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Interview with Sharon Fain and Joseph Zaccardi by Neshama Franklin

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Published on Feb 5, 2014

Marin Poets Live! (http://www.marinlibrary.org/events-an...) is a public access television monthly show presented by Marin County Free Library (http://www.marinlibrary.org/) and features host Neshama Franklin, who works at the Fairfax Branch Library. The show introduces local Marin poets and delves into their reasons for writing and the influence that living in Marin County has had on their poetry.

In each interview, Neshama spends time eliciting background from each poet as well as offering her insights into the poems that each guest reads aloud.

This interview with Sharon Fain and Joseph Zaccardi aired Thursday,November 4, 2013 at 7:30pm.

The monthly show appears the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm PST. Check the Community Media Center of Marin for schedules (http://cmcm.tv/community-schedule).

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Sharon Fain Biography

Sharon Fain is retired from City College Of San Francisco, where she taught child development and was a counselor. She began writing poetry after the age of fifty, then moved to Marin, where she served on the Marin Poetry Center Board and received a Marin Arts Council Grant. She travels frequently to West Africa, where her grandchildren live.

The author of two chapbooks (Telling the Story Another Way and Territories), Sharon was awarded the 2009 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize, the 2010 Paumanok Prize, a Pushcart nomination, and several residencies. Her work has appeared in Nimrod, Poetry East, The Literary Review, Arts & Letters, Southern Humanities Review and Best New Poets 2010.

Awards
2010 - Paumanok Prize
2009 - Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize

Bibliography
2011 - Territories
2003 - Telling the Story Another Way

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Joseph Zaccardi Biography

Joseph Zaccardi is the author of three books of poetry, Vents, Render, and The Nine Gradations of Light. His poems have appeared in the Southern Poetry Review, Runes, Poet Lore, Seattle Review, Spillway and elsewhere. He volunteers at convalescent hospitals reading poetry to the residents, and listens to them recite the poems they know by heart. He was appointed poet Laureate of Marin County California in 2013 for a two year term.

Poetry came alive for Zaccardi in the 6th grade, when his teacher, Sister Francesca, gave him a small book of poems by William Carlos Williams; a gift, alas, that he has lost track of. Perhaps the power of poetry is that it stays with you, he says, even when it is not with you.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, on Labor Day, as a youngster, Zaccardi thought that that holiday was to commemorate his mother's labor while giving birth to him. He has been drawn to poetry because he believes that every poem has multiple meanings, in some ways, every new poem is like a newborn child.

Awards
2003 - Marin Arts Council Artist Grant

Bibliography
2013 - The Nine Gradations of Light
2009 - Render
2005 - Vents

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