Saturday: Trio of local poets at library event

Three local poets will read from their work and talk about their writing process at "A Poet, a Poet, a Poet," a free event hosted by the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, Aug. 2.

The program will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel St., in the Civic Center.

The trio of local wordsmiths includes Caroline Goodwin, San Mateo County's first poet laureate; Kalamu Chache, poet laureate of East Palo Alto; and Jym Marks, poet, musician and Menlo Park business owner.

The author of two volumes of poetry, Ms. Chache has been heavily involved in the East Palo Alto and Belle Haven communities. She has taught poetry workshops at Belle Haven School, and plans to start a series of workshops at the Menlo Park Senior Center in Belle Haven, she said.

"There is power in expressing what you are experiencing and observing in life. Art moves!" Ms. Chache noted when asked about her poetry.

"I hope to bring the message to all in attendance that poetry lives in each and every one of us," she said.

Mr. Marks lives in Fremont, but is a familiar figure in Menlo Park: In addition to being a poet, publisher, public speaker, jazz musician, Army veteran, and father of four, he is the owner of a barbershop and hair salon, part of Markstyle Enterprises, in the Willows area of Menlo Park.

This year, he is celebrating 45 years of owning the salon, he said.

Mr. Marks has published 11 books of poetry, the latest entitled "Can't Hold My Tongue in Captivity."

A resident of Montara, Ms. Goodwin was a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University. She teaches at the Stanford Writer's Studio and the California College of the Arts.

The poetry event is part of the Menlo Park Library's Adult Summer Reading program, which runs through Aug. 9 and offers special programs and prizes to adult readers.

Free wheelchair-accessible van service is available for Menlo Park senior citizens and people with disabilities. Call 330-2512 for van reservations.

Go to menlopark.org/library for event details, or email John Weaver, Menlo Park Library outreach coordinator, at weaver@plsinfo.org.


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