Downey poet to read from first book

DOWNEY - Third Thursday Poetry's next meeting will be held on Feb. 28 at Downey Art Vibe's Stay Gallery, 11140 Downey Avenue just north of Firestone Blvd. in Downey, featuring poet Frank Kearns as he launches a first book, "Circling Venice," described as "a private life revealed in quick snapshots that mirror adolescent America's mythic migration westward in the '70s."The gathering of poets and poetry aficionados, curated by Lorine Parks, is being presented by the Downey Arts Coalition. Doors open at 7 p.m., and open mike, during which poets are invited to read a poem or two, follows at 7:30 p.m. There is free parking, and the facility is handicap-accessible. Kearns, who now lives and writes in Downey, was raised in New England and is said to have been "transformed into a Southern Californian by time in Venice, years at the Bethlehem Steel mill in Vernon, and a long career in the aerospace industry." For information, email

********** Published: Febuary 7, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 43