‘Outta the Blue’ mixes poems with photography

‘We keep introducing new dimensions to poetry series’
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Guests at the second part of this year’s Outta the Blue Poetry Series will not only get to hear the poems of Patricia Lynn Reilly — they’ll also get to see her photography.

“We keep introducing new dimensions to our poetry series,” said John Bowman, who organizes the event with his wife Valerie. “In April, Bob Stanley brought a jazz guitarist who accompanied his reading. For this event, we bring photography into the room. Patricia’s photography is poetic so it is only natural for her to read poetry and display some of her visual creativity.”

The second installment in the three-part series takes place at the Blue Line Gallery in downtown Roseville on Saturday, Aug. 6, and will feature published poet William O’Daly along with Reilly.

Reilly, who lives in Auburn, graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and has authored four works of nonfiction. She is a leading proponent of an ideology known as Embodied Feminism in the women’s empowerment movement.

In “Words Made Flesh,” and anthology of her writings, Reilly shares the personal story beneath her public persona as feminist theologian and writer.

O’Daly resides in Auburn and is a poet, translator and fiction writer. His published works include eight books of the late and posthumous poetry of Chilean Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda, and a chapbook of his own poems, “The Whale in the Web.”

O’Daly was a finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry for “Still Another Day.” He is a board member of Poets Against War and co-founder of Copper Canyon Press. He recently co-authored a historical novel, “This Earthly Life,” based on the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

“We have been trying to get (O’Daly) to the Outta the Blue poetry readings for more than a year,” Bowman said. “Finally, his schedule allowed him to say yes. His work as co-founder of Copper Canyon Press is legendary in the poetry community and his own poetry is thoughtful and evocative. This is going to be a very stimulating evening.”

~ Sena Christian


Roseville Arts presents Outta the Blue Poetry Series
4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6
Where: Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon St. Suite 100 in Roseville
Cost: $10 general admission, $5 for Roseville Arts members, seniors and students
Info: Poets will sign and sell books following the reading. For more information, call (916) 783-4117 or visit