We have been on the road for a few weeks. We went to the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference and Book Fair April 1 & 2 in Los Angeles, my daughter Kiirsti joined me and we met a lot of good people. Kim Shuck, Joe Milosch and Brandon Cesmat came by; Shadab Hashmi was on a panel and she stopped by to sign books. We had a poster and some videos of Francisco Alarcon reading from his book Borderless Butterflies/Mariposa sin fronteras. So many people came by who knew and loved Francisco; many old friends, ex-students of his and folks who heard about his passing. Really this was the highlight of the event, just knowing how much people cared for this amazing man.
I went from there to San Diego to visit family and my 2 grandsons Connor, turning 4, and Logan 9 months. Stayed with Tomas Gayton my dear friend, met up with Art Campbell, Joe Milosch, Brandon Cesmat; Jack, James and Ed, wonderful old friends and Chris Vannoy, master of Facebook and great poet. Listened to Jazz, ate good food, had good lattes at Rebecca’s Coffee House every morning, listened to some good poetry. All a good time.
Coming up in the SF Bay Area 2 great book events:
Oakland Book Festival Sunday May 22, 11am to 6pm
Downtown Oakland at City Hall and Frank Ogawa Plaza (in front of City Hall)
We’ll be there with a Booth and our books, come by and say hello if you in the area.
Also in the Bay Area:
Bay Area Book Festival June 4 & 5, 10am to 6pm both days (this is a big event)
Downtown Berkeley streets (I’ll send out more information on where we will have our booth).
We’ll be there with a Booth and our books, come by and say hello if you’re in the area.