The Loose Lips Poetry Series is back in time for Poetry Month, 2022. The quarterly event series will virtually reconvene on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at 6pm, with featured poets Peg Quinn and Lynne Thompson. Held on Zoom, through the support of the Ventura County Poetry Project, a link will be posted on the Loose Lips Facebook page and in the Topanga Authors’ Group.
Loose Lips readings have received multiple matching grants from Poets & Writers, a high honor for the series, which is dedicated to bringing a diverse array of the best contemporary poets to Topanga and to provide authors and audiences (near and far) with a poetic forum and community.
Peg Quinn, grew up in rural Nebraska and often associates the flat, green, rolling plains of the prairie with the flat, blue, rolling ocean, having moved to Santa Barbara many years ago. She has a B.F.A. in Education from the University of Nebraska, is a visual artist and mural painter, educator and poet. Nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, her first book of poetry, Mother Lode, was published by Gunpowder Press in 2021. Peg works as Art Specialist at a private elementary school. She is smitten by the creative process and views the arts as society’s salvation.
Lynne Thompson is the Los Angeles Poet Laureate. Her first book, Beg No Pardon, won the Perugia Press Prize in 2007 and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award in 2008. She’s also the author of Start With A Small Guitar (2013) and Fretwork (2019), winner of the Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize. Thompson is the recipient of multiple awards, among them an Individual Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles. Her work has been widely anthologized including in The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles, X LA Poets, and Best American Poetry 2020. Thompson serves on the boards of Cave Canem and the Los Angeles Review of Books, is Chair of the Board of Trustees, Scripps College, and serves as the inaugural Perugia Press Poet Liaison to the Board, a conduit between poets and the board and a mentor to the latest winning poet.