Posted by: literaryfolk | May 2, 2010

Literary Update for May 1, 2010

Friends of the Poet Laureate Meeting May 19

Any of you in the community who would like to lend your support to Gwynn O’Gara in her Poet Laureate projects are invited to attend a meeting of the Poet Laureate Selection/Support Committee on Wednesday, May 19 at 6 PM at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472-3452

For more information, contact Linda Galletta at or (707) 829-4797.

One of the agenda items will be a brain storming discussion of the future of the Sonoma County Literary Update. More below.

The Future of the Sonoma County Literary Update

My role as the editor of the Literary Update ends in June of 2010.

A few members of the committee have come forward with ideas for how to keep the website going, and perhaps the monthly e-mail newsletter as well.

All who are interested are welcome to attend the meeting at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts on May 19, 6 PM. Location 6780 Depot Street, Sebastopol.

If we can find a way to keep the website going, Joyce Jenkins of Poetry Flash has agreed to include a link to the SCLU website directly from the Poetry Flash website. She also welcomes any and all announcements from the Sonoma County Writing Community, and will include these in her monthly calendar under North Bay Events. Here is a link to the website, the premier monthly calendar for literary events on the West Coast. For those who have relied on the Sonoma County Literary Update to advertise your readings, workshops, publications, group meetings, and other events will find an even wider audience at Poetry Flash.

Poetry Flash:

Congratulations to Doug Powell NCBRA Poetry Award Winner

Doug Powell’s new collection of poems Chronic has just been awarded the Northern California Book Reviewer’s Award for Poetry for 2010.

Other Sonoma/Mendocino County Poets whose works were nominated include Stephen Kessler’  for his translation of Luis Cernuda’s Desolation of the Chimera, Sharon Doubiago for her creative nonfiction Portrait of the Poet as a Young Girl, and Alta Ifland for her fiction Elegy for a Fabulous World.

For the complete list of this year’s nominees and winners, check this link:

Fall Workshops at the Sitting Room

Once again, I will be offering two workshops at the Sitting Room in the fall of 2010. The Monday workshop will focus on Prosody—the Music of Poetry. The Friday workshop focuses on the prose poems of Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral and the Marin County poet Gerald Fleming. Workshops will begin the week of September 20, and run for eight weeks. They are limited to 10 participants.

The Prosody Workshop is currently filled, but you can sign up on the wait list. Spaces often open up over the summer.

There are four spaces remaining in the Prose Poem Workshop.

Both are held at the Sitting Room in Cotati, 170 East Cotati. Cost of each workshop is $180.

For details contact me at or visit “Terry Ehret’s Workshops” page of the Literary Update online:

Click on any of these pages from the menu at above to view the rest of the April Literary Update:

Monthly Calendar of Events

County-Wide News (Including News from East, West, and North County)

Calls for Submission

Sonoma County in Print

Local Workshop Leaders and Writing Consultants

Current and Upcoming Workshops

Writers’ Connections

Ongoing Writing Groups and Open Mic Readings

How to Send Announcements to the Literary Update


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