Annual poetry fund-raiser set at Center for the Arts |

Annual poetry fund-raiser set at Center for the Arts

Doc Dachtler, nila northSun and Jim Lyle will be the guest readers Friday at the Nevada County Poetry Series’ annual fund-raiser at the Center for the Arts.

Described as a dustbowl poet, Lyle founded the Lake County Arts Council monthly readings and is a founding member of POETRIO, a professional ensemble of spoken word performers. His work has appeared in ARTISTwriter,” “On Target” and “The Montserrat Review.” Lyle’s first book, “Things seen in the Desert,” was released in 2001.

Dachtler, a Nevada County resident for more than 35 years, combines social history with poetry and storytelling. His works deal with everyday rural life, individuals and events in his community. Dachtler has two poetry books, “Drawknife” (1985) and “Waiting for Chains at Pearl’s” (1990). He founded Poison Oak Press, which specializes in limited edition letterpress poetry broadsides.

Living on a reservation for 26 years has flavored northSun’s work. But her work isn’t exclusive to American Indian issues; northSun also writes about more mainstream issues.

Her books include “Diet pepsi & nacho cheese: poems,” “Small bones, little eyes: poems” and “A snake in her mouth: poems 1974-96.”

Friday’s fund-raiser begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by an open mike session. Admission is $7 general, $5 for seniors and students and $1 for anyone under 18. Refreshments are included in the ticket price.

The center is at 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Call 432-8196 or 274-8384 with questions.

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