Poet D.R. Wagner will be the guest of the Poetry Night Reading Series at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis.
Wagner is a visual artist, poet and musician. He has had more than 30 one-man exhibitions and has published 20-plus books of poetry and letters. His most recent books include a chapbook titled “Pentecost” (Green Panda Press), released in 2012, and “Personal Archeology” (Bottle of Smoke Press), set for release this year.
Wagner is a lecturer in design at UC Davis and an artist-in-residence at Sacramento elementary schools for the California Arts Council.
He has received many awards, including the Fibers West Award and an award for Traditional Technique at the International Textile Competition, Kyoto ’87 in Kyoto, Japan. Over the past 30 years he has been a prominent figure in the arts community; among his many titles, he is the special consultant to the California Art Council in technical services, director of the California State Art in Public Buildings Program for Office of the State Architect, and director of the state Housing and Community Development Art Gallery.
The founder and former editor at Niagara Press and Runciple Spoons Press, Wagner has read with Jim Morrison of The Doors. His visual poetry has been exhibited in venues ranging from The Musee de Arts Decoratifs to the Louvre to the Smithsonian Institution.
An open mike follows the reading. For more information, visit www.poetryindavis.com.