The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents:
Illia Thompson & Kai Siedenburg
Sunday, August 11, 2:00 p.m.
Old Capitol Books
559 Tyler Street, Monterey
Illia Thompson, graduate of Antioch College, found her poetic voice after she moved to Carmel Valley to become Director of Carmel Valley Cooperative Preschool in 1970. Later, a time as writing instructor at MPC became her work under The Older Adult program. Currently she teaches Memoir Writing at The Carmel Foundation and in her home. Regularly, she holds day long Journaling Workshops. Gathering poetry helps to clarify her personal journey. Illia’s books: Moments, collected from her column in the now defunct Carmel Valley Sun, Heartframes, poetry, and Along the Memoir Way, a guide for writers. She thanks all the poets along her journey who encouraged her poetic voice.
Kai Siedenburg is a nature connection guide, Ecotherapist, and poet based in Santa Cruz. Her work is co-created with the natural world, infused with love, and rooted in what Carolyn Casey calls “a willingness to collaborate with everything.” Through her intimate original poems, we feel what it is like to walk on padded paws, to take wing, to root ourselves in the Earth. Her voice can aptly be described as “Zen poet meets Earth goddess.” Kai is author of Poems of Earth and Spirit: 70 Poems and 40 Practices to Deepen Your Connection with Nature. Her work also has been published in Common Ground, Elephant Journal, and Communities, and is forthcoming in A Walk with Nature: Poetic Encounters that Nourish the Soul. As a nature connection guide, Kai empowers people to connect with the Earth in simple ways in daily life, to cultivate deeper bonds with wild places, and to access nature-based healing for the benefit of all beings.
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For more information, please contact John Laue: (831) 684-0854
Sponsored by Old Capitol Books & the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium