Ongoing Writers’ Groups, Readings and Open Mics
First Sunday of the month between 5:00-7:00 p.m. Poetry at Redwood Cafe, hosted by Geri Digiorno, combines poetry & music in various ways. At Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. See http://petalumapoetrywalk.org/cotati.html for monthly event.
Redwood Writers general meetings are held on the Second Sunday of the month, (exception: May 15th) from 2:30-5:00 p.m. at The Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, 95405, 707-523-4745). A small fee of $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers is asked to cover room rental and light refreshments. Redwood Writers is a branch of the California Writers Club. For more information see www.redwoodwriters.org.
Third Sundays, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Literary Open Mic: Coffee Catz Poetry Reading. Donations Appreciated. 6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol, 707 829-5643.
Third Sunday Salon. The monthly Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon meets at Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave., Ste. 101, Healdsburg from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. every third Sunday. Open mic sign-ups start at 1:30 p.m. See our web site at www.hbglitguild.org.
Word by Word: Conversations with Writers on KRCB 91.1 FM on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Round-table interviews of or about authors with host Gil Mansergh. Can be streamed live at http://radio.krcb.org/programs/word-word#stream/0 or via podcast (http://radio.krcb.org/rss).
WordTemple on KRCB on the third Sunday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Interviews and readings by contemporary poets, as well as reconstructions and some good music, too! There are several ways you can listen in: (1) If you live in Sonoma County or northern Marin County, tune in to 90.9 or 91.1 FM, or Comcast channel 961. (2) Stream live or listen to archived programs by going to http://www.krcb.org/wordtemple. (3) Subscribe to WordTemple’s iTunes podcast, or listen in on iTunes by going to Radio, News/Talk.
Last Sunday of each month, 6:00-8:30 pm: Poetry, Pints, and Prose. For more information, contact Michelle at 707-326-3773 or Catherine at 707-338-1554 or e-mail them at PoetryPintsProse@aol.com.
Every Monday afternoon, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Snoopy’s Writers “I love to hear an editor beg..” Our meetings have a very “open” atmosphere designed to accommodate the writer’s needs. Georgette is there every Monday (not on holidays) for any writer who wants to be with another writer. It makes no difference whether we have 2 or 20 people. Monday afternoon at the Warm Puppy Cafe is a way of life for the writer. You get to write in a very creative atmosphere, are not interrupted by familiar things that need to be done at home or, using Snoopy’s Free WiFi, work on your research project. Meet with serious, good nature’d writers at the Warm Puppy Cafe. Write in Snoopy’s atmosphere (a Writer’s haven that stimulates the imagination) and/or join in conversations about your genre, plot, characters, etc. Meetings are free and open to anyone with a passion for writing…to be published, self-publish or not publish. Bring your computer, pencil and notebook, parchment and quill, or chisel, hammer and stone…and your favorite Snoopy Smile…your choice. Buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, choffee or lunch at the Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa (near Coddingtown) www.snoopyshomeice.com. Route 11 Bus stops in front of Ice Arena. Parking is free.
Jumpstart Mondays. Jumpstart: a writing workshop where creative prompts inspire writing. Mondays, 6:30 pm to 8:30 p.m. Copperfield’s. Marlene Cullen and Susan Bono facilitate alternate months. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us.
First Monday of every month. Rivertown Poets (Poetry Night at Aqus). At 6:15 p.m., with open mic signups at 5:45 p.m. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. For more information, see: https://www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays. Contact: Sande Anfang: email@example.com
Second Monday of every month, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine with Local Authors at Gaia’s Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa. Call 544-2491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request dining at a specific authors table. $5 minimum food purchase. Dining With Authors is looking for authors who have not presented their book there before. Please contact Jeane Slone, email@example.com. For info on specific events, see: http://jeaneslone.com/dining-with-authors/
Jumpstart Tuesdays. Jumpstart: a writing workshop where a variety of prompts are used for memoir, fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction writing. Tuesdays, 9:30 am to 11:30 a.m. Petaluma Community Center. Marlene Cullen facilitates. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us
Last Tuesday of the month from January to June, Copperfield’s Books Presents Redwood Writers Fiction. Authors will discuss their books and entertain questions about writing. Past discussions have proven to be interesting and informative for both those who have read the book and those who just want to listen and learn. The event is FREE and no reservations are required. From 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Montgomery Village store, 775 Village Court. The events are facilitated. For more information, go to http://redwoodwriters.org/copperfields-presents-redwood-writers-fiction-2017/.
First Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m. West Side Stories. At Sonoma Valley Portworks, 613 Second Street, Petaluma. West Side Stories believes that everyone has a story. Our goal is to give those stories a forum. Following the success of stand-up comics telling their stories, Dave Pokorny sought to accommodate all the people who asked, “When can I tell my story?” And to encourage those who doubted they had a story worth telling. Sonoma Valley Portworks provides a stage and a microphone. A theme inspires and shapes the evening and Dave Pokorny hosts the festivities. West Side Stories are limited to five minutes, and ten stories are heard. The stories are scored by a random audience-member, and a winner is announced who wins $50 cash. Cost: $5.00. More information at www.westsidestoriespetaluma.com.
Fourth Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Get Lit reading series at Corkscrew Wine Bar, 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor. Beginning 2016, readings will be quarterly rather than monthly. Get Lit features three guest readers with a short open mic immediately following. Authors will have books and other materials available to purchase. Corkscrew offers wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers and deserts for sale at the bar, as well. Get Lit is a free, 21+ event but tips for guest readers’ travel expenses are greatly appreciated! Check the Get Lit facebook page for updates.
The Speakeasy Cafe’s Sound of Ink, open-mic poetry show airs every Thursday at 4:00 pm. Hosted by Nyla Alisia and Q, this show offers non-stop poetic entertainment where it is all about YOU the POETS! The Speakeasy Cafe is an eclectic, supportive, passionate and inspiring place to come share your words, listen to other poets, inspire and be inspired! Poets write because they have something to say. Come take the mic and say it! You are always welcome at the Speakeasy Cafe! www.blogtalkradio.com/speakeasycafe. Suggestion: When you call in to voice your poem, use SKYPE. Otherwise the cost is prohibitive.
Redwood Cafe Open Mic Happy Hour, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Every Thursday in the beer and wine garden. 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. Sign ups start at 6:3o p.m. Hosted by Max Vogel. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why There Are Words, curated by founder Peg Alford Pursell and named Best of the Bay for Literary Events 2012 in its second year, draws a full house of Bay Area residents every second Thursday of the month. Studio 333 is located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Phone Studio 333 at 415-331-8272. More info at: http://whytherearewords.com
Books on Stage, an every-other-month reading series featuring one poet and one prose writer, each with 30 minutes to read. An alliance with the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center (CPAC), the 99-seat theater where the event is held. Free. CPAC is located at 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale, 707-894-2214; www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com.
Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) meets the 2nd Saturday of the month, 9-12:15 at the The Key Room at the Next Key Center, 1385 North Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949. Free to members, $15 for non-members. For more information go to www.baipa.org.
The 2nd Saturday of the month, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Random Acts Open Microphone. 5 minutes in which to present. $5.00 Admission at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma. For details contact: Catherine Sevenau at RandomActs.Sonoma@gmail.com.
Second Saturday of each month, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sensuality Literary Open Mic, round robin. Poetry and stories that highlight the senses at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Donation: $5 to $10. *Scent free event. Hosted by Sher Christian http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com
Fourth Saturday. Redwood Writers Open Mic. The FREE Saturday Open Mic Series meets at Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 6:00-8:00 p.m. For further information, see http://redwoodwriters.org/events/openmic.
Intermittently Scheduled Events
Haiku Poets of Northern California. Join us for our free quarterly readings & workshops. A featured reader, often longtime HPNC members, will present a short reading of haiku and/or other Japanese genre poetry. Each meeting also offers a lengthier program (usually a presentation or workshop related to one of the Japanese forms). There will be one or more round-robin readings, where all attendees have an opportunity, open-mic style, to read and share one or more haiku and tanka. Also news and announcements, including upcoming events, submission calls and brief introductions of any new books of interest, as well as time for socializing and refreshments. A book table is set up for the sale and purchase of HPNC and other books (you may bring your own publications if you have some to sell). Our meetings and special events, which are open to both members and nonmembers, are held quarterly at San Francisco’s Fort Mason, building C, room 235, from 1 to 5 pm. For more information, or to become an HPNC member (which includes a subscription to our renowned semiannual journal Mariposa and a quarterly newsletter) go to the HPNC website at www.hpnc.org.