8th annual poetry festival continues today at Pleasanton Senior Center

Event includes workshops, local art exhibit

The eighth annual Pleasanton poetry festival continues today at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

The event, sponsored by the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council and the city's Civic Arts department will includes readings by 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, is also on the program again, returning after being the keynote speaker in 2006.

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

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