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Poetry Night Reading Series: Dr. Charles Halsted and Angela James

August 18, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

The Poetry Night Reading Series is returning to the roof of the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street in Davis, for a special evening of poetry featuring Dr. Charles Halsted and Angela James. This event will take place at 7 PM on Thursday, August 18th, 2022.

Charles Halsted was raised in New England, then in Los Angeles, California. After attending Stanford University, Charles embarked on a career in academic medicine, obtaining his medical degree at the University of Rochester and subsequent training in Cleveland, OH and Baltimore, MD, fulfilling his military obligation at the US Naval Medical Research Unit in Cairo, Egypt. Subsequently, he committed himself to academic medicine at the University of California Davis, where he practiced and taught medical students until his retirement in 2015. Since then, he has initiated a new career in poetry by enrolling in online courses provided by ten well-known American poets and one Irish poet. To date, the published poetry of Charles Halsted includes one chapbook, Breaking Eighty, and the books Extenuating Circumstances and On Razor-Thin Tires.

Angela James is a performance poet and storyteller steeped in the oral tradition as practiced by her family in the Caribbean. In an effort to dispel old stereotypes, she elevates poetry and storytelling into performance art and weaves words, music, and movement in an eclectic fusion that appeals to all audiences. She is a certified multi-disciplined teaching artist with Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and sits on the boards of the Sacramento Poetry Center and the Sacramento Storytellers Guild.

Angela James has received numerous grants to promote poetry and storytelling in schools, and she organizes poetry and storytelling events in the Sacramento area. Her work has been published in Sacramento City College’s literary magazine, Susurrus, and in the chapbook collections Personally, Random Pieces, and Words. Her work can also be heard on the 2001 CD Echo in the Bone.

This event will take place on the roof of the Natsoulas Gallery (521 1st Street) at 7 PM on Thursday, August 18th, 2022. There will be an open mic after the featured performers. Open mic performances will be limited to four minutes or two items, whichever is shorter. As Tom Stoppard says, “Good things, when short, are twice as good.”

No matter what the CDC or Yolo County has announced, we ask that you wear your mask inside the Natsoulas Gallery. Although it will be warm on the 18th, we encourage you to dress in layers to accommodate the drop in temperature (from about 92 degrees to about 82 degrees) between 7 and 9 PM.

The Poetry Night Reading Series, taking place on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7 PM, is generously supported by the people and poets of the Sacramento Valley, and by John Natsoulas and the staff at the John Natsoulas Gallery. Your host will be Dr. Andy Jones, poet laureate emeritus of the City of Davis.

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Upcoming Poetry Night Events:

September 1st: Bill Gainer with Laura Martin

September 15th: Mischa Kuczynski with Jordan Karnes

October 6th: Bill O’Daly (new book!)

October 20th: Margaret Ronda and Augusta Funk

November 17: Mary Mackey (new book!)


Upcoming readers at the Poetry Night Reading Series will include, among others, Brad Buchanan, Margaret Ronda, Andy Jones, Joshua McKinney, Mary Mackey, Beth Suter, and Rooja Mohassessy.



August 18, 2022
7:00 pm
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John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
521 1st St.
Davis, CA 95616 United States
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