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Anthology release a chance for poets and friends to party

Another successful year of poetry readings hosted by the Nevada County Poetry Series comes to a big-bang close with a giant open-mic reading and “Year 2006 Anthology” release party tonight, 7:30, at the Off-Center Stage in Grass Valley. Many of the featured and open-mic readers who have contributed to this year’s anthology will be reading.

Bill Gainer says, “If you have attended any of the season-ending shows of the past, you know that great and wondrous things happen at these celebrations. You never know who is going to show up!”

Julie Valin, one of this year’s anthology editors, says, “We are pleased to present the seventh annual Nevada County Poetry Series anthology. In our efforts to share the Series’ stage with writers of all scopes and voices, this year we had the pleasure of hosting many exciting featured readers: from the Poet Laureate of California Al Young to the newly discovered. And then there is the anthology’s open-mic section, where each year we ask readers to submit their best work. This year’s section represents some loyal readers as well as new-to-us poets who all brought fresh, bright talents to the stage.”



“It’s a party,” says Gainer, “and everyone is invited. Bring your poems, prose and guitars -the stage is yours.”

Tickets are $5 general, seniors and students and $1 for those under 18. They may be purchased at the door. Refreshments are included.




The Off Center Stage is located at 315 Richardson St. (behind Center for the Arts).

Call 432-8196 or the Center at 274-8384 for more information.

Cold Snap

by Dianna Henning

Loaves of leaves cram against our fence line

though unable to climb wiry heights,

and now lazily dream of scaling not the burn of decay,

but things heaven bound, the juicy ripe air

where the first cold snap almost makes you think

you could chew resilience. If those leaves make it anywhere,

it’s more than likely it will be into a burn pile, while you gnaw

smoke’s tail-feathers, the way it makes you gag,

think of cremation, how the heated brain snaps open the skull

as though it were a roasted walnut, and the body’s

small logs burn.


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