Reading Date Change and Choral Quilt of Hope to be Performed!

Reading Date Change and Choral Quilt of Hope to be Performed!

READING DATE CHANGE AND GOOD NEWS

4 May 208

Dear Friends,

CHANGE OF DATE: My reading at Britt Marie in Albany is happening on Sunday, 20 May at 3:30 (see the poster below)!

Sorry for the confusion! I hope to see you there. Britt Marie is one of those beloved restaurants that people regularly return to. It was bought a few years ago by a former student of mine. Timo Rodriguez was a memorably smart, lively unto wild young man attending one of my remedial writing courses at East Los Angeles College. He went on to earn a PhD at UC Berkeley, but tiring of academic life, bought Britt Marie and introduced a poetry series among other lively additions to the restaurants great food and ambiance. Plan to stay for dinner!

Good News: My adaptation as a poem of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, set as a choral work by award winning composer Adrienne Albert: A Choral Quilt of Hope, will be sung in Kansas City this summer. They will sing the Preamble and plan to present the complete work later this year. We hope to see this work sung across the country and, in translation, around the world, so people will embody the UNDHR’s vision, articulated so long ago, of peace and community benefit for all.

June 24, 2018
A CHORAL QUILT OF HOPE: PREAMBLE (click to go to Adrienne’s site)
Westport Presbyterian Church
Kansas City, MO 64111

 Good News: Our efforts to create an Historic 11th Street Bungalow District moves forward. We received a strong letter of endorsement from Pasadena Heritage, one of the foremost conservancies in the country.

May! The month of Green Grass. Upcoming: June, “The Little Month of bright summer air/when the young eagles fly.”

Susan

Spring Letter 20 March 2018

20 March 2018

Dear Friends,

The winter heat, fires, and mudslides give way to short but mostly sweet March rains. Though they don’t dissolve the drought, they rinse the leaves that have been laden with ash and Santa Ana dust and we all breathe more deeply.

Good news on the literary front:

!. I am delighted to announce that Jerome Rothenberg, the iconic poet and anthologist famed for his influential poetry collections, especially Technicians of the Sacred recently released in a 50th Anniversary edition, has included commentary about Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California on his blog:

http://poemsandpoetics.blogspot.com/search?q=sacred+sites

Technicians of the Sacred is one of my foundational texts, a book whose presentation of tribal poetry infused with shamanism from around the world, shaped my developing sense of the range, depths, necessity of poetry.

  1. On Thursday, 22 March 2018, at 7:30, I’ll be reading new work at the E.P Foster Library in Ventura. This series is curated by Phil Taggart whose brilliant contribution to promoting poetry is widely praised. People LA to Santa Barbara attend his events in Ventura and Ojai. I’m honored to be included! Please join us! Tell your friends!

EP Foster Library in the Topping Room 

Poetry every Thursday at 7:30pm

651 E. Main Street – Ventura

host:  Phil Taggart

  1. On Sunday, 6 May 2018,(NOTE: THIS DATE MAY CHANGE– I’ll keep you posted!) at 3:30 PM, I’ll be reading in the poetry series at Britt Marie, a marvelous restaurant in Albany that supports the arts! Please join us! Tell your Bay Area friends!                                                        Britt Marie Restaurant

1369 Solano Ave.     Albany, CA

 

On the Historic 11th Street Bungalow Cluster Campaign:

We hope to be on the Landmarks Commission agenda for May 14 (DATE IS NOT SET FOR SURE AT THIS TIME) and are planning a rousing show! Please mark your calendars and join the fun in Council Chambers at Santa Monica City Hall! More information to follow about time and free parking.

I will also send information about emailing your notes of support closer to the meeting date. Stay tuned! And check our Historic 11th Street Facebook page where you can read the current edition of our Community Consultants Report on history of our block and the wonderful bungalows we intend to save.

Our vision is supported by all the Santa Monica neighborhood groups, the Santa Monica Conservancy, and important local organizations plus other conservancies like the Pasadena Heritage.

Additionally, I’m collecting a set of new work: The Traveler Poems  and have begun another collection. Spring, with its burgeoning from winter ground lifts my spirits some. January brought the loss of a dear friend and others whom I admired. Not to speak of the harsh currents that challenge the very air and every aspect of what we have sometimes called civilization. But, from the mouth of chaos comes the call to action. May we respond!

