The Alameda Island Poets will celebrate National Poetry Month Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. Featured poet will be Emily Dickinson played by Chetana Karel-Michaan from her one-woman show, Old Fashioned, Naughty, Everything: A Glimpse of Emily Dickinson. The reading is hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. Admission by donation, light refreshments served. An open mic follows the featured poets.
The Alameda Island Poets will celebrate Judy Wells’ new poetry collection, Dear Phebe: The Dickinson Sisters Go West, at their monthly reading at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The reading will take place at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. at Lincoln Avenue. Wells’ research led to her discovery that her great-grandmother Phebe was a distant cousin of Emily Dickinson.
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.
Alameda Island Poets invites Alameda Sun readers to their monthly free reading, from 7 to 9 p.m., next Wednesday, June 7, at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St.,
This month’s readings feature prizewinning poets Claire J. Baker and Robert Eastwood. Open mic follows. Light refreshments will be served.
Claire J. Baker has seen more than 4,300 of her poems printed in journals, anthologies, newspapers and online. She has written 11 books, her latest Trails of Naming, Book 2. She has won four grand prizes at the Dancing Poetry Festival.
The Alameda Island Poets monthly free reading has been scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. Featured poets are Jannie M. Dresser and Alison Hart. Open mic follows. Light refreshments will be served by donation.
Dresser is a Bay Area poet with Central Valley roots. She is the author of Workers’ Compensation: Poems of Labor and the Working Life and is now compiling an anthology of Central Valley poets.
Alameda Island Poets will celebrate the release of a new anthology titled, Red Indian Road West, Native American Poetry from California, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 to 9 p.m., at Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. The anthology contains the work of 31 poets from 29 tribes and is edited by Lucille Lang Day and Kurt Schweigman. Dr. Janice Gould, Kim Shuck, Nanette Deetz and Alison Hart will read. Open mic and refreshments follow.
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.