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April 2014

By Phil Taggart

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Happy happy poetry month here's a look at, well, a lot of readings. Take a breath and plunge ahead into poetry. And here's my favorite Poetry Month poem. Dian Sousa reading her poem, "Good Luck": www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTzGm33Qih8

She's reading as well. See below….


Barry Spacks Exhibit Opening & Poetry

Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery,
7 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara
April 3 at 5:30

EP Foster Library

in the Topping Room
(poetry reading every Thursday at 7:30
EXCEPT 4th Thursday of the month)
651 E. Main Street - Ventura
host Phil Taggart
open mic

April 3 Dian Sousa
April 10 Kim Young
April 17 Doris Vernon

May 1 Sandra Knapp
May 8 Alex M. Frankel
May 15 Rick Smith
June 5 Kevin Patrick & Patti Sullivan
July 17 Sandra Hunter

Gunpowder Press Launch

Santa Barbara City College (West Campus)
721 Cliff Dive
April 4 at 7pm
Books by Chryss Yost and David Case


Sylvia White Gallery
1783 E Main St. Ventura
April 4 at 8pm
poets Dan La Bellarte and Phil Taggart video/poems with three other performers
host John White

Mission Poetry Series

1pm at Antioch University
602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara
April 5 Teddy Macker, Friday Lubina, Phil Taggart

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
April 6 at 2pm Students Reading - Santa Barbara California Poets in the Schools
April 20
at 3:15 Celestial Voices

Oxnard College

2000 S. Rose – Oxnard
at 1pm in the new Oxnard College Performing Arts Building
For More Info Contact: Shelley Savren ssavren@vcccd.edu
805-986-5800 x1951 www.oxnardcollege.edu
April 9 John Slade performs Walt Whitman
April 30 California Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera

Poetry Zone- Granada Books

1224 State Street - Santa Barbara
Host: Sojourner Kincaid Rolle
Limited 0pen Mic
April 12 at 4pm
Kevin Patrick Sullivan, Patti Sullivan, Darius Deghner, Gudrun Bortman

Santa Barbara Poetry Series

Contemporary Arts Forum at 7pm
653 Paseo Nuevo - Santa Barbara
host: Paul Willis willis@westmont.edu
April 12 Perie Longo, Lisa Coffman, Mandi DeVos

Arcade Poetry Series

Oxnard Carnegie Art Museum
424 South C Street, Oxnard
Host: Jackson Wheeler
all reading start at 7pm
April 12 Shelley Savren and Elijah Imlay
May 17 Christopher Buckley and Geoffrey Jacques

Vernacular Bestiary Reading

Santa Paula Agriculture Museum
926 Railroad Ave, Santa Paula
April 13 at 3pm - poems from the Vernacular Bestiary poetry contest

Ojai WordFest

April 12

4pm – “Inanna Re-Strung:
Voices of Descent and Ascent”
Ojai Library
111 E Ojai Ave.,
Poetry by: Ricardo Means-Ybarra, Phil Taggart, Marsha de la O, Jean Colonomos, Ellen Reich, Ellen Cohen, Barbara Barron, Linda Golden, Hope O’Neill, Margaret Dees, Jacqueline Craven,  Judy Brow, Ann Buxie, Gaby LeMay.

7:15pm – “Annual Spoken Word Slam”
Bart’s Books
302 W. Matilija – Ojai
hosted Georgia Menides and Laura Menides.
$5 students & $10 adults
An American-idol-type of competition for poets and spoken word artists with prizes.

April 13

7pm – “PoemFest at WordFest”
Chaparral Auditorium
414 E. Ojai Ave.
$5 students & $10 adults
Open Mic

April 14

7pm – “Ars Poetica”
Ojai Art Center
113 South Montgomery St.
host: Tree Bernstein
features poet Mary Kay Rummel, Ventura County’s first Poet Laureate
Open mic

Westmont College (Poetry Theater)

955 La Paz Road - Santa Barbara
April 15 at 8pm Phoenix Reading

Art-Based Poetry

The studio of Linda Saccoccio,
615 1/2 De la Vina #4 - Santa Barbara
April 20 at 3:15pm
a community reading of art-based poetry
Hosted by Dairine Pearson and Linda Saccoccio

Favorite Poem Reading

Every third Monday from 5:15 - 6:30
The Blue Agave
20 E. Cota, Santa Barbara
Host: Lois Klein Open Mic:
All poets and non-poets invited to read
a favorite poem (not their own) or two

Bank of Books Malibu

29169 Heathercliff Road
last Friday of the Month at 7 pm
310. 457.5699

On the radio and TV

KPFK - Poets Cafe 8:30pm
LA 90.7 Santa Barbara 98.7
2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesdays of the month
host: Lois P. Jones

Poetry Workshops, Contests, Classes and Panels

Ventura County Writers Club poetry workshop

Third Wednesday of the month

Ventura County Writers Club meeting

2nd Tuesday of the month
Pleasant Valley Senior Center,
1605 Burnley St, Camarillo

Heart Print – word of mouth on paper

EP Foster Library
651 E. Main Street - Ventura
Foster Library presents a writers and performance workshop for young adults on the first and third Monday of the month. This workshop focuses on using informal, playful, expressive writing as a way to strengthen skills of language and thinking. Out of these informal writing activities, using techniques of peer response and performance, writers develop more polished pieces, ranging from personal narratives to stories, poems, and exploratory essays.
The workshop is led by Phil Taggart, on the second floor of the library, and runs from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Presses and Journals

Askew Poetry Journal

Editors: Marsha de la O, Phil Taggart and Friday Lubina
P.O. Box 559 Ventura 93002

TreeHouse Press

Limited-edition books of poetry.
Home of the Rowsby Woof Memorial Broadside Award treebernstein@gmail.com

Hex Presse

Editor: Michelle Detorie

The Bubble

The Bubble, a feature and literary magazine, is published quarterly by
Nancy Gross. It began as The Ojai Bubble, and is now floating beyond
Ojai's borders into more places in Ventura County and Santa Barbara County.
The magazine has several original journalistic features in each issue,
as well as creative writing, including poetry and narratives or short stories.
There have been one to five poems in each volume.
theojaibubble@yahoo.com, - P.O. Box 171, Ojai, CA 93024.

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