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Poetry Santa Cruz: Maude Meehan Memorial Reading

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 7:30pm

Poetry Santa Cruz presents the Eighth Annual Maude Meehan Memorial Poetry Reading with Maria Garcia Teutsch and Debra Spencer

Poetry Santa Cruz is dedicated to nurturing the poetry community and bringing poetry to the larger community in Santa Cruz County. They generally hold monthly meetings at Bookshop Santa Cruz on the second Tuesday of the month. The suggested donation is $3. Please go to the Poetry Santa Cruz website or contact Len Anderson for more information about the poets featured this month.


Maria Garcia Teutsch’s collection, The Revolution Will Have its Sky, won the 2015 Minerva Rising chapbook competition, judged by Heather McHugh. She is a poet and editor. She has published over 20 journals of poetry as editor-in-chief of the Homestead Review, published by Hartnell College in Salinas, and Ping-Pong journal of art and literature, published by the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California. She teaches poetry and creative writing online. She serves as president of the board of the Henry Miller Memorial Library, and is the founder and EIC of Ping-Pong Free Press. She was a Monterey County Champion of the Arts nominee in 2015, and received the Monterey Arts Council Gleason Teaching Award for Excellence at Hartnell College.

Learn more at her blog, Maria Loves Words.

From her mother, Debra Spencer learned to swim when she was three. Her father taught her to body surf and to make sand-castle turrets from dribbles of wet sand. She fed fish to seals at Marineland, saw the embalmed Winnie the Whale at Hermosa Beach before she burst into flames, and rode the Ferris wheel at Pacific Ocean Park. Sweating in school buses and classrooms in the San Fernando Valley, she vowed some day to live by the sea. And now she does, although the water here is much too cold for her to swim in.

Debra Spencer’s poetry collections are Gleams When Wet (Hummingbird Press, 2013) and Pomegranate (Hummingbird Press, 2004). She works at Cabrillo College as a learning disabilities specialist.