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Poets memorialize fire disasters 

On Saturday, Feb. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Westmont College’s Deane Chapel, Solo Press publisher and poet Glenna Luschei will present a reading from the recently released book, “Psalms of Cinder & Silt,” about the California wildfires and debris flow disasters. Poets and professors Paul Willis and David Starkey will join Luschei along with other poets. Originating in community readings in Ventura and Topanga that were held with the purpose of healing after disasters of fire and mudslides, “Psalms of Cinder & Silt” grew to include poems from the California fires from 2015-2018.

Luschei recalled the first reading: “One-by-one, poets attended the microphone to share their personal accounts of recent California wildfires and the impact they'd had on their lives. Audience members were able to feel a sense of connectedness with the poets and one another due to shared experience. The love in the room seemed to expand as the afternoon progressed.” The Deane Chapel is located at Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, and the reading will also serve as a memorial with the names of victims invoked. Light refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase at the event for $15. For more information call (805) 440-4683 or email “Psalms of Cinder & Silt” is also available on

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