Thursday is the 3rd and final Alta-L.A., the poetry series hosted by Altadena Library’s Poet Laureate. The evening features Pasadena poet Mary Fitzpatrick who has been featured in the Atlantic Review, North American Review, and has been published in numerous journals such as The Georgetown Review, ASKEW, Agenda (UK), and The Dos Passos Review. She was a finalist in the 2010 Beyond Baroque and Inkwell Poetry Contest.
The second featured poet is Brendan Constantine, “one of the most recognized poets in Southern California.” He has taught poetry in local schools and colleges, and brings workshops to hospitals, foster care centers, and homeless shelters. His Alzheimer’s Poetry Project has received the Creativity & Aging in America Leadership award in the category of Community and Letters to Guns (Red Hen Press) “is taught extensively in schools throughout the Southland.” On stage, Constantine delivers his words with gusto, flair, lots of hand movements, body twisting, facial expressions, and dramatic panache, more a poetry performance than a reading. For those who find poetry remote and incomprehensible, Constantine’s delivery goes a long way to tearing down that wall.
Time will also be available for open mic, so bring your poems and take the leap…
“Translation” by Brendan Constantine from Birthday Girl with Possum. Video adaption by filmmaker Sarah Jensen of Hello Margeaux Productions: