Saturday, December 17, 2011

Kick-Off Reading: A Bird Black As the Sun

On Sunday, November 13, the kick-off reading for the anthology "A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens" was held at the Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library. We had a full house--an audience of over 120! The textile exhibit in the gallery provided a colorful backdrop.

Our host and anthology contributor, poet Paul Fericano, kept the audience entertained with running jokes about Russell Crowe. That's me cracking up on the far left, along with poets Joan Fallert and Cathryn Andresen.

Editors Enid Osborn and myself, giving our thank yous at the podium. Thirty-seven poets from the anthology attended and read their poems. We were both grateful and overwhelmed!

We had a reunion of organizers from the Santa Barbara Poetry Festival back in the early 1990s. From left: me, Katie Goodridge Ingram, Sojourner Kincaid-Rolle, and Abigail Brandt (Albrecht).

We sold 200 copies at the kick-off! The anthology, which includes over 80 California poets, is available for $15 online at and, or at Chaucer's Bookstore in Santa Barbara and Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley (at Hwy. 62 and Inca Trail). For more information, including a complete list of contributors, click here for the Green Poet Press website.

Thanks to Werner Brandt for the photos in this post.