DUBLIN, CA–The City of Dublin’s annual Splatter Festival returns Saturday September 10 in Emerald Glen Park. The event, which runs from 12:00pm to 8:30pm, features Poets Take the Mic on the Side Yard Stage at 2:30pm. The 45-minute performance features eight local poets reciting original poetry.
Splatter is a multi-cultural festival featuring live music, performances on three stages, art installations, carnival rides for children, food, and local wine sampling. The event is family-friendly and entrance is free.
Poets Take the Mic performers include:
- Marie-Anne Poudret is a connector. Frenchborn, she has moved twenty-three times throughout her life, living in Africa, France, and England before settling in the Bay Area in 2005 with her husband and three children. Marie-Anne Poudret was a French major at the University of Dijon in Burgundy, France. Currently in Dublin California, she writes poems, plays, and a Sci-Fi novel. She also gives online French lessons.
- Kate McCarroll Moore served as the Poet Laureate for the City of San Ramon, California for three consecutive terms between 2012 and 2018. Her poetry chapbook, Avians of Mourning, was published in 2020, and a full collection, Alphapoetica: A Poetry Primer for the Everyday Poet, was released in March, 2022. Kate is also the author of two novels for children, Elinormal and New Girl: The Further Adventures of Elinormal. Before retiring from public education, she served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. She currently teaches on-line writing courses and is a family literacy coach for Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream, a non-profit organization that connects low-income families with access to high-quality books. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from CSUEB, and she continues to promote poetry as a tool of transformation and healing.
- Ida Marie Beck is a scientist with a poet’s heart. A native of Denmark, trained in quantum chemistry, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her poetry has recently appeared in the California Quarterly and Halfway Down the Stairs.
- Rowena: “I’m a newer poet, & I’d love to share my work with anyone who’s interested to hear. Otherwise I you can find me reading, sewing, or watching one of my favorite shows.”
- Tho Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American writer and a rising senior in the Bay Area. Her work has appeared in Kalopsia Literary Magazine, Cathartic Literary Magazine, and the Bitter Fruit Review. She admires the words of Ocean Vuong and Stephanie Chang, and is always on the lookout for new authors to binge-read. In her spare time, Tho can be found in her room, typing a poem in dim lamplight, listening to artists she forgets the names of too easily, or staring at the night sky, breathing in all of what surrounds us.
- Carissa Maddox loves going to old bookstores and bringing home as many books as she can, as if they were rescue puppies. She spends her time teaching kids and adults everything she can about poetry, literature, and comics, as well as reading and writing.
- Inge Sorensen is a poet and short story writer based in California’s Bay Area. Her subjects explore themes of loss, mythology, joy, memory, and adventures. Her pieces have been featured in the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast, the Humans of the World blog, and Poet’s Choice Autumn Anthology.
- Sarah Abbett is a poet who has lived in the Bay Area her whole life and getting started with sharing her poems in public.