Bob Stanley is one of the most active participants in the local poetry scene. He is Sacramento's former poet laureate and president of the Sacramento Poetry Center. He's the editor of "Late Peaches," a collection of works by 117 area poets, and he teaches English at California State University, Sacramento.
Now Stanley is celebrating the arrival of his own poetry book, "Miracle Shine" (WordTech, $18, 88 pages). He's ready for the launch party and reading at 7 p.m. next Monday (May 27) at the Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th St.; (916) 240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org.
That will be followed by his appearance in the spoken-word program "Poetry Unplugged," 8 p.m. May 30 at Luna's Cafe & Gallery, 1414 16th St., Sacramento; (916) 441-3931, www.lunascafe.com.
In my March story on Sacramento's poetry scene, Stanley said, "So many times I've heard the same answer to the question, 'Why do you write?' It's because I have to. Words are always bubbling in my head."