Poetry Santa Cruz: Four Local Poets

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 7:30pm

Join Poetry Santa Cruz at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Tuesday, January 9th at 7:30 pm for a poetry reading featuring four local poets.

William Ward Butler is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  He’s an editor for Chinquapin, the longest-running literary magazine at UCSC, and a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in NightBlockGlitterwolf MagazineCatamaran Literary Reader, and Weave.

Meg Freitag was born in Maine. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from UT Austin's Michener Center for Writers, where she was a finalist for the 2015 Keene Prize for Literature. Her work can be found in Tin HouseBoston ReviewBlack Warrior ReviewNarrativeIndiana Review, and Day One, among other journals. Meg's first book, Edith, was selected by Dorianne Laux as winner of the 2016 BOAAT Book Prize and is forthcoming from BOAAT Press in October. Edith was a finalist for Copper Canyon's 2015 open reading period, the Jake Adam York Prize, the Brittingham & Pollack Poetry Prizes, and the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press. She currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with her partner, Mark, and their dog, Ramona Quimby.

Lisa Allen Ortiz was born and raised in Mendocino County, California.  Her poems and translations have appeared in Narrative, Best New Poets 2013, Beloit Poetry Journal, and The Literary Review. She is the author of two chapbooks: Turns Out (Main Street Rag Press, 2011) and Self Portrait as a Clock (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and one full-length collection, Guide to the Exhibit (Perugia Press, 2016).

From her mother, Debra Spencer learned to swim when she was three. Her father taught her to body surf and to make sand-castle turrets from dribbles of wet sand. She fed fish to seals at Marineland, saw the embalmed Winnie the Whale at Hermosa Beach before she burst into flames, and rode the Ferris wheel at Pacific Ocean Park. Sweating in school buses and classrooms in the San Fernando Valley, she vowed some day to live by the sea. And now she does, although the water here is much too cold for her to swim in. Debra Spencer’s poetry collections are Gleams When Wet(Hummingbird Press, 2013) and Pomegranate (Hummingbird Press, 2004). She works at Cabrillo College as a learning disabilities specialist.

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