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IWOSC General Meeting
Monday, March 27
7:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Culver Blvd. (Culver City)

On the eve of National Poetry Month, the Independent
Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) hosts a panel of
poets discussing the poetic life in Los Angeles.

Please join Keven Bellows, a Los Angeles teacher, and
author of the poetry collection, "Taking Your Own True
Name," Sarah Maclay, the prize-winning author of three
limited-edition chapbooks and the book "Whore," Deborah
Edler Brown, an award-winning poet and journalist,
performer and storyteller, author and teacher, 1997 Head-to- Head Haiku champion, member of the 1998 Los Angeles Poetry
Slam team and the 2005 recipient of the Sue Saniel Elkind
Poetry Prize, and Catherine Daly, the author of two books
of poetry, the trilogy "DaDaDa" (part of a long project
entitled "CONFITEOR") and the collection "Locket."

The panel discussion will be moderated by Jim Natal, the
curator and co-host of the long-running Poem.X monthly
poetry series in Santa Monica.

The poets on the panel will share their work and shed some
light on the life of a poet in Southern California. They
will discuss the poetry (and readings) scene here, the
business and publishing side of poetry (as in, can a poet
earn a living at writing?), and how the discipline of
writing poetry can improve other forms of writing.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996,
National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together publishers,
booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools,
and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its
vital place in American culture. Poetry Month highlights
the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of
American poets, brings poets and poetry to the public in
immediate and innovative ways, and makes poetry a more
important part of the school curriculum.

Deborah Edler Brown's poetry has appeared in three
anthologies, as well as in various journals such as Nimrod
and Kalliope. She is a reporter for Time magazine and co- author of "Grandparents as Parents: A Survival Guide to
Raising a Second Family." As a performer, Brown tells poems
and stories in theaters, libraries, bookstores and bars
across the country. Her other workshops include "How to
Tell a Poem and Other Solo Acts," and "Loving the Clock:
Celebrate Yourself at Every Age" (a workshop for women).
She holds a degree in creative writing from Brown

Keven Bellows has been writing poetry for the last 20 years
and has studied recently with poets Suzanne Lummis, Jack
Grapes, and David St. John. She is a communications
executive, and was educated at Wellesley College where she
was taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur
and poets Phillip Booth and David Ferry. Bellows is married
to legendary journalist Jim Bellows.

Sarah Maclay's poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in
Ploughshares, FIELD, Hotel Amerika, The Writer's Chronicle,
Solo, Pool, ZZYZYVA, lyric, Ninth Letter, The Laurel
Review, and numerous other publications including Poetry
International, where she serves as book review
editor. "Whore," her debut full-length poetry collection,
won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, and she has received
an Albert and Elaine Borchard Fellowship and several
Pushcart nominations. She was also a winner of the dA
Center for the Arts Poetry Contest, a finalist for the Blue
Lynx Prize, and a semi-finalist for the Kenyon Review
Poetry Prize, the Cleveland State University Poetry Prize,
and the Tupelo Press First Book Prize. The author of three
limited edition chapbooks, "Ice from the Belly," "Shadow of
Light," and "Weeding the Duchess," Maclay holds degrees
from Oberlin College and Vermont College, and has most
recently been teaching in Los Angeles at LMU, USC and FIDM,
as well as conducting workshops both privately and,
periodically, at Beyond Baroque.

With humor, sensibility and style, Catherine Daly writes
about the recognizable signposts of life, love and loss. An
Illinois Scholar at Trinity College and Merit Fellow at
Columbia University, Daly has worked as a technical
architect, officer in a Wall Street investment bank,
engineer supporting the space shuttle orbiter, software
developer for motion picture studios, teacher, critic,
editor, and curator. She has four books forthcoming this
year, "Secret Kitty," "Paper Craft," "To Delite and
Instruct," and "Chanteuse / Cantatrice." When she began
working developing online business environments, she began
publishing her work online; she also developed UCLA
Extension's first online poetry workshop. Now Daly is
launching herself as a publisher of other poets' e-
chapbooks and of eBooks of modernist poetry. Two of her
books will be offered in free eBooks and in print-on-demand
paper formats because the way the poems are read / the
nature of these particular poems changes online and in
print, bound and unbound.

Jim Natal's first full-length collection, "In the Bee
Trees," was a finalist for the Pen Center West and
Publishers Marketing Association Ben Franklin Awards in
2000. A second collection, "Talking Back to the Rocks," was
published in 2003. His poetry has been published in
numerous publications including The Cafe Review, Runes,
Pool, The Paterson Literary Review, The Yalobusha Review,
Solo, and ArtLife. Natal's work also has appeared in the
anthologies "What Have You Lost?," "Fresh Water," the new
anthology of California poets, "So Luminous the
Wildflowers," and the upcoming "Mischief, Caprice and Other
Poetic Strategies." Natal has been the featured poet at
dozens of California venues.

General public $15; IWOSC members free. Reservations
required -- space is limited. Reservations will be held
until ten minutes before the program begins. Contact or 1-877-799-WRITE [799-7483].


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