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Young Poets

[Jan 29]

The Mendocino County Office of Education (MCOE) invites the public to attend a free poetry reading at the Gallery Bookshop on Sunday, January 29, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. featuring young poets published in local and statewide poetry books: To Build a Bridge and California Poets in the Schools.

“Come discover what today’s young writers think, feel, and imagine about the world at the Gallery Bookshop on the corner of Main and Kasten Streets in Mendocino,” said artist Blake More, Poetry Out Loud Coordinator. RSVP to the event via email at or by phone at 707-357-0592.

The importance of self-expression is hard to quantify, according to MCOE Student Events Manager Kimberly Barden. She explained, “But we see the positive impact on students all the time. Blake recently sent us a note from a fifth grade teacher who said, ‘Thank you so much for the Mendocino County poetry anthology, To Build a Bridge. I had one student read his poem in class; he was beaming! Another student had just returned from being out of the country and was having a hard transition when a classmate handed him his anthology. I asked the returning student to read his poem — which I love — to the class. He read the poem twice, and his entire demeanor transformed.’”

More thanked sponsors, which included the Arts Council of Mendocino County, the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, the California Poets in the Schools, the California Arts Council, and the Get Arts in the Schools Program (GASP).

For more information about MCOE’s student events, contact Barden at the Mendocino County Office of Education at (707) 467-5100 or via email at

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