Featured Reader, June 2016

Parthenia Hicks introduced our June featured reader, Ziggy Rendler-Bregman. Before that, however, Leslie Hoffman wrote the following insightful words about Ziggy, and we use these to introduce her to our blog readers:

Ziggy Rendler-Bregman has lived in Santa Cruz for more than 40 years. She is an alumna of UCSC, with a degree in Aesthetic Studies and an emphasis on arts education. As a student, she co­ founded the children’s literary and art magazine, STONE SOUP, a widely circulated print magazine which includes writing and art by children ages 8­-13.

In the late 90’s, Ziggy was a key leader in helping to restore music and arts education for children in the Santa Cruz public schools. A community activist, she was also a key leader in helping to form The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. As an artist, she has participated in Open Studios for many years and exhibited her prints and paintings widely. Her poems have appeared in several journals and anthologies. With her husband, Jesse, she has raised three children. Her poems draw inspiration from family, home, garden and travel. Ziggy’s self­-published collection titled: The Gate of Our Coming and Going was just released in December 2015.

The Gate of Our Coming and Going is a beautiful collection of both poems and prints created by Ziggy. She selected more than a dozen of her poems to be accompanied by a mono print created and hand­pulled in her studio. As both a poet and artist, Ziggy celebrates the way in which the language of the visual arts complements the beauty of her poems. There are poems which speak of her growing up in a family of nine children and poems which bring to light her own mothering, her home, garden, and love for the California landscape.

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