Words of the Valley: Poetry

April is National Poetry Month inaugurated by Academy of American Poets in 1996.  In Kern County, National Poetry Month started 2010; now an annual event.  Initiating the events in Kern County was influenced by two poets who have passed on.  They are Helen Shanley, who was a founding member of Writers of Kern, and Lee McCarthy.  They influenced poets while they were living; and continue their influence from the memory of them and the beauty and truth of their poetry.

This year, three college/university campuses will have poetry events:

  • NPM kick-off event Valley Life:  Poetry about our Community, April 9, 7:00 p.m., Levan Center for the Humanities, Bakersfield College
  • Readings by Local Poets, April 21, 7:00 p.m., CSU Bakersfield, Dezember Room of Stiern Library
  • Reading by New York Times Published Poet Joseph Lease, April 30, 1:10 pm to 2:25 p.m., Taft College Cougar Room
  • April is Jazz Appreciation Month: Jazz and Poetry, April 26 at 2:00 p.m., Center for Spiritual Living

Other events are:

  • Poetry Open Mic featuring LisaAnn LoBasso, April 3, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Dagny’s Coffee
  • Feel, Heal, Write: Poems by Portia Choi, April 18, 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Art and Spirituality Center, Mercy Hospital,  2215 Truxtun Ave.

All events free to the public.  For more information call (661) 717-1346 or email ssportia@aol.com.


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