Map to the MultiCultural Poery Reading and Pot Luck Lunch. Everyone is cordially invited to this exciting poetry event at 3455 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95407, Noon to 4:00, Saturday, August 9, 2014. Bring poetry to share or explore poetry that is provided. Bring food to share, especially welcomed are dishes from different cultures. Also, bring family and friends.
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12-1:30: Eat lunch, meet poets and pick partners for the “Pick-a-Partner” read-around.
1:30-2:30 “Pick-a Partner” read-around of poems in two languages—English and any other language—read by two people. This may include discussion. Bi-lingual poems will be provided, or bring your own.
2:30-3:45: “Regular” read-around with participants reading their own poems or favorite poems of their choice with or without partners.
3:45-4:00: Clean-up and exchange contact information with new friends.
This event is open to all poets and poetry lovers, especially those who enjoy meeting poets from around the world and hearing poetry in different languages. We always have interesting discussions and sometimes cultural dance entertainment.
The Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading and Pot Luck Lunch is sponsored by
Poets of the Vineyard
Chapter of California Federation of Chaparral Poets
Redwood Empire Chinese Association, www.recacenter.org
Artists Embassy International, this website
for photos of previous years, click on the tabs for MultiCultural Poetry
We began our afternoon with a pot luck lunch. We enjoyed it so much that no one took photos. As we gathered in the area where our reading would be held, we finished our plates of food and deserts as we chose our poems and looked over our choices.
Our program began with the performance of two RECA Youth.
Ellen and Maya did a beautiful performance of the Chinese Ribbon Dance. This was like a dress rehearsal for the Dancing Poetry Festival where they performed the same act in September, in San Francisco's Palace of the Legion of Honor's Florence Gould Theater.
Our program continued with a special performance by Uve Walter from near Kyoto, Japan. He was originally from Germany. Uve performed song, dance and played the sakuhachi. Some of the poets first met him in Osaka, Japan, at the World Congress of Poets in March of 2014.
The main event of the afternoon was our Pick-Partner readaround. Peter Lee, Freemont, CA, read a poem in Korean. Richard Angilly, Richmond, CA, read the same poem in its English translation.Ric ter Lee from Fremont, CA, read in Korean and Richard Angilly from Richmond, CA, read in English.from
Teenaged Ellen read in English and RECA board member, David, read in Chinese.
Kay Renz read in English. Uve Walter read in German. Uve also read and performed poetry in Japanese.
Cindy Levinson read in Spanish. Arthur Levinson read in English.
Aasiya Ideen read in English. Tanya Joyce read in French. Everyone who wanted to read with a partner had a chance to do so.
The second half of our read-around was the poet's choice. Here, Peter Lee from Fremont read in Korean and English while Uve Walter did an impromptu accompaniment on the sakuhachi flute.
Aasiya Ideen, Windsor, CA, read from a book she made from a large book originally written in Danish. She had spent much time in using the pages as a scrapbook telling of her experiences, thoughts, experiences, memoires, and favorite things. It was a very interesting book. She shared it with others after the reading. After many people had a chance to read it at their leisure, it was returned to Aasiya. Thank you, Aasiya, for this unique experience.
The audience, almost an audience in the round, was very attentive to all of the readers, whether solo, duo or more.
Judy Cheung read from her book, "Living in Dreams." Judy is in the board of the three co-sponsoring groups of this event, Artists Embassy International, Redwood Empire Chinese Association, and Poets of the Vineyard.
Linda Ibitz read a poem about her daughter, the dancer Maya. The poem was written by a poet not present, who had seen a photo of Maya. It was a beautiful poem for a beautiful young lady.
Richard Angilly read from, and talked about the book, "Jellyfish Bones."
Tanya Joyce read a new poem. Everyone who wanted to had a chance to read at least one poem of their choice. Most were original and read by the authors.
We finished our afternoon with a grand thank you to our special guest, Uve Walter from Japan. We presented him with two photos of himself in performance at a Noh theater in Osaka Japan. Judy Cheung took the photos during the World Congress of Poet, and presented them to Uve.