By John Hernandez
San Manuel Miner
Rancho Linda Vista will be hosting a couple of award winning poets this week. On Sunday October 20, there will be an opening reception for Strange Angels William Root, new photos to accompany a new collection of poems. William Pitt Root and his wife Pamela Uschuk will also be reading from their works. The reception and show will be at the Rancho Linda Vista Art Gallery and will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by a reading and book signing at 5:00 p.m. The show will run October 20 – 31.
William Pitt Root was the first Poet Laureate of Tucson from 1997 to 2002 where he was living while commuting weekly to New York to teach at Hunter College. While living in Tucson, he and Pamela worked with Native American and Hispanic children teaching writing/poetry and promoting the arts. His award winning works have been translated into twenty languages. His honors include winning the Stanley Kunitz Prize and Guy Owen Award as well as three Pushcart Prizes. Bill will be reading from his latest work Strange Angels: New Poems and Sublime Blue: Selected Early Odes of Pablo Neruda.
Pamela Uschuk is an award winning poet and freelance writer. She teaches Creative Writing at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Her book of poems Finding Peaches in the Desert, One Legged Dancers, Scattered Risks was nominated by Plougshares for the 2005 Zacarias Poetry award as well as nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
The Bloomsbury Review has called her “one of the most insightful and spirited poets today”. She will be reading from her works Crazy Love &, Wild in the Plaza of Memory and her Book of Healers Healing which traces her odyssey with ovarian cancer.