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August 2, 2014
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
City Council Chambers
701 Laurel St
Menlo Park, CA 94025

A Poet, A Poet, A Poet: A Trio of Wordsmiths

Saturday, August 2

Hear words of inspiration, beauty and truth, as perceived by three local poets.San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin, East Palo Alto Poet Laureate Kalamu Chaché, and “Menlo ParkRenaissance Man” Jym Marks will share their work and talk about their processes at this special event.

Meet three acclaimed local poets and hear their work, during this free program presented by the Menlo Park Library!

About the Poets
Caroline Goodwin is San Mateo County’s first Poet Laureate.  The Montara resident is a native of Anchorage, Alaska.  She earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of British Columbia, and was awarded the Wallace Stegner fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University.  She teaches at the Stanford Writer’s Studio and the California College of the Arts.  Her first book of poetry is Trapline. The San Mateo County Poet Laureate is a two-year post. The duties include representing the county through poetry-related activities, and opening Board of Supervisors meetings with a poem every quarter. 

Kalamu Chaché is the Poet Laureate of East Palo Alto, where she has lived & worked since the 1960s.  The Brooklyn, New York native serves the communities of East Palo Alto & Menlo Park’s Belle Haven through numerous artistic, advocacy and aid projects. Chaché has authored two volumes of poetry: Survival Tactics and A Change of Interest.

Jym Marks is a poet, publisher, public speaker,  jazz musician, Army veteran, father of four and a Menlo Park business owner of over 45 years.  The Fremont resident was born in Rockford, Illinois and has published 11 books of poetry, most recently Can’t Hold My Tongue in Captivity.

About the Adult Summer Reading Program
Adult readers are winners this summer at the Menlo Park Library!  Play our game of Library Bingo to get just a taste of what your library has to offer, and you’ll be entered for some special prizes.  The program runs through August 9, and offers special programs and prizes to adult readers. Adults who complete a bingo will win a cup of coffee or tea donated by Café Zoe & a free book, and will be entered into a drawing for prizes donated by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.  Sign up online and print out your bingo sheet today!