Big Table. His e-chapbook of poems was published by Right Hand Pointing. He claims two Pushcart nominations, 12 years in the same high school classroom, and 25 criminal trials. He enjoys Bristol in England, and Oaxaca in Mexico, but absolutely adores Brisbane, California.
Lee Rossi is a winner of the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Steve Kowit Prize. His latest book is Darwin’s Garden, from Moon Tide Press. Individual poems have appeared in The Southwest Review, Rattle, Spillway, The Chiron Review, and The Southern Review. He is a member of the Northern California Book Reviewers and a Contributing Editor to Poetry Flash.