Co-host Christine Richardson introduced March’s featured reader, Ken Weisner, with these words:
Tonight’s featured poet has long contributed and continues daily to contribute to our shared world of poetry, especially here in Santa Clara County as well as in his hometown of Santa Cruz. In a beautiful tribute to the beloved Santa Cruz poet, Maude Meehan, Ken Weisner concludes his poem, Dear Maude, with a line she must have said to him and many others, “Do something with your life.” And Ken has indeed followed this advice.
He is a very popular English professor at De Anza College, encouraging and guiding countless students. He is the editor of the fine publication, The Red Wheelbarrow. His own writing is collected in two books of poems, most recently, Anything on Earth. His poems have also appeared in many publications: Poets Against the War and Garrison Keillors’s Writer’s Almanac to name just two.
His poetry covers a cornucopia of subjects: politics, gratitude, music, the simplest bounty of nature, like an apple, and the indelible intricacies of people he loves. Besides poetry, his writing interests include, developmental writing, critical thinking, American literature, editing and mass communication.
He is also a side arm pitcher, and avid hiker, lover of sports and music and I believe a pretty good French horn player.
So as you can see he is really doing something with his life, and now tonight is here to add something to ours. Please welcome Ken Weisner.