Island Arts

Imani Diltz, 17, performs at the Youth Speaks Poetry Slam, which she won.

Imani Diltz, 17, has been writing for as many years as she can remember. As she matured as a person and a writer, she realized that, "I write from a place of urgency." Politics and social causes have seized her attention, and she can’t not write about them. This sense of urgency, coupled with a profoundly eloquent delivery, made Diltz a natural at poetry slams. And the result?

Island High School English teacher John Nolan teaches poetry to his students.

Island High School holds a poetry slam in the fall that fills the multipurpose room and offers individuals the chance to share deeply personal work in front of the entire school. Not every student makes it to the stage, but those who do are amply rewarded.

Julia Park Tracey is Alameda’s Poet Laureate.

April is National Poetry Month. As your official Poet Laureate, I’d like to invite you, Alamedans, to crack open a poetry book and read one, just once, this month.

Alameda Island Poets vice president Nanette Deetz hosting a poetry reading.

Special to the Alameda Sun

April is National Poetry Month, an excellent opportunity to reintroduce Alameda to its own band of poets. Dozens of local residents join together once a month or more to read their works at local venues, including Books, Inc. and Frank Bette Center for the Arts. There are ongoing poetry series at the Main Library, as well as the Home of Truth and occasional open mic nights at local bars or coffeehouses. (Read the Alameda Sun calendar of events for announcements.)

Local author Phil Canalin has penned a new collection of short stories that captures the experience of being homeless in a unique way. Invisible Society Fables uses story lines and morals of classic childhood fables while converting them to contemporary tales of homelessness in a straightfoward, respectful manner.