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Zoom Forward! Carol L. Skolnick, Louise Hammel, Alice Tao, Diane Dobrin Grunes & Cynthia Beach Guthrie

Friday, June 18, 2021 - 5:00pm

VIRTUAL EVENT: Please join us for an online reading featuring Carol L. Skolnick, Louise Hammel, Alice Tao, Diane Dobrin Grunes and Cynthia Beach Guthrie, part of the Zoom Forward Reading Series founded by poet, fiction writer, and essayist Jory Post. This series is presented by phren-ZThe Hive Poetry Collective, and Bookshop Santa Cruz to showcase writers, keep our cultural spirits high, and support Bookshop Santa Cruz.

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Carol L. Skolnick’s personal essays, fiction, poetry and book reviews have appeared in Salon, J. The Jewish Weekly, Science of Mind, The English Journal, Pacific Review, Porter Gulch Review, Sasee, AKC Gazette,, and Phren-Z as D.L. Sansone, as well as in anthologies including Chocolate for a Woman’s Dreams, Angel Cats, Changing Course, and Am I Teaching Yet? 
Louise Hammel entered California driving a packed blue '69 Mustang fastback, accidentally laid rubber in San Francisco before finding her way to the Monterey Peninsula.  She's lived there for nearly 50 years, although the Mustang is long gone.  She was taught early in life that she talked too much, so she shut up.  Louise is now finding her voice again through writing, and occasionally shares her most vulnerable self through her stories.
Alice Tao was born in China in 1935. More than once, due to encroaching violence, her family had to flee, eventually moving to Hong Kong because her father thought that life as refugees would be better than living under communism. She came to the US with her husband as a young woman. Tao’s love of poetry began when, as a young child, her mother recited poems to her.
Diane Dobrin Grunes began her writing career in third grade when she was forced to write page upon page of “I will stop talking and listen to my teacher,” and later when she passed notes in class she perfected the art of discretion. From there, as a performance artist, her writing turned to creating routines, and during sheltering in place she found herself choosing to communicate through novella length emails and texts that her friends have recently admitted not reading in their entirety. 
Cynthia Beach Guthrie is a lifelong nomad who for seventeen years lived in six different countries outside the US, but landed in paradise on the Central Coast of California. She belongs to a family of warriors, some of whom are soldiers.