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 Café 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). CLICK HERE TO SEE IVEN'S PROOFREADING & CONSULTING SERVICES

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 "home schooled". Her mother and sister both artists. Her brother shared his deep love of music. Immersed in all the arts, Bev began writing in between dance rehearsals at the Detroit Institute of Arts. In Los Angeles she became the Editor of USC's Cinema-TV Faculty Student Staff Newsletter. Later she opened Norris Fine Art Gallery where, after hours, poets, writers and musicians were invited to perform. She was a featured reader at the Women's Writers Salon and the Nevada City Poetry Series; wrote articles about the fusion of JazzArt and Jazz published in the IAJE Education Journals. A group of her poems are published in the Cafe Writers Anthology. She is a singer from Bach to Bebop. And now, it's a blend.....a short sweet leap, working together as a quartet, The Poets Quartet, catching the light. Four poets performing dynamic poetry, humor and original music.

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