Art Embraces Words & Poetry Events

2023 Program Dates

Art Embraces Words programs are held on Saturday afternoons from 2 - 3:30 pm in the Arts & Science Room at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549. A reception immediately follows on the adjacent Library Courtyard. Media table provided for writers, artists and information of interest to the literary and artistic community. Book sales are encouraged. The free Library parking lot closes at 5:00 pm.

Two Art Embraces Poetry events are planned for 2023 in April and July. These events are held on Saturday afternoons from 1:30-3:30pm in the Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, Lafayette, CA 94549. 

  • October 28 Art Embraces Words - Halloween Costume Event! Come as  your favorite artistic or literary character; judges award prizes for best costumes. Writers read from their work alternating with artists speaking about the artwork they display with a short Q&A after each presentation. A reception with light refreshments immediately follows on the adjacent courtyard. 
  • August 12 Art Embraces Words - 2:00 - 3:30 pm Lafayette Library Arts & Science Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette CA 94549. Featured Writer Brad Hoge of Foster City will read poetry excerpts from his book, "The Drake Equation." Writers Dita Basu of Walnut Creek and Bob Poirier of Martinez also read from their recent works. Original fabric art by Kimiko Kogure and Jennifer McCullough surrounds the spoken word. Writers alternate with artists speaking about their work with a short Q&A after each presentation. A reception with light refreshments immediately follows in the adjacent courtyard. 
  • July 15 Art Embraces Poetry - 1:30 to 3:30 pm Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School Street, Lafayette 94549. Featured Ekphrastic Poet & Artist Nana-Dictta Graves of Ghana who recited her poetry and songs in her native dress and language; Poet Peter Dudley and Photographer Antoinette LeCouteur, Poet Elizabeth Robinson of Orinda Community Church, Poet Diana Jean Skeen of Saint Mary's College, Poet Anne Marie Feld Lowell of Orinda, and Featured Artist David Lew of the Lafayette Public Art Committee. An "After Party in the theatre lobby in honor of David Lew's exhibit, "Freedom of Abstraction" was held immediately following the spoken presentations in the theatre.
  • April 15 Art Embraces Poetry 1:30 - 3:30 pm - Celebrate National Poetry Month! Featuring Poet Ophelia  Leong read "The Guardian of Lafayette Reservoir,” among other works. Featured poets included Jim Gunshinan of Walnut Creek, singer and LAC Board President Sue Farmer spoke about how poetry can become lyrics, Jennifer Granat of Concord read from her series of Color poems, and Linda Foley of Moraga read from her poem, "The Legacy," about her grandmother. Guests enjoyed a No Host Bar while viewing Bay Area Studio Artists eight member group exhibit entitled “A Show of Hands.” BASA member artist Lassie Colebourn spoke about the exhibit and invited  Q&As about their artwork.
  • March 18 Art Embraces Words - 2:00 - 3:30 pm - Featured Poet & Scientist David Seaborg, Writer Quỳnh Uyen Trinh of Pleasant Hill read excerpts from "I Wet My Plants," Alvin Ziegler of Lafayette read from "Gridlock: A Scientific Thriller." Mother/daughter Artists  Kim & Jeanette Lavoie displayed and spoke about a quilt they worked on together as well as their individual artworks. Photographer Jennifer Lothrigel spoke about her ethereal photographs of trails all over Lafayette, including Briones.

Links to Apply as an Emerging Writer, Poet or Artist

To apply as an emerging writer for Art Embraces Words or as a poet for Art Embraces Poetry please access our online application form below. Note that the term writer in the application refers to a writer for Art Embraces Words or a poet for Art Embraces Poetry.

To apply as an emerging Artist presenter please fill out our online application form here:

To contact the organizers of the program email or call 925-359-9940.

Art Embraces Words

Writers paint images with words. Artists tell stories with color. Together they enrich our community.

The LAC 2023 Art Embraces Words season is made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Lafayette. Programs are scheduled on Saturday afternoons with readings and art exhibits from 2:00 - 3:30 pm followed by a reception. We feature local emerging writers and artists with occasional presenters from out of state or out of the country. Original art is exhibited on three walls of the room to set the creative tone and all presenters speak from a podium with a mic. To learn more about Art Embraces Poetry scroll down on this page.

We alternate between emerging writer and artist presenters, announced by Co-chair and Emcee Linda Hartmann of the California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch. LAC Board President Sue Farmer keeps us on track throughout the program.  Each  presenter speaks for approximately 10 minutes followed by a short audience Q&A. A reception with light refreshments follows outdoors in the adjacent Library Courtyard. 

To view YouTube videos from previous Art Embraces Words programs click HERE.

Art Embraces Poetry 2023

The Lamorinda Arts Council presents Art Embraces Poetry, its newest free program as part of the experimental “Art Embraces” genre. In 2022 we collaborated with members of the talented classical music Ensemble ARI by hosting an Art Embraces Music event in the Lafayette Community Hall. To our delight virtually every seat was taken as world-class musicians filled the space with classical music while ’embraced’ by original art on the stage. This experience emboldened us to create a poetry reading program combined with original local art. The Lamorinda Arts Council is grateful to the Community Foundation of Lafayette for supporting this program with a generous grant.