A New Cadence Poetry Series Presents
William Greenwood
Nils Peterson
reading from their poetry
Saturday, November 14th @ Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060(Behind Streetlight Records)
7:30pm Admission is free

William Greenwood grew up in California where he studied languages and social sciences, graduating in philosophy in the late 1960's. He joined the farm workers' struggle for justice during early unionization, then organized the first farm worker cooperative in Watsonville. Subsequently, he worked on agricultural and small business projects in Latin America, the Middle East and Central Asia.

During the 1970's in Santa Cruz, he and several local poets and translators co-founded Green Horse Press and operated a letterpress in Neal Coonerty's garage. Green Horse published Into the Center of America and his translation of a selection from Guatemalan poet Arqueles Morales’ La Paz Aún No Ganada, chosen for the 1971 Colección la Honda by Cuba’s Casa De las Américas.  In 2014 Word Temple Press published Landscape/Cityscape.  

Paul Vangelisti: “In Landscape/Cityscape Greenwood resumes his singular, sometimes eccentric explorations, getting at the core of what language may propose for one’s way of living. It is a sensual, hard-bought knowledge that pervades Greenwood’s poetry, founded in and of the world, reinforced by the adventure of language.”
Nils Peterson is Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University where he taught in the English and Humanities Departments.  He has coached and worked with countless writers through workshops and retreats in conjunction with such poets as Robert Bly, William Stafford and Galway Kinnell. In 2009, he was chosen to be the first Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County.

He has published poetry, science fiction, and articles on subjects as varying as golf and Shakespeare. A chapbook of poems entitled Here Is No Ordinary Rejoicing was published by No Deadlines Press, a collection of poems entitled The Comedy of Desire with an introduction by Robert Bly was published by the Blue Sofa Press, a collection of poems entitled Driving a Herd of Moose to Durango appeared in 2005, For This Day in 2008, and A Walk to the Center of Things in 2011.

“He is an artisan of the ‘keen, clear song.” Joseph Stroud
“This is a book with humor and grace.” Robert Bly
“Nils Peterson’s poems move with depth, authority, and the occasional grace-granting glint of humor.” Jane Hirshfield