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Hartnell Hosts Poetry Against War

November 21st, 2007

On Wednesday, December 5, 2007, Hartnell College will host poets from Monterey, Salinas, and Santa Cruz for a mid-day poetry reading called Poetry Against War: 2007.

Five published poets will read poems against war of all kinds and of all times. They are Diana Garcia, Joseph Stroud, Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, Dan Linehan, and Jennifer Lagier Fellguth, a Hartnell instructor.

The December 5th reading begins at 11 a.m. in the Hartnell College Center on the main campus, 411 Central Avenue in Salinas. The two-hour event is sponsored by The Homestead Review literary journal and Circo Poetry club.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted and will benefit The Homestead Review literary journal, www.hartnell.edu/homestead_review.

For more information, please contact Maria Garcia Teutsch at 831-755-6943.

Biographical information on the writers follows:

Joseph Stroud is the author of four books of poetry: In the Sleep of Rivers (Capra Press, 1974); Signatures (BOA Editions, 1982); Below Cold Mountain (Copper Canyon Press, 1998); Country of Light (Copper Canyon Press, 2004). Also four limited editions: Unzen (Tangram Press, 2001); Burning the Years (Tangram, 2002); Three Odes of Pablo Neruda (Tangram, 2005); Ukiyo-e (Tangram, 2007). His work earned a Pushcart Prize in 2000 and has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s "Writer’s Almanac." He was a finalist for the Northern California Book Critics Award in 2005. In 2006 he was selected by the Poet Laureate of the United States for a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. Next year, Copper Canyon Press will publish his New & Selected Poems.

Jennifer Lagier Fellguth is a member of the Italian American Writers Association and the National Writers Union, Local 7. She has published poetry in a variety of journals, anthologies, and e-zines throughout the U.S. and Italy. Her work has appeared in the The Anthology of Monterey Bay Poets, The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture, and Boomer Girls, among others. She has written four books of poetry: Coyote Dream Cantos (Iota Press, 1992), Where We Grew Up (Small Poetry Press, 1999), Second-Class Citizen (Voices in Italian Americana Folio Series, 2000), and The Mangia Syndrome (Pudding House Publications, 2004). Jennifer teaches at Hartnell College and California State University, Monterey Bay.

Diana Garcia was born in a migrant labor camp. Her poetry has appeared in such periodicals as The Kenyon Review, and in anthologies El Coro, Paper Dance, and Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today’s Latino Renaissance. She teaches at California State University, Monterey Bay. Her book of poems, When Living was a Labor Camp, won the American Book Award in 2000.

Dan Linehan is a full-time freelance writer and editor. He has more than 70 publications, ranging from poems in local papers to articles in scientific journals. He has won awards for editing, publishing, poetry, and screenwriting. He wrote the chapbook "Spindrifting Through Ocean Archways: Poetry of Monterey," and published Passing Through, a poetry collection by David Gitin. He is currently writing about his expedition to Antarctica and its surrounds. www.dslinehan.com/antarctica.html

Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts earned his B.A. in English from Columbia College, his M. A. in Renaissance and Medieval Literature from Cornell University, and his California Community College Teaching Credential while at U.C., Berkeley. He is a professor emeritus at Monterey Peninsula College, where he taught for 32 years. A board member of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Association, he coordinates its annual Prize for Poetry and its reading and performance program. Elliot has published two chapbooks of poetry, is co-author of Bowing to Receive the Mountain: Essays by Lin Jensen and Poems by Elliot Roberts, co-editor/co-translator of two works from Telugu, and co-editor of the college writing text Bridges. His poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, most recently Dancing on the Brink of the World: Selected Poems of Point Lobos, The Anthology of Monterey Bay Poets 2004, caesura (25th Anniversary Edition), and The Homestead Review. A long-time member of the Board of the Monterey County Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California, he is currently serving as its chair.