This Saturday November 21st, I will be performing in a Sacramento Voices event at the Sacramento Poetry Center ( 1719 25th St. at the corner of 25th and R) with Naomi J. Williams and Sandra McPherson. The event begins at 4:30 and goes until 6 p.m. Renowned poet and teacher Phillip Larrea invited me, much to my shock and delight. This is all very exciting to me. I even made an appointment to get my hair fixed that morning. Whatever.
Here’s what it is: I’ve been writing for the reading pleasure of about three other people for the past twenty years. My writing life consisted of sitting in an echo chamber, talking mostly to myself in a very loud voice. Well, lately I’m not alone in the room anymore. Not by a long shot. Having an audience is so good. If anyone ever tells you that publication and invitations to speak won’t make you happy, don’t believe it.
So I’m reading from How to Be Manly and The Arrow on Saturday. I’ve got a poem or two as well to share. I love public speaking and I’m looking forward to it more than I can say. Seeing my name featured alongside the likes of Naomi J. Williams and Sandra McPherson still doesn’t seem real, but I’m behaving super cool about it. As you can tell.
If you are local to Sacramento, I hope you’ll come out to see us. Literary events are like the short respite you’d get from the boring bits at school when the teacher would read a story. You sit there on the braided rug, lost for a time in something wonderful.
Come sit on the braided rug with me on Saturday. It would be great to read you a story and listen to stories with you. I can’t wait.