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.

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Ventura/Santa Barbara Upcoming Poetry Events

Phil Taggart’s compilation of
Ventura / Santa Barbara Poetry Events April 2008
(There’s a LOT here so I highlighted a few that I’m trying to attend!)

Oxnard College
4000 S. Rose Oxnard
April 2: Shirley Geok-lin Lim
12:45 – 1:45 at The Clocktower Auditorium
Host: Shelley Savren

This Just In–Original Poetry
First Monday of the month 8pm
The Village Jester Restaurant & Pub
139 Ojai Ave.—Next to the Ojai Playhouse
April 7: Geoff Farr
Host: Tree Bernstein
open-mic 640-8001

Artists’ Union Gallery
Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm
Artists’ Union Gallery
330 South California Street, Ventura
Host: Roe Estep, (805)320-3524
April 1: Dorothea Grossman & Michael Vlatkavich
April 8: Diana Raab
April 15: Lois Klein
April 22: Sojourner Kincaid Rolle
also at the Artists’ Union Gallery:
April 5: Phil Taggart and Deepakalypse
April 10: Ending Homelessnes in 10 Years panel discussion
April 12: From the Margins poetry reading

Arcade Poetry Series
Oxnard Carnegie Art Museum
424 South C Street, Oxnard
Host: Jackson Wheeler
all reading start at 7pm
April 19: Adrianne Marcus and Carol V. Davis
May 17: Kathleen Lynch and Christina Pages
June 21: David Starkey and friday lubina

Bell Arts Factory (friday on Saturday)
432 N. Ventura Avenue – Ventura
last Saturday of the month 7:30pm
host: friday
canceled for April
The Poetry Zone
Second Saturday, 2–4 pm

Karpeles Manuscript Museum
21 W. Anapamu, Santa Barbara
Host: Suzanne Frost
April 12: Amalio Madueno and Jeanette Clough
May 10: Perie Longo
June 14: Kathy Roxby

Train of Thought at the ArtBarn
every Thursday at 6:30pm
856 East Thompson Blvd. Ventura
(between Ash and Kalorama, behind Kids and Families Together)
Open Mic

Favorite Poems Project
Third Monday from 5:15 – 6:30
The Blue Agave
20 E. Cota, Santa Barbara
Host: Lois Klein Open Mic:
All poets and non-poets invited to read a favorite poem (not their own) or two
Soap Box Poets
First Sunday of the month at 3pm
Borders in the Camino Real Shopping Center
(across from Home Depot/Staples), Goleta
Host: Kathleen Roxby
Ventura College Special Earth Day / Poetry Month readings
Host: Gwendolyn Alley
April 9 Amalio Madueno
12-12:45pm Poetry & discussion of poetics
2—3pm Poetry workshop

April 14 Laynie Browne
12-12:45pm Poetry & discussion of contemporary sonnets
1:30-230pm Poetry workshop
April 21 Al Young, CA Poet Laureate
12-12:45pm Poetry & discussion of poetics for change
130-230pm Poetry & Prose plus writing workshop
April 23 Earth Action Day
10-1:30pm poets & singer/songwriters
1:30-2:30pm Brad Monsma
Santa Barbara Special Poetry Month readings

April 2 “Meditations in Silver” Photography & Poetry
at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 3:30-5:00 pm.
Von Romberg Gallery.
Host: Enid Osborn

April 2 Barry Spacks reading in the College of Creative Studies Poetry Series, Old Little Theatre, CCS, UCSB

April 3 “They Keep It All Going: Celebrating Essential Workers in Photographs and Poems.” 6:30-7:30 pm. County Administration Bldg. Channing Peake Gallery 105 E. Anapamu.
Host: Barry Spacks

April 5 SB Poetry Series “Poetry, Print & Jazz” 7-9 pm
Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu.
Lois Klein, A.J.Ford, Jackson Wheeler, and Paul Portugé;
Sophia Astr calligraphy table, Fiona Spring of LettreSauvage
Colter Frazier on jazz sax.
Host, Carol DeCanio
April 9 David Starkey, host of “The Creative Community,” will do a live interview
of local politicians and some poets reading their favorite poems, Channel 21,
8-9 pm.

April 17 Winners of Teen Poetry Contest Santa Barbara Public Library; Faulkner Gallery. 7-8:30 pm.

April 20 A bilingual reading of Poems Inspired by or From Latin America.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Davidson Gallery 1:30-3 pm.
Host: Kelly Peinado.
April 25 Marti­n Espada. 8 p.m.
SBCC Bland Forum on the West Campus.
Host: David Starkey.

