Please scroll down for photos of our 15th Annual Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading and Pot Luck Lunch held at the Redwood Empire Chinese Association Center in Santa Rosa, CA, www.recacenter.org.
You are cordially invited to the 15th Annual Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading and Pot Luck Lunch Saturday, August 8, Noon-4:00 p.m. Redwood Empire Chinese Association 3455 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 Bring Food to share, poetry to read, and friendship to exchange with new acquaintances
Expected Events: 12:00-1:30 Meet, greet, eat and pick bi-lingual poetry and a partner to read the second language 1:30-2:00 RECA Teen Cultural Dancers 2:00-3:00 Pick-a Partner Read-around 3:00-4:00 Regular Round-Robin Read-around Reader's choice of own poetry or someone else's, read solo, duet or ensamble
For additional information and to RSVP please contact Judy Cheung 707-528-0912 or firstname.lastname@example.org On the day of the event only, please call 707-526-8840
This event is sponsored by Artists Embassy International, Poets of the Vineyard and Redwood Empire Chinese Association
Proclaim your poetry from the highest branches Your words will shape the world only if people can hear them
We always start our afternoon with a tasty international pot luck lunch, complete with a decorated cake in honor of poetry.
Some poets ate outside, some inside. All were able to find poems and poets to partner with for the pick-a-partner bilingual poetry readings while getting to know new friends.
16 year old Ellen Hickman did a Xin Jiang dance for us.
Ellen's Mom, Ruth, read Ellen's original poem, "Xin Jiang," as Ellen danced. Ellen wrote the poem for this dance. This act will be performed with one additional dancer at the Dancing Poetry Festival in September, 2015, at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.
Judy Wong read poetry from a book by Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan of China. Hsiu Chuan Armstrong read the English translations. Natica Angilly listens with interest. Dr. Fan attended the first Multi-Cultural poetry reading 15 years ago.
Irma Garcia (3rd from L) read a poem that she wrote in Spanish. Carrie Johnston (4th from L) read Irma's English translation.
Kay Renz read in French with Judy Elliott reading the English translation.
After a brief intermission between the pick-a-partner readings and the poet's choice read-around, 8 year old Miles Johnston and 5 year old Charley Johnston gave a little lion dance performance. This was Miles' first time as lion head and Charlies first performance as a lion's tale.
Richard and Natica Angilly each read poems from their new book, "Cause for Applause, Love Your Audience."