Poets Laureate Discuss and Laugh

Even though there is so much to watch on TV these days, what with the Olympics and Downtown Abby, I am hoping you might have a moment to watch this segment of local Los Gatos (CA) TV. My friend Erica Goss, the current Los Gatos Poet Laureate, has a local show called “Word to Word” about poetry. For her first segment this year, she invited me to be her guest. I was nervous and in need of a better stylist (I had to borrow her lipstick, not having any of my own) but she was gentle and we had a good chat.

I’m on the first 14 minutes, and if you want to skip around you can find me discussing my work with California Poets in the Schools (from about 1:00) or mentioning my awesome Mom (4:39) or my plans for being Cupertino Poet Laureate (5:40). I read three of my poems, starting at around 9:06.

I hope you enjoy whatever portion of this you might watch — I find it very hard to watch myself, but my daughter says I have to get used to it if I’m going to be famous. Argh. Personally, I’d rather watch my 9-month old nephew waddle around the kitchen.

Please feel free to share the link in the interests of spreading poetry all over the place.

Cupertino Poet Laureate Welcome Ceremony

Cupertino Poet Laureate Welcome Ceremony

Last Sunday, November 10, 2013, I was feted, celebrated, honored, embarrassed, surprised, crowned, and genuinely moved by the welcome ceremony the city held in my honor. Here are some photos of the event. (I’m still getting used to this blog format, so pardon me if my posts are bumpy for a while.) This is me, with my gorgeous laurel wreath, courtesy of Anne and Ron Miller, and Erica Goss, current Poet Laureate of Los Gatos.