Yesterday, John F. Buckley and I went to Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena as part of an anthology reading for A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens.
This was, without a doubt, one of the best readings I have ever attended, with each poet getting a chance to read one poem from the anthology, and another poem loosely connected.
There were a dozen stellar poets that presented:
– Maureen Alsop
– Cynthia Anderson
– Cathryn Andresen
– John F. Buckley/Martin Ott
– Jeanette Clough
– Mary Fitzpatrick
– Noreen Lawlor
– Friday Lubina
– Jim Natal
– Enid Osborn
– Halie Rosenberg
– Jackson Wheeler
Every poet was strong and their work was varied, and the atmosphere was laid back as the topic of crows and ravens evoked everything from poem raps to personal stories about the birds to one poet sharing a striking tattoo of them.
John and I were able to read two poems from out upcoming: Poets’ Guide to America on Brooklyn Arts Press.
If I wore a hat, it would be off to Enid Osborn and Cynthia Anderson who painstakingly put the anthology out on Green Poet Press, and are two of the coolest women and poets you are likely to ever meet. The vibe at both of the readings they hosted that I attended was, well, cool as ravens.