CELEBRATE POETRY MONTH ON THE LAUREATE TRAIL

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 06, 2018 / comments

[Andrew Vonderschmitt]

Placerville, CA, April 2, 2018- On April 13, at Georgetown Library, El Dorado County Poet Laureate Taylor Graham will be joined by local poets and Poetry Out Loud students for an evening of poetry readings and an open mic session. 

The theme of the evening will be spring and with Earth Week coming up some of the poets might share a work with the theme of nature or Mother Earth. 

Joining Graham at this stop will be two local poets from the Georgetown area, Michael Paul and Kevin Trammel. 

Kevin Trammel is the author of "Gathered Rain," a poetic journey through the cycle of the seasons. Mr. Trammel's work continues to be enthusiastically embraced by its readership, who find peace and insight in the music of his poetry. Much of his writing comes from solitary immersion in the natural world and reflects the sights and sounds that lie beneath what is only visible.

Kevin had this to say about poetry in general when asked about the upcoming event: "The voice of poetry has power to skirt the waylaying mind and thought, for its resonance is that of the heart."

Michael Paul comes to us from Garden Valley, he is the author of six chapbooks and one full-sized collection of poetry, titled "Dog Whistle Politics," available on Amazon. His work has also appeared in numerous journals, paper and electronic. He has been featured at many venues, from coffee houses, to schools, to appearances at both the Orange County and the Los Angeles Poetry Festivals. In 2017 Michael achieved a Master's Degree in Creative Writing, and is currently at work on a memoir and a second volume of poetry.

As always, Poetry Out Loud finalists will join the nomadic poets with recitations and original works to share with guests. An open mic session will finish up the evening, allowing some of the region's up and coming poets to spread their literary wings. 

The event series, Laureate Trail, visits five regional libraries in El Dorado County. The Trail will culminate with a reading at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library in June 2018. Graham has invited several poets who reside in each of the five districts to join her at their local events. 

This event will be at the Georgetown Library at 6680 Orleans St, Georgetown, CA 95634 on Friday, April 13 at 5:30 pm. 

Taylor Graham was named the inaugural El Dorado County Poet Laureate on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The two-year post began on July 1, 2016, and ends on June 30, 2018. During her time as Laureate she has composed several "occasional poems" for different happenings in the county, including an event at the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm, the 2016 World Gold Panning Championships, reflections on the Pony Express, and the Fausel House Barn Quilt project. Among her duties as Laureate, Taylor has organized several weekly poetry read-arounds and workshops, acted as a guest judge for Poetry Out Loud, the national recitation contest, and read poetry at numerous events in El Dorado County.

El Dorado Arts Council's mission to promote, connect, and empower arts and culture throughout the county is achieved by targeted programs and services, a vibrant gallery exhibition series, and a focus on initiatives which support and sustain the cultural life of the region.

If you would like more information about this , please contact Andrew Vonderschmitt at 530-295-3496 or email at andrew@eldoradoartscouncil.org.