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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:


Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud — Our 14th year of county participation!

This oral recitation competition of famous poetry is sponsored through generous funding from the CAC, California Poets in the Schools, Creative Sonoma and the Vintners Foundation.

When:  Monday, February 10, 2020
Time:  6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Santa Rosa Library
               211 E. Street, Santa Rosa, CA
Emcee: David Beckman
Admission is free.
We are excited to have students from twelve Sonoma County high schools competing:  Analy, Casa Grande, Creekside, El Molino, Maria Carillo, Petaluma, Piner, Rancho Cotate, Roseland Collegiate Prep, Roseland University Prep, Santa Rosa, and Sonoma Academy.
For questions, please contact: County Coordinator, Jackie Huss Hallerberg,


Awards and Nominations

Donna Emerson‘s poem “Long Distance” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the  Marin Poetry Anthology, where it was published in September, 2019.

Gwynn O’Gara‘s poetry manuscript Clio’s Daughter With Head on Fire has won 1st Place and a $1,000 grant—the 2019 Shirley Holden Helberg Grant for Mature Women (35 and older)—awarded by the National League of American Pen Women, Phil Memmer, Judge. The manuscript is also a Finalist in The Faulkner Society 2019 Poetry Collection Contest. Gwynn was Sonoma County Poet Laureate in 2010-2011.


URGENT: The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County Needs a New Bookmobile

The beloved big green truck must be phased out due to new CA air quality regulations. Good bookmobiles are scarce out there on the used market and new ones are extremely expensive. So they’re going to build their own and have already tracked down a great base model box truck to convert. Please consider making a generous donation toward this goal! All the money will stay local as Sonoma County vendors are lined up to do the conversion work. Read more about it and make a donation here: If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to “Free Bookmobile” and mail to:
Free Bookmobile
PO Box 1402
Santa Rosa, CA 95402


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.


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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