June 1, 1998
Free poetry reading at Alan Chadwick Garden on June 6
By Martha Brown
Enjoy an afternoon of poetry and music in the Alan Chadwick Garden at
the University of California, Santa Cruz, on Saturday, June 6, from noon
until 2 p.m. The event, "Poetry and Music in the Garden," features
readings by six accomplished poets. Internationally acclaimed acoustic
guitarist Martin Simpson will also perform as part of the program. The
event is free and open to the public.
The poets who will read their work are:
- Michael Hannon--Discovered by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Kenneth Rexroth,
Hannon has authored more than 15 poetry books, including Poems &
Days and Ordinary Messengers. A master of the short lyric, Hannon
is also the author of "My Mother Walked Out," a four-page chant
considered by some to be one of the best long poems written in contemporary
- Jessica Simpson--Author of Delicate Strange and Ruby Slippers,
Simpson has also toured extensively with the "Band of Angels,"
singing with English guitar master Martin Simpson.
- Amy Stewart--A Pushcart Prizenominated poet, Stewart has published
work in many literary journals. Her garden writing has appeared in such
magazines as GreenPrints and The American Gardener.
- Joe Stroud--One of the region's most widely acclaimed poets, Stroud
has taught at Cabrillo College for many years and cohosted KUSP's Poetry
Show. His most recent book is Below Cold Mountain, published in
- Patrice Vecchione--For more than 20 years, Vecchione has taught poetry
to both children and adults through her "Heart of the Word" program.
She recently published her first book of poetry, Territory of Wind.
- Gary Young--Dubbed "the poet laureate of Bonny Doon" by Good
Times columnist Bruce Bratton, Young has a new book out called Days.
He is also editor of Greenhouse Review Press.
Snacks and beverages will be provided, and for those inspired to garden,
organic plants raised at the UCSC Farm & Garden will be available for
The main entrance to the Alan Chadwick Garden is located on McLaughlin
Drive across from Stevenson College, where free parking will be available.
The reading is sponsored by the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden and
the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. For more
information, call (408) 459-3248.
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