Photo by Emily Sawicki

Bay: About 50 community members gathered under the Santa Monica Pier on Wednesday, Aug. 17, to participate in Heal the Bay’s inaugural Poetry Under the Pier event, featuring readings in English and Spanish from poets Ulalume González, Marjorie Agosín and Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson. The literary event took place inside Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica aquarium, with many poems featuring ocean and nature themes. The event celebrated the launch of two bilingual works of poetry: “Plagios/Plagiarisms, Volumes One and Two,” by Mexican poet Ulalume González de Leó and “Beyond the Time of Words/Más allá del tiempo de las palabras,” by Chilean poet Marjorie Agosín. The event, co-sponsored by Sixteen Rivers Press, was free and open to the public.