In this workshop of reading, writing and discussing poems about our lives, Naomi Shihab Nye, author of the recent young-adult poetry collection Honeybee, explores how poetry functions as the honey of the hive.
Join Richard Lewis and members of the Touchstone Center Theatre Ensemble as they perform And So It Was Day, a retelling of an ancient Hawaiian chant about the emergence of life on earth and its bountiful first day. With poems and artwork, each child will create a book of days that celebrates the music and magic of daylight.
In celebration of his 70th birthday and the publication of his new book, Mozart’s Third Brain, the preeminent Swedish poet Göran Sonnevi makes a rare appearance with his English-language translator, poet Rika Lesser.
Francisco Aragón, poet and editor of The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, hosts a reading of leading Latino poets and a panel exploring multi- and interlingualism, the role of location and other topics.
• 6:30pm: Panel with Brenda Cardenas, David Dominguez, Gina Franco, Scott Inguito, Urayoan Noel & Rich Villar, moderated by Francisco Aragon
Poets John Peck and Brian Teare discuss the formal precision and bold subject matter of British poet Thom Gunn (1929–2004), who found his poetic voice during the five decades he lived in the Bay Area. Introduced by Joshua Weiner
In Sudden Orpheus, an avant-garde puppet-theater piece for adults, puppeteer Ariel Goldberger and poet Leonard Schwartz explore the frontier between poetry and puppetry, drawing from the myth of Orpheus, the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti and Schwartz’s own poems. A panel discussion with Thalia Field, Edwin Frank,Ariel Goldberger, Claudia Orenstein & Leonard Schwartz follows the performance at 3:30pm.