Poetry

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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