Lake County News, California – Middletown Art Center to host “Indigenous Poetics” reading on June 5

Georgina Marie reading the book “Restore” at the opening of EcoArts in 2019. Photo by Gemini Garcia.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — The Middletown Art Center presents “Indigenous Poetics,” a poetry reading event hosted by Lake Georgina County Poet Laureate Marie Guardado on Saturday, June 4 from 4-6 p.m.

The public is invited to join Guardado and his guests at the MAC or on Zoom.

This event will celebrate Indigenous voices in conjunction with MAC’s current project “Weaving: Weaving Baskets, Weaving Bridges,” a year-long project designed collaboratively by carriers of the Pomo culture and members of the MAC team.

Guardado curated this reading, inviting a monumental group of readers who are collectively of indigenous Lakota, Dakota, Cherokee, Passamaquoddy, Amazonian, Koyungkowi, Mojave, Peruvian, and Mexican backgrounds.

Lake County Poet Mia Ruiz and Poet Ukiah, also Poet Laureate Emeritus Ukiah, Linda Noel will read from their work, as well as Bay Area poets Alison Hart and Nanette Deetz, two compelling and influential poets who are pillars in their communities.

Seating at the MAC is limited, so reserve your spot in advance at

Zoom participants are also encouraged to register in advance so that MAC staff can adjust the technology accordingly. A suggested donation of $10 is requested, but no one will be refused for lack of funds.

Weaving is supported in part by the California Arts Council, or CAC, and the generosity of members of the local Native and non-Native communities. To learn more about how the CAC supports artistic engagement throughout California, visit

Middletown Art Center is located at 21456 State Highway 175 at the junction of Highway 29.

To learn more about events, programs, opportunities and ways to support MAC’s work in weaving the arts into the fabric of life in Lake County, visit or like/follow Middletown Art Center (@mtownartcenter) on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with what’s happening at the MAC.