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September 2020 Calendar of Literary Events

The monthly calendar reflects announcements that literary folk from the area have sent to us. To get a more complete list of author-events and workshop schedules, addresses and directions to the event locations, as well as bios of the presenters, you can use the links below.  

Please send your calendar announcements, text only (no attachments or PDFs please), no later than noon on the last day of each month. Calendar entries are easier to include if they follow the format you see here (Day, date, time: event, cost, location, contact).  Events should be within an hour’s drive of Sonoma County. Send your announcements to editor@socolitupdate.com. NOTE: Lengthy announcements will be edited. Where possible, please provide a link to a web page with complete details.

Book Passage www.bookpassage.com
Copperfield’s Books www.copperfieldsbooks.com
Petaluma Writers’ Forum and Jumpstart Writing Workshops: www.thewritespot.us
Readers’ Books www.readersbooks.com
Redwood Writers www.redwoodwriters.org
Sebastopol Center for the Arts www.sebarts.org
Sitting Room www.sittingroom.org

 

4 Tuesday mornings, September 1, 15, 22, 28, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Deep Inquiry: Creative Writing As Spiritual Practice. With Clara Rosemarda, on Zoom. For information or to register: 707-567-7117 or rosen@sonic.net

Wednesday, September 2, 6:30 p.m. Free Zoom Writers Forum. DS Briggs will read “Moving to Light .”Jordan Rosenfeld reads “My Opa” and leads us in a writing activity. Zoom URL:  https://bit.ly/TheWriteSpot Meeting ID: 853 7604 6490. Details: www.thewritespot.us/forum.php

Friday, September 4, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. By donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Sunday, September 6, 2:00 p.m. Free Zoom Writers Forum. Diane Dupuis reads “Dancing Through Life” and shows us some GROOVE moves. Zoom URL:  https://bit.ly/TheWriteSpot Meeting ID: 853 7604 6490. Details: www.thewritespot.us/forum.php

Sunday, September 6, 3:00 p.m. Poetry Flash presents: Book launch for Gail Newman’s Blood Memory and Cynthia Woloch’s Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, via Zoom. Please contact Gail for Zoom link: gailnewmanpoet.com

Monday, September 7, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets featuring Ira Chernus and Peter Neil Carroll. Open Mic Reading (3-4 minutes per reader). ONLINE. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Weekly Poetry Reading.” No password needed. 

Wednesday, September 9, 6:30 p.m. Free Zoom Writers Forum. Bella Mahaya Carter will read “Reflections on Receiving a Book Award.” Zoom URL:  https://bit.ly/TheWriteSpot Meeting ID: 853 7604 6490. Details: www.thewritespot.us/forum.php

Friday, September 11, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. By donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Saturday, September 12, 2:00 p.m. Iris Jamahl Dunkle reading from Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer, over Zoom. Email info@sonomavalleyhistoricalsociety.org to sign up to attend.

Sunday, September 13, 2:00 p.m. Free Zoom Writers Forum. Karen Ely will read “Shavasana.” Jean Grant Sutton reads “The Benefits of Yoga” by Marjorie Richardson and demonstrates relaxing yoga positions. Zoom URL:  https://bit.ly/TheWriteSpot Meeting ID: 853 7604 6490. Details: www.thewritespot.us/forum.php

Sunday, September 13, 4:00-5:00 pm. Occidental Center for the Arts Literary Series presents its first virtual book launch: Beside The Well by poet Donna Emerson with musical interludes by Jared Emerson-Johnson. Selected readings with Q&A to follow. Book sales via credit card, PayPal or check to OCA, 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental 95465.  Please register for this free event at occidentalcenterforthearts.org and you’ll receive the Zoom link. For more info, go to website or call 707-874-9392.

Monday, September 14, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets Open Mic Reading (3-4 minutes per reader). ONLINE. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Weekly Poetry Reading.” No password needed.

Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 p.m. Free Zoom Writers Forum. Susan Hagen reads “How Writing Turned Hate Into Love” and leads a writing activity. Zoom URL:  https://bit.ly/TheWriteSpot Meeting ID: 853 7604 6490. Details: www.thewritespot.us/forum.php

Friday, September 18, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. By donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Saturday, September 19, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Redwood Writers presents Lise Quintana: Submit to Indie Lit! Via Zoom. If you’re still new to submitting, smaller independent literary journals are a great place to break in. Learn how to find the right lit journal for your work, and how to maximize your chances for success using a submission management program. Cost: $5, members; $10, nonmembers. More details and registration at: https://redwoodwriters.org

Sunday, September 20, 2:00 p.m. Free Zoom Writers Forum. Hannah Jern Miller reads “The Ways of Music” and will treat us to her music, leading to a writing exercise. Zoom URL:  https://bit.ly/TheWriteSpot Meeting ID: 853 7604 6490. Details: www.thewritespot.us/forum.php

Sunday, September 20, 4:00 p.m. America, We Call Your Name: A Poetry Reading for a Nation in Crisis. Sixteen Rivers Press presents some of our country’s finest poets addressing the social and political rifts that currently divide our country. Please join us for the launch of this timely and important video featuring contributors to our anthology, America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience, reading their poems and others from the book: Rick Barot, Joshua Bennett, Mai Der Vang, Camille Dungy, Dante Di Stefano, Judy Halebsky, Forrest Hamer, Brenda Hillman, and Evie Shockley. Register here: https://sixteenrivers.org/america-we-call-your-name-a-reading-in-september.

