Highlights of the Literary Evening will include poetry and prose by Pleasanton writers such as Fred Norman, writer and a founding member of the Tri-Valley California Writers Club; Liz Fortini, poet, prose author and publisher of www.languageandculture.net; Kirk Ridgeway, Pleasanton's third Poet Laureate (2003-05) of Davis, who led many Literary Evenings in Pleasanton, and the Pleasanton Teen Poets Laureate (2010-11): Mitch Grimes, Noelle Malindzak and Vivian Tsai.
Other acclaimed writers include Lynne Knight of Berkeley; Connie Post, Poet Laureate Emerita of Livermore; Lee Rossi of San Carlos; David Alpaugh of Pleasant Hill; Jannie Dresser of Crockett, publisher/editor of the Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review (http://bayareapoetsreview.com); freelance journalist Aleta George of Suisun City, who is authoring a book about California's first Poet Laureate, Ina Coolbrith; and Las Positas College student Samantha Kennedy of Livermore.
Andy Jorgensen, former Pleasanton Civic Arts Manager, retired at the end of 2010. Andy was a true hero to the Poet Laureate program. Given that Andy was a huge supporter for the city's six Poets Laureate, we each wrote him six lines to honor his achievements to keep the literary fires burning in the city. We also chose six lines from a poem by Pleasanton's first Poet Laureate Charlene Villella, who is deceased. Here is my mini-sonnet contribution to Andy with reference to the new chapter in his life with his wife Hope.
Ode to Andy Jorgensen
Oh, A.J., how you've played the role of Sun,
warming Lilliputian planets by your orb's light.
Your rays, a bastion of common sense and fun,
coaching poetic and thespian stars to stages bright.
May the Sun now warm your dreams and days
with Hope and universe of wondrous ways.
Cost: $5; students, free, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Visit www.firehousearts.org.
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