Poetry Reading by Iris Dunkle and Gwynn O'Gara

Thu, November 1, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In times of crisis, poetry can equip us with a kind of survival; it can be conscripted to provide comfort, as an outlet for rage, or a vehicle for change. Come for a poetry reading by two former Sonoma County Poet Laureates, Gwynn O’Gara and Iris Jamahl Dunkle, who will read their poetry from the fire, about change, resiliency, and hope. Joining them will be Iris’s student and Gwynn’s fellow Poet in the Schools, Kyle Matthews.

Gwynn O’Gara’s books include Snake Woman Poems and the chapbooks Fixer-Upper, Winter at Green Haven, Fruit of Life, and Sea Cradles. She worked as a Poet in the Schools for over 25 years and served as Sonoma County Poet Laureate 2010-2011. As well as performing her own work, she recites poems of the ecstatic tradition with Rumi’s Caravan.

Iris Jamahl Dunkle was the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA. Interrupted Geographies, published by Trio House Press, is her third collection of poetry. It was featured as the Rumpus Poetry Book Club selection for July 2017. Her other books include: Gold Passage (2013) and There’s a Ghost in this Machine of Air (2015). Her work has been published in numerous publications including San Francisco Chronicle, Fence, Tinhouse, Calyx, Catamaran, Poet’s Market 2013, Women’s Studies and Chicago Quarterly Review. Dunkle teaches at Napa Valley College and is the Poetry Director of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. She has just finished writing the first full-length biography on Charmian Kitteridge London, Jack London’s wife.

Lecture Sponsor receives 2 tickets and recognition in the Museum’s marketing materials. Lecture sponsorships are fully tax-deductible.

Doors open at 6:30pm, the TALK begins at 7:00pm.

Members are free; Non-Member tickets are $10 prepaid or $15 at the door. Preregistration ends at 5pm on the day of the lecture.

Art Museum of Sonoma County

511 B Street

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