Mary Mackey

Poet Mary Mackey

 

Please join us at 8 PM this Thursday, September 4th, at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis) for Poetry Night featuring the much-lauded poet Mary Mackey.

 

Her published works include seven collections of poetry, including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence (Marsh Hawk Press 2011) and her latest collection Travelers With No Ticket Home (Marsh Hawk Press 2014). She is also the author of thirteen novels, including Immersion (Shameless Hussy Press 1972), which has just been re-published by the Authors Guild.

 

Mackey’s poems have been praised by Wendell Berry, Jane Hirshfield, Dennis Nurkse, Ron Hansen, Dennis Schmitz, and Marge Piercy for their beauty, precision, originality, and extraordinary range. Four times Garrison Keillor has featured her poetry on his program The Writer’s Almanac. Mackey’s works have been on The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller lists, sold over a million and a half copies, and been translated into twelve foreign languages. She is past president of the West Coast branch of PEN, a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, Sacramento. A Professor Emerita at California State University, Sacramento, Mary Mackey earned a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Learn more about Mary Mackey, read her blog interview series People Who Make Books Happen, and sample her work at www.marymackey.com.

 

The open mic will begin at 9 PM, and the after-party at de Vere’s Irish Pub will start at 10 PM. You are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat and to sign up for a spot on the Open Mic List.

 

The Poetry Night Reading Series—coordinated and hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, the new Poet Laureate of the City of Davis— takes place at the John Natsoulas Gallery on the first and third Thursday of every month. Poetry Night at the John Natsoulas Gallery is an entirely volunteer-run affair.

 

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series features Mary Mackey

 

When: Thursday, September 4th at 8 PM

 

Where: The John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis)

 

The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938

 

http://www.poetryindavis.com/

 

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Please join us at 8 PM this Thursday, August 21, at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis) for Poetry Night featuring Bakersfield poet Marit MacArthur. Opening for her will be Davis poet Mischa Erickson.

 

Marit MacArthur, an Associate Professor of English at CSU Bakersfield, earned her MFA in poetry at Warren Wilson College in 2013. Her interests range from modern and contemporary American and English-language poetry and fiction to Polish poetry. Her poems, reviews, and translations from the Polish have appeared in over a dozen publications. In 2013, she won the Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award from Southwest Review. Her first manuscript of poems, Things to Do in Bakersfield in August, has won a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and is making the rounds seeking a publisher.

 

Poet Mischa Erickson is a graduate of the creative writing program at UC Davis. She lives in Davis with her husband and baby.

 

The open mic will begin at 9 PM, and the after-party at de Vere’s Irish Pub will start at 10 PM. You are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat and to sign up for a spot on the Open Mic List.

 

The Poetry Night Reading Series—coordinated and hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, the new Poet Laureate of the City of Davis— takes place at the John Natsoulas Gallery on the first and third Thursday of every month. Poetry Night at the John Natsoulas Gallery is an entirely volunteer-run affair.

 

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series hosts Marit MacArthur and Mischa Erickson

When: Thursday, August 21st at 8 PM

Where: The John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis)

The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938

http://www.poetryindavis.com/

 

Poet Mischa Erickson

Poet Mischa Erickson

Featured Poet Marit MacArthur

Featured Poet Marit MacArthur

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Poetry Reading and Launch Party!

August 7th at the John Natsoulas Gallery:

The Blue Moon Literary and Art Review

 

On Thursday, August 7th, at 8 PM at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 1st Street, Davis), the Poetry Night Reading Series is host a publication party for the Blue Moon Literary and Art Review, featuring poets and authors whose work is featured in the just-released journal. All are welcome to hear and meet the authors, and to participate in the open mic afterwards.

 

Locally produced, the innovative Blue Moon Literary and Art Review features multiple genres of writing and visuals. Thursday’s event will feature a reading from “ZU (Zombie University),” a short story by Carolyn Waggoner, who was in the first class Dr. Andy took at UC Davis in the fall of 1990. We will also hear from Blue Moon founder and editor Scott Evans; he will read a short story titled “Birdsong,” perhaps with assistance from his co-author, poet Gayle Jansen Beede. We may also be joined by poets Brianna Lea Pruett and Richard Alan Bunch. All of these authors appear in the current issue of The Blue Moon Literary and Art Review.

 

Launched in 2007 by University of the Pacific Professor Scott Evans, The Blue Moon Literary and Art Review has offered readers high-quality local and faraway authors’ best work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short fiction, essays, and even full-length chapters of future novels. Featuring work by John Lescroart, Les Edgerton, and Indigo Moor, The Blue Moon Literary and Art Review has attracted attention because of the quality of the writing, as well as the displays of fine artwork. Stories published in The Blue Moon have regularly been performed at the Pence Gallery’s Stories on Stage Davis.

 

The Poetry Night Reading Series meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street in the City of Davis. An open mic will follow the featured poets at about 9 PM, with spots available only to those who come early to sign up. The after-party begins at about 10 PM. All are invited.

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series launches a new edition of the Blue Moon Literary and Art Review
When: Thursday, August 7th at 8 PM
Where: The John Natsoulas Gallery (521 1st Street, Davis)
The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938
http://www.poetryindavis.com/

 

Bulldog Dilly with The Blue Moon

Bulldog Dilly with The Blue Moon

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Dear Friends of Poetry,

Because of the holiday, our next Poetry Night will take place on July 17th, and feature Davis Poet Laureate Eve West Bessier. At that event Eve will perform some original work, and unveil her Poetry Tree Video Project, which Eve has funded with a successful Kickstarter campaign (see this video introduction). I hope you will join us at the Natsoulas Gallery on July 17th at 8 PM (or earlier to help us set up chairs) for Eve West Bessier.

Enjoy your Independence Day celebrations!

Andy Jones

 

Eve West Bessier

Eve West Bessier

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Poetry Reading on June 5th at the John Natsoulas Gallery: D.R. Wagner

On Thursday, June 5th, at 8 PM at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis), the Poetry Night Reading Series is pleased to welcome the multi-talented D.R. Wagner.

Musician, poet, and visual artist, D.R.Wagner is a longtime lecturer in the Department of Design at U.C. Davis. Wagner has published over twenty books of poetry and letters, has featured in over thirty solo exhibitions (as well as over one-hundred group shows), and has lectured at over twenty universities. Over the years, D.R. Wagner has served such prestigious posts as special Consultant to the California Art Council in Technical Services, Director of the California State Art in Public Buildings Program for Office of the State Architect, Director of the State of California Housing and Community Development Art Gallery, and Artist in Residence: State of Nevada. D.R. Wagner is the recipient of such awards as the Fibers West Award and an award for Traditional Technique at the International Textile Competition (1987, Kyoto). D.R. Wagner is a founding member of the band R. Spoon, with whom he is currently recording a CD of original, vocal music. He is also the founder and original director of the Open Ring Galleries, a not-for-profit corporation for the arts in Sacramento.

The Open Mic will begin around 9 PM, and the after-party will begin around 10 PM. You are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat, and to sign up for a spot on the Open Mic List.

The Poetry Night Reading Series—coordinated and hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, produced by Lane Berger, and with the creative assistance of Carly Voris— takes place at the John Natsoulas Gallery on the first and third Thursday of every month. Poetry Night at the John Natsoulas Gallery is an entirely volunteer-run affair.

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series hosts D.R. Wagner
When: Thursday, June 5th at 8 PM
Where: The John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis)
Media Contact: Lane Berger laneberger@gmail.com
The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938
http://www.poetryindavis.com/
D.R. Wagner

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