The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium: William Minor & Lauren Crux

The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents:
William Minor & Lauren Crux

Sunday, March 8, 2:00 p.m., $5.00 Admission
Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, Monterey

William Minor was originally trained as a visual artist (Pratt Institute and U.C.-Berkeley), and exhibited woodcut prints and paintings at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and other museums and galleries. He began to write his own poetry as a graduate student in Language Arts at San Francisco State, producing his first book containing poems and woodcut prints, Pacific Grove, in 1974. Bill has, since that time, published six more books of poetry—most recently Gypsy Wisdom: New & Selected Poems and Another Morning: Poems by William Minor. His short fiction was selected for inclusion in Best Little Magazine Fiction (NYU Press). Bill has also published three books on music: Unzipped Souls: A Jazz Journey Through the Soviet Union; Monterey Jazz Festival: Forty Legendary Years (Angel City Press; Bill served as scriptwriter for the Warner Bros. film documentary based on the latter, same title as book); Jazz Journeys to Japan: The Heart Within. A professional musician since the age of sixteen, Bill has set his poems to music and recorded two CDs. He was also commissioned to write a suite of original music and voice script based on a married couple’s exchange of letters throughout the Civil War: Love Letters of Lynchburg. Bill was “first grand prize winner” in a national essay contest, “What Music Means to Me,” sponsored by RPMDA (Retail print Music Dealers Association).

Lauren Crux was once a northern California champion bodysurfer. She was once a cowboy. The first sentence is true, the second might be considered an alternative fact. Her poetry, prose and photography have been published in Brevity, Ruminate, Rappahannock Review, The Colorado Review, Trivia, the Scribbler, Fourth Genre, Poetry Flash, phren-Z as well as numerous other journals and anthologies. As a performance artist she has written, produced and performed five full-length monologues, numerous short works and several community based collaborative art performances. She has recently completed a prose poem manuscript entitled, Little Rambles, This is a love letter, after all.

Upcoming Reading:
April 12 – Dan Linehan and Doren Robbins

For more information, please contact John Laue: (831) 684-0854
Sponsored by Old Capitol Books & the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium