Ongoing Writers’ Groups and Open Mic Readings
First Sunday of the month between 5:00-7:00 p.m. Poetry at Redwood Cafe, hosted by Geri Digiorno, combines poetry & music in various ways. At Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. See http://petalumapoetrywalk.org/cotati.html for monthly event.
Every 1st Sunday. North Bay Poetry Slam. 7:00 p.m sign-ups, 7:30 poetry open mic., 8:00 p.m. feature (20-25 min set). 8:30 p.m. Slam. Hosted by Brianna Sage. HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 3 rounds, 3 winners, 3 minutes (per a poem), 3 poems. $5 cover. All ages. Cash Prizes: 1st $75, 2nd $50, 3rd $25. Contact: email@example.com
Every Sunday from 11-3 pm. Sunday Book and Art Fair at 112 English Street in Petaluma. Books and art for sale as well as a meeting place/garden for writers to gather and share their work, have potlucks, workshops and open mic music events. For more info, call Nancy at 707-762-2462 or Rozanne 789-9723.
Redwood Writers general meetings are held on the Second Sunday of the month, (exception: May 15th) from 2:30-5 pm. at The Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, 95405, 707-523-4745). A small fee of $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers is asked to cover room rental and light refreshments. Redwood Writers is a branch of the California Writers Club. For more information see www.redwoodwriters.org.
Second Sunday of the month: Westword Second Sunday Salons, 4:00-6:00 pm. Next meeting, February 10. All poets and writers are welcome to hear and read at monthly gatherings in the quiet comfort of the Center’s west-corner Library Room. Come hear and share home-grown literature, and your writing process, problems, and motives with colleagues in our sessions facilitated by Gor Yaswen, for $1 donation to the Center. Listeners also are cordially invited to these-smoke-and-fragrance-free meetings. For info. call: 707-829-1549. Location: Sebastopol Center for the Arts , 6780 Depot Street (@ Brown St. & behind Seb. Deli.) For more information, contact Gor Yaswen firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Sundays, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Poetry Reading & Open Mic: Coffee Catz Poetry Reading. Donations Appreciated. 6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol, 707 829-5643.
Third Sunday Salon. The monthly Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon meets at Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave., Ste. 101, Healdsburg from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. every third Sunday. Open mic sign-ups start at 1:30 p.m. See our web site at www.hbglitguild.org.
Fourth Sundays, 4:00-6:00 pm: An open reading the 4th Sunday of each month takes place at the Saint Rose Cafe, 9890 Bodega Highway, Sebastopol. Come and read your latest work.
Fourth Sundays, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Poetry Soco at Coffee Catz, in Sebastopol. This monthly series features 4-5 readers each time (18-20 minutes per reader), as well as an Open Mic reading after the featured readers. Free admission. Coffee Catz would like everyone who comes to the reading to please buy a drink, food or other item. Located at 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol, (707) 829-6600. Dates for 2013: June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 27, November 24, December 22. Contact Andrew Mayer: email@example.com
Last Sunday of each month, 6:00-8:30 pm: Poetry, Pints, and Prose. For more information, contact Michelle at 707-326-3773 or Catherine at 707-338-1554 or e-mail them at PoetryPintsProse@aol.com.
First Monday of the Month: Unitarian Universalist Congregation Santa Rosa (UUCSR) Writers. Regular Monthly Meetings from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa. Focus: Whatever your creative endeavor: memoirs, letters, history, biographies, the Great American novel, poems, essays, song lyrics, reports, term papers, cook books, web pages, blogs, etc., our focus is to provide an atmosphere where you can improve and hone your writing skills.The UUCSR Writers is open to the novice, the more experienced, and the published author. Membership at UUCSR is not required. For information: Georgette G. deBlois, GGdeB@aol.com, http://uucsrwriters.blogspot.com
Second Monday of the month, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Poets. Mondays: Feb 11, March 11, Apr 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, Sep 9, Oct 14. Nov, Dec and Jan — No Meetings.
4:00 – 4:45 pm, “Appropriate Language — A Poet’s Style” Discussion & Writing.
5:00 – 6:00 pm, “Poetry Readings.” Read a poem you’ve written to the group.
Second Monday of every month, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine with Local Authors at Gaia’s Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa. Call 544-2491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request dining at a specific authors table. $4 minimum food purchase. For info on specific events, see: http://jeaneslone.com/Dine-with-Authors.php
Second Monday of each month, 7:00 pm. The Mindfulness: Reading and Discussion Group meets at the Oasis, 141 Second St. Street, by the Fire Station, in Petaluma. Free. For more information: Nancy Long at email@example.com
Jumpstart: a writing workshop where creative sparks are used for jumping-off points to inspire writing. Tuesday mornings 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Petaluma Community Center or Tuesday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Copperfield’s. Jumpstart Online: Weekly writing prompts will be emailed to you. Details at: www.thewritespot.us. Contact Marlene: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday Nights: 9:00-10:00 pm. “Sonic Discovery” broadcast On KSVY. Voices from Sonoma California. Music, Poetry, & the Written Word hosted by James Osborne heard online at: http://sonomasunfm.com/?cat=169. Click On “LISTEN NOW” (at top of page). CALL in at: 707 933-9133!
First Tuesday Poetry Group, Benicia, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bring a poem or two to share. Don’t forget one you’re willing to have someone else in the group read in our second go around. Benicia Public Library, Doña Benicia Room, 150 East L St., Bencia. Contact Ronna Leon: (707) 746-5597. For details, see: www.beniciafirsttuesdaypoetrygroup.com
Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wine and Dine with Local Authors at Redwood Cafe, 8240 Redwood Hwy, Cotati. Call: 889-3419 or email email@example.com to request a reserved seat at a specific author’s table. $4 minimum food purchase. For info on specific events, see: http://jeaneslone.com/Dine-with-Authors.php
First Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m. West Side Stories. At Sonoma Valley Portworks, 613 Second Street, Petaluma. West Side Stories believes that everyone has a story. Our goal is to give those stories a forum. Following the success of stand-up comics telling their stories, Dave Pokorny sought to accommodate all the people who asked, “When can I tell my story?” And to encourage those who doubted they had a story worth telling. Sonoma Valley Portworks provides a stage and a microphone. A theme inspires and shapes the evening and Dave Pokorny hosts the festivities. West Side Stories are limited to five minutes, and ten stories are heard. The stories are scored by a random audience-member, and a winner is announced who wins $50 cash. Cost: $5.00. More information at www.westsidestoriespetaluma.com.
Second Wednesdays, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunset Poetry by the Bay at Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Info: http://isledesk.com/islepress/SunsetPoetry.html
Second Wednesdays, 7:30 pm: sign-up; 8:15-ish: readings. Open Mic Poetry Night. Ukiah Brewing Company, Ukiah. Contact: Kim Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Wednesdays, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. WordTemple on KRCB. Interviews and readings by contemporary poets, as well as reconstructions and some good music, too! There are several ways you can listen in: (1) If you live in Sonoma County or northern Marin County, tune in to 90.9 or 91.1 FM, or Comcast channel 961. (2) Stream live or listen to archived programs by going to http://www.krcb.org/wordtemple. (3) Subscribe to WordTemple’s iTunes podcast, or listen in on iTunes by going to Radio, News/Talk.
Thursday Morning Coffee, 10 a.m. to Noon. With the UUCSR Writers. Buy yourself breakfast, lunch or a cup of coffee, etc. Join us for lighthearted conversation and talk about who’s doing what in our literary community. Whole Foods Market in Coddingtown, Santa Rosa. Parking is free. Information: Georgette G. deBlois, email@example.com or Tom J. Mariani, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Speakeasy Cafe’s Sound of Ink, open-mic poetry show airs every Thursday at 4:00 pm. Hosted by Nyla Alisia and Q, this show offers non-stop poetic entertainment where it is all about YOU the POETS! The Speakeasy Cafe is an eclectic, supportive, passionate and inspiring place to come share your words, listen to other poets, inspire and be inspired! Poets write because they have something to say. Come take the mic and say it! You are always welcome at the Speakeasy Cafe! www.blogtalkradio.com/speakeasycafe. Suggestion: When you call in to voice your poem, use SKYPE. Otherwise the cost is prohibitive.
