Al Young at VC M. April 21: noon, 1:30, 7p

On Monday, April 21, Al Young will do a live interview on NPR’s Morning Edition, then he will drive up to Ventura College to participate in three events:

7-9pm–”A Celebration of the Earth:
Poetry & Performance featuring AL YOUNG “

in Guthrie Hall on the West side of campus; park near the gym; $1 to park

The evening begins with live music and a living history performance by Suzanne Lawrence as Anna Paquette on “One Hundred Years of Growth: 1815-1915–from remote agricultural Mission Town to car accessible county seat” followed by Theater Arts student KM Hageman and Friends who will sing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”

At sunset, Al Young will perform backed by jazz musicians and with an accompanying slide show of eco-art images contributed by Debra McKillop, Steve Schafer, Dan Holmes, students, and others. The slide show is organized by student Art major Tanya Orozco. The evening will close with another song by KM and Friends.

For more about Al Young, author of over 20 books of poetry, prose, and fiction including the National Book Award winner in 2002, The Sound of Dreams Remembered go to

A reception, funded by the Ventura College Foundation, will follow. Al Young’s performance in funded by Associated Students.

Al will give two readings during the day: a lunch time brown bag poetry reading in the Garden Patio between the new library (LRC) and the old library (SSC) from 12-1245p, and a prose and poetry reading with writing tips and techniques from 130-230 in the same location.

All events are free and open to the public.

IN TOWN: Poets David Oliveira (T. 2/26) & CA Laureate Al Young (W. 2/27)

The Tuesday Night Poets present:
730pm February 26: David Oliveira + 0pen mic
The Artists Union Gallery
330 California Street Ventura
host: Roe Estep

David Oliveira, former Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, is currently living in Cambodia . He is known for luminous meditative poems that open into psychological depths. David was the publisher of Mille Grazie Press and was co-editor of Solo, a poetry journal. He also produced many poetry readings on the mid-coast, including the Santa Barbara Poetry Series at the Contemporary Arts Forum. David’s poems were published in the collaborative book of loss, A Near Country and is a co-editor of How Much Earth: An Anthology of Fresno Poets.
future features:
March 11: Chryss Yost; March 25: Lynne Thompson; April 1: Dorothea Grossman & Michael Vlatkavich

This Wednesday, February 27 from 12:45-1:45 in LS-8

The Oxnard College Speakers Series presents…
Title: What’s Happening on Earth: A Poetry Reading by Al Young

In celebration of African American History Month, Al Young, Novelist, Editor and California State Poet Laureate will read his original poetry and will speak from his heart and experience about creativity and human survival.

Al will be visiting Ventura College Mon. April 21 reading poetry and discussing poetics from 12-1245pm; reading prose and poetry from 130-230.  An evening performance has been proposed also.