DANVILLE, CA–Rakestraw Books hosted three San Francisco Bay Area poets for an Evening of Poetry on Wednesday September 14, 7pm at Rakestraw’s Danville, CA location. Rakestraw regularly sponsors events featuring writers and authors. Poets Kate Moore (Alphapoetica); Ivan Hobson (Cutting Teeth); and James Morehead (canvas and portraits of red and gray) shared their work and took questions from the audience.
Kate McCarroll Moore is a collector of stories, discarded objects, and memories. She is a mentor teacher, book coach, and staff developer who served three terms as Poet Laureate for the City of San Ramon. She is the author of the poetry collections Avians of Mourning and Alphapoetica: A Poetry Primer for the Everyday Poet. She is also the author of the children’s novels Elinormal and New Girl: The Further Adventures of Elinormal. Most days you can find her reading, writing and painting in her garden. You can also find her on Twitter @wordcrazy, or on Instagram as @katemccarrollmoore.
Ivan Hobson is an MFA graduate from San Francisco State University. Along with teaching English at Diablo Valley College, he works as a shipyard machinist in Alameda, California. Ivan’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications, including the North American Review, Hunger Mountain, The Midwest Quarterly, as well as Ted Kooser and The Poetry Foundation’s American Life in Poetry.
James Morehead is Poet Laureate of Dublin, California. James has published two collections of poetry: “canvas” and “portraits of red and gray”. James’ poem “tethered” was transformed into an award-winning hand drawn animated short film, “dissolving in the gallery” was set to music for baritone and piano, and his poems have appeared on NPR, SF Chronicle’s Total SF, Cathexis Northwest Press, Beyond Words Magazine, Wingless Dreamer, Prometheus Dreaming, Quillkeepers Press, and others. He also hosts the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast which features interviews with poets and artists.
Founded in 1973, Rakestraw Books is a small, independent bookshop that remains dedicated to the principles espoused by its founders: to sell a variety of books of merit; to help readers discover those books; to sponsor events that bring a diverse range of writers and artists to our community; and to accomplish these tasks in a manner that is both professional and friendly.