The next Poets' Circle will be on June 3rd from 5-7pm.
Featuring: Stan Rushworth
Open Mic to follow the featured speaker(s).
Stan Rushworth was born in 1944 and raised on the banks of the Stanislaus River in the east San Joaquin valley in California by his grandfather, who was of Cherokee descent. He served as an Army volunteer in the Far East during the Vietnam War, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Language Arts and Creative Writing at San Francisco State University after returning home. He has taught Native American Literature at Cabrillo College for the last 29 years, including similar
work at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a lecturer, and worked for 18 years at
Cabrillo’s Watsonville Center teaching basic skills and critical thinking surrounding Indigenous
peoples’ issues, including 6 years as Director/Instructor of the Puente Program, a writing-
centered project focused in the Chicano community. His books are Sam Woods: American
Healing (1992); Going to Water: The Journal of Beginning Rain (2014); and Diaspora’s
Children (2020). Stan works as an activist and advocate for Indigenous people as a teacher,
writer and speaker. He is an enrolled citizen of the Chiricahua Apache Nation, and is also a
member the Santa Cruz Indian Council, where he is an Advising Cultural Elder. He is the Elder
in Residence at the University of California, Santa Cruz for 2019/20, with the American Indian
Magdalena Montagne is a poet and teacher. A long-time facilitator of
Community Poetry Circles, her new book, Earth My Witness, was published in October by Finishing Line Press. Magdalena has been hosting Poets’ Circle for several years.