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The Literary Update is a compilation of announcements sent in by members of the Sonoma County literary community regarding workshops, readings, ongoing literary and writing groups, calls for submissions, and contests. For information about how to send an announcement, click here.

To sign up for the e-mailed monthly newsletter, click HERE.

The Sonoma County Literary Update is co-edited by Terry Ehret and Jo-Anne Rosen.

photo of Terry EhretTerry Ehret, poet, teacher, and writing consultant, earned her BA at Stanford in 1977 and her MA from San Francisco State in 1984. She taught high school English and Art History for thirteen years before moving to Petaluma in 1990. Since then, she has taught writing at SRJC, San Francisco State, Sonoma State, California College of the Arts, and with the California Poets in the Schools Program. She has published three collections of poetry: Lost Body, Translations from the Human Language, and Lucky Break. Literary awards include the National Poetry Series, California Book Award, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, and the 2009 Northern California Book Reveiwer’s Nomination for Poetry. She is the co-founder of Sixteen Rivers Press, a San Francisco Bay Area publishing collective. From 2004-2006 she served as poet laureate of Sonoma County; creating the Sonoma County Literary Update was one of her poet laureate projects. Currently she teaches writing workshops through the Sitting Room in Cotati, coaches poets in manuscript preparation, and leads summer literary travel groups. A collection of lyric and prose poems, Night Sky Journey, was published in fall 2011. For more information about her publications, workshops, and  readings, visit her website at http://www.terryehret.com For information about the summer literary travel, click here.

Jo-Anne RosenJo-Anne Rosen lives and works in Petaluma. She is a published writer of short fiction, with an MA in English literature, whose stories have appeared in over 30 literary journals such as Other Voices, The Florida Review, The Dickens, FlashQuake, The Summerset Review, Prick of the Spindle, Valparaiso Fiction Review. Her stories have been performed by the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood, California, and Off the Page Readers Theater in Sonoma County. Her first fiction collection, What They Don’t Know, was published in 2015. She has worked in a home office, dba Wordrunner, since 1982, preparing publications for print or electronic distribution. Presently, she provides pre-publishing services for self-publishing authors. She also publishes a quarterly online chapbook series of fiction, poetry and memoir (see www.echapbook.com) . For more information, visit www.wordrunner.com or http://joannerosen.us. Contact Jo-Anne at jo@wordrunner.com.

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  1. Hi. This website is great! I’m looking for opportunities to speak about my new book, Beyond Rain Man: What one psychologist learned raising a son on the autism spectrum, published last month. I’ve been a school psychologist for 31 years and the mother of a young adult son with Asperger’s. Beyond Rain Man will help families advocate for their children and it will educate professionals about the breadth of the spectrum. My KQED Perspectives aired on 4/4/16. I’ll explore this website some more, but if you have any ideas of opportunities for me, I’d appreciate it greatly.
    Anne http://www.beyondrainman.com

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