The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents: Laura Bayless & Deborah Wenzler
Sunday, February 11, 2:00 p.m.
Old Capitol Books 559 Tyler Street, Monterey (between Pearl and Munras)
About the Poets:
Laura Bayless is the author of four collections of poetry, including her most recent book Chairs in the River published by FutureCycle Press.. Her poems have appeared in local and national publications, and anthologies, including Dancing on the Brink of the World, Selected Poems of Point Lobos, Porter Gulch Review, The Homestead Review, and Blue Heron. She is co-editor of an award-winning compilation of stories and poems about the Carmel River – Passion for Place. She participated in seven Women’s Voices readings at the Carl Cherry Center in Carmel and multiple Women and Food art and poetry presentations on the Monterey Peninsula. Of her writing she says, “In the practice of writing poems I find what has been waiting for me, what sheds another layer of pretense. I am uplifted, enriched, reconciled, and reminded of all that I do not know.”
Deborah Wenzler is a Carmel poet, designer, editor, and chef. Her professional literary career began in her early twenties as a creative writer of achievement tests for McGraw-Hill, where she later became assistant editor of language arts, then lead editor for the vocabulary division. In 2005, Deborah placed second in The California Writers Club competition with her poem, “Anatomy of a Desert”, and in 2010 received the International Publication Prize from The Atlanta Review for another poem, “Supersonic Sect.” Several of Deborah’s poems have been published in Song of the San Joaquin Quarterly, and her poem, “Tidal Wave” was paired with Thomas Higgins drawing, “Whale” in Volume III of Imagine & Poesia’s Poets and Artists from Around the World, an online publication. Deborah enjoys writing while traveling. Her full-time job is with her family’s café and catering company in Carmel Valley.
March 11, 2018: Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs and John Laue