Modesto poet’s first collection featured at reading

Alkali Sink by Stella Beratlis
Alkali Sink by Stella Beratlis

Modesto poet Stella Beratlis will present from her newly released collection, “Alkali Sink,” during a reading April 14 at the Barkin’ Dog Grill in Modesto.

“Alkali Sink” is Beratlis’ first full-length collection of poetry. It was released last week by the nonprofit Bay Area poetry collective Sixteen Rivers Press. She is an active member of the region’s poetry community.

According to a press release from Sixteen Rivers, her poems are rooted in her family’s Greek culture and that of the Central Valley. The book’s “themes of family, loss and the natural world weave together to create a universe of dichotomies at once dangerous and intimate, walking the line between the catastrophic and the sublime.”

Beratlis’ works have appeared in Quercus Review, Penumbra, Song of the San Joaquin, California Quarterly and other journals, as well as in the anthology “The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems From the San Francisco Bay Watershed.” She also was a co-editor of the collection “More Than Soil, More Than Sky: The Modesto Poets.”

Beratlis is a librarian in Modesto and will be joined at the free, public reading by Bay Area poets Lisa Robertson and Helen Wickes. Robertson will read from her book “The Orbit of Known Objects” and Wickes from her release “World as You Left It.”

The readings begin at 6 p.m. at the Barkin’ Dog Grill, 940 11th St., Modesto. For more, call (209) 572-2341.

Reach Bee staff writer Pat Clark at pclark@modbee.com.