LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Left Coast Poets National Poetry Month Event
National Poetry Month was created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets and is a celebration of poetry and its importance in American culture and history. It is celebrated writers, poetry lovers, publishers and booksellers across the country through workshops, readings and various other events.
We’ll be celebrating with a reading by various Left Coast Writers®: Bernie Clark, Adrienne Amundsen and others.
GooGooG’Joob is an eclectic collection of poems and short stories created by author Bernie Clark over a span of twenty-five years. From witty ditties to lament on war, there is something for everyone in here: poems for the old, for the young and poems for those in the middle of their life journey. The closing section of the book is an explorative essay about Spirit versus Ego and how one might apply the tenets of Love, Art, Wonder and Joy and endeavor to Seek Grace.
Bernie is a Brit in his fifties who has lived in the USA since 1983. He attributes the ‘can do’ spirit and encouragement offered by Americans as the reasons that he persevered with writing poetry and short stories. Influenced and somewhat mentored by the late poet William Talcott, he was a frequent reader in the San Francisco café scene in the nineties, co-hosting the Sacred Grounds poetry evenings for two years. Now, as an Alameda resident and with the release of GooGooG’Joob, he is planning to be more active in the Bay Area poetry scene. Bernie has also published a children’s picture book, David Oodle’s Doodle, illustrated by Kevin Plottner. When he’s not writing or working in IT, Bernie finds joy in photography, travel, painting, feeding his ‘resident’ hummingbirds and a relaxing round of golf.
Adrienne Amundsen is a psychologist living in Northern California. Her interests have taken her from mountainous mustang terrain and the caves of France to the war zone in Afghanistan. She has taught classes in shamanism and cave art locally and internationally. Her poetry has been featured in a number of literary magazines, and she recently published a poetry collection, Cassandras Falling.