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Saturday, October 20 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Reading with the OWLs (Older Writers' Lab)

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The Older Writers' Lab (OWL), started over 15 years ago at City College of San Francisco as a poetry writing group for seniors, now meets weekly at the Bernal Branch Library. Participants range in age from 43 to 93. OWL poets are impassioned writers who use their breadth of life experiences to write poems dealing with love and loss; family histories; nature; art; music; and social justice. Several of the OWLs are musicians, artists, and actors who love to perform and share their poems aloud.

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Louise Billotte

Louise Billotte has been writing poetry for 15 years.
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Barbara Blong

Barbara Blong has been writing poetry from a young age but has found joining the Older Writer's Lab (OWL), has spurred her efforts to good effect 
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Helen Dannenberg

Helen Dannenberg is orginally from New York City, has lived in San Francisco for 45 years, and is recently retired. 
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Robert Emerson

Robert Emerson is a retired San Francisco teacher. He writes poetry and short prose as part of the OWL Group. He has been a frequent performer in community theater productions.  
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Bill Lautner

Bill Lautner, now retired, is a member of the OWLS of Bernal Heights and the Diamond Street Poets. Formerly a farm boy from southern Indiana, he's been a poet since 2001.  
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Vernard Maxam

Vernard Maxam was born in Hollywood and has never received any awards for his poetry, but he was named to the Los Angeles All City High School Basketball Tournament Team in 1966. He visits the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge every December to witness the wondrous return of thousands... Read More →
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Mimi Mueller

Mimi Mueller is retired, although not from Scottish and English Country Dancing, Dog Agility, amateur calligraphy and - all her life - writing what she tries to shape into poetry. 
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Maggie Roberts

Maggie Roberts lives in San Francisco. She is a disability rights attorney who has been writing poetry for one year. Her poetry has been published in Forum Literary magazine.  
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Pauline Crowther Scott

Pauline Crowther Scott studied Fine Art in London, UK, then moved to San Francisco in 1980, teaching art and exhibiting her paintings in the Bay Area. She has been writing poetry since retiring from teaching four years ago.
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Ellen Sharbach

Words written have helped Ellen Sharbach cope with the grief of loosing her daughter, a young history professor, in 2004. Ellen came to San Francisco in 1982 having been transferred by her employer from Michigan. She retired in 1990 from the telephone company and has a good life--especially... Read More →
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Susan Terence

Susan Terence, San Francisco Area Coordinator and poet teacher for Calif. Poets in the Schools, is a writer and performer who has been published in: SF Bay Guardian, SF Chronicle, S. Poetry Review, Nebraska Rev., Americas Rev., St. Petersburg Rev., District 11, and has been a winner... Read More →
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Toshi Washizu

Born in Shizuoka, Japan, at the foot of Mount Fuji, Toshi Washizu never climbed his native country's highest peak. Instead, in his youth, he crossed the ocean to America. He became a filmmaker and for decades produced award-winning documentary films. His movies include Bone, Flesh... Read More →

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