The new poetry collection, “What Redwoods Know — Poems from California State Parks,” has two things going for it.
First, it contains 43 pages of poems written by 14 poets, most of them from Sonoma County.
Second, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the California State Parks Foundation. The book costs $10.
The book, published by Katherine Hastings’ WordTemple Press, was prompted the impending closure of nearly one-fourth of California’s 270 state parks by September 2012. And that, of course, was prompted by the state’s budget crisis. Some 70 park are on the list, including Annadel in Santa Rosa.
Hastings is host of the “Word Temple” poetry readings and monthly KRCB radio series.
Contributing poets to the book will read their poems at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Sebsastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St.
Contributors include Hastings, Francisco Alarcón, David Beckman, Janine Canan, Ed Coletti, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Jodi Hottel, Susan Kelly-DeWitt, Hannah Maggiora, Phyllis Meshulam, Robert Sward and Lee Slonimsky.
Admission is free.