Island Arts

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.

The Bumper Box is one of the unique exhibits created by the Schiess brothers of Alameda to demonstrate scientific principles through pinball. This and several other exhibits will be displayed at a museum in Germany.

Alameda artists have contributed to an exhibition now heading to Germany for display at the Phaeno Museum in Wolfsburg, Germany. The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) of Alameda will present several interactive science exhibits, playable pinball machines and large hand-painted reproductions of pinball art in a show starting Wednesday, May 13, in Wolfsburg.