Ukiah Poet Dan Barth Featured At Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz
On Thursday, September 19, at 7:30pm The Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Reading Series will feature Ukiah poet Dan Barth. The reading will take place at the Arena Market Cafe in Pt. Arena and will begin with live improv jazz and an open mic with jazz improv; the reading will conclude with more live improv jazz.
Daniel Barth grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and is a graduate of Duke University. From 1974-1984 he hitchhiked and travelled and worked a variety of jobs: firefighter, artist’s model, cook, waiter, bartender, camp counselor, farm laborer, landscape gardener, and others. He and his wife, Mary, were married in 1984 in Dog Canyon, New Mexico. After that they started settling down. Mary got an M.A. in Education and three teaching credentials. Dan worked eight years as a bookseller and began to publish his writing. They lived in Palo Alto, Watsonville and Chico before settling in the Ukiah area in 1994. Their son Nate was born in 1987 and now lives, works, mountain bikes and snowboards in Incline Village, Nevada.
Nowadays, Dan works mornings at home, writing and editing. Afternoons he works as a teacher and librarian at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talmage. In his spare time he plays tennis and petanque, rides his bike, goes for hikes, reads a lot, chops wood, carries water, plays his guitar and ukulele. And sings!
Daniel’s poetry, fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications, from Ant Farm to Zam Bomba. In the late 2oth and early 21st centuries his work appeared frequently in The Redwood Coast Review. He is the author of The Day After Hank Williams’ Birthday; Fast Women Beautiful; Coyote Haiku and Ukiah Haiku. Dan was poet laureate of Ukiah from 2012 to 2014. His work is included in the anthology Deep Valley: Poets Laureate of Ukiah, 2001-2018. His latest book, At the Corner of Vigor and Wisdom: New and Used Poems, was published this year.
Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz is supported by The Third Thursday Poetry Group, many anonymous donors, and Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.