POETRY: The Long & Short of It with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, July 19th, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $105 Register here Ever wondered where the poetry is today? We’ve never needed it more. Join poet, travel writer and novelist, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, for a look at how to push the envelope and integrate poetry into our lives and work. You’ll spend a day filled with terrific poetic prompts. Come prepared to write and read your work.. Poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Clive Matson, Author of Let the Crazy Child Write Monday, April 2nd, 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive || www.bookpassage.com In April we’ll be celebrating National Poetry Month with a number of poetry focused events. National Poetry Month was created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to promote poetry and its importance in American culture and history. We begin our National Poetry Month series with a salon featuring poet and writing coach Clive Matson. Clive Matson (MFA Columbia University) has been a published poet since 1964 and has been a writing coach for many Bay Area novelists, among them Deborah Janke, Willie Gordon, Isa Maynard, Phillip Wilhite, Laura Glenn Luis, and Joe Quirk. His early teachers were the Beats in New York City, and among his published works are Mainline to the Heart(1966), Equal in Desire (1983), Chalcedony’s First Ten Songs (2007), and Chalcedony’s Second Ten Songs (2009). Over the years he has become more and more immersed in the stream of passionate intensity that runs through us all. That intensity is one standard for fine writing, according to his 1998 text Let the Crazy Child Write!, which he uses as a model for his writing classes. Clive enjoys playing basketball, table tennis, and collecting minerals in the field. He lives in Oakland, California, where he helps bring up his young teenage son, Ezra, and facilitates WOW (Writing Occupy Workshop). Visit Clive at www.matsonpoet.com We’ll look forward to seeing you all there!