Reading this month are Natica Angilly and Ken Peterson.
Natica Angilly and her poet husband Richard have traveled extensively, creating the mystique of “the poet and the dancer.” Her Poetic Dance Theater Company has performed over thirty years in national and international events, including 23 years of her own Dancing Poetry Festival in the Legion of Honor, San Francisco. In 1986, she was crowned “Spirit of Poetry” by United Poets Laureate International. In 2006, she was awarded the title of “World Muse” in Taishan, China.
Natica is the author of “Dancing Poetry,” “Classical Expressions for Poetic Dancers,” and “Dance Passions,” and has received a Book of the Year award from the University Women of Marin. Every year in January, Natica coordinates an art/poetry show at the Alameda Historical Museum.
Ken Peterson says he is best known for driving the car for Mary Rudge, Alameda’s first Poet Laureate. Inspired by Rudge, Peterson joined Peter Sandholdt in sponsoring the “Write a Poem about Alameda” contests.
Rudge founded and was first president of Alameda Island Poets, a chapter of California Federation of Chaparral Poets. Peterson became the second president and chapter membership grew from seven to more than thirty, in what has been called “the most warmly welcoming and supportive poetry group in the Bay Area.”
Although Peterson’s background is technical and scientific, in the 1980’s, he began writing humorous poetry, influenced by such poets as Thurber, Nash, and Parker. He is a haiku expert and is often referred to as “master of the short form.” He is an award-winning poet and his work appears in several anthologies, including “Alameda Theme Poems.”
Light refreshments will be served, and donations are accepted via pass-the-hat. An open mic follows the reading.
The Frank Bette Center for the Arts is located at 1601 Paru St.