March 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Sunday, March 1, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Poetry at Redwood Cafe, hosted by Geri Digiorno. Featuring Michael Rothenberg, Terri Carrion and Patti Trimble. At Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati.
Monday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A-Muse-ing Mondays. Featured readers are CB Follett and Susan Terris. 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, March 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Bay Area poets Sharon Coleman and Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet will be featured readers at Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda. Open reading will follow features. Free/donation requested. (510) 523-6957.
Wednesday Mornings, March 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, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 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
Friday Mornings, March 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
Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Writing It Down Retreat and Workshop with Rebecca Lawton. Point Reyes Field Institute, Point Reyes Station. This weekend is all about you and your work. Want help finding the narrative arc in your story? Ready to start pitching to agents? Want to find the right publisher? Or need time to “simply” capture nature in your journal for your own satisfaction? Come to this weekend, which is designed to help you in your writing process wherever you are. Cost; $100-120. More details and registration: http://www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/classes/writing-it-down
Saturday, March 7, 2:30 p.m. Opening to Poetry: Iris Dunkle, Rebecca Foust and Terry Ehret. Three poets launch the Sitting Room’s Spring 2015 exhibit dedicated to the Sitting Room Poetry Collection. Iris Jamahl Dunkle’s debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, won the Trio Award and was published by Trio House Press in 2013. Her chapbooks, Inheritance and The Flying Trolley were published by Finishing Line Press. Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. New poems are in the Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, North American Review, Omniverse, and other journals. Terry Ehret, well known to the Sitting Room for her workshops, is former Sonoma County Poet Laureate and co-editor of the Sonoma County Literary Update. Terry’s most recent book is Night Sky Journey, Kelly’s Cove Press. The Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. More info: www.SittingRoom.org
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 – 11:00 p.m. “Poetry in Soundspace Motion II.” Spoken word poetry, music, dance, and art show. Arlene Francis Center for the Arts, 99 Sixth Street, Santa Rosa. $5-$20 donation at the door. Dancers: Mari, Theresea Jade. Performers: Blake More, Gretchen Butler, Kayabuki, Linda Saldaña, Marianna Seger, Mia Roth, Salvador Martinez, Sequoia R. Slentz, and Underdog Rising, Drumming Wind 4 String Trio. Shifty Shey & muZak productions. email@example.com
Monday, March 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine With Local Authors. Join us for this special event! Hear author Michael N. Nagler (The Nonviolence Handbook, The Search for a Nonviolent Future) talk about Nonviolence. At Gaia’s Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Questions and answers following. Call/email for reservations: 544-2491 or firstname.lastname@example.org. $5.00 minimum food purchase.
Monday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. B.A.R.D.S (Bay Area Readers Drama Society) conducts monthly “Mostly Shakespeare Play Readings.” At AQUS cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. These readings are open to the public, so please feel free to attend. If you are interested in participating as a reader, please post a comment on this FB page, where more details can be found about this and additional readings: https://www.facebook.com/groups/B.A.R.D.S.1
Thursday, March 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with poet Donna Emerson, author of Following Hay, Body Rhymes, Wild Mercy and This Water and short-story writer Susanna Solomon, author of Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls. Free. At the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. Hosted by Michelle Wing. For more information, go to www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com.
Thursday, March 12, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series, $10. Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Why There Are Words presents the theme “Time,” the occasion in your schedule to enjoy the following distinguished authors read from their works. Peter Coyote, Grant Faulkner, T. Geronimo Johnson, Nancy Levine, Ann Pancake, Natasha Sajé, Jessica Treadway. More info: email@example.com, www.whytherearewords.com.
Sunday, March 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 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. Please come scent free. Hosted by Sher Christian.
Sunday March 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Twelve poets from Sonoma County, Marin, and the East Bay will read poems from Joe Zacardi’s anthology, From Harm to Harmony, Bullies and Bystanders Project. At the Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma. Some of these poets are children and elders who do not have poems in the anthology, but will take part in discussing bullies and bystanders. Readers: David Beckman, Rose Black Ed Coletti, Lucy Lang Day,Francesca Dezza Parada, Juliet Emerson-Colvin, ‘Lyn Follett, Helen Heal, Jodi Hottel, Janet Jennings, Dave Seter and Patti Trimble. Donna Emerson, Val Richman (PAC) and editor Joe Zacardi will host this mingling of community, including non-profits who serve bullied individuals/families in Sonoma County. Free refreshments. See donnaemerson.com.
