LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Works by Jeanne Powell
Join us for an evening of wine, poetry, prose and great chat with talented local writer Jeanne Powell. Carousel is an enticing collection of essays and elegant rants written by an experienced word dancer, who speaks to her audience with intelligence and wit. A lost lady in front of an upscale hotel reminds her of stories by Jean Rhys. Watching how the media covers Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, she does not mince words. Negotiating public transit requires invoking the presence of Quan Yin. Whether sharing a journey to a poetry salon, or experiencing a stage musical, Jeanne draws you in.
“At a time when the confessional mode has banished American poetry to one vast self-mirroring island, the work of Jeanne Powell nudges us again and again to break out of our little selves. Whether celebrating the triumphs of Australia’s champion Aboriginal athlete Cathy Freeman, berating a hellish vacation in the Sierra Foothills, disclosing the subtle and not so subtle pain of social injustice, or commemorating a powerful, dancing mother reared in the big band swing era, Powell rocks. Unfailingly, the open-hearted spirit of her prose and poetry allows us to re-experience our membership in one another.”
—Al Young, California Poet Laureate Emeritus
Jeanne Powell has earned degrees from WSU in Detroit and USF in San Francisco. She writes prose poems, flash fiction and short stage plays. Her books in print are Word Dancing, My Own Silence, and Carousel (essays). Her new chapbook is entitled Two Seasons. For ten years Jeanne hosted an acclaimed spoken word series, “Celebration of the Word,” in the City. She is the inspiration behind Meridien PressWorks™ which has published 20 authors since 1996. Jeanne reviews films for an online site, and lately has taken up photography.