The Other Voice returns from its summer hiatus Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the library of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 27074 Patwin Road.
“The church will look different because there is construction going on for a new social hall but there is always a time and space for poetry,” says spokeswoman Allegra Silberstein, Davis’ poet laureate.
Poets Susan Wolbarst and Gillian Wegener are the guests of honor. Wolbarst is a native of New Hampshire who grew up in Connecticut, but has spent her entire adult life in Northern California. She lives in Davis and, whenever she can, in Gualala on the Mendocino County coast.
She won first place in the Sacramento Poetry Center’s annual contest in 2008. Her poetry has been published in The Yolo Crow, Poetry Now and The Naugatuck River Review. In addition to poetry, she writes stories and non-fiction.
Wegener has had poetry published or forthcoming in Runes, Tule Review, Packinghouse Review, In Posse, and Sow’s Ear. Her chapbook, “Lifting One Foot, Lifting the Other,” was published by In the Grove Press in 2001, and her first full-length collection of poetry, “The Opposite of Clairvoyance,” was published in 2008 by Sixteen Rivers Press.
Wegener was awarded top honors in the 2006 and 2007 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. She lives in Modesto, where she coordinates and hosts the monthly Second Tuesday Reading Series.
Open mike and refreshments follow the reading. Admission is free.