Open mike featured Citrus Heights poet

By: Fran Neves, Special to The News Messenger
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Sunday afternoon’s Mistress of Ceremonies, Evelyn Stecher, introduced Margaret Bell, a Citrus Heights member of the Poets Club of Lincoln, as guest poet. Bell, who hosts the monthly open mike at Barnes and Noble in Citrus Heights, delighted the audience with her program. Her poetry ran from sentimental to political to humorous to serious. The hit of the afternoon was her rap poem. Her published works have appeared on the following Web sites: Ghazal Page, Placer County Arts and Medusa’s Kitchen. In addition, Bell has had winning poetry entries in the 2008 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest, California Federation of Chaparral Poets and the Bylines Magazine. Those poets reading their work on Sunday were Jack Fabian, Tom Bakey, Alan Lowe, Patti Berg, Jim Nolt, Lisa Augustine, Jim Fulconer, Barbara Lackovic, Carol Smiles and Fran Neves. April is National Poetry Month. Bob Stanley, poet laureate of Sacramento, will be the guest poet. Open mike is held at the Willow Room of the Twin Bridges Library on the second Sunday of each month, from 3 to 5 p.m., and is open to the general public. Friends of the Lincoln Library sponsor open mike, which is presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln. Submitted by Fran Neves