February 23rd Meeting

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 2:00 p.m. 

Lafayette -Orinda Presbyterian Churchupstairs room 201

I. Welcome and Introductions: Richard W. Angilly, President

II. Program Chair: David Alpaugh

In 2016, our speaker invented a verse form he calls “The Double-Title Poem.” When the first six appeared at Mudlark, Sherman Alexie emailed the editor to say: “I love, love, love those Double Title poems by David Alpaugh. Such strange music to them!” David has since published more than 100 “DTs” in journals and anthologies that include: American Journal of Poetry, California Quarterly (CQ), Gargoyle, The Hypertexts, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Scene4, Spillway, X-Peri, and our own Gathering 14. David will explore the pros and cons of creating and writing in a fixed form, reading and commenting on a selection of his Double Titles, along with some of the “freer” poems he has continued to write as well.

An emeritus director for the Ina Coolbrith Circle, David served as our publications director for more than 20 years and edited and produced 13 issues of The Gathering. He holds degrees from Rutgers and from UC Berkeley, where he was a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellow. His poetry, essays, and plays have appeared in more than 100 literary journals from Able Muse to Poetryto Zyzzyva. He is one of 50 contemporary poets included in the Dana Gioia edited California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the Present, and he has been a finalist for Poet Laureate of California. He teaches literature for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and poetry writing for the UC Berkeley Extension.

III. Social Hour: Refreshments courtesy of: Denise Barney

Coffee provided by Sherry Sheehan

All writers and friends of writers are welcome to attend.

FYI -- Please mark your calendars for the next Sat. Meetings in 2019 March 23, April 27, May 18