April is National Poetry Month

Maurine Killough

Alameda Island Poets will celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading featuring John Rowe, Jan Dederick and Maurine Killough. Nanette Deetz is hosting the reading. Light refreshments will be served and an open mic follows the featured poets.

Rowe has had poems appear in a variety of small press journals and anthologies. His latest chapbook is Beyond Perspective from Finishing Line Press. 

Rowe’s previous poetry chapbooks At My Wit’s Beginning and Winsome Losesome showcase his tendencies toward whimsical word play and a minimalist approach. 

He is a co-host of the monthly Last Word Poetry Reading Series held at Nefeli Caffe in Berkeley on second Fridays. For many years he served as president of the Bay Area Poets Coalition (BAPC) and associate editor of BAPC’s Poetalk journal. Find out more about him at www.rowepoet.com.

Dederick was born with the writing bug, but she also has been bitten by the music bug, the gardening bug and the homeopathy bug. She has self-produced two chapbooks and one full-length memoir collection. She takes poet Rainer Rilke’s advice to heart: “You write because you have to.” Her favorite topics include: nature, the irony of humans and human culture, mothering and healing. She loves to write in form, as well as free verse, is not afraid to rant and accepts her tendency to become emotional while reading. She is a co-host of Poetry Express, a weekly reading in Berkeley.

Killough is a poet and author of the poetry book, Underseams. Her poetry has won best in show and was a two-time, first-place winner for free-form poetry at the San Mateo County Fair. She is frequently featured at Bay Area readings, including the annual Beat Poets event at the Beat Museum in San Francisco. 

She served on the California Writers Club Board from 2014 to 2017 and is past host for the monthly open mic readings at Reach and Teach, held the third Wednesday of each month. In the duo Two Loose, her husband Daniel Swetlik accompanies some of her poems on bass guitar and also writes original compositions from Maurine’s poetry.

The poets will read from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. Find out more at www.alamedaislandpoets.org.