May 2 Thursday
The Penelope Poems
The Commonwealth Club San Francisco
Stories of Penelope and women of the Odyssey: Patti Trimble spoken word/poems with singer Julia Norton, Peter Whitehead playing various musical instruments, and poet Maya Khosla speaking text. Patti’s lyric poetry with a little help from Homer, Ovid, Hesiod, Aristophanes, Sappho, James Joyce, and the collective imagination.

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May 21 Tuesday
Poetry/Spoken Word
Featured Poet/Spoken Word at Jennifer Barone’s Word Party, San Francisco

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pt reyes spring writing

May 30-June 1 Fri 7pm-Sunday 2pm:

Annual Writing Retreat at Point Reyes National Seashore

 new poems and prose

Spend a weekend writing in community in the Point Reyes wilds! Patti Trimble has been leading workshops at Point Reyes for over 20 years. Join us to generate poetry and short prose, and learn practices for attention, clear thinking, and sensitivity to the natural world. With time to write, wander, and share meals, you’ll leave with inspiration to spare. All levels welcome. Accommodations included at the Historic Lifeboat Station. to sign up or if you have questions, contact the Point Reyes Field Association: link here


Exhibit: Closes Feb 3! Earth/Unearth Art practice as Ecological Inquiry: curated by Patti Trimble: at Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA link here     Panel discussion with curator and six artists: Sunday Jan 20, 3pm.

Poetry Reading, Sunday January 13, 3pm, Pepperwood Preserve, Santa Rosa, with Poet Laureate Maya Khosla, Healing After the Fires.

Poetry Reading, Sunday Jan 28, at Book Passage in Corte Madera for New Anthology Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan, Editors  link here


Publishing Award, Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest:  for two poems: Set Down, Set Down and We are Seed 

Catalog Essay: On the Studio Practice of Richard Pousette-Dart. Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK. Exhibition catalog for Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnnings  link here

Writing/artist residency: Stiwdio Maelor, Corris Wales—a very nice place to work! link here

Poetry Reading, North Beach Public Library, Tues June 26, 2017 6:30 pm w/ Jack Hirshman . click here

Illustrated Talk: October 21,  International Conference on Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies, London, UK: “Modern Art as Inquiry into the Plural Human”.

A discussion of how modernist drawings and paintings of humans merged with their tools (diChirico, Leger, Klee ) and humans merged with animals (Picasso, Varo, Ernst) and human/landscape/object combinations (surrealist exquiste-corpses, early Pollocks)— point to a collective artistic inquiry into the “multiple human” (Bruno Latour and others) How artists conceptions of our nondual nature predict and predate ideas by contemporary writers, sociologists, eco-philosophers.

Pt Reyes Writing Weekends. . .  Friday evening to Sunday afternoon:  a weekend of new writing in the green hills of Point Reyes National Seashore. Restore yourself with quiet writing time, workshop, and good conversation. here  for more info.  Point Reyes Field InstituteI hope you will join us!

Video: Panel Talk

September, 2016, Centennial Celebration for Richard Pousette-Dart, Whitney Museum, New York. Panel presentation with Charles Duncan, Adam Weinberg, Barbara Rose, Jennifer Powell, Patti Trimble, Chistopher Wool, click  here  (My part of this presentation is near the end: at time-marker 1 hour 30 minutes.)

Poetry/Spoke Installation Piece Italy    Terra Amata

Siracusa, Sicily poetry performance. The Italian Academia Dramma Antica (actors and students of diction and spoken text) presented my poetic text, Terra Amata (in Italian) at SAC Contemporary Art Museum in Siracusa as installation.

An “invited poem”, a collection of remembered places as told to me by Europeans, Americans, African and Syrian immigrants, other travelers. Presented in Siracusa’s Contemporary Art Museum, some 40 young Italian actors created a performance piece, a collaged remembrance of Beloved Earth. Directed by Michele Dell’Utri, with Doriana La Fauci and Attilo Ierna of INDA, Italian National Institute of Ancient Drama.

In Memory: Bill Horvitz 

In honor of my ex-husband Bill Horvitz, who died last week after a short battle with cancer. Click on this link, to listen to a recording from our many years of performing poetry and music together:  On the Road or Asteroids, featuring Bill’s beautiful, soulful guitar; or Clear and Mild, as blessing for Bill.

2014 CDs of Spoken Word and Music— out of round records                                                                               

In the Middle of the Night of the Road of My Life I Found Myself in a Tangled Wood, Patti Trimble spoken word; Peter Whitehead various instruments.

Bob Holman says:  “With a stand-up bass as the Circles and Patti Trimble’s voice our Dantean guide, we find that the road  between Truth and Beauty is a narrow one indeed. But with her skilled  blend of poesy and music, there’s no other journey so worth taking. ITMOTNOTROMLIFMIATW is a Classic Right Now.”


HELLO HEAVEN! POEMS FROM ARABIC SICILY  Patti Trimble, Ramzi Harrabi, Abdel Kabir Ghazout

Arabic poems from the Sicilian poet Ibn Hamdis and other, from Arabic Sicily and poets in exile (ca. 840-1100). Tunisian-Sicilian singer Ramzi Harrabi sings the poetry in Arabic, and Patti Trimble speaks their new English translations; and Abdel Ghazout creates beautiful melodies on the oud. A multicultural art project from the center of the Mediterranean.