Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Sally Ashton joined Dave Denny, laureate of Cupertino and Parthenia M. Hicks, Los Gatos laureate emeritus, Thursday evening at Palacio’s Restaurant in celebration of Ashton’s completion of two years as the region's muse.
Ashton, Hicks and Denny, also known as the PL3, began meeting two years ago to share their ideas about bringing poetry to their prospective communities and have become friends.
They have participated in each other’s events and brainstormed ideas for raising awareness of poetry and continue to support each other in creating events for students and new and experienced poets.
In June, they will appear in an anthology, "Local Habitations," along with Nils Peterson, Santa Clara County laureate emeritus, and Erica Goss, current laureate of Los Gatos. The cover is designed by internationally known local artist, Harry Powers.
Stay tuned for the book release party that will be held in Cupertino, sponsored by Dave Denny.
Ashton, when asked what she most enjoyed about her two years of "laureateship," named the Poetry on the Move project, in which poets were invited to write about the topic of “Invention.” Winners’ poems were posted on public transportation, including the VTA light rail and buses.
Santa Clara County will be seeking applicants for the next poet laureate position in late summer, Ashton said.
Questions can be directed to the Silicon Valley Arts Council, 408-998-2787.