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Three poets featured at Nevada County Poetry Series’ reading

Because April is National Poetry month, poets have been mighty busy these days. Readings have been everywhere, with the creative muse inspiring more and more poems.

Friday, three poets will read their works concerning the human and the natural in this modern world.

Claire Blotter is a Sausalito writer, film director, and monologue performer with movement, electronic and acoustic music. Her honors are impressive, having received two Marin Arts Council Individual Artist’s Grant in Poetry, and having won the Bay Guardian Poetry Contest and the 1992 and 1993 S.F. Performance Poetry Slams. She teaches teenagers in an individualized program at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. Her award-winning video documentary, “Wake-up Call: Saving the Songbirds,” has been screened at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City. She has published two poetry chapbooks and is at work on an autobiographical book.



Dale Pendell calls his two books on psychoactive plants “poetic botany.” “Pharmako/Dynamis” was a runner-up for last year’s PEN-USA award for creative nonfiction. His most recent book of poetry is “Living with Barbarians.” A previous resident of the San Juan Ridge, where he published “Kuksu, Journal of Backcountry Writing,” Pendell spent 20 years away in Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley and has now returned to live in Penn Valley with his poet wife, Laura.

Linda Noel is a Koyunkowi (Konkow) Native Californian whose people occupied Plumas, Butte and Yuba counties. She has been writing poetry for 25 years about her background and Native Americans. She is entering her second year as poet laureate of Ukiah, and her poetry appears in “The Dirt is Red Here” from Heyday Books. She has been referred to as “a 21st century salmon in disguise” because of her poems about salmon. Noel says, “I believe in the strength and power of the word to cross cultural divides.”




The evening also includes refreshments and an open mike.

WHAT: WHEN: Friday, 7:30 p.m

WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $5 general, seniors, and students; $1 if under 18.

INFORMATION: Call 432-8196 or 274-8384.


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