Our thanks to today's Davisites: Pat Hickerson for her smokin' hot poetry, and Katy Brown for her photos of geese in McKinley Park—which have nothing to do with Pat's poems but gosh they're cool. Another Davis poet, Sibilla Hershey, has a new book of poetry from Primula Press, entitled The Bleeding Tree (with a forward by Davis Poet Laureate Allegra Silberstein). This perfect-bound book of poetry with illustrations is available on the Local Authors' shelf at The Avid Reader in Davis (617 2nd St.), and is beautiful. Sibilla is of Latvian descent; look for the Latvian in her new book.
I see The Avid Reader has opened a new location in Davis; now there are two stores within steps of each other, in addition to the Sacramento location at the old Tower on Broadway. Good to see an independent doing so well!
Also in the good news department, JoAnn Anglin writes that Arturo Mantecón, Co-founder (with Francisco Mantecón) of Los Escritores del Nuevo Sol/Writers of the New Sun, is one of three who have been nominated in the Translation category for a Northern Calif. Book Award for his translation of My Naked Brain: Selected Poems of Leopoldo Maria Panero, published by Swan Scythe Press of Sacramento. In addition Lorna Dee Cervantes' poetry collection, Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems, has been nominated in the poetry category, as well as Mary Mackey's Sugar Zone. For a complete list of nominees, go to www.poetryflash.org and scroll down a bit. The award ceremony will be held this Sunday, June 10 at Koret Auditorium in San Francisco Main Library, 1pm.