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Local writers featured at this month’s Poetry Series

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Nevada County Poetry Series eases its way into a summer of poetry, story and song. The month of May brings the writers Steve Banister and Judy Brackett Crowe, two of Nevada County’s most enchanting writers and poets.

“Banister and Crowe bring wonder and possibility to the page. Their work and voices are sprinkled with warmth, charm, enchantment and a bit of magic!” said Bill Gainer, Nevada County Poetry Series board member.

Banister has practiced medicine for 40 years. He has done hospital and emergency medicine, assisted at many surgeries, delivered babies, been a rural general practitioner, joined the early ranks of holistic medicine and has long focused on the benefits of alternative treatment, which he helped to pioneer in California, according to his bio. He is a father, grandfather, poet and outdoorsman. This broad spectrum of medical and life experience gives him a unique perspective into caring and concern.

“Banister is a person whose heart is committed to the pursuit of good. His life, work and poems hold that truth,” Gainer said.

Brackett Crowe’s stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Other Voices, Alaska Quarterly Review, Squaw Valley Review, Canary, Wisconsin Review, Sierra Songs & Descants (Hip Pocket Press), The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets (Backwaters Press) and elsewhere. She has taught creative writing, English literature and composition at Sierra College and the University of California, Davis Extension, and was a longtime member of the board of Literature Alive! Born in Nebraska, she has lived in Nevada City for many years. She is married to photographer Gene Crowe. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Tickets are available at the door for $5 general, seniors and students, and $1 for those under 18 — open-mic follows. The show will be in the Granucci Room (use the main entrance) at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. For information, call 530-432-8196 or 530-274-8384.

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