Pandemonium Press Presents Sugartown Voices 7pm
Featuring: Robert Coats, John Hart, Dale Jensen, and Jannie Dresser
Open Mic follows featured readers.
Robert Coats, of Berkeley, is an environmental scientist working on water quality and climatic change issues, most recently with documenting changes to Lake Tahoe. He has widely published in his professional field. A devoted poet for over 40 years, he has published work in Orion, Windfall, Canary, Song of the San Joaquin, and the Pudding House anthology Fresh Water. The Harsh Green World is his first poetry book.
John Hart is an environmental writer and a beloved teacher of poetry in the Bay Area. Hart’s second poetry volume, Storm Camp, draws on his experiences as a rock climber and mountaineer. Author of 16 books, Hart’s first book, The Climbers, was featured in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series. In addition, he is a recipient of a James D. Phelan Award, the Commonwealth Club Medal in California, and the David R. Brower Award for Service in the Field of Conservation.
Dale Jensen is a Bay Area native, born in Oakland, California and now living in Berkeley with his poet wife Judy Wells. He graduated U.C. Berkeley and received a master’s degree in experimental psychology from the University of Toronto. In 1999, he took early retirement from a 25 year career with Social Security. His experimental poetry has been published in five other books and three chapbooks. Jensen is a longtime organizer of poetry events in the Bay Area and is presently co-coordinator of the poetry readings series at Nefeli Café in Berkeley. Amateur Mythology is his newest release..
Jannie M. Dresser is author of Workers' Compensation: Poems of Labor & the Working Life and founder of Sugartown Publishing. She is currently at work on an anthology of poetry from California's Central Valley. She was raised in Fresno County and now lives in Crockett. In addition to writing poems, she works as an editor, bookkeeper, and teaches through OLLI as well as in private workshops.