By Paula Harris
THE MANHATTAN-based Fund for Poetry has surprised Sebastopol poet David Bromige with a hefty check in his mailbox–a $10,000 grant in recognition of his contribution to poetry. Bromige, 67, a former Sonoma State University English professor, has authored more than 30 tomes and is associated with Avec Books (a Penngrove publishing house run by Cydney Chadwick). The Fund for Poetry Foundation is an anonymous group of funders who award grants to poets whose writing makes a significant contribution to poetry and the literary arts. “No one really knows how the Fund for Poetry Foundation selects authors nationally; there’s no application process,” says Chadwick, who is also one of Bromige’s former students. “I’m just pleased he’s getting the recognition he deserves.”
IT MAY LOOK like something from the sushi menu, but the big grinning fish decorating a wall at Santa Rosa’s Railroad Street and Prince Greenway depicts a giant rainbow trout returning to Santa Rosa Creek. The mural, titled “Breakthrough,” was painted during a four-week project that teamed professional artist Mario Uribe with six teenage artists from Sonoma County. Check it out!
From the August 9-15, 2001 issue of the Northern California Bohemian.