Poet Examines Changing Environment

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Images of Mt. Fuji serve as inspiration to poet Ellen Kempler.
Images of Mt. Fuji serve as inspiration to poet Ellen Kempler.

Laguna local Ellen Giradeau Kempler’s latest book of haiku and photographs, “Thirty Views of a Changing World” is now available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press.

The book was inspired by the Japanese artist Hokusai’s series of woodblock prints, “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” the author said. “My book includes 30 haiku and black-and-white photos from Laguna and California, Iceland and Japan dealing with climate change and other existential threats facing our planet.”

Girardeau Kempler’s poems have been published in the Phoenix Rising Review, Orbis International Poetry Quarterly, Spectrum and Arrow. She is also a winner of the Blackwater International Poetry Prize.



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Author Midge Raymond will be discussing her new book, “My Last Continent,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S Coast Highway.

The novel takes readers on a voyage into the wonders of the Antarctic, one of the most remote places on earth, a land of harsh beauty where even the smallest missteps have tragic consequences.3 write stuff My Last Continent


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