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ANNOUNCING READINGS BY 4 SUGARTOWN PUBLISHING POETS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2017
Four Sugartown Publishing poets to read from new works in upcoming events. Details on venue locations below the bios.
March 11: Saturday, 7-9, Frank Bette Center in Alameda: featuring Robert Coats, John Hart, Dale Jensen, Benjamin Slomoff
March 15: Wednesday, 7:30, Ironworks, Berkeley: Featuring John Hart reading climbing poems from Storm Camp
May 18: Thursday, 5:30-7, University Press Books, Berkeley, featuring John Hart
June 6: 6:30, Spice Monkey in Oakland: Robert Coats, Jannie M. Dresser, John Hart, Dale Jensen
Come earlier and order dinner or drinks and spend more time with poets!
ABOUT THE POETS
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.
Benjamin Slomoff, originally from Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and now living at Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, turned 103 years old this past November. After retirement from his long career in manufacturing, Slomoff earned a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts and continued to work as a mediator in the Contra Costa County court system. His first poetry book, A Stalwart Bends, was published in 2012 (Slomoff was 99); his second book, Never Enough, was released in 2016.
Sugartown Publishing was launched in 2012 when an out-of-work book and publications professional decided to help 98-year-old Benjamin Slomoff get his first book into print. Based in Crockett, California (location of the C&H Sugar Plant), Jannie M. Dresser and Sugartown have published 20 books of poetry and one memoir. This year marks its 5th anniversary, a genuine feat of surviving in difficulty times not only for publishing and book-marketing but, as always, for poets and poetry. In 2015, Sugartown was voted “Best Local Publisher” in the East Bay Express’ “Best-of-the Bay Area” contest. Books can be purchased at each event, from the authors, through Sugartown’s website.
INFORMATION ON EVENT LOCATIONS
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru Street, Alameda, CA 94501
800 Potter St, Berkeley, CA 94710
University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Avenue, Berkeley (across from UC Campus)
1628 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612 (upstairs)