poetry

Alameda Island Poets’ monthly free reading Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., will celebrate Black History Month with local poets Amos White and Wanda Sabir. 

White is an award-winning American haiku poet, author, producer, director and activist, recognized for his vivid literary imagery and breathless poetic interpretations. He has been published in several national and international reviews and anthologies. 

Alameda Island Poets present the first of 2016’s monthly readings, with two Alameda poets. A poetry reading featuring Julia Park Tracey and Patricia Caspers, with open mic to follow, has been scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 6. Poetry and spoken word fans are invited to gather at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. from 7 to 9 p.m. A free-will donation is requested. 

Pen patriotic poetry for parade 40th

The Fourth of July Parade in 2016 will be the 40th anniversary of the annual event, and organizers want to celebrate by involving kids in the festivities. Students who live or attend school in Alameda are eligible to participate in a youth art and poetry contest to celebrate America’s independence with the theme, “America: Let Freedom Ring.”

The sun feels warming

Power gives us much safety

The night is for rest

Poetry isn’t something you usually expect from a power company, but this haiku was penned by staff at the Island City’s Alameda Municipal Power (AMP).

The 126-year-old power company is celebrating National Energy Awareness Month and Public Power Week by hosting a haiku contest through Sunday, Nov. 15.

Alameda Island Poets present their November reading, featuring Allegra Jostad Silberstein and Katy Brown. The reading takes place Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. An open mic reading follows. The event is free (hat passed for donations), and takes place at Frank Bette center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda.

About the Featured Poets

Masami Fukuzumi from Osaka, Japan, presented her poetry and Japanese calligraphy at last Friday’s opening reception of Shades of Infinite Song, an art and poetry exhibition at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts that runs through Oct. 30. The art exhibition matched poetry with altered photographs by artist Naomi Onaga.