Acclaimed poet Diana Raab has gathered a group of local poets for a Valentine’s Day-themed event entitled “Love, Longing, and Lust: A Poetry Reading with Diana Raab” on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Antioch University Santa Barbara campus.
The event, which is part of the Antioch in Conversation series, is free and open to the public and will also feature Santa Barbara-based poets Perie Longo, Marsha de la O, Friday Gretchen Lubina, and Jina Carvalho, who will join Diana for an evening of poetry aimed at the heart. Refreshments will be served.
Diana Raab is a poet, memoirist, blogger, and transpersonal psychologist. She has written eight books, including four poetry collections: Listening to Africa, Dear Anais: My Life in Poems for You, The Guilt Gene, and Lust. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. A regular blogger for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, and BrainSpeak, Diana explores and facilitates workshops on the power of writing for transformation and empowerment.
Perie Longo, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emerita from 2007-09, has published four volumes of poetry with the latest being Baggage Claim in 2014. Her other titles are Milking the Earth, The Privacy of Wind, and With Nothing behind but Sky: a journey through grief. She has taught poetry to children in grades K-12 since 1985 through the California Poets in the Schools program. Perie runs a private practice as a psychotherapist and poetry therapist, sits on the literary staff of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and remains poetry chair of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
Marsha de la O won the New Issues Poetry Prize from the University of Western Michigan and an Editor’s Choice Award for her poetry book, Black Hope. Her work has been anthologized in Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (Ballantine), Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems from California (Greenhouse Review Press), and One for the Money: The Sentence as Poetic Form (Lynx House Press). Her latest book, Antidote for Night, will be out in fall 2015.
Friday Gretchen Lubina’s poetry can be found in Artlife, Limited Editions, Dance of the Iguana, Caffeine, ASKEW Poetry Journal, Miramar Magazine, and A Bird Black As The Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens. In 2009, she became assistant editor for Askew Poetry Journal. Friday hosted the longstanding poetry series, “Friday on Saturday” and has been a host of Ventura’s Annual Erotic Poetry event for 13 years. She lives in Ventura, actively championing the literary and visual arts.
Jina Carvalho has just completed her first poetry collection, “The Hunger Diaries,” that spans her 30-year search for “voice” from a childhood in rural Portugal to Canadian immigrant to Green Card American. Jina graduated from Antioch University with a degree in Psychology and Theater Arts. She is the Director of Communications for the Glendon Association as well as Public Information Officer and one of the founders of the Santa Barbara Response Network (SBRN).
The reading is a part of Antioch in Conversation, an event series designed for public engagement and dialogue about the social issues that affect us on a local, national, and global basis. Previous AIC events have included Water: Is Santa Barbara All Dried Up?” and Laurence Tribe: The Roberts Court, The Constitution, and Our Future.”