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Saturday, August 18, 2012


The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) is seeking an individual who is interested in volunteering for the position of PR Coordinator beginning September, 2012. The PR Coordinator promotes the Center's exhibits, film programs, and arts related events:


- File news releases with the press and media locally and state wide as needed.
- Up date community online calendars
- Post informational mailings to target audiences for events
- Post to content to DIVA Facebook and DIVA UpDate! blog
- Design and prepare promotional posters as needed
- Work with DIVA web coordinator in putting information online


- Ability or organize information in a timely way and prepare press releases to the media.
- Familiarity with e-mail postings and use of mailing lists
- Some basic skills in layout of visual information for promotional posters
- Ability to effectively communicate with DIVA staff, press representatives, and the public
- Have knowledge of graphic design software such as Adobe Creative Suite 6


- One year of volunteer service beginning September, 2012. 
- Time required may range from 0-5 hours per week depending on number of events
- Dedication to getting information distributed on specific timelines

Contact: Miriam Jordan, DIVA Board President:

DIVA Web site:

DIVA Hosts poets Julie Rogers and David Meltzer

DIVA’s “A New Poetry Series”, hosted by Tim Shaner, features authors Julie Rogers and David Meltzer in a presentation of their work at 7:30 PM on Sunday, September 16th. This session will be held at Tsunami Books 2582 Willamette Street. Donation welcome.

Julie Rogers:

Julie Rogers began writing at age 12 and reading her poetry in San Francisco cafes in the late 1970’s. She has published five chapbooks, her work has been seen in various journals and anthologies, on public television and radio, and she has read at many venues in Oregon and California.

A self-taught writer, she nevertheless engaged in literary endeavors along the way, was active in southern Oregon's Rogue Valley poetry scene for two decades, and spent four years facilitating a writer’s workshop in Ashland during the twenty-five years she lived there and in the adjacent northern California mountains.

Vimala published her Buddhist hospice manual, Instructions for the Transitional State, in 2007. House of the Unexpected   spans thirty years of poetry and is her first book-length collection.

Julie Rogers now resides in Oakland, California with her husband, poet David Meltzer.  

David Meltzer

A poet at age 11, David Meltzer began his literary career during the Beat heyday in San Francisco. He is the author of many volumes of poetry including The Process, Arrows: Selected Poetry 1957 – 1992No Eyes: Lester Young, Beat Thing, and   David’s Copy.  He has also published fiction and essays including Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook and has edited numerous anthologies and collections of interviews such as The Secret Garden: An Anthology in the Kabbalah, Reading Jazz, Writing Jazz, andSan Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets. His most recent book, When I Was A Poet, # 60 in the Pocket Poet’s Series published by City Lights, came out in 2011.

David Meltzer taught in the Humanities and Poetics programs at the New College of California in San Francisco for 30 years. He was given the Bay Area Guardian's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and this year he was nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. He is now performing with his wife, poet Julie Rogers, in the Bay Area and elsewhere. 

Drink and Draw Benefit for DIVA

“Drink and Draw” is a DIVA fund raising event scheduled for 6-8PM on Thursday, September 6th at the Ninkasi Brewing Company’s Patio located at 272 Van Buren Street.

Participants are asked to bring their drawing supplies and a thirst for frothy pints of Ninkasi. DIVA will provide a model who will pose from the hours of 6-8pm. DIVA receives 25% of pint sales.

This fund raising event is presented in partnership with Ninkasi’s “Beer Is Love” program that sponsors in-kind support for local registered non-profit groups, teams, and organizations.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New Exhibits open at DIVA on Friday, August 3rd. 
Click2Read more about the artists.