Poets, poetry lovers invited to Winters Out Loud

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The community is invited to share poetry at Winters Out Loud’s monthly open mic gathering, planned on Thursday, Feb. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. at Berryessa Gap’s downtown wine tasting room, located at 15 Main Street. The event happens on the second Tuesday of each month, and there is no charge to attend or participate.

“Everyone is invited to read or recite original poetry as well as the poetry of your favorite poets, says coordinator Deborah Shaw Hickerson.

“Our current U.S. Poet Laureate is Tracy K. Smith, an African America woman, raised near Winters, in Fairfield,” says Hickerson. “Her father worked as an engineer at Travis Air Force Base and her mother was a teacher.

“Smith often addresses current social and political issues in her poetry. But, as Poet Laureate she aims to advocate for poetry itself and to instill the same awe she felt when she read poetry as a girl. She plans to use her position to be a literary evangelist of sorts, by visiting small towns and rural areas to hold poetry events.

“Join Winters Out Loud, our own community poetry event, to express yourself, to get to know local poets, or to just listen. Presenters have five to 10 minutes each to share. Bring in a favorite collection that’s been gathering dust on your bookshelf! Poetry wants to be heard!”

For more information, or contact Hickerson, dshickerson@yahoo.com.

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