The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents:
Illia Thompson and Salvatore Salerno
Sunday, January 8th, 2:00 p.m.
Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, Monterey
(between Pearl and Munras)
Illia Thompson, writing instructor for the MPC Older adult Program for fifteen years, now independently holds four weekly classes teaching Memoirs Writing, Her education at Antioch College in Ohio prepared her to go beyond the usual as she approaches education. Her poetry appears in her books, Heartframes, Along the Memoir Way, and Gracious Seasons. Illia’s received honorable mention from the Writer’s Digest competition, finds her poems in The Homestead Review, Dancing on the Brink of the World: Point Lobos Poems, and in local print. Illia enjoyed participation in group readings targeting specific topics, including Women and Food and Words and Color. Her Journaling Workshops are enhanced by her experience at Rancho La Puerta, a Mexican spa that stresses fitness of mind and body.
Salvatore Salerno is retired from having taught Drama and English at Davis High School for twenty-one years. He has an M.F.A. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was awarded The Academy of American Poets University Prize. Some of his poems have been published in over fifty magazines and anthologies, including Song of the San Joaquin, Quercus Review, Descant, Poem, and The Greensboro Review. Four of his plays have been produced at community theatres and Davis High. He writes a monthly column on birding in Valley Habitat. His self-published Sunleaf has been called by poet Donald Jones “a generous helping of 103 poems, served with lively invention and variety…written in indelible ink.”