Kava Dume
Every Wednesday except the 1st at 7:30 pm
5653 Kana Road, Agoura
Host: Miss Marissa “Con Gusto”
(818) 865-8602
Open mic

Poetry Workshops, Classes and Panels

Contemporary Poets Class
3 Fridays, Mar. 28 – Apr. 11 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Ventura College, 71 Day Rd.
Instructor: Loren Haar
Fee: $59
Learn about three significant poets writing today—their style, their signature poems, the recurring themes in their work.
Week 1: Carolyn Forché, activist and human rights advocate, brings politics and poetry together in what she calls “poetry of witness.” Should poetry be political? We’ll consider this question as we explore her most explosive work.
Week 2: Yusef Komunyakaa, often incorporating jazz rhythms into his poetry, combines musical style with cultural commentary. We’ll look at how jazz and his experiences in Vietnam have influenced his work.
Week 3: Sharon Olds, with her characteristic “confessional” style and startling imagery will not disappoint. We will approach her work with a focus on theme and poetics. OPTIONAL $5.00 material is fee payable to instructor

Barnes and Noble
Second and fourth Wednesdays, 7–9 pm
Barnes and Noble, Ventura

Ventura County Writers Club
Third Wednesday
For information, email: Cathryn Andresen,
Poemcrafters Guild
For more information send bio and sample of work to:
807 Camino Concordia – Camarillo 93010
(805) 491-3242

Veterans Writing Group
For veterans of all wars and their family members
April 13, May 4, June 8
all sessions are from 2:30 – 5:30
Unitarian Universalist Church
5654 Ralston Street Ventura
to reserve a space call 805/644-3898
or e-mail or
co-facilitators: Elijah Imlay and Jan Christian
workshop is free

In Print

Lois Klein’s new book of poetry, A Soldier’s Daughter, published by Turning Point Press

Bear Flag Republic, Prose Poems and Poetics from California
Editors: Christopher Buckley and Gary Young
Featuring 89 poets including Robert Bly, Maxine Chernoff, Richard Garcia,
Robert Hass, Philip Levine, Morton Marcus, Czelaw Milosoz, Diane Wakowski,
Jackson Wheeler, Marsha de la O, Perie Longo, Polly Bee,
Laurel Ann Bogen, Christopher Buckley, Gary Young, Glenna Luschei,
Bill Mohr, Scotty Creeley, Phil Taggart…
INCARNATE MUSE Press is seeking poems for its second atheist poetry anthology. Confront, question, or deny the god of your youth, the sacred text of your culture. Express your disbelief, disapproval, doubt, or dismay. Looking for honest, thought-provoking poetry daring to speak against the social norm of
belief and/or attempting to take the stigma from non-belief. Interested in nontheism expressed positively rather than solely in opposition to theism. Avoid gratuitous vulgarity and unfocused anger. We feel that atheism is often defined too narrowly and inaccurately.
Deadline: July 30. Up to 6 poems
INCARNATE MUSE Press is also seeking poems from adult survivors of childhood emotional and/or psychological abuse. We are looking for poems of high literary quality rather than poems that are simply cathartic. We are not wanting to see poems about physical or sexual abuse, but about the other abuse, the one that can be much harder to recognize. Parental bullying, neglect, disinterest, mental illness, personality disorders, etc., interest us. Possible topics: loneliness, self-blame, confusion, deep feelings of worthlessness, anger, recognition, acceptance, healing, forgiveness, distance, the impact on your adult relationships, etc. Deadline June 15. Up to 6 poems, SASE. Incarnate Muse, c/o Michelle Rhea, P.O. Box 5756, Santa Barbara, CA 93150 or e-mail
is a new poetry magazine launching itself monthly from Albuquerque,
New Mexico and Santa Barbara, California. We are looking for poets to submit their work.
Submissions of any quantity or inquiries about the magazine may be sent year-round to or 241A Willow Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87107. Copyrights revert to authors upon publication. Previously published work other than work already published in “Willow Street” and “Central Avenue” shall be considered. To be added to our mailing list, send an e-mail to
The present staff of the magazine includes the Editor, Suzanne Frost and the Advisory Editor, Cathryn McCracken. Subscriptions help to cover our printing costs. Please send your $10 yearly subscription to Sage Trail, 661 Del Parque Dr., Unit D, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Subscribers to the poetry journal, “Central Avenue,” will automatically receive the first issue of “Sage Trail” free in late January. Online access to “Sage Trail” shall be forthcoming.
Solo Café 3: “central coast poets say what needs to be said”
is out and available
with poems by: Dan Gerber, Perie Longo, Glenna Luschei, Marsha de la O,
David Starkey, Kevin Patrick Sullivan, Phil Taggart and Jackson Wheeler
with an introduction by Barry Spacks
ASKeW Poetry Journal
just out: the fourth issue features:
Laurel Ann Bogen, Hélène Cardona, José Manuel Cardona,
Louisa Castrodale, Carol V. Davis, John Gentry, Jeff Green,
Loren Haar, Michael Haight, Timothy Houghton,
Charlotte Innes, Douglas Kearney, Christine Kitano,
Mercedes Lawry, Lou Lipsitz, Gerald Locklin,
Adrian C. Louis, Maia, Virginia Mariposa, Jeffrey McDaniel,
Bill Mohr, Ruth Nolan, Margaret Rabb, Carlos Reyes,
Mary Kay Rummel, Patty Seyburn, Barry Spacks,
G. Murray Thomas, Tim Tipton, Doris C. Vernon, Gary Young
Editors: Marsha de la O and Phil Taggart
P.O. Box 559 Ventura 93002
Beyond Baroque in Venice is now carrying Askew #s 2, 3 & 4
631 Venice Boulevard Venice
Askew is also available at:
Bank of Books 748 Main Street – Ventura
Presses and Journals
Lettre Sauvage
Signed and numbered limited editions
Fourth Chorale Ode from Euripides’ Hippolytus translated by Anne Carson
In the Open Field by Steven Dunn
Chapbook forthcoming
Long Portrait by Mark Irwin
Community Studio
Learn about letterpress and book arts in a creative, fine art publishing center; lessons, workshops and studio rental available beneath the oaks in Santa Paula.
TreeHouse Press
limited edition books of poetry
home of the Rowsby Woof Memorial Broadside Award
Womb Poetry
Editor: Michelle Detorie
More Poetry Information
Poetry Matters in Santa Barbara Poetry
Language of the Soul &

