Poetry festival is back

Two-day event includes workshops, local art exhibit

Roses are red, violets are blue, the Poetry, Prose and Arts festival is back next weekend, with plenty of things for the whole family to do.

The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council and the city's Civic Arts host the eighth annual event April 4 and 5 at the senior center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Opening with a keynote address is Dana Gioia, a poet, critic and best-selling anthologist who recently served as chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts. Al Young, poet laureate emeritus of California, will also return after being the keynote speaker in 2006.

In addition to 17 workshops for youth and adults, there will also be an awards banquet with music by harpist Dominique Piana, authors' reception, book signing and literary row.

The Pleasanton Art League and regional artists will host a free fine arts exhibit from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday with music by classical guitarist Jim Steinke.

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