Saturday, July 23, 5-8p.m. at the Joaquin Miller Park Fire Circle [map]
A hundred years ago, Jack London, Joaquin Miller, Ina Coolbrith and their contemporaries would gather informally at Woodminister for “a blanket and a basket of chow.” From this group the CWC was born. These writers would perform “hijinx” in the form of skits & readings to amuse one another.
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Have you read To Build A Fire?
Kristen Caven reporting
We were a little in our cups but I believe this was the lineup…
- Funny man David Strom read The Abalone Song by Jack London
- Henry Hitz read an excerpt from London’s Martin Eden. (“Because I’m famous; because I’ve a lot of money. Not because I’m Martin Eden, a pretty good fellow and not particularly a fool.”)
- Eli Wirtschafter read Who Am I Where? ¿Quién Soy Dónde? A Map of Contingent Identities and Circumstantial Memories, by Rebecca Solnit and Guillermo Gómez-Peña from Infinite City
- Aquelia Lewis read Cupid Kissed Me by Ina Coolbrith ~ and recited her original poem, Venus, Goddess of Love.
- Cristina Deptula talked about Ina, then read her original Spontaneous Grace and Sandwich Poem.
- Leah Vass, visually taking us back in time, read Ina Coolbrith’s Copa de Oro and Joaqin Miller’s California’s Cup of Gold (obviously a writing prompt from one of their hijinx!)
- Amos White read harmonious haiku (hokku) by Yone Noguchi and himself.
- Kristen Caven (with help from Karma Bennett) led a sing-along to Joaquin Miller (went walkin’).