Live! from the Library

Live! from the LibraryLive! from the Library, produced by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, features free public lectures, literary events, and cultural programs at the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries. Live! from the Library is made possible by donations to the Foundation’s Annual Fund. View past programs on our Video page.

Upcoming Programs:

Poetry Live! with Ellen Bass & Tess Taylor

Readings with Northern California Poets and Authors
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
7 p.m. Walnut Creek Library

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Ellen Bass’s poems have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, and her work has garnered numerous prestigious awards.  Her third book of poetry Like a Beggar, published by Copper Canyon Press in February 2014, has been called “…a gift, a blessing, a map, a chronicle, a hymn, and a cry – and most of all a dazzling, masterful work of art.”  Her previous collections were The Human Line and Mules of Love.  She has also published nonfiction, including The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse which has sold over a million copies and been translated into 10 languages.  Her poems have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Republic. Bass has taught at many locations both nationally and internationally and currently lives in Santa Cruz.

Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor’s first book of poetry The Forage House, published in 2013 was called “…a stunning debut collection” by the San Francisco Chronicle.  The collection “… unravels a rich and troubling history.  Some of her ancestors were Randolph Jeffersons, one of Virginia’s most prominent slaveholding families.”  The poems are based in years of research and travel and have been called “lyric journalism.”  Taylor returned to El Cerrito in 2012 after 17 years.  Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky wrote that her poems present “…a vision that embraces the enigmas of contemporary El Cerrito along with those of the slave-owner Jefferson …” She attended Berkeley High School and then went east to college.  Taylor reports on poetry for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and writes on arts, books, food, architecture, and the urban environment for The New York Times and The Atlantic Monthly. She teaches at U. C. Berkeley.

Poetry Live! will be moderated by Walnut Creek poet Cheryl Dumesnil, author of In Praise of Falling and Love Song for Baby X.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. CLICK HERE to register.  

The Live! from the Library programs are very popular and we strongly encourage people to reserve their free seat by clicking one of the links above. Reserved seats will be held until 10 minutes before the beginning of the program. Please allow time for parking, the library lot can be full after 6 pm,try the free lot at Civic Park or the Broadway Garage which is $.50 an hour.

Thank you to the Thomas J. Long Foundation and Beverly Bortin for sponsoring the 2014 Live! Programs.




Visit our video page for past Live! from the Library videos.

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One Response to “Live! from the Library”

  1. MARY R POWERS April 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I visited your library about 3 years ago and was most impressed by it. It was a very pleasant experience and all employees were very friendly and helpful.
    I am an employee (for the past 8 years) at Guyandotte Branch library in Cabell County in West Virginia. I hope to again visit your fine library in the near future. Keep up the good work.
    Sincerely Mary R Powers