Earth Day on Campus: Call for Climate

Earth Day On CampusEarth Day on Campus: CALL FOR CLIMATE!

Now more than ever, youth activists are playing a vital role in the political process. On Earth Day, April 22nd, 1,000 college campuses will be sending a clear message on climate change. Make sure the voices of your campus community are heard by joining Earth Day Network in our global Call for Climate by contacting your national leaders and demanding bold, swift and fair action to tackle climate change. And from now until Earth Day, take action and sign Earth Day Network’s Sky Petition.

If you are in the United States, help us generate one million phone calls to Congress on April 22nd. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your representative or Senator. Tell them the current global warming proposals in Congress are inadequate. Tell them you want:

  • A moratorium on new coal-burning plants,
  • Renewable energy,
  • Carbon-neutral buildings,
  • Protection for the poor and middle class in the new green economy.

Buy the official Earth Day 2008 poster and t-shirt and support EDN.

Tell five friends about this campaign – have them enter the Capitol number into their phones now. And make sure they call on Earth Day, April 22nd!

This Earth Day, it’s time to change the forecast for global warming.


You can help make sure that people on your campus are taking notice by contributing an op-ed to your college or university paper on global warming and the Call for Climate campaign. It’s easy to do, and your local paper WILL print them! Start with our template, add information about local Earth Day activities, and hand deliver it to your local college or university newspaper. That’s it! Let us know if you’d like a copy of our draft.


You can help spread the word about the Call for Climate by delivering one of our celebrity Public Service Annoucements (PSA’s) to your campus or local radio station. New this week,Chevy Chase says “Congress has been on a long vacation on climate change!”

Remember, we want to hear about what you’re doing! Contact your regional organizer for advice, tips, or just to let us know what’s going on.

Teaching Climate Change

Teach climate change

It’s a controversial subject, but that’s no reason to keep it out of the classroom.
from the LA Times Opionion section 3/19/08 M9
By Tom Wagner and Kathleen Gorski
March 9, 2008

Is the science of global warming too controversial to be included in California’s science textbooks?

A state Senate bill, which passed the chamber in January, would mandate that climate change be a science topic taught in the state’s public schools. But the legislation, now in the Assembly, has drawn fire from some lawmakers, who say the science is too controversial for inclusion in the curriculum. They want guarantees that the views of skeptics will be included.

But those objections are just silly. The reality is that there is no disagreement any longer among scientists on the major principles, causes and effects of global warming. The world’s largest and most reputable scientific societies, such as the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science, all concur that the burning of fossil fuels is putting so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that the Earth has been pushed off its natural cycle and is warming. As a result, sea levels will rise as ice sheets melt. Low-lying coastal regions will flood. And droughts and storms may become more frequent and severe.

That’s what the science tells us, and teaching students about it is perfectly appropriate. Climate change will directly affect how young people live. They are inundated with information about it, and it is already guiding some of their career choices. But they need a message of hope. Too often the media and scientific community offer only predictions of doom and gloom. Accurate or not, young people need to feel empowered. And the best way to do that is to let them explore climate change in the classroom.

