Celebrate National Poetry and National Earth Month at Ventura College
In celebration of both National Earth Month and National Poetry Month, Ventura College English instructor and poet Gwendolyn Alley will host California Poet Laureate and novelist Al Young on Monday, April 21 from noon to 12:45pm, and then again from 1:30 pm-2:30 pm. Mr. Young will read his work, discuss the role of poetics for change, and conduct a writing workshop in the second class. Both readings will take place on the patio behind the Student Services Center that faces the LRC. The same evening, there will be a reception for Mr. Young beginning at 7:00 pm in Guthrie Hall, complete with jazz and choral music and refreshments. All events are open to the public and free of charge
Mr. Young has written more than 20 books, including his most recent collection of poetry, The Sound of Dreams Remembered: Poems 1990-2000 (Creative Arts Book, 2001) which won the American Book Award in 2002.
He has taught poetry and fiction writing at colleges and universities and lectured widely across the country and overseas. Among his numerous honors and awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, the American Book Award, the Pushcart Prize and the PEN/USA Award.
The College will host three other events in recognition of National Poetry Month. All are scheduled to take place on the Student Services Center patio as well, and are free. Parking on campus during the day is $1.
Wednesday, April 9: Noon-12:45 pm, Poetry and Discussion of Poetics and 2:00 pm-3:00 pm, Poetry plus a writing workshop, both events with poet Amalio Madueno of Taos, New Mexico, author of Lost in the Chamiso.
Monday, April 14: two events with poet Laynie Browne of Tucson, Arizona, author of Daily Sonnets and The Scented Fox, and winner of the National Poetry Series 2006. Noon-12:45 pm, Poetry and Discussion of Contemporary Sonnets: and from 1:30 pm- 2:30m pm, Poetry plus a writing workshop
Wednesday, April 23: Earth Action Day: 10:00 am-1:30 pm, Poets, Singers and Songwriters, Open Mic, 1:30 pm 2:30 pm, non-fiction prose reading and discussion, CSUCI English professor Brad Monsma, author of Sespe Wild.
The authors will have copies of their publications available for purchase and signing. These events are supported by a Ventura College Foundation Staff Innovation Grant, ASVC funding and the CSUCI’s American Democracy Project.
In addition to the National Poetry Month events and the joint Poetry and Earth Day event, the College will host three National Earth Month speakers:
Thursday, April 10, from 1pm – 1:20pm, in Room AA8: Jessica Daniels will address green building programs and livable communities. After Ms Daniels received her master’s of regional planning from Cornell University, she joined Solimar, one of the nation’s leading land-use research and policy consulting firms. As the 2007 Solimar Fellow, she worked on a wide variety of projects involving demographics, housing, land conservation and smart growth policy.
Thursday, April 17, from 1pm – 1:20pm, in Room AA8: Russell Galipeau, Channel Islands National Park Superintendent, will speak on resource management and wildlife ecology. A 27 year veteran of the National Park Service, Galipeau has also been the chief of resources management at Yosemite National Park and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Prior to that, he worked in the Everglades National Park and Canaveral National Seashore.
Thursday, April 24, from 12:30pm- 1:20pm, in Room SCI352: Carl Morehouse, Planner and Ventura City Council Member, will discuss affordable housing, pedestrian and transit-oriented development and other planning issues. Now in his third term on the City Council, he previously served as Mayor. During his term he won the American Planning Association Distinguished Leadership Award for an Elected Official. He has been instrumental in the Faulkner House Group, Seize the Future citywide visioning, the Sustainability Council of Ventura County and the Ventura County Civil Alliance.
And the Annual Ventura College Clean Up and Barbeque is set for April 22 from 9 am – noon. Volunteers are welcome and should contact Barbara Cogert at 805-654-6400×3142.