Posted by: wordrunner | June 1, 2018

June 2018

Dear Literary Folk,

New Online Journal
The CoveI am delighted to welcome a new Northern California online journal and to celebrate its launch (a month late) with all of you in the literary community. Kelly’s Cove Press founder, editor, publisher, poet and novelist Bart Schneider’s new project is The Cove Magazine, The first issue, appeared May 1, with art, poetry, and short fiction on the theme of the Fire. Among the writers and artists included were Katherine Hastings, Gwynn O’Gara, Dan Coshnear, Chester Arnold, Pat Nolan, Susan Griffin, and many more.

For its second issue, “The Art of Resistance,” Bart invites you to submit poems, short shorts, and brief essays that respond to the political and cultural climate of our time. Work need not reference particular individuals. Preference will be given to writing that wrestles with the problems of topical engagement. Please send work by July 15 to editor Bart Schneider at

Bart SchneiderBart Schneider was the founding editor of the Hungry Mind Review and Speakeasy Magazine. He is the author of five novels, including Blue Bossa, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Secret Love, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in Berkeley.

Here are just a few of the many literary events coming up this month. For a full list, check the Calendar page.

Sitting Room’s Birthday Party
Sitting Room birthday cakeThe Sitting Room invites the literary community to celebrate its birthday with a garden party from 2-5 PM on Sunday June 3, featuring an amazing cake and even more amazing company. The day is also the launch of the Sitting Room’s 2018 publication Everyone Likes a Good Fairy Tale, and the readings therefrom. It is bound to be a subversive and even revolutionary reading! The Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove;

Happy Birthday to Rivertown Poets, Too!
On Monday, June 4, Rivertown Poets will featuring two fabulous Bay Area poets—Alison Luterman and David Beckman—and celebrate five years as a monthly series. The reading begins at 6:15 PM, followed by open mic: three minutes or under. The readings are always on the first Monday of each month at the Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma. If you’d like to sign up to read, get there at 5:45. Enjoy a great meal or beverage while you’re there. The Aqus menu is wonderfully varied.

Maya Khosla to be Honored at the Board of Supervisors
In April, Sonoma County welcomed our new Poet Laureate Maya Khosla in a beautiful reception at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. This month, Maya will be formerly acknowledged by the Board of Supervisors with a resolution chock-full of “whereases” recognizing Maya’s accomplishments. Please join us for this ceremony on Tuesday, June 5 at 1:30 PM. Location is 575 Administration Drive, Room 100 A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

On a related note, in June, the Store at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts will feature books by Maya and past poets laureate on display and for sale.

Daniel Ellsburg and Peter Coyote in Conversation
As part of series of events benefitting Literacy Works, Daniel Ellsburg and Peter Coyote will be at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, June 10, 4:00 p.m. Featured book is The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. When former presidential advisor Daniel Ellsberg famously took the top-secret Pentagon Papers, he also took with him a cache of documents related to America’s nuclear program in the 1960s. The Doomsday Machine reveals the contents of those documents and their relevance for today. Look for details about tickets and location in the Literary Update’s June Calendar of Events.

Looking for a Creative Way to Start Your Week? Try Snoopy’s Writers!
You can meet with serious, good-natured writers weekly at Snoopy’s Warm Puppy Café Party Room. The meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. You can read/discuss your “Work in Progress,” receive honest, unfiltered feedback from writers. Snoopy’s Home Ice Arena, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. The June meetings are June 4, 11, 18 and 25, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. For more information, contact Georgette,,

Phoenix: Out of Silence...And Then,Phoenix: Out of Silence—Poems of the October Firestorms (and more!)
On Saturday, June 16, 2:30–5:30 p.m. Redwood Writers hosts the 2018 Poetry Anthology launch party. Hear authors read their poems published in Phoenix: Out of Silence…And Then and celebrate the launch of the book. Bring your friends and family. Books will be available for $12. For address and RSVP form go to:

David Sedaris Coming to Copperfield’s
On Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 p.m., Copperfield’s presents David Sedaris, author of Calypso, his most deeply personal and hilarious book yet. This is not a ticketed event. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis and all are welcome. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details on the June Calendar of Events.


Poem for June

Goodnight, Great Summer Sky
by Rose Styron

Goodnight, great summer sky
world of my childhood and the star-struck sea.

White chaise from that ancestral southern
porch my raft,
white goose-down quilt my ballast,
under Orion on the green-waved lawn
I float, high—
new moon, old craft
tide strong as ever to the sheer horizon.

Over the seawall, on the dock
Andromeda their strict and jeweled guard
as tall Orion—seas and lawns ago—
chose to be mine,
our children sleep: Alexandra, Tom
under their folded goose-wing sails
true friends in dream,
the folly wrangle of their sibling day
outshone by starlight.

Calm island evening, never-ending sea—
our lovers’ rages, too, are quiet,

Miracle of midsummer, the trust of dark
sails us beyond this harbor.

Copyright © 1995 by Rose Styron. “Goodnight, Great Summer Sky” was originally published in By Vineyard Light (Rizzoli International Publications, 1995).

Rose Styron
Rose Styron is the author of four poetry collections: Fierce Day (Friesen Press, 2015), By Vineyard Light (Rizzoli, 1995), Thieves’ Afternoons (Viking, 1973), and From Summer to Summer (Viking, 1965). She has written introductions to Letters to My Father (Lousiana State University Press, 2009), a collection of letters written by her husband, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer William Styron, to his father, and The Selected Letters of William Styron (Random House, 2012), which she edited.

Enjoy the riches of the summer ahead. And don’t forget to vote on Tuesday!

Terry Ehret
Sonoma County Literary Update co-editor


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