Poetry Reading This Sunday in Ojai

The Montgomery Street Playhouse will be hosting a benefit for the Ojai Valley Poetry Fest on Sunday, April 5th from 2?5 PM, featuring poets Polly Bee, Robert Peake, and Ellen Johnson. The playhouse is located at 309 North Montgomery Street, between Jones & Co and Soul Centered. Suggested donation is $5. Beverages and light refreshments will be served alongside well-chosen words.

The Ojai Valley Poetry Fest is a grass-roots effort to keep the spirit of the Ojai Poetry Festival alive, featuring poetry, workshops, and events on June 6 at the Ojai Art Center. For more information, please contact Tree Bernstein at OjaiPoets [AT] gmail [DOT] com, or call John Kertisz at 805-640-1508.

Poetry Gets Local

Ojai Valley Poetry Fest 2009Out of the ashes of the official Ojai Poetry Festival, a group of enthusiastic local volunteers has banded together to bring a new event to Ojai: The Ojai Valley Poetry Fest on June 6th, 2009 at the Ojai Art Center. The event will feature Wanda Coleman, Frank T. Rios, Jackson Wheeler, and Marsha de la O.

The group is also looking for local poets to host and perform half-hour to hour-long segments throughout the day of the festival, and volunteers in all aspects of the event. Admission is free in exchange for volunteering on the day of the event. To apply for the poetry program, send a short proposal — 100 words or fewer — along with the number of poets involved to: OjaiPoets@gmail.com by April 1, 2009.

Click here for more details about this exciting new event.