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Free Poetry Reading At Newly Re-opened Frank Bette

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts by Julia Munger Seelos.

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts by Julia Munger Seelos.

Alameda Island Poets 1st Wednesday readings continue in September at the newly re-opened Frank Bette Center for the Arts.

The Frank Bette Center was closed temporarily through the summer to make repairs, and re-opened earlier this month.

On September 7th, the center will host the 1st Wednesday reading, featuring poets Judy Hardin Cheung, president of the 24th World Congress of Poets, and Tanya Joyce, Dancing Poetry Grand Prize Winner.

An open mic and light refreshments will follow the reading.

Poet Biographies

Judy Hardin Cheung, long-time AIP member from Santa Rosa, is president of Poets of the Vineyard, vice president of Artists Embassy International, and secretary of United Poets Laureate International. As President of the 24th World Congress of Poets, she hosts poets from around the world in Rohnert Park, CA, November 27 through December 1, 2016. AIP members are invited to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity in our own back yard.

Cheung, born and raised in Sonoma County, is a retired teacher. She will read from her new book, “Balancing Cycles and Transitions.”

Tanya Joyce, Bay Area poet and painter, has four books in print. In the most recent, “Dreams of Pan,” Tanya retells Semion Mirkin’s Russian poetry in English, featuring Semion’s drawings. She has a longstanding interest in poetry and visual art together, and her “Painted Poetry” series has been exhibited in San Francisco, San Rafael, Alameda and Pinole. Tanya won first and third prizes in Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan’s recent Poetic Oil Painting Contest. She has painted large pieces for three Dancing Poetry Festival performances and won several prizes at that event, including a Grand Prize. She is currently working with a Vietnamese poet on a workshop for poets from several countries.

Tanya’s connections with Alameda began in 1972 when friends moved to Bay Farm Island. She worked as a technical writer in Marina Village and has been part of the Artists Embassy International team each January at The Alameda Museum for several years. She is a member of Alameda Island Poets, Poets of the Vineyards, The Thoreau Society, and The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society.

Alameda Island Poets
1st Wednesday reading
September 7th, 7 p.m.

Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru St., Alameda, CA 94501

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