Second Tuesdays poetry series resumed on September 10 after its summer break. Adult voices replaced the gasps and giggles of a younger crowd, though the open mic did bring out the laughter! Once again, the Friends of the Albany Library step forward to sponsor great library programming!
Catherine Taylor hosted the event and wrote the following about the two featured poets: David Rosenthal and Katherine Hastings.
“David Rosenthal debuted his first book of poetry, The Wild Geography of Misplaced Things (released this summer by White Violet Press, 2013). Rosenthal founded and hosts the FirstWednesday Formal poetry series in Albany, creating a place for writers to share formal work and experimentation. An elementary school teacher in the Oakland Unified School District, Rosenthal lives in Berkeley with his wife and two daughters. Rosenthal’s poems and translations have appeared in print and online in Rattle, Raintown Review, Measure, Unsplendid, Birmingham Poetry Review, Modern Haiku, Umbrella, and several other journals. He has been a Pushcart Prize Nominee and a Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award Finalist.
Katherine Hastings read poems from her book Cloud Fire (Spuytem Duyvil NYC, 2012) and a sampling of even more recent poetry. Hastings is executive director of the non-profit WordTemple, founder and curator of the much-loved WordTemple Poetry Series, and host of WordTemple on KRCB FM.
Raised in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco, now living in Sonoma County, Hastings’s love of S.F. and its surrounding wilderness areas finds its way into her poems and inspired the 2012 WordTemple Press multi-author anthology, What the Redwoods Know (its proceeds benefit California’s state parks). Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Book of Forms — A Handbook of Poetics, Lewis Turco, ed.). Her latest collection, Nighthawks, will be published in 2014.”
The night concluded with a wonderful slate of readers at the open mic. If you appreciate variety and originality of voice, attend a future reading. Featured Readers are announced on our printed and online calendars, Albany Patch Events Calendar OR printed fliers. Save your Second Tuesdays for Poetry at the Albany Library!