Poets Laureate on Social Justice (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 4:00pm

Featuring: Aileen Cassinetto (San Mateo County Poet Laureate, 2019-present), D.L. Lang (Vallejo Poet Laureate, 2017-2019), Juanita J. Martin (Fairfield Poet Laureate, 2010-2012), Cynthia Patton (Livermore Poet Laureate, 2017-present), Lois Requist (Benicia Poet Laureate, 2012-2014), and Ron Riekki (Moderator and Co-Editor of Undocumented)

Please join us for a night of poetry on social justice featuring five Poet Laureate recipients from the Bay Area!

Focusing on contemporary issues, Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice showcases a large collection of regional poets laureate writing on subjects critical to understanding social justice. Undocumented includes writing by seventy-nine poets, including Rita Dove, Crystal Valentine, Kimberly Blaeser, Mary Weems, Karen Kovacik, Wendy Vardaman, Carla Christopher, Meredith Holmes, Karla Huston, and Joyce Sutphen, among others. City, state, and national poets laureate appear in these pages, organized around themes from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide,” calling on readers to act on behalf of victims of social injustice.

Aileen Casinetto is the third Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, the first Asian American appointed to the post, and the author of the poetry collections, The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems and Traje de Boda, and the chapbooks, The Art of Salamat, B&O Blues, and Tweet. Learn more at aileencassinetto.com/

D.L. Lang recently served as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California (2017-2019). She is the author of twelve books, most recently Midnight Strike, and one spoken word album, Happy Accidents. Her work been anthologized in Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Vol. 21, A Poet’s Siddur, and Light & Shadow. She edited the 2019 anthology Verses, Voices & Visions of Vallejo. Lang has been a featured act at numerous events in Vallejo and poetry shows around the bay area. Her poems have been transformed into songs, liturgy, and used as a means to advocate for causes. Learn more at www.poetryebook.com

Juanita J. Martin is a freelance writer and performance artist, and was Fairfield's first Poet Laureate (2010-2012). Her poetry book, The Lighthouse Beckons, was accepted into the Solano County Library and her next volume of poems, Quiet Intensity, is due this year. She's active in Ina Coolbrith Circle and Benicia First Tuesday Poets, is currently a member of Napa Valley Writers, and was a longtime member of Redwood Writers from 2007-2017. Her work has been published in Blue Collar Review, SoMa Literary Review, and others. Learn more at jmartinpoetwriter.com

Cynthia J. Patton is an attorney, activist, educator, and founder of Autism A to Z. She has published two surprisingly popular books on wetland protection and restoration plus a poetry collection, Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism. A second chapbook is due this fall. Her award-winning work has appeared in thirteen anthologies; numerous publications; her blog, An Unplanned Life; and onstage. The Bay Area native serves as the City of Livermore’s Poet Laureate (2017-2021) and is completing a memoir on her unconventional journey to motherhood. Learn more at CynthiaJPatton.com

Lois Requist has been engaged with writing most of her adult life. In the 80s, she got a B.A. and M.A. in English/Creative Writing/Poetry from SFSU. She served as poet laureate in Benicia from 2012-2014. She’s published newspaper columns, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Where Lilacs Bloom is her political and personal novel. Travel is another passion of hers. As the result of a long trip, she wrote RVing Solo Across America…without a cat, dog, man, or gun. She works with Benicia Literary Arts and Carquinez Village, walks and practices yoga, enjoys family and friends. Learn more at http://www.loisrequist.com/home.html

Ronald Riekki is an award-winning poet, novelist, and playwright. Since 2010, he has headed the U.P./MI Book Tour, which has scheduled literary events throughout the state of Michigan, particularly in rural communities. Learn more at https://rariekki.webs.com/

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Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice Cover Image
By Ronald Riekki (Editor), Andrea Scarpino (Editor)
ISBN: 9781611863086
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Published: Michigan State University Press - March 1st, 2019

Focusing on contemporary issues, this text showcases a large collection of regional poets laureate writing on subjects critical to understanding social justice as it relates to the Great Lakes region.

The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732302532
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Published: Our Own Voice & Little Dove Books - October 8th, 2018

The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems is a collection of poetry and prose written over a period of 20 years. From Asia to Europe to America, it is a sketch of scenes already vanishing. More importantly, it is about engaging cultures and landscapes, as well as fortified domestic spaces and the lives lived within them.

Midnight Strike Cover Image
ISBN: 9781072096016
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Published: Independently Published - July 3rd, 2019

Midnight Strike D.L. Lang's 12th book of poetry. D.L. Lang served as Vallejo's poet laureate from September 2017 to September 2019. This book contains 70 new poems primarily written between September 2018 and July 2019, and includes topical poetry, some Jewish poems, and poetry written for events in and around Vallejo, California.

Across an Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635340167
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Published: Finishing Line Press - October 7th, 2016

Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism explores parenting a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, a condition that affects 1 in 55 children in the United States. In this moving and inspirational debut, Cynthia J.

Late Harvest Green: An Idaho Farm Family Through the 20th Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9780970373786
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Published: Benicia Literary Arts - April 10th, 2018

This Award-winning book recently earned acclaim from the prestigious Next Generation Indie Book Awards Late Harvest Green is a finalist in two categories: General fiction/novel (under 80,000 words) and Ebook fiction.