February 24th, 2014 — Charlene Baldridge will speak on writing as a critic.
San Diego award-winning poet, critic, arts writer, lyricist and playwright Charlene Baldridge will be our featured speaker for the February 24th meeting. A former SDW/EG board member, this outstanding arts writer (theater, music, opera) will discuss "My Writing Life and all it entails after all these years – where words have taken me, living with my daughter's (the late poet Laura Morefield) words and now entering my full, assured ripeness."
Her current arts reviews are published by Opera News online, also Performances Magazine, San Diego Uptown News, San Diego Downtown News and Gay San Diego and her popular arts blog may be found at charlenebaldridge.com . Her new poetry chapbook, The Rose in December is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in March, 2014.
A Wilmette, IL native, Baldridge has lived in San Diego since 1962 and has been writing about the arts since 1979, also authoring a play, The Warrior's Duet, (a San Diego Fringe Festival production, 2013), and a travel book, San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast (Northland Publishing in 2004). Baldridge is editor of the chapbook, The Warrior's Stance. Her books have been set by American composer Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking and Mob-Dick) and recorded by classical sopranos Frederica Von Stade and Susan Graham. She is currently writing a prose memoir and next May, "Winter Roses," Heggie's orchestrated song cycle featuring her work, will be performed by Camerata Pacifica in Ventura, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. You won't want to miss this distinguished writer's take on her amazingly rich life and its cultural impact.
March 24 — Carolyn Wheat, Guild speaker for March, has a dozen books listed on Amazon including "How to Write Killer Fiction: The Funhouse of Mystery & the Roller Coaster of Suspense." Before moving to San Diego she was a lawyer and writer in New York. She teaches fiction techniques at UCSD extension and is on the staff of A Gentle Way Yoga in La Mesa.
April 28 — Richard Lederer will talk about the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare.