Mesa Public Library is pleased to host Poetry Gatherings, a place for people to share their love of poetry. The gatherings take place on the second Thursday of each month in the Southwest Room at Mesa Public Library from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Anyone, of any age, who is interested in poetry may join us to read their own poetry and receive supportive feedback, read works of their favorite authors, or just listen.
The Library is very pleased to continue this series, additionally providing materials from the collections, including audiotapes and CDs of poets reading original work, references, and suggestions for further reading.
Jane Lin, who facilitates the Poetry Gatherings, teaches poetry writing at UNM-Los Alamos. Born and raised in New York, she studied under Denise Levertov at Stanford University and received her MFA from NYU where she was a New York Times Fellow. She was the recipient of a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference scholarship and the Leo Love Merit Scholarship in Poetry for the Taos Summer Writers' Conference. Since settling in Los Alamos in 1998, Jane encourages local poets by organizing the monthly Poetry Gatherings at Mesa Public Library and maintaining the Nuclear Poets mailing list of local poetry events (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nuclearpoets/). Her poems have appeared in the Harwood Anthology and journals including The Mas Tequila Review, New Madrid, Slant, and Spoon River Poetry Review.