Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Friday Night Poetry at Florey's in February

Each Friday during February, Florey's Books will host a featured poet. They will read some of their work, and then a discussion period will follow. All events are open to the public and free of charge.

***Events start at 7:30pm each Friday during February***

***February 4th:

Giancarlo Campagna, who curates a quarterly reading series at My Corner CafĂ© in San Francisco, is a poet and actor and recent member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. His works can be found in Street Sheet, El Tecolote, The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and various other Bay Area publications. A former long-time Pacifica resident who currently lives in San Francisco, Campagna has taught creative writing and poetry to both primary grade students and college students. As an actor, Campagna lists his role as Daniel Berrigan, SJ, in the play, "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine" as transformative. He additionally highlights his journey as a member of a human rights delegation to document the condition of Lomas del Poleo, a small community on the outskirts of Ciudad de Juarez, Mexico — as one of his life's pivotal moments.

***February 11th:

Sister Patricia Ryan said that like all poets, she writes from within her unique life-world, the context from within which her poetic voice and consciousness emerge — it is not the usual combination of influences. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, with family roots in the Pacific Northwest and a deep love for her Irish heritage — her poetry evokes, re-presents, closely observes and reflects on these particular bioregions and these are the landscapes the reader meets in her poems. Also a violinist, the chemistry major with an English minor has been a Roman Catholic Sister of Mercy for more than fifty years. As such she taught math, science, religion, and fine arts appreciation in secondary schools for many years.

***February 18th:

Pacifican Jim McGarry has been teaching high school religious studies for the past 30 years. Currently at Mercy High School in San Francisco, he specializes in Holocaust Studies and Environmental Justice programs. With poet Giancarlo Campagna, he organizes a series at Mercy, "Readings for Peace in Palestine and Israel." Jim has read poems previously at San Francisco's Bird & Beckett and in the Friday night series, "Poetry and Pizza" at Escape from New York, also in San Francisco.

***February 25th:

A 26-year resident of Pacifica, poet Paul Totah has taught English at St. Ignatius College Preparatory for 25 years and now serves as the school's director of communications. His poetry has appeared in Isotope, in The Vineyard, in the Pacifica Tribune and in Genesis V magazine. He is the author of "Spiritus Magis: 150 Years of St. Ignatius College Preparatory." Additionally he co-wrote, with Patricia F. Carpenter, "The San Francisco Fair: Treasure Island 1939-1940." Along with fellow Pacifican Jim McGarry, Totah is the co-founder of the Nature/Nexus program at SI and he also serves on the Good Shepherd Parish Council.

Come join us!
***Every Friday night during February, 7:30pm***