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California Freethought Day

Sunday, October 16, 2016

California State Capitol Building

Live Entertainment

The following details are still being updated from our prior year and may be changed.

Victor Harris, Poet

Victor Harris has been a staple on the Bay Area poetry scene for the past twelve years, featuring at various venues in Oakland and Berkeley, he was on the finals stage in Oakland in 2003. He is the recipient of the 2001 Frederic C Fallon Award for poetry from Chabot College, and a 2006 graduate of Cal State University Hayward with a B.A. in Liberal Studies.  Earlier this year he performed in Washington D.C. at the Reason Rally.

Victor is excited to be a part of the group of artists behind Mad Art Lab, where art meets science and skepticism. He has been writing and performing atheist, skeptical, rational, science themed poetry for over 4 years. When he's not writing, or performing, he is the talent behind Reuschelle's Cheesecakes and won a Best of the Bay award from the East Bay Express in 2009.

Victor is performing twice at Freethought Day: just after lunch and sending us off at the end of the day.

Bill Potts, Poet

Bill PottsIt's hard to say when Bill Potts got his start as a poet. Some are not sure he ever did. He did get some encouragement from one of his high school English teachers, who wrote on one of Bill's poems, "Doggerel, but good doggerel." This may explain Bill's later admiration of Ogden Nash (a veritable fountain of doggerel) and in particular Walt Kelly, the creator of Pogo. Kelly wrote both doggerel and stream-of-consciousness poetry (as Bill now does). As a strip cartoonist, Kelly specialized in political satire, with Pogo the possum and his fellow Okefenokee Swamp critters standing in for the real politicians. Bill has created some religious satire, although without cartoons or swamp critters.

Bill will be performing at our Supporters' Reception and at Freethought Day, in the late afternoon.