Thursday, March 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Writers Forum Presenter Amanda Mctigue shares resources for writers to connect with readers. $15 at the door. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. More information: www.TheWriteSpot.us
Friday-Sunday, March 20-22. The StoryTellers Expo, a unique opportunity for writers to meet with executives and producers from Hollywood, along with top publishers from New York, will take place in Santa Rosa at the Santa Rosa Junior College, Bertolini Center. The Expo will feature two days of speakers, plus a full day of pitching to a variety of top agents, production companies, and publishers. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. – Classes and Presentations. Sunday – 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. – Pitch Fest. More information at www.StoryTellersExpo.com.
Saturday, March 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
Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Writing About Characters. Have you ever wanted to get to know your characters more deeply? Yourself? Join Heidi LaMoreau and use her Inner Geographies methods to dig into the details of your fictional characters, your own life history, or the history of people appearing in your poems, using her modified CLORPT model. It examines the influences of Climate (CL) (big cultural factors), Organisms (O) (non-family people and beings), Relief/Topography (R) (connections to place), Parent Material (P) (family values, genetics, family relationships), and Time (T) (arc of time, major life “layers”) on the formation of a person. If you’re writing a memoir, fiction or poetry, this method will help you gain a greater understanding of your character’s past history and present motivations. At the Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. Space is limited; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. Bring your own lunch,too. FEE: Sliding scale, $25-50.
Saturday March 21, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The Write of Spring: A One-Day Writing & Meditation Workshop with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $125 – $95 (some scholarships available). A $50 deposit by March 12th will hold your space. This w/s will be held in a comfortable home near downtown Santa Rosa. Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or email@example.com.
Saturday, March 21, 2:00 p.m. Join author Joe Jordan for a special afternoon at the Rio Theater that will include stories from his book Showmanship about the classic filmmaker William Castle, the mastermind behind 56 feature films, including House on Haunted Hill, Strait-Jacket and The Tingler. The event will include screenings of some of Castle’s most famous work including House on Haunted Hill. At the Rio Theater, 20396 Bohemian Hwy Monte Rio, CA; (707) 865-4190. Tickets: $5 at the door. For more information, contact Gina Taylor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, March 22, 10:00 a.m.-4: p.m. Let Your Story Shine: A Writing Workshop with Shepherd Bliss, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley. Based on material from Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing Down the Bones, depth psychology, the oral tradition, Maxine Hong Kingston, Rumi, Mary Oliver, Lorca, Neruda, and Wendell Berry. We’ll write, read, listen, and comment. Longing, love, joy, grief, loss, sweet darkness, trauma, and emotional intelligence may be among the issues that emerge. Cost: $90 to $$105, including lesson plan. Details at http://ohanloncenter.org and from email@example.com, 707-829-8185.
Wednesday, March 25, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Get Lit, a monthly reading series hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, will feature readers Rachel Dovey and Dave Seter. Open mic follows (Five minute limit). Corkscrew Wine Bar: 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. More details at facebook.com/GetLitReadings
Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Three East Bay authors will discuss Women in Contemporary Literature at Perch café, 440 Grand Ave., Oakland, in honor of March, Women’s History Month. Judy Juanita (Virgin Souls), Alex Langford (The Most Beautiful Girl in the World) and Julia Park Tracey (The Doris Diaries) will speak, take questions, and have their books available to sign and sell. No cover.
Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. Writers Read Ukiah. Featured poets followed by open reading: Daniela Elza & Bonnie Nish from Vancouver, British Columbia. Art Center Ukiah, 201 South State Street, Ukiah. Flyer: www.coloredhorse.com/poetry/pdf/Elza-Nish-Writers-Read-Ukiah-15_0326.pdf
Thursday, March 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 100,000 Poets for Change featuring poets from Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence, edited by Michelle Wing, Ann Hutchinson and Kate Farrell. No cover charge; $5 minimum purchase requested. At Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. Hosted by Susan Lamont. For more information, go to http://www.gaiasgardenonline.com.
Saturday, March 28, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sonoma County Local Author Showcase & Symposium, 25 local authors who will present their work to each other and to the public to gain readers and build a network for mutual support. Book tables, readings and Q&A sessions. Free. Forum Room, Sonoma County Library Main Branch, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa. 707-545-0831. For more information, go to http://sonomalibrary.org. Questions contact: Sabrina Rawson at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Dodd at email@example.com.
Saturday, March 28, 1:00 p.m. Laura McHale Holland will be doing a Meet and Greet at Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, along with some of the contributors to the anthology she edited, Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices.