North Light Books & Café OPEN MIC. Now every Thursday. Sign ups start at 5:00 pm / Open Mic from 6:00-8:30. (10-15 minute time slots) Open mics are a great way to share your singing, songwriting, and musical talent, and give you real world performing experience in front of a live audience. Whether you are a poet, writer, guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer, harp player, sax player and so on, North Light is a great place to play or perform!! “Everybody’s got one good song in them.” Location: 550 East Cotati Ave. Cotati CA 94931. 792-4300 www.northlightbook.net
Redwood Cafe Open Mic Happy Hour, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Every Thursday in the beer and wine garden. 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. Sign ups start at 6:3o p.m. Hosted by Max Vogel. Contact: email@example.com
The writing group of the Occidental Center for the Arts resumes meeting on the first and third Fridays of the month starting September 7. We meet at the center from 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Writers may be working on fiction, essays, poetry and memoir. The suggested donation is $15.00 per 2 hour session. Participants are asked to commit to 6 sessions. (Meetings will resume in January 2013.) This writing workshop is a benefit for the Occidental Center for The Arts, a non-profit 501(c3) organization. The center is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Ct., 4008 Bohemian Hwy. across from Graton Rd. For information and questions, please phone Lolly Mesches, 545-8684. Lolly7260@sbcglobal.net
CHANGE in date/time: Starting in June Poetry SoCo will meet on the fourth Sunday of the month at Coffee Catz, in Sebastopol. The Friday May 10 meeting is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. See above under Sunday.
Third Fridays, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Benicia Poet Laureate Poetry Clinics, hosted by Monica Tapierene, from Benicia’s First Tuesday Poetry Group. Free to adults and teens in the region. Come share & discuss poems and poetry with a small group of fellow poets. Bring 3-4 copies. Former laureates often join. Benicia Public Library, Edna Clyne Room.
Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) meets the 2nd Saturday of the month, 9-noon at the First Congregational Church, 8 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. Free to members, $10 for non-members. For more information go to www.baipa.org.
The 2nd Saturday of the Month, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Random Acts Open Microphone. 5 minutes in which to present. $5.00 Admission at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma. For details contact: Catherine Sevenau at RandomActs.Sonoma@gmail.com.
Fourth Saturday. Redwood Writers Open Mic. The FREE Saturday Open Mic Series meets at Soco Coffee, 1015 4th Street, Santa Rosa. Next open mic is November 26, 6:00-8:00 pm. Details at http://redwoodwriters.org. For further information contact: Abby Bogomolny, house@bbbooks, or Charlene Bunas, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intermittently Scheduled Events
ODD Month Readings is sponsored by the Redwood Writers Club. The readings are open to non-members, but are not open mic format. Contact Ann Wilkes at email@example.com or 707-792-1704 to get on the list or for more information. Redwood Writers roves the county with talented writers for your listening pleasure. NOTE: November Odd Month Reading is Saturday, November 3, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Rohnert Park Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way in Rohnert Park, with the theme “Stuffed.”
Haiku Poets of Northern California. Join us for our free quarterly readings & workshops. A featured reader, often longtime HPNC members, will present a short reading of haiku and/or other Japanese genre poetry. Each meeting also offers a lengthier program (usually a presentation or workshop related to one of the Japanese forms). There will be one or more round-robin readings, where all attendees have an opportunity, open-mic style, to read and share one or more haiku and tanka. Also news and announcements, including upcoming events, submission calls and brief introductions of any new books of interest, as well as time for socializing and refreshments. A book table is set up for the sale and purchase of HPNC and other books (you may bring your own publications if you have some to sell). Our meetings and special events, which are open to both members and nonmembers, are held quarterly at San Francisco’s Fort Mason, building C, room 235, from 1 to 5 pm. For more information, or to become an HPNC member (which includes a subscription to our renowned semiannual journal Mariposa and a quarterly newsletter) go to the HPNC website at www.haiku-poets-northern-california.com.