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Get Your Poetry Fix

Ever noticed that Ukiah is haiku spelled backwards? It is a quirky fact that is annually celebrated at the free Ukiah Haiku Festival. This year’s event will be online and will feature local poets reading their work in a round-robin style. If there’s time, poems from past winners, as well as Japanese masters like Basho and Buson, will also be included. Outgoing Ukiah Poet Laureate Roberta Werdinger will produce the event and incoming Poet Laureate Melissa Eleftherion Carr will host it. To attend the festival, which will be held on April 25, 3–4 p.m., email Werdinger at [email protected], and she’ll send a Zoom link. Find out more at