Two nature poets, Maya Khosla and Geri Hulse-Stephens, are the guest readers at a poetry reading at the Willits Community Theater on Saturday, September 10 at 7 p.m.
Maya Khosla is a wildlife biologist and writer. Her poetry collections include “All the Fires of Wind and Light” from Sixteen Rivers Press (2020 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award), “Keel Bone” from Bear Star Press (Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize) and “Web of Water: Life at Redwood Creek” (from Golden Gate Parks). His writings have been featured in documentary films, including “Village of Dust, City of Water”, about the water crisis in rural India. Maya served as Sonoma County Poet Laureate from 2018-2020 and in that capacity brought Sonoma communities together through poetry rallies and field walks after the 2017 fires.
Little Lake Valley resident Geri Hulse-Stephens has been writing poetry for over 30 years. On New Year’s Day 2020, before the word “pandemic” became part of our daily vocabulary, she resolved to write a poem every day for a year. She was mostly successful, except for about five nights that year. This fetishism of poetry continues, but with a little less regularity,
Geri’s poetry is inspired by her devotion to nature and the spirit. In her 40s, she worked in counseling as she used esoteric healing techniques to promote personal transformation. For the past 20 years she has worked as a botanical consultant and wetland specialist. About his work as a botanist, Geri writes: “I work a large part of the year as a botanist, which means that I spend most of my days from dawn to dusk in the outdoors, in wild places and in all weathers. These places nourish my poetry. They open up new perspectives for me and sometimes offer surprising views and ideas.
Free reading will follow featured readers. Admission to the reading is by donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Regarding Covid-19, wearing a mask and vaccinations are recommended but not mandatory.