VIRTUAL EVENT: Zoom Forward! returns to celebrate the launch of the Fall 2021 Issue of phren-z, featuring Sarojani Rohan, Mary Camille Thomas, Lea Haratani, Linda Serrato, and Patrice Vecchione. The issue also features art by Sarojani Rohan.
Founded by Jory Post, Zoom Forward! is an ongoing reading series to showcase writers, keep our cultural spirits high, and support Bookshop Santa Cruz. Cosponsored by Catamaran and phren-z.
Live on Zoom (link and instructions provided upon signup). Register here.
Artist, musician, poet, Mother and Grandmother. She is an inveterate stargazer, dreamer and believer in the positive change we are all part of creating. Sarojani has published articles on various aspects of education both in papers and magazines, and has had poetry published in the Porter Gulch Review, Monterey Bay Poetry Review, and the poetry anthologies: “Landscape of Soul and Story”, “Sisters Singing”, “Sacred Stone, Sacred Water” and the latest, “Second Wind: Words and Art of Hope and Resilience” published in 2020.
Mary Camille Thomas
Mary Camille Thomas is a native of Santa Cruz who considers herself lucky to have returned after living in Davis, Germany, Los Angeles, Holland, and on the road. A college librarian by profession, she uses writing as a tool to navigate our crazy consumer culture constantly bombarding us with demands and desires. How do we balance the competing demands in our lives? She explores possibilities in poems and micro essays on her blog “The Kingdom of Enough.”
Lea Haratani lives and writes on the edge of Pogonip. She explores themes of cultural identity, nature, and relationships. She was mentored by Carolyn Flynn and writes with a group of women who are her inspiration. The process of writing is her way of sorting through life experiences to make sense of the world to acknowledge the beauty of nature and truth.
Linda Serrato was born in Los Angeles, grew up in San Francisco and now lives in Chico, California. Her poems have been published in Sisters Singing, Sacred Stone, Sacred Water, Second Wind and several issues of Watershed Literary Review. She is a retired elementary school teacher and has taught bilingual classes in Salinas and dual immersion classes in Chico. Every day she appreciates more the little joys of life and the love of family and friends.
Patrice Vecchione’s book, My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry & Speaking Your Truth, was published just as the pandemic began. Marcelo Hernandez Castillo said the book “gives us endless ways to access our creative selves.” Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant & Refugee Experience, her 2019 anthology, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews who called it “a necessary series of bruises and balms that will comfort those who have endured, uplift those who continue to struggle, and educate others.” Her poem, “Covered in Sugar Thrown Carelessly,”received an honorable mention by the dance company Cid Pearlman Performance for (home)Body. And her essay, "The Interview that Adrienne Rich Never Wanted Published," appeared in Lit Hub in 2020. She has work forthcoming in the winter issue of Catamaran Literary Reader. A columnist for the Monterey Herald, Patrice's monthly column "A Walk About Town" invites readers into local nature. Patrice leads writing workshops for adults and children through her program The Heart of the Word. Two of her collages are featured in the juried art exhibit of the Arts Council of Monterey, “Art in the Time of COVID-19,” on display through spring 2022 at the Monterey Health Department in Salinas, CA.