Tongue of a Crow
in conversation with Susan Wooldridge
Tue., Oct. 26, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online
Peter Coyote’s poems take us on a whirlwind tour of an eclectic and exciting life as an actor and Zen Buddhist priest, meandering from love affairs to marriage to divorce to the Sixties to psychedelic spirituality and beyond. Written over several decades, they read as a collage, each piece distinct and contributing to a cohesive lyric narrative.
An accomplished actor in more than 130 films, Peter Coyote is also an author, director, screenwriter, and narrator. Perhaps best known for his deep, mellifluous voice, he won an Emmy award for his narration of the ten-part PBS series The Pacific Century. He also narrated eight Ken Burns documentaries, including The Roosevelts for which he won a second Emmy. He has written two best-selling memoirs, Sleeping Where I Fall and The Rainman’s Third Cure, and contributed to many other books and publications. Coyote is a politically engaged individual who champions a multitude of causes. He is also a Zen Buddhist priest as well as a songwriter, guitarist, and singer. This is his first poetry collection. Coyote lives in northern California.
Susan Wooldridge has held workshops on creative language and process with thousands of adults and children. Her book Poemcrazy: Freeing your Life with Words is now in its 32nd printing. Anne Lamott wrote "This is a wonderful book–smart, wide-eyed, joyful, helpful inspiring. You're going to love it and love writing poetry more for having read it." Penguin Random House lists it as one of the 28 best books on writing. For many years, Susan has held workshops in rural California libraries sponsored by California Center for the Book and Poets & Writers. She has worked in over 80 libraries, and her workshops have been featured in Poets & Writers magazine. Her website is www.susanwooldridge.com.
Peter Coyote photo courtesy of the author