Cafe Writers of Grass Valley will be featured at a meeting Friday of The Other Voice. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the library of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road. Refreshments and open mike follow the reading, so guests are invited to bring a poem or two to share.
Iven Lourie began the Cafe Writers group in 2002 as a community college course. In 2011, the group published its first book of poetry and prose, “Cafe Writers Anthology 2010.” Four of the 15 poets will share their work Friday.
William Durbrow III, M.D., derives his material from his experiences in medical school in Cincinnati, Ohio, working in a clinic with Chicanos in the Central Valley of California, working in a mission hospital in Kenya, and 30 years as a general practitioner in his hometown of Grass Valley.
Beverly Korenwaser has been immersed in the world of music and art since her youth in Michigan. Before moving to Los Angeles, she danced with the Detroit Institute of Arts and Canada’s Windsor Light Opera. In L.A., she worked with renowned artist June Wayne and musician/mentor Janer Eldridge, with whom she discovered her love for singing, recording with the Angel City Chorale. In 1992, she opened Norris Fine Art Gallery.
Lourie worked as poetry editor at Chicago Review in the 1960s, and he has pursued editing, writing and performance art since. After completing his master of fine arts degree at the University of Arizona in 1978, studying with poets Richard Shelton and Peter Wild, he moved to Northern California, where he works as senior editor for Gateways Books, teaches composition and literature at Sierra Community College, participates in the Booktown Books co-op, and leads the Café Writers critique group.
Cynthia Robertson is a lifelong lover of the written word and began writing poetry in 1994 while taking creative writing courses at Northwestern University. She moved to Las Cruces, N.M., in 1996, where she discovered how beautiful the desert could be and where her love of poetry flourished. She lived there for five years before moving to Grass Valley.