Thompson Peak Writers’ Workshop elebrates National Poetry Month with Words and Music at Artisan Coffee

Get ready for a celebration of the written word as the Thompson Peak Writers’ Workshop invites the public to celebrate National Poetry Month with them at 4 p.m. April 28 at Artisan Coffee, 464-4490 Church St. in Janesville.

Phil Good will serve as moderator for the Words and  Music event that features readers including Lara Gularte, Dianna Henning, June Sanders and others.

Gularte is Poet Laureate Emeritus of El Dorado County, 2021 to 2023. Her most recent book of poetry, “Fourth World Woman,” was published by Finishing Line Press and her book, “Kissing the Bee,” about her California Portuguese pioneer ancestors was published by The Bitter Oleander Press in 2018. Nominated for several pushcart prizes, you can find her work in national and international journals and anthologies.

Henning, founder of the Thompson Peak Writers Workshop, has taught through California Poets in the Schools, received several California Arts Council grants and taught poetry workshops through the William James Association’s Prison Arts Program — including at Folsom Prison. Henning has been published in MacQueen’s Quarterly, Artemis Journal, The Adirondack Review, Memoir Magazine, The Plague Papers (edited by Robbi Nester), Pacific Poetry and New American Writing. In 2021 Henning received a nomination by The Adirondack Review for a Pushcart Prize. Her fourth poetry book, entitled “Camaraderie of the Marvelous,” was published by Kelsay Books in September 2021.

Westwood’s Stone and Straw, playing bluegrass and country music, will be the featured musicians. The family band consists of dad Rob on vocals, guitar and banjo; wife Heidi on vocals and mandolin; and son Robbie on vocals and upright bass. Rob, a songwriter, may share some of his nearly 40 original songs.

The writers’ workshop will provide refreshments (desserts and small sandwiches).