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The Update welcomes announcements of interest to the Sonoma County literary community. Send text only (no attachments or PDFs please) by noon on the last day of the month to:  editor@socolitupdate.com. No workshops, classes or readings, please. (Those are posted on the calendar or workshops pages.) An archive of announcements may be found at: https://socolitupdate.com/county-wide-news/county-news-archive

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Sonoma County Public Library’s Digital Resources

The library branches may be closed, but incredible digital resources are available 24/7! This includes resources for learning foreign languages, job skills, children’s enrichment, eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, eMagazines, music, tutoring, and more. Those resources are available to everyone with a library card. Even if Sonoma County residents don’t have a library card, they can register for a new one online and when library branches reopen, they can pick up their physical card. To access all the eResources: https://sonomalibrary.org/eresources

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Phyllis MeshulamSonoma County’s Newest Poet Laureate

Welcome to our new Poet Laureate, Phyllis Meshulam. A long-time resident of Sonoma County, she has published four collections of poetry, most recently Land of My Father’s War, which won the Artists’ Embassy International Award. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Ars Medica,; Bullets into Bells; Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace; and What Redwoods Know. Phyllis is also the editor of Poetry Crossing, CalPoet’s 50th anniversary lesson plan book, an inspirational resource for writers and teachers. 

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Sonoma County 2020 Poetry Out Loud winners

Poetry Out Loud 2020 winnersCongratulations to Sonoma County 2020 Poetry Out Loud winners! Jessica Spano (center) from Petaluma High School took first place honors in the Poetry Out Loud competition on February 10th at the Central Sonoma County Library. First runner up was Hazel Jacome (left) from Piner High School and Megan Roman (right) from Analy High School took third place. All thirteen county contestants offered stellar recitations of great poems.

Jessica represented Sonoma County at the State finals on March 15th and 16th, which were held as a virtual event. The Poetry Outloud state champion is from Sacramento County and the Poetry Ourselves first-place winner from Napa. Details at:  http://arts.ca.gov/news/prdetail.php?id=304

Many thanks to the partners and sponsors who helped to make the 2020 Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud program a success: Creative Sonoma, National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Sonoma County Vintners and the Santa Rosa Symphony.

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Meeting Space!

The Sitting Room community library would like Book Groups to know that they would be welcome to hold their meetings here. There is comfortable seating for up to 10 people and parking too. We are open from 9 to 5 Mondays – Saturdays, but are happy to make arrangements for other time slots also. If interested in arranging a trial meeting, please call us at 707 795-9028 or email us at boxcar@sonic.net. The atmosphere is right (and people wont have to straighten up their houses for the occasional occasion). We are right next to Sonoma State University at 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove, 94951. Check out our website: www.SittingRoom.org for directions and to get a feel for the place.

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WordTemple Redux!

Sonoma County poet laureate emerita, Katherine Hastings, has morphed WordTemple — her former reading series and radio program — into a blog with, in part, the intention of bringing California and New York poets (and beyond) together. The initial blog featured a poem from Jodi Hottel’s recent chapbook, Out of the Ashes. Most recently, poems from Rochester poet Charles Cote’s full length collection, I Play His Red Guitar, are posted along with a statement by Cote on how these poems arrived after his teenaged son died of cancer. If you would like to check out the blog, go to www.wordtemple.com. Katherine would love for you to subscribe.

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