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Real Men Do Write Poems!

Armando Garcia-Dávila
Writer, Poet, Healdsburg Literary Laureate 2002 is available to public and private organizations seeking an effective, inspiring, bilingual:

Named Literary Laureate of Healdsburg for the year 2002 (adding to his distinction as poet laureate of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County), Armando Garci-Dávila has a natural gift for energizing an audience, awakening enthusiastic participation, and drawing out the reticent. Garci-Dávila believes that poetry is in all of us–most people simply haven’t written it down. Calling himself a “blue collar poet,” Armando appreciates being described as “everyman’s poet” (J.J. Wilson, Professor of English, Sonoma State University) and his work as “unrestrained” (Don Emblen, former Sonoma County Poet Laureate). His short stories overflow with the warm humor that marked his Catholic childhood growing up with a twin brother in a family of nine.

Garci-Dávila, as feature presenter for the Arts and Lecture Series at Santa Rosa Junior College, demonstrated to ESL students of varying nationalities the art and craft of “building” a poem. He was also invited to be a feature presenter for the Dia de Los Muertos celebration at the Petaluma campus of SRJC. Garci-Dávila, enormously effective with all his audiences, especially enjoys seeing youngsters suddenly wake up to the power and satisfaction that comes with letting buried thoughts see the light of day in the form of poetry and prose. He has had much the same experience in his volunteer work with inmates of San Quentin State Penitentiary in a program designed to assist them in their rehabilitation.

Review Armando’s writing and performance credits and call to discuss your specific needs. You can book him for one or two hours or a full–day workshop. (Lower fees to nonprofit organizations.)