Posted by: wordrunner | May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013

Dear Literary Folk,

Two seasonal Sonoma County events not to be missed this month are Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Graveside Readings on May 26 (see the Poet Laureate’s column and the Calendar for details) and the quarterly Speakeasy Saloon at Aqus cafe in Petaluma on May 29. SpeakeasySaloon will feature Sonoma’s novelist duo, Harry (H.B.) Reid and Linda Loveland Reid, reading from their recently published books, respectively, H.B.’s The Concert and Linda’s Something in Stone. Also reading from their new novels are Jordan Rosenfeld (Forged in Grace) and Jon Wells (He Died All Day Long). More info at:

Plan ahead: Conferences and retreats upcoming include the 9th Annual Pt. Reyes Writing Retreat with Susan Bono and Patti Trimble (June 7-9), the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference (July 25-27) and Napa Valley Writer’s Conference (July 28-August 2). See:

Calls: Redwood Writers has posted new calls for submission; there will be separate contests this year and next for memoir, poetry, fiction and play writing, beginning with memoir. Check out the Calls for Submissions page ( There are six deadlines between now and June 1, 2013, including locally produced, Wordrunner eChapbook’s ( summer poetry issue.

“Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,” especially in Petaluma, where I’m hiding from the storm of pollen and looking longingly out the window at a green canopy. I hope to emerge in time to see some of you at these exciting literary venues

Jo-Anne Rosen
Sonoma County Literary Update

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