Island Poets Reading Set for March 7

Karla Brundage

Island Poets Reading Set for March 7

Alameda Island Poets will celebrate International Women’s Month with a reading Wednesday, March 7, featuring Maria Rosales, Takako Miyashita and Karla F. Brundage. The reading is set for 7 to 9 p.m. at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. Light refreshments will be available. Open mic follows features hosted by Nanette Deetz. 

Rosales was born in London, and lived in Europe, North Africa, Canada and Hawaii before settling in California. Her poems have appeared in Meridian Anthology, Byline, Poetry Depth Quarterly, The Art of Awe and several anthologies. Her book Time to Fly was published with Small Poetry Press. She has received many awards from the Ina Coolbrith Circle, Artists Embassy International. She hosted the successful PrimoPoets series for several years and has served on the Board of Directors for the Ina Coolbrith Circle since 2007. 

Miyashita studied art at the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo, Japan, before moving to the United States in 2000. Soon after coming to the U.S., she began studying Ikebana with Soho Sakai, the highest-ranked teacher in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana and an instructor at San Francisco City College. Miyashita recently opened a studio where she gives private lessons to beginning and advanced students.

“Dynamism of Ikebana,” Miyashita’s poem from the book Dancing Dynamism is now a standard of Ikebana poetry. She premiered her performance of creating an Ikebana arrangement while dancing to a poem about Ikebana at the Dancing Poetry Festival. 

Brundage is a poet, essayist, activist, performer, teacher and beach lover. In 2001 she received a Fulbright Scholarship and spent a year teaching in Zimbabwe. She has one collection of poetry titled Swallowing Watermelons

After teaching English in Cote d’Ivoire for three years, she returned to Mills College where she is a Community Engagement Fellow. Her master’s thesis seeks to link Diaspora Africans to Continental West Africans via a Japanese poetic form, Renshi.

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Maria Rosales
Takako Miyashita