The Poetry Night Reading Series welcomes Julia Levine and Ruth Schwartz at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis.
Levine is a poet and therapist who earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UC Berkeley. Her poetry has won numerous national and international awards, including a Discovery Award, The Nation Award, the Pablo Neruda Prize in poetry and the Anhinga Poetry Prize.
She received a bronze medal from ForeWord magazine for her first collection, “Practicing for Heaven,” and the University of Tampa Poetry prize for her second book, “Ask.” She has been widely published in literary journals, including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East and the Southern Poetry Review.
Her latest book, “Ditch-tender,” was released earlier this year by University of Tampa Press. She has work appearing in several new anthologies, including “The Places That Inhabit Us” and “The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry.”
Schwartz has a Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology. Her newest poetry collection is “Miraculum,” published this year by Autumn House Press. She has published four other books of poems, including “Edgewater,” which won the 2001 National Poetry Series Award, and a memoir, “Death in Reverse.”
A lifelong explorer of consciousness and healing, she is also the author of a newly released psychospirital guidebook, “Soul on Earth: A Guide to Living and Loving Your Human Life” (Six Directions Press, 2012).