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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: No workshops, classes or readings, please. (Those are posted on the calendar or workshops pages.) An archive of announcements may be found at:

Who Will Be Sonoma County’s 10th Poet Laureate?

Deadline for nominations extended to January 15, 2018.

Nominations are open for Sonoma County’s 10th Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate is a Sonoma County resident, whose poetry manifests a high degree of excellence, who has produced a critically acclaimed body of work, and who has demonstrated a commitment to the literary arts in Sonoma County. The Poet Laureate often participates in official ceremonies and readings. The Sonoma County Poet Laureate serves for two years (2018-2019).

The Poet Laureate Selection Committee is made up of representatives from each of the five County Supervisory Districts, and from Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma County Library, and Sebastopol Center for the Arts, the Literary Arts Guild and the previous poets laureate. Each member of this panel has demonstrated knowledge of and an active commitment to, the life of poetry in our county.

The Selection Committee is pleased to announce that starting this year, the Poet Laureate will be awarded a $1,000 stipend in addition to his or her title.

Consistent with tradition, the Sonoma County Poet Laureate will not have a formal job description but will be encouraged to develop an agenda promoting poetry and the literary arts in Sonoma County. Organizers of various community events in Sonoma County may invite the poet laureate to participate in their events.

Please download the submission requirements and application form from the Center for the Arts’ website at

For more information contact Cynthi Stefenoni at or call the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 707-829-4797.

The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County

The Free Bookmobile zoomed into action after the devastating fires, bringing its mobile resource to many of the evacuation centers, making sure that adults and children alike had the opportunity to relieve their stress for a while with a great book. Now the Free Bookmobile is targeting the schools and neighborhoods that were most affected. As fire victims gradually put the basics back together – a stable living situation and resumption of employment and education – the Bookmobile wants to help them replace their treasured books. It’s part of what makes a house a home!

It is especially important that children of all ages are able to supplement their school work with a variety of reading material from a home library. Often overlooked in this equation are teens and young adults, who seem to spend much more time on their phones than reading. Would it surprise you to learn that, when the Bookmobile visits local high schools, there is a line out the door the entire time it is on campus? Many of the school libraries are virtually empty but teenagers are clamoring to get inside the Free Bookmobile!

The Bookmobile needs your support. It has major donors who will match every donation, up to a total of $3,000! That means your gift can be doubled to make sure that all young adults throughout Sonoma County have the opportunity to put down their devices and enjoy the enrichment of a great book. Just click here to donate securely online. You may also donate books to the Free Bookmobile! Drop-off locations are listed on the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County website, along with its visiting schedule, volunteer opportunities and breaking news :


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