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Grammy Award nominee & former MUSD poet-in-residence at UOP

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POSTED November 13, 2009 4:20 a.m.
Michael C Ford, a Grammy Award nominee and a former Manteca Unified School District poet-in-residence, is appearing at the University of the Pacific in Stockton Saturday with Ray Manzarek of The Doors, renamed Riders on the Storm in 2001.

The poets’ joint appearance will consist of a workshop, which will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a performance at 7 p.m. Both events will be held in the Pacific Theater where a reception also will be held from 6 to 7 p.m.

Tickets for the workshop, “Jazz, Poetry, Improvisation: Exploring the Process of Pairing Words and Music,” are $20 each, $15 each for the performance, or $30 for both.

For ticket information, contact the University of the Pacific at (209) 946-7745.

Ford, whose compilation of spoken word and music tracks include “Hollywood Short Story,” “Suburban Neighborhood Suite (Four Movements),” “The Day Raymond Chandler Died,” and “Travel Lecture on no Place To Go,” was a poet-in-residence at Manteca High School and several elementary schools in Manteca Unified in the 1980s. Those stints resulted in the publication of several poetry anthologies containing poems written by the students.

A playwright, critic and editor besides being a poet, Ford’s debut spoken word record titled “Language Commando” earned a Grammy nomination in 1986.

Manzarek is an American musician as well as a producer, film director, writer and singer, and was the co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors from 1965 to 1973, and the Doors of the 21st Century which was renamed Riders on the Storm in 2001, according to his official web site. Among his books and DVDs are “The Poet in Exile: A Journey Into the Mystic,” “Light My Fire,” and the film “Love Her Madly” which features an appearance by Michael McClure.

Ford’s first reading of his own poetry took place at a fund-raiser for Norman Mailer’s run for mayor of New York in 1969. Joining him at this appearance were The Doors’ lead singer, Jim Morrison, and poet Michael McClure.

To contact Rose Albano Risso, e-mail or call (209) 249-3536.

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