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PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon

  • California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks 350 West Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks, CA, 91360 United States (map)
Kevin Sloan,  96 Springs

Kevin Sloan, 96 Springs

Join us for PoeTea - a Sunday afternoon that blends poetry and art during an tea service in the main gallery exhibition of Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities.


Steve Braff

Steve Braff is drawn to performance poetry--recitations of his own work and others shared with the audience in a celebration of image & word, rhythm & rhyme: a play of word music that connects; a resonance in the heart, rather than scratching of the head. You hear it. You get it. You smile.

Steve has read at Santa Barbara Public Library’s Tuesday Poets at the Library, theE.P. Foster Library Poetry SeriesPoetry Zone, and CORE Winery Poetry Series; the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Wildling and Elverhoj Museums in Solvang, and the California Museum of Thousand Oaks; the Santa Ynez Valley Arts Association, Squire Foundation, Hospice of Santa Barbara, and the Coastal Dunes Writers Club. 

Steve is founder and host of the Blue Whale Poetry Series at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara as well as the Wildling Museum Poetry Series in Solvang. He serves as poetry program leader for the Jewish Federation of Santa Barbara, outreach coordinator for Santa Barbara’s Cal Poets in the Schools, and judge for the Santa Barbara County Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition. 

A tea service with delicious pastries will be served during the readings with a discussion afterwards.

PETER by Steve Braff

 Flames he cannot see

but by feel knows

their waxen warmth

rooting—these light burdens

borne with ambling gate

yet all stand still

in wet-gray’s dawning.

 And so the beginning

of this burning


-continue reading here

Marsha De La O

Marsha de la O was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her MFA from Vermont College and is the author of two collections of poetry: Black Hope (1997), winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize, and Antidote for Night (2015), winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize from BOA Editions. De la O is associated with the landscapes and cityscapes of Southern California, and her poetry is known for its nuanced observation and description of the region.

Phil Taggert

Phil Taggart has three collections of poetry. His latest is Rick Sings (Brandenburg Press). His other two are Opium Wars (Mille Grazie Press) and an art book in collaboration with Texas artist Ann Harithas, Cowboy Collages. He served for nine years as the Poetry Editor of Art Life, and is currently editor and publisher of Askew with Marsha de la O and Friday Gretchen. Phil runs the weekly poetry reading at the EP Foster Library in Ventura. He grew up in South Whittier and lives in Ventura, California with his wife Marsha de la O.

Admission Free

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