Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - December 31, 2010

Poetic Pleasanton

Honoring Amador Valley High's teen poet

Here is a poem honoring the season by Noelle Malindzak, Teen Poet Laureate for Community Programs. Noelle is a senior at Amador Valley High School.

From My Wintry Windowpane

By Noelle Malindzak

White slab of ice,

a rink on the roof,

morning grass,

crisp and crunchy,

like a snow cone,

frosty blue,

Pinstriped candy canes,

coat the kid's teeth,

Marshmallow Santa's,

gooey and sweet,

Frosty air nips,

at ungloved hands,

thin socked feet,

High spirits surround,

like a warm blanket of fleece

This pleasant town,

is the place to be,

when Winter walks along,

with Holiday Glee

Poetry program in Firehouse Arts Center Feb. 18

Our next poetry program is "A Literary Evening at the Firehouse: The Myth & Reality of the Hero & the Anti-Hero from Mythology to Reality and Personal Story" on Friday, Feb. 18. Join us for a wine and cheese reception at 7:30 p.m. followed by the program from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton.

Narrator Robert Eastwood, award-winning poet and author from San Ramon, will weave his perspective on the mythology of the heroic and un-heroic with other invited Bay Area writers. Pleasanton writers include Fred Norman, founding member of the Tri-Valley California Writers Club, and Liz Fortini, poet, author and publisher of

Kirk Ridgeway, Pleasanton's third Poet Laureate (2003-2005), who now lives in Davis and led many literary evenings in Pleasanton, will also read.

Other acclaimed writers include Connie Post, Poet Laureate Emerita of Livermore, Lynne Knight of Berkeley, Lee Rossi of San Carlos, and David Alpaugh of Pleasant Hill.

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


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