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January 2015 Calendar of Literary Events

The monthly calendar reflects announcements that literary folk from the area have sent to us. To get a more complete list of author-events and workshop schedules, addresses and directions to the event locations, as well as bios of the presenters, you can use the links below.

Please send your calendar announcements, text only (no attachments or PDFs please), no later than noon on the last day of each month. Calendar entries are easier to include if they follow the format you see here (Day, date, time: event, cost, location, contact).  Events should be within an hour’s drive of Sonoma County. Send your announcements to sonomacountyliteraryupdate@gmail.com. NOTE: Lengthy announcements will be edited. Where possible, please provide a link to a web page with complete details.

Book Passage www.bookpassage.com
Center Literary Café centerliterarycafe@gmail.com
Copperfield’s Books www.copperfields.net
Petaluma Writers’ Forum and Jumpstart Writing Workshops: www.thewritespot.us
Readers’ Books www.readersbooks.com
Redwood Writers www.redwoodwriters.org
Sebastopol Center for the Arts www.sebarts.org
Sitting Room www.sittingroom.org
Sonoma Arts Literary Calendar www.sonomaarts.com
WordTemple Poetry Series www.wordtemple.com

 

Monday, January 5, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A-Muse-ing Mondays. Featured readers are Joe Zaccardi and Phyllis Meshulam. Bill Vartnaw will host. Listeners are invited to attend the free event and bring a poem or two to share during the open mic. Open mic signups begin at 6:30; readings at 6:40 p.m. The Aqus Café is open for food and beverages. It is located at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. See facebook page for details.

Monday, January 5, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sandra Anfang reads at Poetry Express in Berkeley. The series is held at Himalayan Flavors, a restaurant at 1585 University Ave. Open mic sessions will be held both before and after the reading. The nearest cross street is California. There is free parking in the restaurant’s lot as well as plenty of on-street parking. More info: http://poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html

Wednesday mornings, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Weekly Writing Circle for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. This is an ongoing circle for women who want a continuous writing practice with the support of like-minded writers. Each session begins with meditation, guided imagery and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind. Held at a private cottage in Occidental. $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday evenings, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. NEW!!!  DROP-IN Weekly Writing Circle for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Relax into the evening with gentle rhythms, earth-based healing practices, and guided meditation. Learn new techniques for effortless writing as you tenderly explore the stories of your life within a safe, supportive circle of women. At a private home near downtown Sebastopol. $40 per session. www.susanhagen.com

Thursday, January 8, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series, $10. Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Celebrating five years of presenting fabulous readings by fabulous authors. Join us on this momentous occasion, as we kick off the beginning of our 6th year with Tom Barbash, Ann Packer, Rob Roberge, Jason Roberts, Lalita Tademy, Ayelet Waldman. More info: whytherearewords@gmail.com, www.whytherearewords.com.

Friday mornings, January 9, 15, 23 and 30, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Drop-in writing circle, “Writing as a Healing Practice” with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. This gentle, supportive, earth-based healing circle fosters self-awareness and personal growth. Open to all adults. No reservations needed, no writing experience necessary. Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), at Gravenstein Station, 6741 Sebastopol Ave., Suite 120, Sebastopol, across from Coffee Catz patio. Suggested donation $20-$40 per session. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, January 10, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. One-day Writing Retreat for Women” with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Write for healing, self-awareness, and spiritual growth. This one-day retreat begins with meditation and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind and clear a path to the deeper writing life. The format includes two long writings, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection from others. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres welcome. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. Sliding scale: $95 – $135 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

Sunday, January 11, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  “Stand Out on Your Own: Why You Don’t Need a Literary Agent” with Laurie McLean. Featured speaker at regular meeting of Redwood Writers will share insights from the trenches on the revolution going on in publishing and why it is no longer impossible to get published without an agent. At the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers.

Monday, January 12, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Dine With Local Authors. Over ten authors from the anthology, Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood reveals the core of female hearts, divulges secrets, and captures poignant, compelling, complex relationships. At Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa 6-8 PM. Call or email for reservations: 544-2491 or info@jeaneslone.com.

Wednesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. First of six evening workshops: INTIMATE KINSHIP: Creative Writing Workshop. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). Continuing Students Fee $210, Drop-In $40/session. Classes are held in a comfortable home near downtown Santa Rosa. More details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

Thursday, January 15, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. First of six Morning workshops: INTIMATE KINSHIP: Creative Writing Workshop. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). Continuing Students Fee $210, Drop-In $40/session. Classes are held in a comfortable home near downtown Santa Rosa. More details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

Thursday, January  15, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with poet Russ Messing, author of A Convergence of Unanticipated Consequences, and short story writer and memoirist Laura McHale Holland, editor of Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood and author of The Ice Cream Vendor’s Song and Reversible Skirt. Free. At the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. Hosted by Michelle Wing. For more information, go to www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com and http://michellewing.com/books-on-stage/hostsbooks-on-stagejan-15/

Sunday, January 18, 12:30 to 1:30 pm: Third Sunday Poetry Open Mic, Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Donation: $3 to $10.  Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers creates warm camaraderie. Round robin open mic: share a poem or short story by you or someone else, if you like. Listeners welcome.  Appreciation to Coffee Catz for hosting by purchasing a little something is encouraged. Please come scent free. Hosted by Sher and John Christian. http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne/

Sunday, January 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m. The Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon presents David Madgalene’s anthology World of Change, featuring his poetry and five other poets from the book: Gor Yaswen, Margo Van Veen, Jim Miller, David Beckman, and Vilma Ginzberg. At Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. FREE, open to the public. Open mic; sign-ups begin at 1:00 p.m. This anthology includes not only the poems of 63 area poets writing about the changes they would like to see in our world, but also their short essays on their reasons for writing the poems.  See www.hbglitguild.org for more about the six featured poets.

Friday, January 23, 7:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts. Book launch for Michael David Fels’ first novel, The Queen of Kansas. Free admission but donations happily accepted! Refreshments. Selected readings by the author, Q&A, book sales and signing. 3850 Doris Murphy Court (corner of Bohemian Hwy and Graton Rd.) Further info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com

Saturday, January 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Redwood Writers will host its monthly Open Mic Reading at Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa, with featured readers Jan Boddie and Dmitri Morningstar. All interested writers are invited to sign up for the second half. For more information, go to www.redwoodwriters.org. Join in for camaraderie and good literature. Support Gaia’s Garden with a purchase of healthy, delicious food and/or a premium beverage ($5 minimum). Gaia’s Garden is located at 1899 Mendocino Avenue, near Santa Rosa Junior College. Free parking is available behind the restaurant in the shared lot with Community Market.

Saturday, January 24, 7:00 p.m. WordTemple returns to the Sebastopol Center for the Arts hosting Marin County Poet Laureate Joe Zaccardi, editor of the anthology Changing Harm to Harmony — Bullies & Bystanders Project. A number of contributors, including several Sonoma County poets, will read from the anthology that night. Andre Le Mont Wilson, Gerald Fleming, CB Follett, Katherine Hastings, Jodi Hottel, David Beckman, Ed Coletti, Stephanie Mandel, Rebecca Foust, Susan Terris, Mark Meiderding, Julia Vose, Eva M. Schlensger, Barbara Welch Brooks, Alan Cohen, Linda Enders and Calvin Ahlgren. Also reading  is Ellery Akers, celebrating her latest collection, Practicing the Truth, winner of the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize, judged by Alicia Ostriker. And last, but definitely not least, is Sonoma County poet Phyllis Meshulam who will read from her new chapbook from Finishing Line Press, Doll, Moon. At 282 S. High Street, Sebastapol (http://www.sebarts.org). More details: www.wordtemple.com/blog/?page_id=14

Tuesday, January 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Redwood Writers Fiction Book Club. New monthly book club on last Tuesday of each month. Featuring Sharon Hamilton, Seal of My Heart (romance novel), At Copperfield’s Books, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.

Wednesday, January 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Get Lit, a monthly reading series hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, will feature readers Mindela Ruby (and her new book Mosh It Up) and Kate Folk (www.katefolk.com/fiction.html). Open mic follows (Five minute limit). Corkscrew Wine Bar: 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. More details at facebook.com/GetLitReadings.

Thursday, January 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Aqus Literary Speakeasy Saloon presents On the Edge with featured writers Bette Golden Lamb and J.J. Lamb, Jeanne Miller, Cindy Sample, Terry Shames, Simon Wood. Gather for a drink, a bite & hold on to your seats with hosts Jeanne Miller, Ana Manwaring, and Mark Pavlichek. Come prepared to read for 4 minutes. You might be one of the lucky two whose names are drawn from the basket. At Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma.

