Come meet Modesto's new poet laureate, Gillian Wegener, and say goodbye to the outgoing poet laureate, Ed Bearden, at a reception Aug. 4. The free program runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the McHenry Museum, 1402 I St.
Wegener was appointed poet laureate for 2012-14 by the Modesto City Council last month. A resident of Stanislaus County since 1991, she is a teacher at Oakdale Junior High School. She earned a master's degree in writing, with an emphasis on poetry, from the University of San Francisco.
She started monthly poetry readings at the Barkin' Dog Grill in Modesto in 2009, and co-edited the anthology "More Than Soil, More Than Sky: The Modesto Poets" with Stella Beratlis and former poet laureates Sam Pierstorff and Bearden.