Poets Quartet

Four poets perform masterworks
and contemporary poems
celebrating a panorama of California history
and literary treasures.
A unique fusion of dynamic poetry,
humor, and original music featuring
percussion, flutes, harmonica,
and sometimes violin.

Iven Lourie was Poetry Editor at Chicago Review in the 1960s, and he has pursued editing, writing, and performance art since. After completing his MFA at U. of Arizona (1978), he moved to the Sierra Foothills to work as Editor for Gateways Books, teach composition and literature at Sierra Community College, and lead the CafĂ© Writers group. His publications include poetry in journals such as Poetry (Chicago), Midstream, Louisville Review, many others; collections Miro’s Dream (1991), one of six poets in Yuba Flows (Hip Pocket Press, 2007); and chapbooks SHORTS (Rattlesnake Press, 2009), Return to Mykonos (Artemis Books, 2013).

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 six (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.

Beverly Korenwaser was introduced to the arts as Alice, in Wonderland, at the age of 13. She started writing in between dance rehearsals in Kiss Me Kate and Guys and Dolls.  In L.A. she opened Norris Fine Art Guerilla Gallery, exhibiting visual artists, evening poetry jams, and after theatre mixes with the hilarious political theatre company, Culture Clash. She assisted the artist June Wayne in organizing the very first workshops, for women artists only, supporting them in promoting and being financially responsible for their artwork. Later worked as Artistic Director of the Sangeet School of World Music. Now living in No. California, she has read her poems at the Women's Writing Salon, Nevada County Poetry Series, and is published in the Cafe Writers Anthology.  From 2002 to 2014 she was the Art Consultant/Curator for the International Assn. of Jazz Education Conventions, with the NEA, in New York, Toronto and So. Cal., exhibiting original JazzArt on stage with Wynton Marsalis, Nancy Wilson, Vijay Iyer, Marianne McPartland, Herbie Hancock, etc. and writing about the intersection of JazzArt and Jazz music. JazzArt for the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Studio Jazz Series, and the klieg light opening of San Francisco's Jazz Heritage Center. She is a singer, from bebop to Bach.
Now working with the Poets Quartet, an exciting troupe performing dynamic poetry with original music.

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