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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:

Winners of “Discovered: Emerging Artists of Sonoma County” Program Announced

Exhibition to open November 22, 2019 at Museum of Sonoma County.
Ten Sonoma County artists are being recognized through the fifth “Discovered Awards for Emerging Visual and Literary Artists of Sonoma County” program, produced by Creative Sonoma and funded by Community Foundation Sonoma County. Five visual and five literary artists were selected from a pool of applicants from all corners of the County. Literary arts winners are: Leilani Clark (Santa Rosa), non-fiction; Ernesto Garay (Sebastopol), poetry; Chelsea Rose Kurnick (Windsor), poetry; Joy Lanzendorfer (Petaluma), fiction; and Nicole Irene Zimmerman (Penngrove), non-fiction. Literary Runners-up: Sean Marks (Petaluma), non-fiction; Shawna Swetech (Forestville), poetry; Elizabeth Nordlinger (Sonoma), fiction; Cass Pursell (Santa Rosa) fiction; and Loretta Carpio Carr (Sonoma), non-fiction.

Go Fund Petaluma Poetry Walk

The annual Petaluma Poetry Walk, which takes place every September all over downtown Petaluma, needs to raise funds for the event. A grant from Poets & Writers provided in previous years was not available at all in 2018; this year it’s been reinstated, but for only $500. The Sitting Room has once again generously stepped up to the plate by providing an umbrella of non-profit status to qualify the Walk for fundraising on GoFundMe. All you poetry lovers can step up, too, at: You may also mail a check to PO Box 526, Petaluma, CA 94952-0526. This year the Walk takes off on September 15, 11 a.m. at the Hotel Petaluma. Updates will be posted at:

Update on 2019 Poetry Out Loud Contest in Sonoma County

The winner of the Sonoma County, February 11, 2019 Poetry Out Loud contest was Zoya Ahmed, a 10th grader from Maria Carrillo High School. She went on to make it to the final round of competition at the statewide finals in Sacramento in March, only one of about 15 students out of 51 to advance. The California Arts Council, for the first time this year, invited county champions to submit an original poem of their own for a new “Poetry Ourselves” contest. And Ahmed came in first in the state in this contest. You can read more about her, and even read her winning poem at this link to the Press Democrat article:

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 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: for directions and to get a feel for the place.

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