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Of Whisky and Words: Local Poetry Salon Makes a Stop in South Pasadena

Published on Friday, February 12, 2016 | 4:54 pm

It was a evening of sizzle and spirits as the Whisky and Poetry Salon made a stop at The Hideout at Kidd’s Jewelry Heist on Mission Street in South Pasadena Thursday evening.

The night paired four poets—Jackie Bang, Jennifer Bradpiece, Alexis Rhone Fancher, and Conney Williams—with four fine french whiskeys for tasting.

Courvoisier national brand ambassador Zahra Bates actually paired each poet with a whisky she thought would most accurately represent them. And the audience tasted each one.

The evening’s theme was “erotica,” and each poet delivered his and her sensuous take on the subject. (We’ve shown you a judicious selection. This is a family publication, after all.)

The Whisky and Poetry Salon was created by writer/spirits afficcionado Kim Ohanneson, who conceived the idea of poetry lovers trading “words for whisky,” by reading a poem and then tasting a sample of a range of whiskeys provided by various distillers. The event is held in a range of locations, usually in Los Angeles, and the event is now in its third year. This is its first appearance in the Pasadena area.

But to appreciate poetry is to hear it. We’ve done that for you here.

More information about the Whisky and Poetry Salon is available at

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