VC Earth & Poetry Month Speakers & Special Events

Happy Earth Month and National Poetry Month!

Over at Ventura College, we have lots of great events planned!

Guest speakers include
> California State Poet Laureate Al Young,
> Channel Islands NP Sup’t Russell Galipeau,
> Ventura City Council Member Carl Morehouse, and > CSUCI Prof Brad Monsma, author of Sepse Wild.

Ventura College’s Planet Preservation Club invites you to join us at the following events sponsored in part by a Staff Innovation Grant from the Ventura College Foundation, Ventura College Associated Students, Elzbet Diaz De Leon’s Environmental Issues Class, CSUCI American Democracy Project, and more. Many of these activities are connected to student service learning projects.

Please post, forward, or share with interested parties. <<A special thanks to all the staff who help make events like these possible on our campuses!>>

W. April 9 Library Garden Patio AMALIO MADUENO

12-12:45 reading and discussion of stanza, meter, form, including slam–as well as poetry as a political action; reception follows

2-3p reading, writing workshop, discussion of writing as a way to create change

Poet AMALIO MADUENO, author of Lost in the Chamiso, grew up on the borderlands of California and Baja,organized farm workers with Cesar Chavez, and studied poetry in graduate school at UC Irvine; he now lives near Taos, New Mexico. Long associated with the Taos Poetry Circus and Mexican Bob’s Poetry Camp, Madueno has published widely in journals and anthologies across the US and Europe. Lost in the Chamiso is his first full book.


Th. April 10 1-1:20p AA8 * JESSICA DANIELS, Emerging Green Building

Jessica Daniels received her Masters of Regional Planning from Cornell University. She originally joined Solimar, one of the nation’s leading land-use research and policy consulting firms, as the 2007 Solimar Fellow, working on a wide variety of projects involving demographics, housing, land conservation, and smart growth policy. She is currently involved with green building programs for college students. A native of the Atlanta area, she holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Montana and previously worked for the Livable Communities Coalition in Atlanta.


M. April 14 Patio by LRC & SSC LAYNIE BROWNE

Sonnet Thoughts: Towards an Elasticity of Form

What is the real-time sonnet and how do I write it? Where is the serious playfulness of form? On this excursion into sonnet present
and future we will read and discuss current sonneteers, and experiments for creating new permutations of your own.

1:30-2:30pm “Tale” meets Prose Poem

How can we translate received texts such as tale and legend into templates for resonant new imaginative texts? As in underpainting,
given texts can create various opportunities for re-versioning form.

Laynie Browne is the author of seven collections of poetry and one novel. Her most recent publications include The Scented Fox, recipient of the 2007 National Poetry Series Award, selected by Alice Notley (Wave Books), Daily Sonnets (Counterpath Books, 2007) and Drawing of a Swan Before Memory, Winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series (University of Georgia Press, 2005). Of Daily Sonnets Ron Silliman writes: “It’s a stunner and a delight” and “. . . an icon for the generation of poets who are about to show up.” She has taught creative writing at Univ of WA, Bothell, at Mills College in Oakland and at the Poetry Center at the Univ of AZ, where she is currently developing a new a poetry-in-the- schools program for K-5 schools.


Th. April 17 1-1:20p AA8 *
RUSSELL GALIPEAU, Channel Islands Nat’l Park Superintendent

Russell Galipeau, a 27-year veteran of the National Park Service, is superintendent of Channel Islands National Park. Galipeau has also been the chief of resources management at Yosemite National Park and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska. He has also worked in the Everglades National Park and Canaveral National Seashore. Galipeau is a native of Florida and has a degree in wildlife ecology.


M. April 21 * AL YOUNG, CA State Poet Laureate

12-12:45pm Patio by LRC & SSC
Poetry & discussion of poetics for change

130-230pm Patio by LRC & SSC
Poetry & Prose plus writing workshop

7-9pm Guthrie Hall
music, art, poetry

Al Young, California State Poet Laureate, write award winning novels, screenplays, fiction and prose. His many honors and fellowships include a Guggenheim, two PEN awards, two Pushcart Awards, two New York Times Notable Book Awards, two American Book Awards, and the Richard Wright Award for Excellence in Literature. Blending story, recitation and song, Al Young often performs with musicians as he will 7pm Monday night in Guthrie Hall. Hi noon reading will focus on poetry, his 1:30-2:30 reading will include poetry and prose as well as a writing workshop, and the evening performance will include poetry, art, and music.

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W. April 23 EARTH ACTION DAY Garden Patio, Quad, Fireside Lounge etc ALL DAY

Speakers, booths, music, poetry, films

1:30-2:30 BRAD MONSMA author of Sespe Wild


Th. April 24 12:30-1:20, SCI 352:
CARL MOREHOUSE, Planner, Ventura City Council Member

Carl Morehouse is in his third term on the City Council; he served as Mayor from 2005 to 2007and won the American Planning Association (CCAPA) Distinguished Leadership Award or an Elected Official. He has been instrumental in the ‘The Faulkner House Group,” a multi-stakeholder group of individuals who met to share ideas and issues with regard to land use in Ventura County,”Seize the Future” citywide visioning process Citizen Outreach Committee, the Sustainability Council of Ventura County, and the Ventura County Civic Alliance, a multi-stakeholder group examining the “three E’s” (economy, environment, social equity) of the sustainability model countywide. Carl has been an advocate of affordable housing, pedestrian and transit oriented development.

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