Island Poets Get Together Sept. 7

Island Poets Get Together Sept. 7


The Alameda Island Poets (AIP) first Wednesday reading this month will feature poets Judy Hardin Cheung, President of the 24th World Congress of Poets, and Tanya Joyce, Dancing Poetry Grand Prize Winner. The group meets on Sept. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St.

An open mic and light refreshments follow the reading. 

Cheung, a long-time AIP member from Santa Rosa, is president of Poets of the Vineyard, vice president of Artists Embassy International, and secretary of United Poets Laureate International. As president of the 24th World Congress of Poets, she hosts poets from around the world in Rohnert Park, Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. She will read from her new book, Balancing Cycles and Transitions.

Joyce is a Bay Area poet and painter with four books in print. In the most recent, Dreams of Pan, she retells Semion Mirkin’s Russian poetry in English, featuring Mirkin’s drawings. She has a longstanding interest in poetry and visual art together, and her Painted Poetry series has been exhibited in San Francisco, San Rafael, Alameda and Pinole. 

Joyce’s connection to Alameda began in 1972 when friends of hers moved to Bay Farm Island. She worked as a technical writer in Marina Village and has been part of the Artists Embassy International team each January at Alameda Museum for several years. She is a member of AIP, Poets of the Vineyards, The Thoreau Society and The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. 

For more information on this event or the AIP in general, contact Cathy Dana at 523-7853 or visit