Poetry Tasting with Clara Hsu and Bill Vartnaw
Clara Hsu and Bill Vartnaw, Poets
Original date: Thursday, April 30, 2009
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As we move out of the dark shades of winter and through glorious spring, we become more aware of color and light. Two poets from the Beatitude Press family, Clara Hsu and Bill Vartnaw, wish to explore the great spectrum of human color and light with poetry. They will trade off poems on categories they've chosen to reflect this spectrum, giving voice to poems of both spiritual and earthly concerns.
As a little girl Clara Hsu wanted to be a hermit and martial artist. Today she is a mother, musician, philanthropist, activist, purveyor of Clarion Music Center (a world music shop of exotic musical instruments), traveler, and ultimately, poet. A nominee for the Pushcart Prize in poetry, Clara is the author of Mystique, a book of poems, and Babouche Impromptu and Other Moroccan Sketches, a book of short stories. Bill Vartnaw was born and raised in Petaluma. He became an original member of the Bay Area Poets Coalition, and established Taurean Horn Press, which has published fourteen books, including his own In Concern: for Angels. Bill received an M.A. in Poetics from New College of California in 1991. His second book, Suburbs of My Childhood, of mostly early poems, came out this year from Beatitude Press in Berkeley.
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