Sunday, July 24, 2011

Davis poet Rae Gouirand wins book contest (cheers!); Poetry Monday night @ SPC; Free events at Squaw; Outta the Blue Poetry Series (August)

Friends, there's just so much going on in our summer writing world!

First, hats off to Rae Gouirand, poet/essayist and teacher extraordinaire of Davis, CA for her book manuscript, OPEN WINTER, winner of the 2011 Bellday Poetry Prize! Gouirand's book comes out this fall, if you can believe it--how exciting! Here is a reprint, from Gouirand's blog, of the Bellday official announcement:

The distinguished poet and scholar Elaine Equi has selected OPEN WINTER by Rae Gouirand of Davis, California as the winner of the 2011 Bellday Poetry Prize.

About the winning entry, Ms. Equi said, "These poems possess a quiet urgency -an elegant, stark beauty. The speaker wonders "What minimum: can I say. . ." The line "radiates/its own idea of bareness." The sentences are prisms conjugating light. But there is also an unsettling quality to this work that continually questions itself and resolutely insists on remaining open to possibility and fluctuation. I'm deeply impressed by the strikingly original combination of delicacy and rigor - the seemingly effortless way the focus shifts from outer landscapes to "the sky we have inside."

Congrats to you, Rae, for a job well done!



Alexandra Teague and Linda Collins
with an .mp3 appearance by previously scheduled Matt Mauch

Monday, July 25, 2011 at 7:30 PM
1719 25th Street
Crossroads for the Arts

Alexandra Teague was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and has since lived in Arkansas, Missouri, Montana, Florida, Hawaii, and California. Her first book of poetry, Mortal Geography, won the Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and was published by Persea Books in April 2010. It was also recently awarded the California Book Award for 2010. Her poetry has appeared in Best New Poets 2008, and Best American Poetry 2009, as well as journals including The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, and New England Review. She earned an MFA from The University of Florida in 1998, and was a 2006-2008 Stegner Fellow at Stanford. For the Fall 2010 semester, she was a visiting professor of poetry at The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She was recently awarded a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship and is spending the Spring working on her second manuscript.

Linda Collins lives and writes in Carmichael, CA. Her poems have appeared in Sacramento area publications including Poetry Now, Rattlesnake Review, Susurrus and The Sacramento Bee. She also had a poem featured on the First Person section of Garrison Keillor's web site. Linda is a board member for the Sacramento Poetry Center, and is co-editor of its poetry journal, Tule Review.


The 2011 SQUAW VALLEY COMMUNITY OF WRITERS welcomes all area writers to its free events! Choose from a number of different events across genres over the next few weeks. For complete listing, visit



William O’Daly and Patricia Lynn Reilly Read Their Work

Saturday, August 6, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Blue Line Gallery, Roseville Arts

Members $10, Non-Members $15

Located in Old Town Roseville, The Blue Line Gallery is a hub where people engage in vibrant arts experiences and a center for arts outreach into the community. John Bowman launched the Outta the Blue reading series at the Blue Line in early 2010, and it is off to a strong start. Patricia Lynn Reilly, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, theologian, and author of four popular works of non-fiction, will begin the reading. At the reading, Patricia’s poetry and photographs “will dance together in a celebration of resilience, originality, and joy.” William O’Daly will then offer seldom heard late-career and posthumous works of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, from his series which the L.A. Times and Publishers Weekly have both called “awe-inspiring,” and a mix of his own early and recent poetry, in a mélange that is guaranteed to captivate and inspire.

405 Vernon Street, Suite 100

Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 783-4117

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