Free poetry reading at Chadwick Garden on June 28

Enjoy the beauty of early summer in the historic Alan Chadwick Garden on Saturday, June 28, when a bevy of accomplished poets will read their work at "A Garden of Poetry and Music." The afternoon will also feature live music by the Rhythm Wranglers. The event, from noon until 2 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Among the artists at this year's event are:

Amber Coverdale Sumrall--Coverdale Sumrall has lived in Santa Cruz County since 1972. Her first book of poems, Litany of Wings, was published in 1998. Her new collection, Refuge, was published in November 2007 by Hummingbird Press. Her work has been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac.

Robin Ekiss--San Francisco poet Ekiss is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University and is artist-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts this year. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, POETRY, and The Kenyon Review.

Kathleen Flowers--Flowers is a winner of the Mary Lönnberg Smith Poetry Award and is the first recipient of the "In Celebration of the Muse" Chapbook Award for her chapbook Call It Gladness.

Michael Hannon--Hannon has authored more than 15 poetry books, including Poems & Days, Slender Means, and Ordinary Messengers.

Stephen Meadows--Author of The Wildest Place: A Collection of Poetry, Meadows was a longtime resident of Santa Cruz. He now lives in the Sierra foothills, where he teaches, writes, and is a folk music DJ at KFOK community radio station.

The main entrance to the Alan Chadwick Garden is located on McLaughlin Drive across from Stevenson College, where free parking will be available. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, and the UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. For more information or questions about access, call (831) 459-3240 or 459-3376, or see