Monday, September 21, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets featuring Kathleen Winter. Open Mic Reading (3 minutes per reader). ONLINE. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Rivertown Poets Open Mic.” No password needed. Those who sign up in advance will read first. 

Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m. Free Zoom Writers Forum. Nancy Julien Kopp will read “Writing It Out .” Brad Yates reads “Tapping for Writers” and leads us in a tapping activity. Zoom URL:  https://bit.ly/TheWriteSpot Meeting ID: 853 7604 6490. Details: www.thewritespot.us/forum.php

Thursday, September 24, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Deborah Tannen. Featured Book: Finding My Father. ONLINE. In this memoir, Tannen embarks on the quest to piece together the puzzle of her father’s life. Beginning with his astonishingly vivid memories of the Hasidic community in Warsaw, where he was born in 1908, she traces his journey: from arriving in New York City in 1920 to quitting high school at fourteen to support his mother and sister, through a vast array of jobs, including prison guard and gun-toting alcohol tax inspector, to eventually establishing the largest workers’ compensation law practice in New York and running for Congress. Details and registration at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/deborah-tannen-online

Friday, September 25, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. By donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Friday, September 25,7:00-8:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts presents a virtual Book Launch: A Road Less Paved by local writer and longtime OCA volunteer, Mary Gaffney. Free event. Visit occidentalcenterforthearts.org to register and receive Zoom link. Books will be for sale, via credit card, PayPal and check. For more information, call 707-874-9392.

Sunday, September 27, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Sunday Meditation Gathering on Zoom, by Donation. Open to beginning and seasoned meditators. Bring your friends! Clara Rosemarda, (707) 567-7117, rosen@sonic.net. Please RSVP to Clara she can send you the Zoom invitation.

Sunday, September 27, 2:00 p.m. Free Zoom Writers Forum. Amanda McTigue will share stories about the wild creativity we need to heal, to write, and to restore our spirits. Zoom URL:  https://bit.ly/TheWriteSpot Meeting ID: 853 7604 6490. Details: www.thewritespot.us/forum.php

Monday, September 28, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets Open Mic Reading (4 minutes per reader). ONLINE. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Rivertown Poets Open Mic.” No password needed. Those who sign up in advance will read first. 

Tuesday, September 29, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Deep Inquiry: Creative Writing As Spiritual Practice. First of 4 mornings on Zoom with Clara Rosemarda. For information or to register (707) 567-7117 or rosen@sonic.net..

Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 p.m. Free Zoom Writers Forum. Kate Farrell, Lisa Alpine, and Mary Mackey will share tips on how to write exciting and well-crafted travel stories, based on the book, Story Power. We’ll write, using prompts. URL:   https://bit.ly/TheWriteSpot Meeting ID: 853 7604 6490. Details: www.thewritespot.us/forum.php

 

Mark Your Calendar for October 2020

Thursday, October 1, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Healing Through the Written Word: Discovering Our New Stories. First of 4 afternoons on Zoom with Clara Rosemarda. For information or to register (707) 567-7117 or rosen@sonic.net.

Friday, October 2, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. By donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Saturday, October 3, 2:30 p.m. Iris Jamahl Dunkle Book Launch of Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer, over Zoom. Sign up here: Jack London State Historic Park.

Monday, October 5, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets Double feature: Francesca Bell and Ben Gucciardi. Open Mic Reading (3 minutes per reader). ONLINE. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Rivertown Poets Open Mic.” No password needed. Those who sign up in advance will read first.

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. Iris Jamahl Dunkle reading from Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer on Zoom.
Email Readers’ Books, info@readersbooks.com to sign up to attend.

Friday, October 9, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. By donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Sunday, October 11, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Haiku Poets of No. California’s quarterly meeting, featuring a haiku reading by Renée Owen, accompanied by Brian Foster on shakuhachi flute. Participants are welcome to bring a haiku to read aloud during our brief intros, and there will be break out time for networking in small groups. Location: Zoom during pandemic (usual location at Ft. Mason in San Francisco). Meetings are free and open to the public. Contact Susan Antolin at newsletter.hpnc[at]gmail.com with questions or to request a Zoom link to attend the meeting. http://www.hpnc.org

Monday, October 12, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets Open Mic Reading (4 minutes per reader). ONLINE. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Rivertown Poets Open Mic.” No password needed. Those who sign up in advance will read first.

Tuesday, October 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Learn the Art of great Storytelling with Doug Cordell, Emmy-nominated writer and National Public Radio storyteller. First of six sessions via Zoom sponsored by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Cost: $240. More details and registration at: https://sebarts.doubleknot.com/event/learn-the-art-of-great-storytelling-doug-cordell-age-18-6-sessions-1-perf-oct-13-nov-24/2717720

Friday, October 16, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. By donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Monday, October 19, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets Open Mic Reading (3-4 minutes per reader). ONLINE. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Weekly Poetry Reading.” No password needed. 

Friday, October 23, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. By donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Monday, October 26, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets Open Mic Reading (3-4 minutes per reader). ONLINE. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Weekly Poetry Reading.” No password needed. 

Friday, October 30, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly online literary open mic. Share a short story or poetry. By donation. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. Hosted by Sher and John Christian http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

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