Poetry Santa Cruz: Rebecca Foust and Marcia Adams

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 7:30pm

This event will feature readings by Rebecca Foust and Marcia Adams.

Rebecca Foust is the Poet Laureate of Marin County and author of the books Paradise Drive; All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song; and God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World; as well as the chapbooks Dark Card and Mom’s Canoe. She was born and raised in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. She earned a JD from Stanford Law School and was a practicing attorney for many years before returning, at age 50, to poetry. She went on to earn her MFA from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of four books of poetry: Paradise Drive (2015), which won a Poetry Society of Virginia Book Award, a National Indie Excellence Award for Poetry, a San Francisco Book Festival Award for Poetry, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Poetry; All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (2010), winner of a Many Mountains Moving Press Book Prize; and God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World (2010), a collaboration with artist Lorna Stevens that won a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award for Poetry. Foust’s chapbooks include Mom’s Canoe (2009) and Dark Card (2008).

Marcia Adams loves to explore the understory of her life experiences. She was born in 1942, just after Pearl Harbor changed the landscape of American life. She has deep roots in the Sacramento Valley town of Gridley where her great-grandparents on both sides of her family had established ranch homesteads in the 1850s. While she did not follow the Pentecostal and Mormon religious traditions of her family, she frequently drew lessons from those traditions. She moved to the Bay Area and her interest in poetry was ignited by a series of workshops at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga. She served on the Board of Poetry Center San Jose, now lives in Santa Cruz, is one of the co-founders of Poetry Santa Cruz, and a member of the Emerald Street writing group. Her work has been published in Anthology of Monterey Poets, Caesura, Manzanita: Prose & Poetry of the Mother Lode, Homestead Review, Montserrat Review, Porter Gulch Review, Verse in the Valley, Watershed, Remembering Willow Glen Books, and other publications. Her first collection of poems is Understory (Blue Bone Books, 2016).

Poetry Santa Cruz is dedicated to nurturing the poetry community and bringing poetry to the larger community in Santa Cruz County. We present poetry readings at Bookshop Santa Cruz and other locations in Santa Cruz County, and the Poet/Speak open reading. We also provide free information on other poetry-related events in the area.

This free event will take place in Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for opening seating are usually set up an hour before the event begins.


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