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Celebrate National Haiku Writing Month and prepare for the Ukiah Haiku Festival contest with two guided haiku walks (gingkos) with the Ukiah Branch Library. We will meet at the library entrance and walk/roll/stroll around downtown Ukiah on the following days and times:
• Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 2 p.m. will be led by Colter Jacobsen
• Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 11 a.m. led by Melissa Eleftherion Carr.

We will make poems based on visual and aural observations of our surroundings, and play with metrics, rhythm, and cadence to discover where the syllables take us.
Jacobsen is an artist and writer living in Ukiah and Cedarville, California. He has collaborated with poets Cedar Sigo, Bernadette Mayer, and Bill Berkson. One of his many publishing ventures includes the Ukiah Haiku Review edited with Rod Roland. Since 2020, he’s helped organize the ukiaHaiku Festival. He goes by DJ Coco for an eclectic music show on KZYX & Z, called Nomadic Nightcap.

Eleftherion Carr is a writer, librarian, and visual artist. They are the author of the full-length poetry collections, “field guide to autobiography” (The Operating System, 2018), and “gutter rainbows” (Querencia Press, 2024), as well as 12 chapbooks including “burst sutures” (above/ground press, 2024). Melissa lives in Northern California where she manages the Ukiah Branch Library, curates the LOBA Reading Series, and serves as Poet Laureate Emeritus of the City of Ukiah.

This free event is open to all ages and sponsored by the Friends of the Ukiah Valley Library and the Mendocino County Library. Please contact the Ukiah Branch Library at 707-463-4490 to sign up or visit www.mendolibrary.org for more information.

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