The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents: Eike Waltz & Garland Thompson
Sunday, February 9, 2:00 p.m., $5.00 Admission
Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, Monterey
Eike Waltz enjoyed a twofold career as ballet dancer in his native Germany and as a US based international engineering designer and international electronics industry consultant (US citizen since 1997). Between these careers, he studied fine art and industrial design at the Royal College of Art in London (MdesRCA). He published his first and only book during 1961 in Munich which successfully sold almost all 500 limited editions in the same summer. After the events of 911, he became politically active as a concerned citizen and began to write and perform about what he saw and heard. Participating in slams has had a twofold effect on him: First, the discipline to write about a subject and perform the subject matter in 3 minutes successfully was/is challenging. Second, by reading to the much younger Slam generation he realized that he had forgotten how it was to be young. He had to rethink/rediscover himself.
An award-winning poet, actor, playwright, sound and video designer, filmmaker, producer, director, Garland Thompson got his start in Hollywood, literally and figuratively, acting in his first film MADGAME, written by his father, when he was five years old. He’s worked in New York with some of the greatest theater companies ever including The Public Theater, the Manhattan Theatre Club, American Place Theatre, the Negro Ensemble Company, New Federal Theatre, and the Big Apple Circus. Today, he hosts and produces the longest running open mic and poetry slam in Monterey County (17 years), the Rubber Chicken Poetry Slam & Open Mic at the East Village Coffee Lounge in downtown Monterey, CA. From 1997-2007 Garland produced the legendary West Coast Championship Poetry Slam at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA and brought POETRY OUT LOUD to Monterey County. In 2020 Garland’s new book GARLAND AT 18: NEW BOOK OF POEMS, will be published by Old Hat Press in Los Angeles.
March 8 – Bill Minor and Lauren Crux
For more information, please contact John Laue: (831) 684-0854
Sponsored by Old Capitol Books & the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium