“Up Jumped Spring” a spring poem by Al Young

Al Young, CA Poet Laureate visits VC

Monday April 21

12-12:45pm Poetry & discussion of poetics for change

1:30-2:30pm Poetry & Prose plus writing tips

both the above events take place in the Garden Patio
between the new library (LRC) and the old library (SSC)

7pm Guthrie Hall with live music, art and living history performance by Suzanne Lawrence

Ventura College 4667 Telegraph Road Ventura
Host: Gwendolyn Alley

What’s most fantastical almost always goes
unrecorded and unsorted. Take spring.
Take today. Take dancing dreamlike; coffee
your night, creameries your dream factories.
Take walking as a dream, the dearest, sincerest
means of conveyance: a dance. Take leave
of the notion that this nation’s or any other’s earth
can still be the same earth our ancestors walked


From “Up Jumped Spring” by Al Young

California
poet laureate, Al Young, was born in Mississippi and was reading by the age of three. He began publishing poems, stories, and articles in his early teens, and has lived most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been a poet, writer, teacher and lecturer throughout his literary career and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California , Berkeley in Spanish. He has taught poetry and fiction writing at a number of universities nationwide, including the Universities of California at Berkeley , Santa Cruz and Davis ; and Stanford University . Versatile and prolific, his works have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Review, Seattle Review, Rolling Stone, and the Norton Anthology of African-American Literature. As a screenwriter, Young has worked with Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.
Thanks to Phil Taggart and Maggie Westland for helping to get the word out about these readings!

more details: VC NaPoMo & NaEaMo 08

Celebrate National Poetry and National Earth Month at Ventura College

Poet Laureate Al Young with VC English Instructor Gwendolyn Alley. Mr. Young will speak in two of Ms. Alley's classes at Ventura College and a reception will be held in his honor.

Poet Laureate Al Young with VC English Instructor Gwendolyn Alley. Mr. Young will speak in two of Ms. Alley’s classes at Ventura College and a reception will be held in his honor.

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.

For more info go to https://whisperdownthewritealley.wordpress.com or email gwendolynalley@yahoo.com, or contact the Ventura College Public Information Office at 805-654-6462.

Words to Change Our World: Earth & Poetry Month readings

WORDS TO CHANGE OUR WORLD

Join us as we celebrate National Earth Month & National Poetry Month
Garden Patio by the Library & Student Services
FREE * Refreshments * Book Signing * ALL WELCOME

W APRIL 9 AMALIO MADUENO
FROM TAOS, NEW MEXICO * AUTHOR OF LOST IN THE CHAMISO
12-12:45pm Poetry & discussion of poetics
<1:15-2pm Earth Action Day organizing meeting J-1; also 4/16>
2—3pm Poetry plus writing workshop

M APRIL 14 LAYNIE BROWNE
FROM TUCSON, AZ * AUTHOR OF DAILY SONNETS and THE SCENTED FOX, WINNER OF THE NATIONAL POETRY SERIES 2006 selected by Alice Notley
12-12:45pm Poetry & discussion of contemporary sonnets
130-230pm Poetry plus writing workshop

M APRIL 21 AL YOUNG, CA POET LAUREATE
FROM BERKELEY, CA * AUTHOR OF THE SOUND OF DREAMS REMEMBERED, WINNER OF THE AMERICAN BOOK AWARD 2002
12-12:45pm Poetry & discussion of poetics for change
130-230pm Poetry & Prose plus writing workshop

W APRIL 23 EARTH ACTION DAY with
BRAD MONSMA FROM CSUCI English Prof * AUTHOR OF SESPE WILD
poets * singer/songwriters * open mic
10-1:30pm EARTH ACTION DAY poets & singer/songwriters/open mic
1:30-2:30pm Brad Monsma, non-fiction prose reading & discussion

These events are supported in part by grants from
The Ventura College Foundation and CSUCI’s American Democracy Project.
For more info go to https://whisperdownthewritealley.wordpress.com
or email gwendolynalley@yahoo.com

CA Poet Laureate Al Young to Visit Ventura

ay-with-glasses-2007.jpgCalifornia Poet Laureate Al Young will visit Ventura College Spring 2008, mostly likely on a Monday at noon in April during National Poetry Month. He may also lead a writing workshop at 130pm then read that evening.

Watch this space for updates on this exciting visit by a warm and wonderful poet and performer!

To learn more about Al, visit his website alyoung.org