Sunday, October 9th, Los Gatos Town Chambers 11.00am – 1.30pm. Suggested donation $15
11.30am – 12.30pm
ELIZABETH CREELY – AN ENVIRONMENTAL TWIST: SAVING THE BAY
“The Ridgeway’s Rail and the Second Saving of the San Francisco Bay” examines an ecosystem in transition: the San Francisco Bay. Saved once in 1961 by the action of three remarkable women, Kay Kerr, Sylvia McLaughlin, and Esther Gulick, and the formation of San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the bay is again under threat, this time by a rising ocean and resource that used to be abundant in the bay: sediment. Wetland scientists and policy makers estimate they have just fifteen years to restore the bay’s 3,000-year old network of tidal marshes and mudflats. Join Elizabeth Creely as she reads excerpts from her essay and discusses the challenges facing the community of wetland scientists as they race against time to ensure the future of the San Francisco Bay.
12.30pm – 1.30pm
SCIENCE AND POETRY: PREDATION OR SYMBIOSIS?
Are science and poetry inherently at odds with one another? Poet and cognitive scientist Pireeni Sundaralingam and Irish poet Jane Clarke explore the nature of interactions between these two disciplines, sharing poems about their respective landscapes, and discussing the inspiration for their work and particular aspects of their craft.
The discussion will be extended to include considerations of climate change and the role that poetry and detailed observations play in our respect for the physical world.
Jane Clarke won the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Prize 2014 and recently won the Hennessy Literary Awards 2016 with three poems from her new book, The River.
A cognitive scientist and poet, Pireeni has held national fellowships in both disciplines and her poetry has been published in over 20 journals and translated into 5 languages with awards including the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Individual Artist award and the N. California Book Award. A Fellow at the Exploratorium’s Observatory, she is currently writing a book on “Creativity, Poetry, & the Brain” and has spoken on the intersections between poetry and the brain at MOMA(NYC) and the De Young among others.
Jane Clarke recently won the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry for her poetry collection, The River. Other awards include the Listowel Writer’s Week Poetry Collection Prize (2014) and the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition (2014). She holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin and an MPhil in Writing from the University of South Wales.
ABOUT ELIZABETH CREELY
Elizabeth Creely writer, public historian and speaker was born in California and has explored almost every type of environment this state has to offer: coastal, riverine, grassland, desert and montane. Her work has been featured in journals such as The Fourth River, The Mississippi Review and The New Hibernia Review. As a community historian, Elizabeth works with the Irish American Crossroads Festival, founded to promote the arts, culture, history and traditions of Irish America. Crossroads, now in its 13th year, produces a variety of programs throughout the year, while also serving as a central hub of events information for the Irish and Irish-American communities of the Bay Area. In March, Elizabeth produced a walking tour for the festival, entitled “Walking the Rebellion: Irish-Americans and the 1916 Easter Rising in the Mission District”, which explored and examined Irish and Irish American culture at home, and in meeting halls, churches and places of business within the Mission District.