Thursday, December 15, 2016

Speaker: Iven Lourie

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Iven Lourie: Poet, editor, teacher.

Iven and the The Poets Quartet  will perform an excerpt from their recent program "Poetry by Women Only!"--including poems by Mary Oliver, Muriel Rukeyser, Lenore Kandel, Claribel Alegria, Diane di Prima, Cheryl Savageau (and more if they fit the time alotted...). 

The poems are scored for one, two, three, or four voices with accompaniment on Native American flute and percussion by Howie Deutsch.

Review Snippet on Iven's Poetry: Reading these poems is the next best thing to being there. (Mykonos)

Iven has been the editor of non-fiction books including the Consciousness Classics series, including authors E.J. Gold, Dr. John C. Lilly (deceased), Robert S. de Ropp (deceased), Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Mark Olsen, and others. 

He worked as Poetry Editor at Chicago Review in the 1960s, and he has pursued editing, writing, and performance art since. He participated in demonstrations and readings against the Vietnam War during the '60s and '70s. After completing his MFA at U. of Arizona (1978), where he studied with poets Richard Shelton and Peter Wild, he moved to Northern California where he works as Editor for Gateways Books and Artemis Books, teaches composition and literature at Sierra Community College, and leads the Café Writers critique group. He plays guitar and fiddle for fun, and audiences agree that his music shows more sincerity and heart than skill or talent.

The Poets Quartet
The Poets Quartet

In addition to Iven Lourie:

Beverly Korenwaser performed Alice in a Bollywood production of the Adventures of Alice in Wonderland at age 13. She has followed her curiosity ever since. While working at the USC  School of Cinema-TV (Los Angeles), she became Editor of  the film school's Newspaper for faculty, students and staff. In 1995, she opened the Norris Fine Art Guerilla Gallery. There she shepherded art and theatre productions, and initiated open mike readings for local poets. Her poetry has been published in the Cafe Writers Anthology and by Six Ft. Swells. She was a featured reader at the Women Writers Salon and the Nevada County Poetry Series. She is one of the judges of Poetry Out Loud!, the Nevada Union High Recitation Competition, a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2013, she joined Iven Lourie to start The Poets Quartet, a performance project which has performed at Diego’s, 3 Forks Restaurant, Clock Tower Records, Broad St. Bistro, and the literary series of the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Myra Traugot grew up as an army dependent world-traveler. She has been writing poetry her entire life as well as playing folk guitar and singing, meanwhile studying linguistics, Scottish history, and spirituality. She has read her poetry for years for Nevada County Poetry 
Series events, published a chapbook titled Some Poems, helped create the Poets Quartet, and is featured as a performer at the annual KVMR Celtic Festival. A pioneer of the vegetarian nutrition and homebirth movements, Myra is the mother of five children and grandmother of five (and counting).

Howie Deutsch has been living and working in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains for the last forty years, writing, composing, singing, and performing songs in the Mother Lode country. Beginning in the mid 1990s, he began collaborating with local poets and spoken-word performers in Nevada County, providing musical adornment on Native American flutes, harmonica, and percussion. Becoming part of the Poets Quartet is the latest evolution of that work. description.

Culled from the author's journal during a six-month visit to Mykonos in 1972, the first sequence of poems in this collection express enthusiasm and sheer delight with the Greek landscape and people, yet occasionally refer to the rule of the military junta at that time.

The second set of verses, written more than 20 years later, marks Lourie's return to a liberated Greece and reflects more literary irony, refined appreciation for the island's inner life, and continuing admiration melded with a touch of mystic beauty. A multifaceted poetic tour of Greece and the Aegean islands, this gathering is completed by watercolor miniatures created by the author.

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Highlighted Review:

on August 19, 2014
Format: Paperback

For anyone who has visited the lovely island of Mykonos, this book of poetry will resonate. If you haven't visited, reading Iven Lourie's poems will have you packing your bags. "The mind reduces travel to poem," he writes. Reading these poems is the next best thing to being there.

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