There are plenty of legitimate and fascinating subjects for students to debate. Among the most important questions: Will the ice caps melt away slowly or will they disintegrate in catastrophic events? Figuring this out will tell us whether sea levels will rise a few inches or many feet in the next 100 years.

Here’s another question for students to think about: How much methane will be released by the melting of Arctic permafrost? Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and larger concentrations of it in the atmosphere would cause a major jump in temperatures. But do higher temperatures result in more clouds? Clouds could slow warming by reflecting more sunlight back into space, though we need to better understand how clouds form before we can incorporate them into predictive models of the Earth’s temperature.

Given all of this uncertainty, the subject will certainly continue to be controversial; answers to these questions may have political and policy implications that students will have to grapple with.

There are many reasons to teach science, not the least of which is that it is inherently interesting and fun. Who doesn’t marvel at the structure and behavior of a cell upon seeing it for the first time through a microscope?

Science is also important because it is among the best ways to train students to think critically and orderly. Only in science is it polite to say, “Prove it to me!” And good science repeatedly does, through testing and retesting of evidence, assumptions and methods. This approach provides us a common language to interpret the world.

But learning science is difficult. So science education tends to focus on phenomena that we know a great deal about and can explain most easily, such as the laws of motion as applied to a pendulum.

The problem is that a curriculum built solely on these tried-and-true examples is boring. Students know their work only replicates something already known. They don’t see ways that they might one day explore and advance the field.

Controversial science, on the other hand, inspires. It poses grand questions, debates new theories and offers answers that can take on political overtones because of their implications for society. There is already a lot of it in the curriculum. The most obvious example is evolution, the controversy about which can be summed up with an understatement: Although the science is not in question, the theory is at odds with some religious beliefs.

Interestingly, less politically charged topics are often more scientifically controversial and are associated with far more uncertainty.

Take the Big Bang. While we generally accept it as the origin of the universe, and scientists have compiled tremendous and compelling evidence for what it was like, we have no idea what caused it. Even less grandiose topics like plate tectonics are controversial. Anyone looking at a globe can see that the continents fit together, and we have satellite measurements that prove they are moving. But we still don’t know what drives them. Should we take the science out of schools?

Climate-change science is no different from these topics and other emerging areas of science already in the curriculum, such as dark matter and genetic engineering. And according to the National Science Teachers Assn., climate-change science meets every national education standard while lending itself to compelling teaching.

So let’s get climate change and other controversial science into the curriculum. We do a disservice to students and educators to do otherwise.

Tom Wagner is the program director for Earth sciences for the U.S. Antarctic Program at the National Science Foundation. Kathleen Gorski is a science teacher and Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation. Their views are their own and do not reflect official views of the National Science Foundation.

VC Earth Action Day W. April 23, 2008

If You Want to Do One Thing on Earth Day: CALL FOR CLIMATE!

Global warming is our most urgent environmental problem: The time for waiting and inadequate solutions is over. On Earth Day, April 22nd, join Earth Day Network in our global Call for Climate by contacting your national leaders and demanding bold, swift and fair action to tackle climate change. And from now until Earth Day, take action and sign Earth Day Network’s Sky Petition.

Buy the Earth Day 2008 poster on our site!
Buy the official Earth Day 2008 poster here.

If you are in the United States, help us generate one million phone calls to Congress on April 22nd. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your representatives. Tell them the current global warming proposals in Congress are inadequate. Tell them you want:– A moratorium on new coal-burning plants,

– Renewable energy,

– Carbon-neutral buildings,

– Protection for the poor and middle class in the new green economy.

Tell five friends about this campaign – have them enter the Capitol number into their phones now. And make sure they call on Earth Day, April 22nd!

This Earth Day, it’s time to change the forecast for global warming.

With Earth Day less than 2 months away, we want to break all the records! We are aiming to register 20,000 events this year, and we can’t do it without you! If you have some spare time and a computer with internet connection, and would to help us, register at our Volunteer Center or contact Michele Ditto at Together we can make this the biggest Earth Day yet!


Visit Earth Day TV!

Don’t miss our interview with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Mohan Munasinghe, Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Bracken Hendricks, author of the hit book Apollo’s Fire. Discover how students at Thomas Jefferson High School plan their next Environmental Impact Club activities and be inspired by the passion of the thousands of people who came to DC to lobby Congress during Power Shift 2007.

On April 16th, tune in to the broadcast of Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming, sponsored by Earth Day Network organized by the National Wildlife Federation and student-made videos, inspiring presentations from contest winners, solution-focused discussions, and live Q&As with people who really are changing the world.