We've held 10 poetry readings all over California this year for "A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens." The last one took place on Sunday, Sept. 30 in Riverside at Back to the Grind Coffee House. Above, back row: Southern California poets Ron Alexander (Santa Barbara), Halie Rosenberg (Los Angeles), Jackson Wheeler (Oxnard), Noreen Lawlor (Joshua Tree), Amy Floyd (Riverside) and Ruth Nolan (Palm Desert). Front row: Cynthia Anderson (Yucca Valley), Enid Osborn (Santa Barbara), Mary Fitzpatrick (Pasadena), and Maureen Alsop (Palm Springs).
Ruth Nolan--desert advocate, professor at College of the Desert, editor of "No Place for a Puritan"--organized the event, and brought in Mike Cluff--poet, professor at Norco College, and author of "Elegant Worry"--to help. Mike gave his students extra credit for attending. Thanks to Ruth and Mike--and also to the Inlandia Institute for their support.
Artist/writer Amy Floyd of Riverside created the art for our title page as well as the image of a raven in a circle that appears on the cover. Thank you Amy!
We met a wonderful group of Riverside-area writers and artists who participated in the open reading, including Joan Koerper and her poetry dog, Gilligan, above (her book, "Threaded Hoops," is available at amazon.com); Celena Diana of OceanMoonSpirit Designs, below; and Cindy Rinne (www.fiberverse.com). Thanks to everyone for being there and for making us feel welcome.