Poetry filled the air in the West Marin School gym on June 27 where some 400 art and verse lovers gathered for a gala benefit for publisher Heyday’s California’s Wild Edge: Prints, Poetry and History, a new collaboration by Tom Killion and Gary Snyder. Tom and Gary were joined by poets Jayne Hirshfield and Jerry Martien whose work also appears in the volume.
This limited edition broadside featuring the poem “Point Reyes” by Gary Snyder and the relief print, “Pt. Reyes From Double Point,” by Tom Killion was published on the occasion of the benefit. The broadside is signed by Gary and Tom and is available for $50 at Point Reyes Books, or you can order here.
A special online auction of two giant Tom Killion banners of pieces included in California’s Wild Edge is now open! These rare 6×8-foot prints were enlarged from original woodcuts using digital technology and printed on canvas for display in Levi’s store windows during spring 2013. Only two remain, and they’re each titled, editioned, and signed by Tom, who has generously donated them to Heyday. All proceeds help support Heyday’s publishing and ongoing cultural programs. Make a bid!
The Farmers Market Is Back
There are farmers markets, and thenthere is the only all-local, all-certified organic produce market in the wider Bay Area, and it’s right here at the Point Reyes Farmers Market. Plus: food vendors, a massage therapist, live music, and a guest chef each week. We’re happy to be a co-sponsor of this wonderful weekly community gathering and on October 17, we’ll be presenting a benefit for the Farmers Market featuring Claire Ptak and her new book, The Violet Bakery Cookbook at a very special West Marin location. Stay tuned.
Video: What is the Work of a Writer in a Wounded World?
That was one of the many intriguing questions discussed at the 2015 Geography of Hope Conference. Writers Gretel Ehrlich, Brenda Hillman, Stanley Robinson, and Ann Pancake came together on a panel to share their thoughts on the subject, and now their session is available on You Tube. We’ll be adding links to all of the other GOH panels over the next few months, too. Thanks to the Center for Humans and Nature for sharing these videos.
When in the course of human events…
…the Supreme Court hands down two momentous decisions in one week—one on health care and the other the same sex marriage ruling—it’s cause for fireworks. And after the racially charged deaths of nine churchgoers in South Carolina and the subsequent arson fires at more than a half-dozen African-American churches,, we find some small comfort in watching our nation at long last put away one of the starkest symbols of racism, the Confederate flag. Let’s hope it’s more just than the symbol that’s gone, and that we finally begin to live up to the words of our Declaration of Independence, that “…all men [and women] are created equal…” Have a safe and happy 4th of July.