Saturday, March 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Healdsburg Center for the Arts announces: The Poetry of Gastronomy, an evening with 20 local authors reading or singing their most astonishing gastronomical explorations. Free. No-host wine bar. Art of Gastronomy is a month-long celebration of the Art of Gastronomy at Healdsburg Center for the Arts, which includes an opening reception, an evening of poetry, literature and song, a hands-on culinary event, a celebration of pantries, an afternoon of tea, and a national juried art exhibit and reception. Join us for a month of celebrations! 130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg. www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.com
Sunday, March 29, 3:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts. Celebration Book Launch for Tania Pryputniewicz’s November Butterfly: An Evening of Poetry and Poetry Movies featuring the work of Sonoma County Artists. Q & A, book signing and sales. Free admission but donations happily accepted. Refreshments sold. OCA, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian at Graton Rds. Further info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com.
Mark Your Calendar for April 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sonoma County’s current and former poets laureate will read in honor of National Poetry Month. Katherine Hastings, poet laureate, and Terry Ehret, poet laureate emeritus, will be featured readers at Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda. Open reading will follow features. Free/donation requested. (510) 523-6957.
Wednesday Mornings, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 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, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 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
Friday Mornings, April 3, 10 and 24, 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
Monday, April 6, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A Musing Mondays. April is National Poetry Month! Of course, every month is poetry month for those of us who write, listen, and do both. Our upcoming reading promises to be a celebration of new voices. We’ll welcome East Bay poet, Sara Mithra, and poet, Jeremy Cantor, who hails from the Carquinez Straits. Open mic signups are at 6:30 p.m. Bring a friend and a poem or two to share at open mic. Readings begin 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.
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series, $10. Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Why There Are Words presents the theme “Sure,” an evening of readings free of doubt about their quality from these unwavering authors. Join us, and be convinced. George Higgins, Alexandra Kostoulas, Eve Pell, Connie Post, Mindella Ruby, Jon Sindell. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.whytherearewords.com.
Saturday, April 11, 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
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. Fundraiser for the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma county. Chocolate & Cinema at the Rialto Cinemas in downtown Sebastopol. Sample prize-winning truffles, handmade chocolates, moist brownies, and other offerings from Sonoma County chocolatiers. Step inside the Free Bookmobile to browse shelves for a great new read to take home. Then at 7:15, settle in to enjoy an old favorite on the big screen: Fried Green Tomatoes. More details at: http://freebookmobile.org (Click on News)
Monday, April 13, 6:00-8:oo p.m. April Dining With Local Authors: World of Change anthology. Twelve poets including many laureates share their visions to make the world a better place. Featuring: David Beckman, Vilma Ginzberg (Healdsburg Literary Laureate 2008-2009), Katherine Hastings (Current Sonoma County Poet Laureate), Juanita Martin (Fairfield Poet Laureate), Elizabeth Herron, Kirk Lumpkin, David Madgalene, Jim Miller, Gwynn O’Gara (Sonoma County Poet Laureate 2010-2011), Mike Tuggle (Sonoma County Poet Laureate 2008-2009), Bill Vartnaw (Sonoma County Poet Laureate 2012-2013), and Gor Yaswen. At Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Reservations: 544-2491 or email@example.com
Friday–Monday, April 17–20, Spring Writing Retreat for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Retreat to a private, woodsy cabin north of San Francisco to write, explore, and deepen your craft. Twice a year, Susan offers an opportunity for eight women to join her in creating a safe, intimate, supportive writing community where you will live and write together for four days. Come write with other women, walk among the trees, eat delicious food, push creative limits, sleep deeply, surprise yourself. Cabin life is informal and relaxing. Someone else does the cooking and cleans up after you. Everything supports the inner life and makes way for deep exploration. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. Sliding scale: $745 – $945 in advance. www.susanhagen.com
Sunday, April 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Healdsburg Literary Guild, Third Sunday Salon. Special Program for National Poetry Month, featuring guest readers Sonoma County Poet Laureate Katherine Hastings and five Healdsburg Literary Laureate emeriti — Armando Garcia-Dávila, Penelope La Montagne, Vilma Ginzberg, Stefanie Freele, and John Koetzner. The Bean Affair, Healdsburg. More info: www.hbglitguild.org
Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 26, 2:00 p.m. Off The Page Readers Theatre presents “Surprise!: Expect The Unexpected.” A great mix of plays, poetry and prose written by local authors and presented in a readers’ theatre performance by Off The Page Readers’ Theatre. 6th Street Playhouse, 52 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa. Tickets: $12 at the door
Saturday, April 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sisters Writing Workshop: Celebrate sisterhood with Gwynn O’Gara, former poet laureate of Sonoma County, and Laura McHale Holland, editor of Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood, an anthology that features the work of 76 writers from across the globe. An interactive workshop at the Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. Participants will have time to write poetry or prose in response to the readings and/or to the meaning of the word “sister.” Afterward, those who wish to share their writing from the exercise may do so, but they won’t be pressured to read. Space is limited; please email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. $25 fee includes a paperback copy of the anthology. More info: www.sittingroom.org/events.html