Poet William Lansford will read from his most-recent poetry collection The Masks of Quetzalcoatl along with actor Enrique Castillo during an event at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 19th at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice.

Playa del Rey resident Lansford is a retired screen and television writer (Bonanza, Star Trek: The Next Generation, among 300 other credits) who says he turned to poetry when screenwriting was “no longer fun.” He notes that his interest in exploring his mother’s Mexican roots led to his book of original poems, The Masks of Quetzalcoatl, written in the Aztec style of Nahua.

“I was impressed with the power and lyricism of Bill’s poems, simple on the surface, but deeply resonant, as were the original Nahua-language poems and myths from which he drew,” said Castillo, an actor, writer, and director who is the founding member of the Latino Theater Company. Castillo, who stars in “Weeds” and “El Norte,” is also a scriptwriter and playwright.

Environmental activist Richard Beban, co-executive director of the Friends of Ballona Wetlands, will host the Beyond Baroque reading. The Friends organization was founded 32 years ago by Lansford’s wife, Ruth.

Admission to the reading is $7.

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