Thursday, January 29, 7:00 p.m. Writers Read: Devreaux Baker, Blake More, and Theresa Whitehill reading from their own work in response to the theme of the Three Fates (AKA the Weird Sisters!) Featured reading followed by open mic. Art Center Ukiah, 201 South State Street, Ukiah. Link to the flyer: www.coloredhorse.com/poetry/pdf/Baker-More-Whitehill-Writers-Read-Ukiah-15_0129.pdf

Saturday, January 31, 10:00 a.m.-noon. “Redwood Writers Library Open Mic” hosted by Jean Wong. Theme in January is “One Last Time.” At the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa. The general public is invited to sign up to read. For more information about Redwood Writers or this event, go to www.redwoodwriters.org. For directions or information about the library, call (707) 545-0831 or go to www.sonoma.lib.ca.us.

Saturday and Sunday, January 31 and February 1, 9:30 – 4:30 each day. Two-Day Writing Retreat for Women at The Sea Ranch, with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Write for healing, self-awareness, and spiritual growth. This two-day women’s writing circle includes meditation and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind and clear a path to the deeper writing life. Each gentle day of exploration allows for two writings, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection from others. Return home on Saturday night or arrange your own off-site stay. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres welcome. Sliding scale: $185 – $265 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

Mark Your Calendar for February 2015

Monday, February 2, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A-Muse-ing Mondays. Featured readers are Terry Ehret and Nancy Long. Listeners are invited to attend the free event and bring a poem or two to share during the open mic. Open mic signups begin at 6:30; readings at 6:40 p.m. The Aqus Café is open for food and beverages. It is located at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. See facebook page for details.

Wednesday Mornings, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  Weekly Writing Circle for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. This is an ongoing circle for women who want a continuous writing practice with the support of like-minded writers. Each session begins with meditation, guided imagery and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind. Held at a private cottage in Occidental. $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday Evenings, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, 6:30– 9:00 p.m.  NEW FORMAT: DROP-IN Weekly Writing Circle for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Relax into the evening with gentle rhythms, earth-based healing practices, and guided meditation. Learn new techniques for effortless writing as you tenderly explore the stories of your life within a safe, supportive circle of women. At a private home near downtown Sebastopol. $40 per session. www.susanhagen.com

Thursdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:30–9:00 p.m. True Stories: A Writing Workshop with Dani Burlison, at Undercover Baking Agency, 463 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa (nearJulliard Park). Cost: $100- $175: Limited scholarships available; $50 deposit required – balance due at first class meeting. In this four-week class, we’ll discuss the art of the personal essay and all that comes with it–vulnerability, issues with confidentiality, self-reflection, and more. We’ll also engage in writing activities and have opportunities to receive feedback and support with fine-tuning manuscripts. More details on Workshop page. Please email Dani at danisavestheworld@yahoo.com to register.

Thursday, February 5, 5:00 p.m. Book signing for Catharine Bramkamp’s Future Girls. At Darcy’s Fine Jewelers, 737 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Friday Mornings, February 6, 13 and 20, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Drop-in writing circle, “Writing as a Healing Practice” with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. This gentle, supportive, earth-based healing circle fosters self-awareness and personal growth. Open to all adults. No reservations needed, no writing experience necessary. Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), at Gravenstein Station, 6741 Sebastopol Ave., Suite 120, Sebastopol, across from Coffee Catz patio. Suggested donation $20-$40 per session. www.susanhagen.com

Sunday, February 7, 2:00 p.m. She Was An American Spy During WW II: Historical fiction slideshow presentation by Jeane Slone, Healdsburg Library, 139 Piper St., Healdsburg, 433-3772, info@jeaneslone.com

Sunday, February 8, 3:00-5:00 p.m. “Writing Sexy Stuff” with Linda Watanabe McFerrin. Come find out how to steam up the page with tips and techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work. At our next general meeting, Linda Watanabe McFerrin will move you from comfort to erogenous zones in no time. Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Sponsored by Redwood Writers. For more information, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.

