Published: Mar 18, 2022
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We are excited to announce the return of April events in celebration of National Poetry Month and a new gallery exhibit. Sponsored by the Friends of Pacific Grove Library with support from the Whitney Latham-Lechich Trust, aka Poet's Perch. All events are free with refreshment provided and everyone is welcome. We will kick it all off on April 1st with Dr. Barbara Mossberg, former PG poet in residence and California Laureate:  

“It's here! Now is the time for happiness! Here for the Present: A Grammar of Happiness in the Present Imperfect, Live from the Poet's Perch, a reading at Ground Zero, where it all began, where Ramona the Pest meets Dante on 18th Street. This is comic memoir stand up, standing up against all the forces weighing us down, standing up for the joy and faith that nourish us and keep us resilient.”  

The Gallery Showing by Monterey’s Sea Scribes Calligraphy Guild will kick off on Friday, April 8th with an Opening Reception from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and poetry reading by Patrick Flanigan, physician, author & poet. It is noteworthy that Dr. Mossberg and Sea Scribes are both a part of the history of the Nancy & Steve Hauk Gallery at PGPL. 

Dr. Barbara Mossberg will return April 9th for a day-long Transformational Memoir Writing Workshop “Joyshop”. To learn more, scan the QR code in the flyer or visit This event requires registration. To sign up, please send an email to Dr. Mossberg at  

Teens and adults alike will enjoy The Value of Writing in Difficult Times presented by author-poet-artist-teacher, Patrice Vecchione on April 16th and Theatrical Spoken Word Poetry with Monterey County's 1st Poet Laureate, Daniel B. Summerhill on April 22nd. Blackout Poetry with Reference Librarian, Charlene Williams is April 26th for teens, grades 6-12. 

MORE DETAILS COMING SOON! Additional information on events and presenters can be found in the next City Manager’s Report, inside the library, via the monthly newsletter, and on our website & social media. Keep your eyes peeled and spread the word. 

ABOUT DR. BARBARA MOSSBERG: Professor Barbara Mossberg's global career spans four decades as a prize winning poet, author, and teacher, and educational ministry to promote the transformational power of poetry in people's lives. President Emerita Goddard College, founding Dean California State University Monterey Bay, Professor of Practice of Clark Honors College, University of Oregon, and American Council on Education Senior Fellow, and other roles, her cultural leadership has been internationally recognized in Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award twice, federal appointment as U.S. Scholar in Residence for USIA, representing American letters worldwide, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Mellon Foundation (Aspen Institute). Arts activist, she works across media as actor, dramatist, dramaturg, restaurant reviewer, keynoter, cultural diplomat, radio host, creating and hosting the weekly hour Poetry Slow Down (podcast Emily Dickinson: When a Writer Is a Daughter was named Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year; “Sometimes the Woman in the Mirror Is Not You” and other hopeful new postings were chosen for Dublin Writers Abroad. From the back cover of Here For The Present: A Grammar Of Happiness In The Present Imperfect, Live From The Poet’s Perch. 

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