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April 28, 1997

UCSC's annual literary journal features the work of Santa Cruz women

By Barbara McKenna

[Quarry West journal cover] The 33rd issue of Quarry West, UCSC's literary magazine--"In Celebration of the Muse: Fifteenth Anniversary Anthology"--features the poetry, prose, and prints of 72 Santa Cruz women writers and printmakers. The issue honors "In Celebration of the Muse"--an annual Santa Cruz literary event that, for the past 15 years, has been held in March to commemorate International Women's Day.

Quarry West 33 is guest edited by Patrice Vecchione and Amber Coverdale Sumrall, coordinators of the annual celebration. It features the work of such nationally acclaimed writers as Ellen Bass, Lucille Clifton, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Maude Meehan, Lynn Luria-Sukenick, and Adrienne Rich.

The journal was produced under the artistic direction of UCSC lecturer Felicia Rice and her students. Quarry West 33 art editor Mary Warshaw invited 12 printmakers to contribute their work to the journal as well.

The pieces were created in honor of Kathryn Metz, professor emerita of art. Her 20-year contribution to the development of UCSC's Art Department includes the creation of the printmaking program and the acknowledgment of women artists through many guest lectures and innovative courses. Many of the women artists represented in this issue have benefited from their association with her.

An exhibit of the prints used in the journal will be on display in the Sesnon Art Gallery, Porter College, May 14 to June 11 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Artists in the exhibit are Janice Bridgman, Zarina Hashmi, Kathryn Metz, Veda Ozelle, Susana Terrell--all faculty and staff members at UCSC--and Maria Alquilar, Julie Connell, Kristin Hayward, Winifred Heron, Darien Payne, Mary Warshaw, and Elizabeth Williams.

A reception for the artists and reading from the publication by UCSC writers Akasha Hull, Sharman Murphy, Sarah Rabkin, Irene Reti, Tilly Shaw, and Roz Spafford will be held at the Porter College Study Center on Wednesday, May 14, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, call (408) 459-2857 or (408) 427-2271.

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