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Performance

Open Mic for September 2016

 

On September 2, Fidel A. Martinez was the featured poet.  He read from his books of poetry:  Factory Lights (2013), An American Mythology (2011), Ghost Stories from the Tower of Souls (2006), and recent poems. Later on that evening, Ian Perry and Paul Clery performed music that contained lyrics written by Fidel.

Summer Open Mic 2016.

photos by Martin Chang

In June and July of 2016 the poets of Bakersfield came to Open Mic.  They had an opportunity to performs more of their poetry these two months.

Don Thompson first Poet Laureate of Kern County

 

 

Photos by Martin Chang

    In 2016, Don Thompson was selected as the first Poet Laureate of Kern County.  Thompson has written poems about Kern County for fifty years.  He is prolific in his publication, of over 150 journal publications and dozen books. His love for Kern County is expressed in his poems.  He has influenced the poets in Kern County and shared his poem at various readings and workshop over the years.  Also reading were students from local high school, college and university.  The vitality of the poetry community was reflected in the reading of the works by these talented poets.  These students were Liz Greynolds, Mateo Lara, Adriana Sanchez, and Alex Victoria.

    National Poetry Month, April, was inaugurated in our country by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.  In Kern County, National Poetry Month started in 2010, and celebrated each year.  It was started by local community poets in memory of two poets who have passed on, Helen Shanley and Lee McCarthy.