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Three Poets to Headline Final Spring Café

By Maia Williams

Poets Gregory Ellis, Judith Jenya, and Dan Siegel will headline Poetry Café Bellas Artes on Thursday, April 20, beginning at 5pm. Join these multi-faceted creatives for what will be another memorable celebration of poetry.

Poetry Café Bellas Artes presents
Gregory Ellis, Judith Jenya, and Dan Siegel
Thu, Apr 20, 5–6pm
Sala Literaria, 1st Floor
Bellas Artes, Hernández Macías 75
50 pesos suggested donation

Gregory Ellis has loved reading and writing poetry since he was a teenager. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering, and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA.

Gregory holds a black belt in the martial art Aikido and is an accomplished painter and sculptor who lives and works in San Miguel de Allende.

Judith Jenya is a painter, photographer, and poet. Her bilingual book of poetry, Aromas de Dos Pueblos was published in Mexico in 2014. She has been published in Solamente en San Miguel, vol II, in Hamilton Stone Review, and in many newspapers and magazines including AARP, Time, and Today.

Judith has made San Miguel her home since 2006 and lives with her husband, Mark Johaningsmeir, whom she met in Guanajuato at an exhibit of her paintings.

Judith has been an advocate for women and children all her life as an attorney, humanitarian, educator, and therapist. She has worked in Hawaii, California, Bosnia, Kosovo, Jordan, and Northern Ireland. In 2002, Judith was named International Humanist of the Year in Europe, received the Temple Award for Creative Altruism in 2001, and was named a Giraffe-Hero in 2001. She speaks and gives readings in the US and Mexico.

Dan Siegel has been a researcher, writer, change maker, and social entrepreneur across the worlds of US foreign policy, civil society development in Eastern Europe, youth leadership, and philanthropic change. He is the author and co-editor of several books and studies and also blogs on politics, cinema, and society at the Huffington Post. With his wife Jenny, Dan has been a consultant with various NGOs, refugee relief efforts, college study abroad programs, and foundations in the US and around the world.

Dan is now “navigator of purpose and prose” for GoodWorld Journeys, which organizes craft and conversation salons on storytelling, memoir, music, poetry, and purposeful living on the Greek isle of Patmos and the Scottish isle of Iona.

Dan’s passion is listening to poetic singer-songwriters (Leonard Cohen is his spirit animal). This has nudged him toward claiming to be a poet (aided by the beauty of San Miguel and other sacred landscapes).

Founded in January of 2016, Poetry Café Bellas Artes meets monthly, September through April. The all-volunteer community organization features local and visiting poets (established and emerging) sharing original work in a casual setting.

Please arrive a few minutes early. Seating is first come, first seated.


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