Writers that contributed to the anthology “The Human Face of Love” are hosting an event at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts to promote public awareness of mental-health issues.
The writers will introduce their book at the event, which is scheduled to take place at the arts center (1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Avenue) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 27.
Most of the 14 writers in this anthology came together through readings of the Alameda Island Poets Chapter of the California Federation of Chaparral Poets, Inc., which took place at the Alameda Multicultural Community Center.
Other books by some of the poets will also be available at the event on Sunday, including works by Eileen Malone, Taloned Claws, Amy Estrada, Mary Rudge, Claire Baker and Elizabeth Norris.
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School senior Sarah Su has been honored as Alameda’s first high school poet laureate. She was recognized and read some of her poems on January 16 at the Alameda Museum.
According to her high school, Su was not outspoken as a child, “finding it difficult sometimes to show the world who she really was. She began to write poetry and slowly, over time, she gained confidence and self assurance.”
“Face it,” she wrote in a poem with the same name in 2008: “A mirror is a piece of glass. Nothing that can tell the past. Nothing that can make people see what it is like to be you or me.”
The Alameda Island Poets recognized her work, as have faculty at her school.
“Her themes are reflective,” says Elizabeth Norris, a teacher and faculty advisor for Prisms, the literary and art magazine at SJND. “Her work celebrates who she is.”
Mary Rudge, the poet laureate for Alameda, introduced Sarah at the museum event, which was held to honor local writing legend Jack London on his birthday and featured poetry, dance and art. “Your school and your poet laureate will be making history in Alameda as the 2010 High School Poet Laureate and will be first high school student to hold this title in the city,” Rudge says.
Alameda Island Poets hold different events during the year. They also host special workshops at the Main Library on the second Wednesday of the month, from 6 p.m. to about 8 p.m.
Poets should bring 10 copies of an unfinished work.