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Sense of Place Talk: Deep Roots II - Poetry and Native Plants

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Join us for our fourth installment of the Summer Sense of Place talk series. This will not be a talk at all, but a poetry reading hosted by our friend Kirk Lumpkin. The morning will begin with an "open mic" period followed by planned submissions by the following artists:

Kim Shuck is a poet, a textile artist, a collector of seed pods and deeply a child of San Francisco. She holds an MFA from San Francisco State University, has won numerous writing awards including the Mary Tall Mountain Award and the Diane Decorah Award. Her first full length collection of poetry, Smuggling Cherokee, was published in 2005 by Greenfield Review Press and her chapbook, Sidewalk Ndn, was published by FootHills Publishing. Her newest book is Clouds Running In from Taurean Horn Press and last year her book Rabbit Stories was published by Poetic Matrix Press.

Kirk Lumpkin is a poet, performer, lyricist, environmentalist, cultural worker, and event creator. He is the author of two books of poetry, In Deep and Co-Hearing. He has released two poetry/music CDs, The Word-Music Continuum and Sound Poems. He has been featured on KPFA radio’s Cover to Cover – Open Book.

“ . . . solid real illumination . . .”—Michael McClure, Beat poet & playwright

“No matter what, he will make sure the sidewalks are shaking before you go home.”

Jahan Khalighi is a spoken word artist who was a member of the Eugene Slam Poetry Team, and has co-organized Eco-Arts Festivals around the Bay Area with CommuniTree. He is a Board Member for Planting Justice and is a former Ecology Center staff member. He is annually a featured performer at the Planetary Dance on Mount Tamalpais and is currently studying the culinary arts and nutrition at Bauman College, Berkeley.

Sara Anika Mithra, "performs poems in the Bay Area to give voice to characters suffering lessening and loss. They frequent the American West (prairie, desert, folk land) searching for archetypal leavings. She also handmakes chapbooks and zines with flirty blacknwhite images. Her protective talisman wards off drought and locusts." —

Please help us by contributing what you can. A suggested donation of $10 is appreciated but the event is free and open to the public.