Poetry Live! with Tess Taylor and Rachel Richardson

Bay Area Poets to Read and Discuss New Collection of Poems


Notable Bay Area poets Tess Taylor and Rachel Richardson will read and discuss their new collections during Poetry Live! on Wednesday, October 19, 7-8:30 pm, in the Oak View Room at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 North Broadway. Moderated by poet and editor Cheryl Dumesnil, the conversations will explore themes that inspired the poets’ work.


This free event is sponsored by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation. Advanced reservations are recommended to guarantee a seat and can be made online at www.wclibrary.org/live/.


Work & Days, Tess Taylor’s second book of poetry, examines the pleasures and anxieties of small scale farming in the era of climate change. In a cycle of 28 poems, it traces her experience several years ago working on a small New England farm, where she worked for a year. Taylor’s first collection of poetry, The Forage House, was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. She is a resident of El Cerrito.


Rachel Richardson is the author of two books of poetry, Copperhead and Hundred-Year Wave. Infused with her family’s maritime history and her self-described all-encompassing role as a new mother, Hundred-Year Wave, her newer collection, references the classic tale of Moby-Dick, borrowing Ahab’s grand quest for the white whale to tell a contemporary story about the wilderness of suburban motherhood. She is a resident of Berkeley.


Cheryl Dumesnil is the author of two poetry collections, Showtime at the Ministry of Lost Causes, forthcoming in November 2016, and In Praise of Falling, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. A freelance editor, writer, and writing coach, she is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and ESME.com.


Produced by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, Live! from the Library features free public lectures, literary events, and cultural programs at the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries. For more information about this and other Walnut Creek Library Foundation programs, please visit www.wclibrary.org or call 925.935.5395.