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Poets Gathering For Readings Commemorating Thomas And Woolsey Fires, Montecito Debris Flow

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The Thomas Fire burning outside of Fillmore in December of 2017

Some poets from the South Coast are coming together this weekend for an event featuring works related to the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, and the Montecito debris flow. More than two dozen poets are expected to take part in a reading beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Westmont College in Montecito.

Former Ventura County Poel Laureate Mary Kay Rummel says the two big fires, and the Montecito debris flow led to a number of poetry events linked to the disasters. Glenna Luschei is a publisher who lives in Carpinteria, and almost lost her ranch to the Thomas Fire. She was inspired to turn some of the works into a book, “Psalms of Cinder & Silt,” as a tribute to first responders and to honor those who lost their lives, and homes.