Poetry Series’ reading features 3 activists Friday | TheUnion.com

Poetry Series’ reading features 3 activists Friday

Dennis Fritzinger.
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Roo Cantada, a co-founder and past president of the Nevada County Poetry Series, will be one of three readers at the series’ Friday reading in Grass Valley who consider themselves activists. She will be joined by Myra Traugot and Dennis Fritzinger.

Cantada, who calls herself an “expression activist,” produces the annual “music and sustainability” festival called Ridgestock, leads open mikes at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center and co-hosts Community Radio Station KVMR’s on-air open mikes. According to the San Juan Ridge writer, her work reflects her relationship with contemporary global issues such as politics, women in the Middle East and the wisdom traditions.

Traugot, a mother of five, was raised as a “military brat” and has lived in Japan, Germany and this country’s Eastern Seaboard and Deep South. The Nevada County resident considers herself a committed defender of civil rights, a vocal peace advocate, a supporter of sustainable living, an active member of the environmental community and a pioneer of the vegetarian diet and soy nutrition.

Fritzinger, a co-founder of the Warrior Poets Society and poetry editor of the “Earth First! Journal,” is a social, political and environmental activist. His work appears in numerous magazines and journals including “Demilitarized Zones: Veterans After Vietnam,” “City Lights Anthology,” “Earth First! and Wild Earth,” “The Earth First! Songbook” and “Earth First! Campfire Poems.” Country Joe McDonald (Country Joe and the Fish) has recorded Fritzinger’s writings.

An open mike will follow the three readings.

Admission is $7 general, $5 seniors and students, and $1 for anyone under 18. Refreshments are included.

Friday’s 7:30 p.m. reading will be at the Off Center Stage on Richardson Street, directly in back of the Center for the Arts at 314 W. Main St.

Call 432-8196 or 274-8384 for more information.

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