A poet who has become a great source of inspiration to me is Francesca Bell. I met Francesca when she read two poems this past spring during the open mic portion of Rivertown Poets, a monthly series I host in Petaluma. After hearing a few samples of her work, I booked Francesca as a feature poet on the spot. Francesca's work is lean, honest, and tremendously powerful. Because it is consciously spare, it cuts close to the heart and bone. You can read some of her work at francescabellpoet.com. -- Sandra Anfang
Riding the rails.