Published: Mar 22, 2022

On Friday, April 1st Dr. Barbara Mossberg, former PG poet in residence and a California Laureate, will kick off National Poetry Month at the library with the first public reading of her new book: “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.”” No registration required. This event is from 6:30pm to 8pm.

Dr. Mossberg will return Saturday, April 9th for a day-long Thoreau Themed Transformational Memoir Writing Workshop “Joyshop” from 10am-5pm. This event requires registration. To Sign up, send an email to barbara.mossberg@gmail.com. 

"It has been said that Thoreau wrote not so much for his own time as for our own. His messages of simplicity, spiritual economy, and connection to the wild may serve us well in our present lives of crisis. We are fortunate that a voice in many ways heir to Thoreau and his message has composed this book, her own Walden in observation, meditation, exhortation, and companionable poem of invitation and praise. Singing lustily from her perch, Barbara
Mossberg here offers myriad bold thoughts, musical hints, and resonant poems that call us to wake, wonder, and work for the better world within our grasp. May these empowered musings take residence in your heart and mind. Dip your cup here, drink deep, and be refreshed."
—Kim Stafford, recent Oregon Poet Laureate 

Events are FREE with refreshment provided. Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of Pacific Grove Library with support from the Whitney Latham-Lechich Trust, aka Poet's Perch. 

ABOUT DR. BARBARA MOSSBERG: Professor Barbara Mossberg's global career spans four decades as a prizewinning 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 Barbaramossberg.com). Emily Dickenson: “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. For more info visit barbaramossberg.com 

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