Brown Bag Lecture: California Poet Laureates
Landscape, language, climate and history combine to make the poetry of California distinct, celebrating the unique experiences of the West we all cherish. Among the nationally recognized Poet Laureates from California are two who live in the Bay Area--Robert Haas, a Berkeley professor and Kay Ryan, a Marin County college teacher. Philip Levine, a Fresno poet, recently deceased, was also named a Laureate in his lifetime by the Library of Congress. All write accessible poems reflecting their California roots. We will read and discuss some of the poems of these distinctly different voices in class and watch videos of them reading those same and other poems.
Keven Bellows is a poet and a teacher who has taught poetry writing and reading for the last several years. Her students range from Veterans to six-year-old budding poets. She has taught for many years in the OLLI program (called Osher) at UCLA Extension in Los Angeles. She has recently moved to San Francisco and was among the OLLI writing students who developed Vistas & Byways, the OLLI literary review.
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