Poetry at Nefeli Caffe, Berkeley • August 11
Judy Wells, Evelyn Posamentier, and Natasha Sajé will read as part of the Last Word Reading Series, and there is also an open reading.
Judy Wells’ latest poetry collection, The Glass Ship (Sugartown Publishing), completes her trilogy of Irish-themed works, including Everything Irish and Call Home (Scarlet Tanager Books). She has three works-in-progress: Dear Phebe: her New England-to-California Dickinson ancestor poems; The Old People Monologues from A-Z; and Night at the Musée d’Orsay: Poems of Paris and other Great European Cities.
Evelyn Posamentier is the author of Royal Blue Car (just released from Raw ArT Press!), brainography, and Poland At The Door. Originally from New York City, she now lives in San Francisco. Her subject matter ranges from European history to the lives of people who live on the edge in San Francisco. Jack Foley says of Royal Blue Car “…as long as we sing, we live. These poems are…vibrant, obsessive, crazy with sorrow, but beautifully alive…the singing is the point.”
Natasha Sajé teaches at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program. She is the author of three books of poems, most recently Vivarium (Tupelo, 2014); a poetry handbook, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory (Michigan, 2014); and many essays. more
Eugene O’Neill Festival, Danville • September 2017
The 18th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival takes place in Danville, CA, from September 1-30, and celebrates the Nobel-winning writer with events around town, and at the National Historic Site of Tao House – where O’Neill wrote his most celebrated plays.
This year celebrates the great tradition of Irish storytelling with powerful and playful productions of Eugene O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet and John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World.
On September 7, the grand tradition of Irish story-telling and music will be proven in “Ballads and Blarney: An Evening of Traditional Irish Music and Song.” The evening features the UICC’s storyteller Donagh McKeown, and singer Erin Ruth Thompson with Cormac Gannon (on guitar and uileann pipes), Kenny Somerville (banjo and mandolin), and John Caulfield (fiddle and mandolin).
Other events include a historic tour, hikes, and an evening of Irish storytelling with the all with strong Irish roots.
“Both plays feature characters who swear by a fantastic story of heroic deeds only to have their stories catch up with them,” says Eric Fraisher Hayes, the O’Neill Foundation’s director of artistic programs. “Their reckonings are both comical and tragic, displaying the resilience of the Irish people.” for more information visit The Eugene O’Neill Foundation website
Mark Your Calendars • October 5-8, 2017
The Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival, October 5th-8th, is a four-day festival featuring Irish writers, artists, and musicians. Full program, and ticket sales to be announced in August.
Volunteers needed – email for information.
Visit www.irishwriterslosgatos.com for more information