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February 6, 2013

Contact: John Koetzner (707) 468-3051

Armando Garcia-Davila


Thursday, February 21st, marks the first in the Friends of the Mendocino College Library spring reading series with a reading by author and poet Armando Garcia-Davila. His books and CDs of poetry have captured the imaginations of audiences for over two decades. He'll be reading from a new memoir and doing selections from some of his poetry.

A landscape contractor by profession, Armando Garcia-Davila started writing in 1990 by writing an impassioned letter to a dear friend who was killed in Vietnam. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ran the letter as an Op-Ed piece entitled "Vow to a Fallen Comrade." When the war ended, he continued writing. A poem, "No Time: Lamentations of a Contractor," was recorded by Latino USA radio, and broadcast on more than 200 stations nationwide in 1995. Catholic and Protestant ministers asked permission to use it for their Sunday sermons.

Encouraged, he spent the next few years writing short stories about his childhood when he and his twin were mischievous students in a Catholic grammar school in San Diego — not "bad kids," Armando says, but "born clowns [who] loved making our classmates laugh." Two of the stories, "First Communion" and "The Pendulum," were published by Thumbprint Press in Marin County, California in its Bust Out Stories magazine. That was 1998. "First Communion," and "If I Could" (a poem) were awarded first-place ribbons at the Marin County Fair the same year. Garcia-Davila was named Healdburg's Literary Laureate for the year 2002-2003 adding to his distinction as Poet Laureate of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County.

In Out Of My Heart, topics wander from philosophical musings to lamentations, verses to the seasons, and love. First published by Thumbprint Press in October 1999, the third edition was released December 2002. At the Edge of the River (Al Lado del Rio) is a mixed collection of prose and poetry printed by Running Wolf Press. Both books are printed in Spanish and English.

The event will take place in Room 4210 in the new library building at the Mendocino College Ukiah campus at 7:00 pm, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Mendocino College Library, an affiliate group of the Mendocino College Foundation. For more information, call (707) 468-3051 or visit The next event in the author series will be Mark Rawitsch's The House on Lemon Street on April 7 at 2 PM at the new Lake Center campus. The third event will be Litfest, scheduled for April 20th on the main campus in Ukiah.

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