Poets Robert Mezey and Nancy Ware will be reading from their own work as well as sharing poems by Virgina Hamilton Adair. As always, our readings are free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
VIRGINIA HAMILTON ADAIR (1913-2004) taught at Cal Poly Pomona from 1957-1980 and wrote poetry for much of her life. She was eighty-three years old when she published her first book of poetry, Ants on the Melon (1996). Other books include Beliefs and Blasphemies (1998) and Living on Fire (2000), as well as the forthcoming Now You Need Me: New and Selected Poems, edited by Robert Mezey and Nancy Ware.
ROBERT MEZEY has taught at various colleges and universities across the United States; from 1976 to 2002 he was professor and poet-in-residence at Pomona College. His books include A Book of Dying, The Door Standing Open, and Collected Poems 1952-1999. A new book, To the Gathering Vacancy, will appear next year.
NANCY WARE has been writing and editing poetry in Claremont since 1964; she assisted Virginia Adair in compiling her third book, Living On Fire. She is a retired faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona presently living in Pasadena. Her poems have appeared in Random House’s Poems of the American West, Spring Harvest, and Poetry Claremont.