Island Poets Meet June 6

Natica Angilly

The Alameda Island Poets (AIP) gathering this month features “Poets Who Dance” at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. 

Poet and performing artist Richard Angilly and poet and choreographer Natica Angilly, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Dancing Poetry Festival which they co-founded. The festival was created to share understanding and goodwill though the collaborative art forms of poetry and dance. Their pioneering methods have achieved many awards both nationally and internationally. 

The AIP reading will also include longtime Alameda resident, poet, poetic dancer and Artists Embassy International Arts Ambassador, Wanda Ingmire. A charter member of the Poetic Dance Theater Company, award-winner Ingmire has served as a traveling representative for the fusion of poetry and dance on five continents and has performed at each Dancing Poetry Festival since its founding. 

Also featured is poet and publisher Diane Frank. Frank is an award-winning poet and the author of six books of poems, including Swan Light, Entering the Word Temple and The Winter Life of Shooting Stars

Frank teaches at San Francisco State and Dominican universities. She leads workshops for young writers as a Poet in the Schools, and directs the Blue Light Press online poetry workshops. She is a documentary screenwriter with expertise in eastern and sacred art.

Other poets expected at the reading include: Takako Miyashita, Loywanner Haddadou, Ronda Hollie, Tanya Joyce, Nancy Merritt, Alyza Lee Salomon, Nanette Bradley Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. St. Joseph’s High School Poet Laureate, Beatrice Levy will also make a special appearance.

Refreshments and open reading will follow the program. Free admission. Donations requested.
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Wanda Ingmire
Diane Frank