Celebrate the culture and magic of the Pacifica Pier with your friends and neighbors during Fishing for Words: the Pacifica Pier Poetry Walk, on Saturday, April 14, and Pier Pressure: A Celebration, on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Both events are free and open to the public.

Come join us for the launch of two one of a kind community literary events created by Bay Area author Toni Mirosevich, in a partnership with Pacifica’s Environmental Family, to celebrate the iconic—and sometimes ironic—Pacifica Pier.

Spend a Saturday afternoon creating poetry during Fishing for Words: the Pacifica Pier Poetry Walk, on April 14 beginning at 1p.m. The community is invited to participate by “cast a few lines” by writing their own poems or lines of prose at the guidance of the pier’s stenciled directions to fishermen: two lines per person. At designated intervals, participants will be asked to walk the pier and write two lines of poetry at each stop. All ages and experience levels are welcome! At the end of the walk participants are invited to submit their pier poems for the Pacifica Pier Walk Poetry Prize. Philip Levine Prize in Poetry winner Roxanne Beth Johnston, will judge the Pier Poetry contest. This free event will also feature a crabbing demonstration, barbeque and beverages for purchase at the Chit Chat Cafe and sea shanties performed by The Seaside Singers. The walk will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Pacifica Pier, 2100 Beach Boulevard, in Pacifica, CA, 2100

Experience the lyrical side of the pier at Pier Pressure: A Celebration, on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 7 p.m. This salute to the weird and wonderful world of the pier will include a line-up of film, photography by John Bagley, oral histories by local fishermen, readings from a new manuscript on the life of the pier by Toni Mirosevich, surfing tales by Lizzy Acker and Roy Earnest, poems by the winners of the Pacifica Pier Poetry Walk, fishing stories by Ron Enriquez, as well as musical performances by local surf band, The Wander-Ins. This event will be held at Pedro Point Firehouse, 1227 Danmann Avenue in Pacifica, from 7-10p.m. Doors open at 6:30p.m.

Toni Mirosevich’s Pier Project manuscript and Fishing For Words: the Pacifica Pier Poetry Walk and Pier Pressure: A Celebration are supported by San Francisco State University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Creative Works Grant.

For further information, contact Toni Mirosevich at PierPoetry@gmail.com or call 415-338-7439.

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