Thursday, November 1, 2007

Poetry and Politics

Posting remains light while we return to our singed homestead in Modjeska Canyon. Still, here’s a couple of events to help dispel the smoke.

THIS FRIDAY MORNING, November 2nd, the My Little Open Mic series continues, featuring San Diego poet Kim Noriega. Born in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, Kim Noriega has lived in San Diego, CA for 20 years. By day, Kim works for the San Diego Public Library. She's read her work locally and abroad, most recently as the featured poet at Barnes & Noble in San Diego as well as Ugly Mugg, in Orange, California and at Shakespeare & Co. in Paris. Kim currently teaches a monthly poetry workshop at Crossroads, a recovery home for alcoholic women, and leads workshops for teens and elementary school children through the San Diego Public Library. Kim's poem, “Heaven, 1963” appeared in Blue Arc West, An Anthology of California Poets published in 2006 by Tebot Bach and appeared in Ted Kooser’s nationally syndicated column, “American Life in Poetry,” July 12, 2007.

My Little Open Mic convenes at 11 am at the Starbucks at 24100 El Toro Road in Laguna Woods (5 fwy - El Toro Rd exit - go west - stop at Paseo de Valencia).

This week’s theme is superheroes. Do fly in.

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THIS SATURDAY John Dean , another kind of superhero, comes to town. The former counsel to President Richard Nixon will be in Santa Ana this Saturday November 3. He will be reading from his new book, “Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches.”

Cost for the event is $25 for the general public, $20 for county Democratic Party sustaining members, and $10 for sustaining members who buy the book (the books costs $26.00 and will be for sale at the event). This fundraiser benefits the Orange County Democratic Party.

The event will be held at the Orange County Employees Association Building, 830 N. Ross St., Santa Ana, (in the Civic Center, just north of Civic Center Drive West). For information and to RSVP, call Gila Jones at 949-973-3359.

Read, she said.

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