The Garlicky Group of Poets celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Gilroy Library on Feb. 8, marking a quarter-century of monthly readings that attract residents from throughout South County.
Ed Nauss, the founder of the group, said the readings are free and open to all, not just poets.
“Procedures are relaxed, informal, providing equal opportunity for all,” he said. “There is never a ‘featured’ reader, nor is there any internal competition. Nobody gets ‘slammed.’”
Attendees are encouraged to read whatever poetry they might like to read, and join in related discussions.
Ed Ferri of the group said the Garlicky Group of Poets has attendees from Morgan Hill and Gilroy, and has also drawn regular participants from Hollister, Watsonville and Santa Cruz.
The group meets the second Saturday of the month from 3:30-5pm at the Gilroy Library, 350 West Sixth St.