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 February 2024! 

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February 3:

 

 

February 10:

Reverse Ekphrastic event! (Write a poem, and an artist will create a work of art to it!)
 
Saturday, February 10th from 10:00am - 12:00noon
Dunnell Burton Center, Fairfield
3351 Hilborn Road
* It is on the corner of Hilborn Road and Hillridge Drive. GPS does not give the correct locale. It is next to the Girl Scouts Center at this corner.
 

ALSO February 10:

 

February 17:

 

ALSO February 17:

 

February 18:

 

 

When: Sunday, February 18, 2-4 pm
Where: Arts Benicia, 1 Commandant's Lane

We are excited to combine the love of poetry with the love of art! Poets can visit the "Art of a Community" exhibit of over 150 pieces which starts January 20 with a reception, and continues to be open Thursdays through Sundays, 1-5 pm.

Choose ONE piece of art that you wish to write to, and record your name beside the piece on the list at the sign-in table. There are many art pieces to choose from so only one poem per piece will be read. The Commandant's House is a beautiful, historic building but be aware that it will be difficult for the audience to see or hear if you choose a piece from a smaller room.

Please send your poem of 38 lines or less (counting spaces between stanzas so that it fits on one page) to Poetlaureatebenicia@gmail.com no later than Friday, February 9, so we can duplicate your work for a binder and notify the lucky artist to attend. Be sure to put the name of the art piece and the artist at the top of your page and your name on the bottom under your work. Due to space and time considerations, we can accommodate only 25 poems so please do not delay.

In poetic peace,


--
Katrina Monroe
Benicia Poet Laureate

 

also February 18:

Marty Malin presents  his new novel, Transit

at Bookshop Benicia 5:30 pm

636 First Street

Lois Requist hosting

This is a Benicia Literary Arts event

 

 

 

February 22: Black History Month Poetry Night

The JFK Black History Month Poetry Night will feature poets and poets laureate from around the Bay Area presenting masterfully-crafted pieces around the night's theme: Renewal. Join us for a night of dynamic spoken word and phenomenal fellowship! Featuring: Jacalyn Eyvonne, Current Co-Poet Laureate of Vallejo, Dr. Genea Brice, Inaugural Poet Laureate of Vallejo, Stephen Sharpe, Current Poet Laureate of Richmond, Poet E. Spoken aka Elaine Brown, 2nd Granddaughter of Josh Halsey (1898) SwirvAzubuike
6 PM at 505 Santa Clara, Vallejo in the Joseph Room across the hall from the library.

 

February 24:

Askari Sowonde Productions is seeking poets, singers and dancers who wish to participate in the Black History Month celebration, "A Conscious Experience," on Feb. 24 at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.

*More details about what Askari Sowonde is looking for in performers for
the February 24th event at the History Museum at 734 Marin:*
 
*"*Askari Sowonde Productions is seeking poets, singers and dancers who
wish to participate in the Black History Month celebration, "A Conscious
Experience," on Feb. 24 at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
 
Interested artists are asked to message Askari Sowonde on Facebook and
provide their phone number, name and genre of music, poetry or dance.
Applicants should reach out as soon as possible to be considered for the
event. However, ASP founder Mz. Askari said she is always looking for
quality artists and might consider applicants for future events.
 
As she approaches 15 years of organizing this event, veteran event planner
Mz. Askari is a strong advocate for cultural celebration that focuses on
history and not contemporary slang or cussing.
 
"I'm not trying to curtail your voice, but it isn't right for this event,"
she said in response to certain musical themes.
 
Instead, Mz. Askari said she likes to describe the event's primary goal as
edutainment. By calling the event a conscious celebration, Mz. Askari
distinguishes the community event as something designed for the whole
family to enjoy."
Source:
https://www.timesheraldonline.com/2024/01/30/february-1-vallejo-vacaville-arts-and-entertainment-source-artist-call-for-black-history-month-celebration/