Poets to Help Launch Book

Courtesy photo    Alisha Rodrigues will read from her new book with the Island Poets Oct. 2.

Former East Bay resident and California native, Alisha Rodrigues, now living in Tetonia, Idaho, will launch her new book as the keynote speaker at the next meeting of the Alameda Island Poets. The monthly reading takes place Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. 

Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana host the meeting. Admission is by donation and includes light refreshments and an open mic session.

Rodrigues is a poet laureate, woman of letters, author, dancer and award-winning poet. She has 10 chapbooks and has written three books: Fire of the Dance, a history of Middle Eastern Dance on the West Coast; a retelling of the ancient myth, Lady White Snake, commissioned by Dr. Kenneth Fan from Taiwan and Shanghai; and The Art of Cooking.  

Rodrigues, also a visual artist, will release her latest book, Poetic Masquerade this month. The book contains the poetry of famous classical poets and, on the facing page, photographs of masks she has created to depict each poem. She will also read poems from her chapbook, The People, poetry dedicated to the First Americans.

Rodrigues is the vice-president of Artists Embassy International and guest dances with Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company, of which she is a charter member.

For more information, contact Dana at 205-2375 or cathydana@gmail.com.