FORT BRAGG, CALIFORNIA—
The most recent Mendocino County poetry anthology, heart of bone includes poetry by dozens of coastal students. Among them are Dana Gray Elementary poets: Xavier Mitchell, Io D. Sanchez Lua, Andres Tamayo Briceno, Isabella Rae Artas, Santiago Bermudez, Aryana Thompson, Breeana Ayala, Jayden Elam, Ash Hebden, Dakoda Thompson, and Audie Jeffers. In addition, three talented Dana Gray students received statewide honors for their poems which appear in the new collection Singing the Feathers of Freedom. These students are Helene Zaw, Vianney Maravilla, and Kobi Quevado. Poetry workshops were taught by visiting poets Jasper Henderson and Karen Lewis, with support from the Dana Gray Parent Group.
heart of bone is published by the Mendocino Office of Education and edited by Blake More. Other organizations that send poets into the schools each year include the Arts Council of Mendocino County, GASP, the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, California Poets in the Schools, and the California Arts Council.
Visiting poets lead K-12 students through a series of hands-on creative writing workshops, often combining visual art, music, movement and digital audio-visual production. Students explore their inner emotional landscapes as well as physical and imaginary universes using sensory discovery, imagination, and language skills.
To get involved with the Mendocino County Poets in the Schools programs, contact Blake More, firstname.lastname@example.org or check the website at www.californiapoets.org.
To purchase a book, contact Gallery Bookshop, email@example.com or (707) 937-2665.