Poetry

Friday, April 16, 2021

Weekend Events Honor David Josiah Lawson

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 6:30 AM

David Josiah Lawson
  • David Josiah Lawson
Two events are happening this Saturday, April 17, honoring the life of David Josiah Lawson. The 4Years-4Miles J4J Walk and second annual Coat Drive starts with a
run/walk/skateboard/stroll at noon at Arcata City Hall that then heads to the Humboldt Bay Trail and Arcata Marsh and ends up at the Arcata Plaza around 2:30 p.m. for a vigil with speakers, music and outreach services. Then, at 6 p.m., join the Eureka NAACP online for the David Josiah Lawson Oration Festival featuring voices of BIPOC youth and artists. Find out more at www.eurekanaacp.org.
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Sunday, April 4, 2021

A Pandemic Poetry Reading with Laureate David Holper

Posted By on Sun, Apr 4, 2021 at 11:23 AM

When the city council appointed David Holper Eureka’s first poet laureate in 2019, it was supposed to last a year. Then again, a lot of things turned out differently than planned in 2020 and the term was extended. You can watch Holper’s live reading via Zoom and on Public Access Channel 8 on Tuesday, April 6 at 2 p.m.

David Holper - PHOTO BY ERIC FURMAN
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  • David Holper

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Humboldt, Holper has responded by helping create outlets and community spaces through poetry. The stated mission of the Poetry on the Edge Facebook group he started describes itself as being “about living on the edge of the continent, on the edge because of the crazy pandemic we’re living in, and because words give us a way to explore both the shadows and the light.” Taking that exploration to other mediums, he’s also helped bring about a show of poetry and art at the Brenda Tuxford Gallery and is working on the upcoming David Josiah Lawson Oration Festival.

Holper also worked with Anne Frick to assemble and publish Behind the Mask, an anthology of local poets’ work created about and during the pandemic, which you can download here. As for what he’s been working on himself, his subject matter has shifted over the events of the last year.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Word Humboldt Offers Online Poetry Workshops

Posted By on Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 6:30 AM

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Word Humboldt, KEET-TV and the Humboldt County Library have teamed up to offer a series of online poetry workshops in support of the new documentary Hemingway premiering on KEET on April 5. The workshop series, Taking the Hemingway Out of Hemingway: Poetry, Social Justice and the ‘Great American Novelist,’ kicks off Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom with Writing Poetry: Prompts and Inspiration. This workshop for poets of all levels focuses on finding inspiration from unusual and unique sources. The other two workshops are on April 1 and 8, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can pick up a free poetry activity kit at any of the Humboldt County Library branches beforehand. For more on how to do that and to sign-up for the workshops, visit humlib.org.
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Monday, July 20, 2020

KMUD Accepting Submissions for Virtual Talent Show

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 10:20 AM

DJ Lisa Luv of KMUD Redwood Community Radio. - PHOTO BY ERICA BOTKIN
  • Photo by Erica Botkin
  • DJ Lisa Luv of KMUD Redwood Community Radio.
KMUD Redwood Community Radio is now accepting submissions for its first ever Virtual Talent Show.

Children and adults who reside in Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte and Mendocino counties who want to share their talent (and perhaps win a prize) are encouraged to enter. Submissions will be accepted between July 20 and Aug. 2.

KMUD will post the Virtual Talent Show for viewing and voting on Aug. 10. Go to www.kmud.org, KMUD’s Instagram @kmudradio, KMUD’s Twitter @kmud or KMUD’s Facebook page to enter.

For more information, email kmudkeenav@gmail.com.
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Friday, August 23, 2019

Eureka's Poet Laureate David Holper

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 4:26 PM

Congratulations, Eureka, you have your first poet laureate. David Holper, a 61-year-old professor of English at College of the Redwoods and brave judge of the NCJ annual Flash Fiction Contest, got word of his selection this week and a press release from the city is expected soon. Holper is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's MFA English program and his second book of poems The Bridge (available in local bookstores) was published this year. You may have seen a poem or two of his in the Journal (catch up here, here and here for starters).

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The position, created this spring, is the brainchild of  Eureka City Councilmember Leslie Castellano and Kristi Patterson of Trajectory, an Ink People project. Castellano felt a poet laureate would be "a strong component of what Eureka is trying to do in terms of arts and culture." The pair brought a proposal before the Eureka Arts and Culture Commission for approval and to hammer out the program.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Poem Store Goes Hollywood

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM

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Frequenters of the Arcata Farmers’ Market may have noticed something missing this year: No, the strawberries, quail eggs and mushrooms are still in abundance — but versification while you wait has gone onto that ethereal plain.

Well, not quite. Jacqueline Suskin, the oft-bespectacled proprietor of the Poem Store, took her lap-sized typewriter and lyrical mind to the sunnier climes of Hollywood, California.

And lo! There she is, below the fold on the cover of today’s Los Angeles Times, bestowing paeans on the masses from her poem emporium at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market.

According to the article, Suskin moved to Silver Lake several months ago and signed with an artist agency, which gets her gigs at weddings, festivals, galleries and bookstores. No word yet on whether any of her poems have been optioned.
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