Celebrating a Literary Hero’s Legacy

Throughout his 50 years as a poet, James Humphrey (1939-2006), twice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, commited himself to the one thing he could do, write about his challenging babyhood, youth and teen years to teach elementary through college-aged individuals how to overcome their abuse.  It was a rich legacy of works, both words and abstract art, "too rich to leave behind", his widow of 43 years, said. 

Fellow poet, Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) wrote: "Humphrey’s poems–believe them.  He’s lived them.  He knows that pain and suffering bloom like eternal flowers.  He knows that trying is the one thing we have left."

A retired librarian from NY, Mrs. Humphrey moved to Sacramento to  be closer to her son, Saroyan (a professional photographer and graphic artist), only 16 months ago and worked hard to create a memorable living event, honoring her husband’s wishes to raise awareness for at-risk youth by generously donating the event’s proceeds to Stanford Home to empower youth and families to overcome the challenges that threaten to keep them apart.

The evening of November 19, 2011 called "The Wonder of This Moment" will benefit The Stanford Home for Children in a live performance of Mr. Humphrey’s works read by four featured poets, Eve West Bessier, Poet Laureate, Bob Stanley, Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins and accompanied by the award-winning Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet at California Stage (25th and R Streets) beginning at 7 p.m.

There will be wine and food tastings, a raffle and a book sale of Mr. Humphrey’s books included his latest book,

Naked: Poems Selected

and New, 1969-2006.

For tickets ($25) and more information, www.brownpapertickets.com.  Also: www.jameshumphrey.net, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org, bobstanley@sbcglobal.net, 916-240-1897.

Disclosure: I am Norma the widow of poet, James Humphrey who originated this benefit in honor of my late husband.

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