Three eminent Mendocino County poets––Linda Noel, Mary Norbert Korte, and WJ Ray––will read from recent and life works Thursday, January 19, 7 P.M., at the Willits Library meeting room.
There is no direct connection between the event and the next day's inauguration of a controversial political figure. The intent is to share a good night of Poetry, plumbing that vein of human feeling which lies far below temporal tumult or strife. Poetry has always been a spring of tears, music, and resolve.
Support for the event is by donation, $5 suggested, but none excluded.
Linda Noel, twice Poet Laureate of Ukiah, is a member of the Concow Maidu Northern California tribe. She first distinguished herself in American poetry circles with the chapbook 'Where You First Saw the Eyes of Coyote” (1983). Since then she has been widely anthologized, particularly in 'Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writings of North America' (1997). Her work is featured nationally and internationally.
Mary Norbert Korte's poetic gifts manifested very early when she was published in the Atlantic Monthly. After serving the vocation of the Dominican Order, she committed to poetry as her life's mission and at about the same time moved to Mendocino County to live in its forested mountains and valleys. Extensively published and praised, her work is represented in 'Women of the Beat Generation' (1996) and is the first entry of 'Wood, Water, Air and Fire: The Anthology of Mendocino of Women Poets' (1998).
WJ Ray is the typewriter moniker of a Willits writer better known for producing poetry programs for thirty years in Mendocino County including by Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger, Miriam Patchen, Sharon Doubiago, Diana O'Hehir, Dan Roberts, Robin Rule, Dan Hibshman, Ann Samson, Michael A'Dair, and Daniel Marlin. In 2001 Ray became a published Shakespeare scholar, co-wrote a book on the true 'Bard', and placed on his wjray.net website essays which were quoted in monographs, radio, CD's, DVD's, Facebook, and elsewhere in the Internet.
The program is expected to last an hour and a half to two hours.