 

With the burgeoning green grass and brave new leaves,

Susan

 

He Wore Hats

He Wore Hats by Susan Suntree

See it here:

02/17/2017 By Postcard Poems & Prose

Susan Suntree writes poetry and essays, pesters the crowds at malls and parks with her mask and puppet street theatre, and works to save wetlands and indigenous sacred places. Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California, received an Independent Booksellers Association Award for Nonfiction, PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Poetic Narrative, a Mellon Foundation Award. Other books: Eye of the Womb/El Ojo de la Matriz (poetry in English and bilingual editions), Tulips (translations of poetry by Spanish poet Ana Rossetti), also Rita Moreno, Wisdom of the East. Poems in, among others, Prairie Schooner, ZinkZine 6, Ensemble Jourine, Piedra del Molino, REAL, Fightin’ WordsPEN Anthology. Reviews in Poetry Flash and Theater Journal.

Website: http://www.susansuntree.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading, Historic District Update, Publications

May 2017

Dear Friends,

Update on Historic District: Since I last wrote, we continue our work to establish an 11th Street Bungalow Historic District (which preserves my 106 -year-old bungalow: 1223 11th Street. A couple of weeks ago, we submitted our Community Consultants’  Report which includes, among other documents, histories of each of the bungalows and some fascinating stories about the people who lived on our block in the early decades of the 2oth Century–the people who made Santa Monica a home town.

Our hearing before the Landmarks Commission is schedule for 12 June 2017. I will send an alert letting you know when and where to send an email. Remember: even a sentence or two is an effective vote! A district protects the houses while it recognizes our neighborhood as a place where an interconnection of people and place–the basis of community–is expressed in the design of the homes.

For those of you who might be interested, I’ve attached my short history of the block which begins with the land itself and continues with the story of the human community.

Upcoming: On 15 May at 7 PM (see flyer for map), I’m giving a presentation of Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California for the Santa Susana Mountain Parks Association. Free and open to the public. Bring a book to have signed! I’ll also have a few available (cash or check) after the reading. Please join us!

The SSMPA works to preserve the unique landscape of the Simi Hills where some of the most important indigenous sacred sites are located (the Burro Flats winter and summer solstice ceremonial sites, among others, which I write about in Sacred Sites). Rocket engines that flew to the moon, among other military projects, were tested here–a complicated legacy whose remnants must be seen for the history to be grasped. And the land itself is authentic Southern California wild beauty with abundant natural life— a rarity and a treasure that must be protected.

Publications: “He Wore Hats” (attached) was recently published in a visual format. My short essay in praise of the venerable SoCal literary center, Beyond Baroque (attached) is posted on Harry Northup’s poetry blog: http://timestimes3.blogspot.com/2017/05/beyond-baroque-star-and-spur.html. I’ve nearly completed another book of poetry (The Traveler Poems) which will soon fly into the ether to find its publisher. My memoir about “going back to the land” in the early 1970s will be included in an anthology about what happened to people who responded to this dream.

Wild blooms still brighten the landscape, and pale sycamore leaves turn toward deep summer green. We had a hard rain last night, so the ground and roots won’t forget spring just yet. Traditionally Southern California Native Americans wore garlands of wildflowers during this brief and fragrant season.

Our attention to the community of life nourishes what the current political climate would starve.

In concert,  Susan

Castle Peak, a Place of the Tongues in the Simi Hills

Tukuupar

Dear Friends

Lawrence Goldstein’s Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City (University of Michigan Press) was released 1 May. In his preface, Goldstein notes that he has written not about individual poets. Rather, he wishes “to pay tribute to the poems, not (solely) to the places, for those poems have the potential to change our thinking about more than a single region. They map not only locations but the modes of consciousness and verbal invention….”

In his conclusion of the first chapter titled: “The Pacific Ocean of the Poets,” Goldstein writes: “The most recent landmark of topographical ambition is Susan Suntree’s Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California (2010)…based on extensive geological, archaeological, and ethnographic history. Gary Snyder refers to as an ‘epic’ in his Foreword; he might have compared it to religious and philosophical texts whose narratives are not of heroic feats of arms, but are philosophical accounts of natural evolution, as in Lucretius’s investigation into the nature of things….”

He also writes:“…the poem offers an experience of textuality comparable to the tradition of long-form American poetry and ecologically minded prose beginning in the early days of the Republic and reaching a crescendo in Leaves of Grass.”

It deeply pleases me to share this news about Sacred Sites being given literary consideration. I’ll post the complete text of Goldstein’s comments on the Sacred Sites page. Take a look!

 April: The Green Grass month when grasses sprout.

May: The Big Big Month.

June: The Little Month of bright summer air

                                       when the young eagles fly.

From SS p.154

 

 

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