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NEWS
April 13, 2004
Gary Soto, author of 10 poetry collections, will speak at the Pacific Branch Library, 501 S. Pacific Ave., at 7 p.m. April 23. Soto, whose "New and Selected Poems" was a 1995 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award, writes about the lives of Mexican Americans, nature and personal dreams. He writes poetry, novels and short stories for young readers and adults. Soto's presentation will be titled "Local News: Poetry and Prose," and is presented by the Friends of the Glendale Public Library.
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NEWS
March 19, 2004
CHARLES J. UNGER Do you remember the story I wrote about last year, dealing with a young student in Chico, Calif., who drew a picture of a police officer being shot in the head for his art class? The officer he drew had once arrested the young man on drug-related charges. Well, now we have a similar situation that is bringing the case I previously wrote about back into the headlines. This is the story of George T. who is being prosecuted for making criminal threats in his classroom.
NEWS
February 19, 2004
Jackie Conley Glendale resident Roger Carter never finished high school and had read only a handful of books before being inspired to write poetry. "Poems are like a map of the heart," said Carter, 44. "You never know where inspiration comes." For centuries, people have gathered to listen to writers read their works. In the past decade, the art's popularity has grown in the Glendale community. "She whispers words unspoken by thoughts," Carter wrote in one of the poems he shared about a muse -- a Japanese woman in a photo he saw on the Internet -- at an open-mic poetry event at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
NEWS
January 8, 2003
Edison Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Linda Gosney wanted her students to "dab" into the poetry of Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes and the Long Island-born poet Walt Whitman. Gosney and more than 20 of her Gifted and Talented Education students have been working on a literature project called "Poetry of the City." Students have read poems like "I Do Not Like My Father Much" and "Jazz Makes Me Sing" by Hughes and "O Captain! My Captain!"
NEWS
September 14, 2002
One of the stand-out aspects of living in the tri-city area, is the rich diversity we can experience in our day-to-day lives. The unique flavors around us -- the food, the people, and the entertainment -- contribute to our decision to reside here. But even the more "diverse" among us keep our eyes open for that something different. Bionic Beats, at the Veterans' Memorial Hall in Burbank, is the latest provider of that something special. Bionic Beats is a traveling poetry show that is bringing a multi-media experience to Burbank.
NEWS
June 1, 2001
Alecia Foster GLENDALE -- Glendale and Clark Magnet high schools dominated this year's All District Lions Club High School Poetry competition. Twenty-five students from Glendale, Clark, Hoover, Daily and Crescenta Valley highs competed in the annual event. Five winners were chosen: Jeffrey Thompson of Glendale High and Regina Varsh of Clark tied for the first and second spot, Cristina Frankian of Clark and Elizabeth Cooke of Glendale tied for third and fourth and Rebeca Medina of Glendale took fifth place.
NEWS
May 31, 2001
Alex Coolman GLENDALE -- Charles Harper Webb has been teaching creative writing at California State University, Long Beach, since 1984, but before he ever was a teacher, he was a poet. "It was the first thing that got me writing and I've always gone back to it," the Glendale resident said. "It keeps calling me back." This month, Webb's first love paid off. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a $35,000 award recognizing the strength of his poetry.
NEWS
May 5, 2001
Alecia Foster NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- Toll Middle School swept four of the five top places in the school district's first Middle School Poetry Contest. The sweep also gave the school the team championship title in the contest, sponsored by the Glendale Host Lions Club. A total of 37 poems from the area's four middle schools had been submitted to the competition. Of those, 15 finalists were chosen, said Dick Holway, a Lions Club member and judge in the contest.
NEWS
December 8, 2000
Judy Seckler HOOVER HIGH SCHOOL -- Hoover High Tornado Times photographer Efrain Olivares knows its going to be hard to get a photo of Anita Siraki crossing the finish line at the Foot Locker National Championships in Orlando, Fla. As a long distance runner on the high school track team, he knows that's the best shot he can get for the school newspaper. However, race regulations dictate that only media with real press passes can have access to that part of the field.
NEWS
May 13, 2000
Terri Roberts GLENDALE CENTRE THEATRE -- Love at first sight (or at least within a few days) was a staple of the lighthearted, happy-ever-after romantic comedies of yesteryear. The Glendale Centre Theatre returns to that nostalgic time with an engaging production Norman Krasna's 1940's comedy, "Dear Ruth." The title refers to the letters Lt. William Seawright (Logan Newell) writes to Ruth Wilkins (Jennifer Burns) while stationed in Italy during World War II. When Bill comes to New York for a weekend to await new orders, he decides to surprise the girl whose picture he's carried in his wallet and with whom he's been exchanging letters and poetry.
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