Tuesday, February 9, 6:-8:00 p.m. Dining With Authors. Five authors read from their books, Q & A: Susan E. Gunter, My Vacation at the Beach, memoir; Auriela  McCarthy, The Power of the Possible, inspirational; David Matson Hooper, Avalon Summer, fiction; Sharon & David Beckman, To Walk in Paris, memoir; J. B. Grant, Summer Squall on the Grand Strand, fiction. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $5 minimum food purchase. Call or email for reservations: 544-2491 or info@jeaneslone.com.

Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The 2015 Healdsburg Literary Guild Poetry Valentine event  at the Healdsburg Regional Library, Center and Piper Streets, Healdsburg. The poets who wrote the 21 poems selected for this year’s chapbook will read their poems. Chocolates and other refreshments will be served.

Thursday, February 12, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series, $10. Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Presenting the rescheduled event “Sweet,” a delectable assortment of delicious readings from the following authors: Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Brian Komei Dempster, Cassandra Dunn, Rita Gardner, Glen David Gold, Susan Ito, Claudia Long, Robert Thomas, Zarina Zabrisky. More info: whytherearewords@gmail.com, www.whytherearewords.com.

Sunday, February 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon, featuring Armando Garcia-Dávila & Waights Taylor Jr. Open mic sign-ups at 1:00 p.m. At The Bean Affair, Healdsburg. For more information: www.hbglitguild.org

Sunday, February 15, 6:30–9:00 p.m. Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud Contest. FREE. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. A national recitation program for high school students, initiated by the National Endowment for the Arts, sponsored in all of California by the California Arts Council and California Poets in the Schools, and in Sonoma County by the Sonoma County Community Foundation. Oral interpretations of great poems written in the English language. The county winner will advance to the state competition. There is no cost to the school or the students to participate. The schools involved this year are: Analy, Creekside, El Molino, Elsie Allen, Maria Carrillo, Montgomery, Piner, Rancho Cotate, Rincon Valley Christian, Roseland University Prep, and Santa Rosa High Schools. Please contact Phyllis Meshulam, 707-486-7450.

Wednesday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. Jonah Raskin in Conversation with Arthur Dawson on A Terrible Beauty: The Wilderness of American Literature. Copperfield’s Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court Santa Rosa; 707.578.8938. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/jonah-raskin-conversation-arthur-dawson

Thursday, February 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Writers Forum Presenter, Attorney Helen Sedwick, a California attorney representing small business and entrepreneurs, recently released Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook to help writers navigate the legal minefields of blogging and self-publishing. $15 at the door. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. More information: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Friday-Saturday, February 20 and 21, 7:30 p.m. The Vagina Monologues Presented by V-Day Petaluma. Sixth community production of The Vagina Monologues at Fourchette, 1435 N. McDowell Blvd.  Tickets are $20 in advance (BrownPaperTickets.com) and $25 at the door. New this year, thanks to sponsor Fourchette, is a “dinner & show” option for an advance ticket price of $32.

Saturday, February 21, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. One-day Writing Retreat for Women” with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Write for healing, self-awareness, and spiritual growth. This one-day retreat begins with meditation and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind and clear a path to the deeper writing life. The format includes two long writings, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection from others. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres welcome. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. Sliding scale: $95 – $135 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

Tuesday, February 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Redwood Writers Fiction Book Club. New monthly book club on last Tuesday of each month. In February, we will read The Tehran Triangle (thriller/intrigue) by Sandy Baker and Tom Reed. Copperfield’s Books, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.

Wednesday, February 25, 6:00-8:15 p.m. Workshop with Leilani Clark: Tips and tricks for how to create a writing life. Undercover Baking Agency, 463 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. Sliding scale, $30-$40. Please email Leilani Clark at clark.leil@gmail.com to register. See Workshop page for details or www.petalsandbonesworkshops.com.

Saturday, February 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The North Bay Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) announces a workshop on Becoming a Picture Book Creator by author Elisa Kleven. This meeting will be held at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 282 S. High Street (left side door), Sebastopol, CA and is open to the public. Donation $10 for members, $15 for non-members with pre-registration on-line. $15 for members, $20 for non-members at the door. Visit the speaker’s website at http://www.elisakleven.com. Pre-Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ead70gos0f2c7df1&oseq=&c=&ch=. Contact ctmarkee(at)gmail.com

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