Sonoma County in Print

If you are a Sonoma County writer with a book or chapbook newly published, let’s help you celebrate! Just send your announcement to Book announcements are posted in the order received.

Include a book front cover image (jpg), brief book description, and information on how your readers can find out more about you and your work or order a copy. Please send this announcement as plain text, preferably in an email (no flyers, pdfs or docs with special formatting).  The most recent announcements are posted at the top of the page.

Your announcement will appear in its entirety in the emailed version of the Update for the month it is posted. Subsequently, authors’ names will be listed in the emailed Update with links to this page.

Archived pages of books in print may be viewed here for 2010, 2011, 2012, 201320142015 and 2016.

Sonoma County writers published in local, national, and international literary journals or anthologies will be recognized here as well. If you have a publication in a literary journal or anthology (within the last 30 days) you’d like to announce, send the following information to Ed Coletti at Your name, title of the piece, name of the journal and date of publication (issue/volume), link to journal’s or publisher’s website (if available). This list of journal publications will be posted monthly and archived. Ed would appreciate receiving submissions prior to the final week of the month.

Sonoma County Writers Published in Periodicals

During July 2017, the following local authors had their work published or honored in journals, magazines or anthologies, both print and electronic. The links to periodicals are mainly for your information and do not always go to the poem or story itself. Unless specified otherwise, the works are poems. For an archive of previous publications in periodicals, click here.

Renee Owen
“Under the Sea” in the 2017 Marin Poetry Center Anthology
“graduation day” in They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku, a Robert Epstein anthology, publisher Middle Island Press
“the theology of barnacles” in Haiku Society of America’s 2017 Anthology

Ed Coletti
“Store Bought Artificial Tears,” Dissident Voice, July 2017
“The Tamalpais Solution,” “North Bay Parades,” “Arabian,” “Mars,” Sonoma Valley Sun, July 2017

Jo-Anne Rosen
“Map of the Mind,” Embark, July 2017 (novel excerpt)

Bill Vartnaw
“Sunday Morning After a Rain,” Outcast Poetry (July 2017)

New and Noted Publications by Sonoma County Writers (2017)

Voyeur, Poems by Jodi Hottel

Voyeur Poems / Jodi HottelWordTech Editions, imprint of WordTech Communications, published June 2017

Voyeur by Jodi Hottel is the result of an ongoing interest in ekphrastic poetry related not just to visual art but many artistic forms, including literature and film. When a work of art creates heightened emotion, she responds with poems as varied in style as the works of art themselves.

“When I shared Hottel’s ekphrastic poem, ‘Crossing,’ after the painting Boat People, with its creator, painter and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of his responses was ‘She really got it.’ Now, as I read one page after another of Voyeur, this sentiment is repeated again and again. Gifted with indispensable detail and deep imagery, these poems invite us to concentrate on history, mythology and our own responses to the world.”
—Katherine Hastings, author of Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar

More details on WordTech Communications website ( Order through Amazon or email:

Land of My Father’s War, Poems by Phyllis Meshulam

Cherry Grove Collections, imprint of WordTech Communications, available late July 2017

In poetry that ranges from formal to experimental, Phyllis Meshulam chronicles her parents’ journey through separation during World War II, her own history, and the search for the lands of our roots and redemption.

“In this book, the literal ‘land of my father’s war’ is Italy, where the poet’s father served in World War II, and where he took his young family to live for a while in the aftermath, a place to which the poet has sometimes returned as an adult. However, the landscape of these beautifully crafted poems is wider than any one country, and deeper than any one moment in time. Phyllis Meshulam maps the landscape of consciousness in our time, and though it is scarred profoundly by the wars we’ve inherited and that never seem to end, it is also, as these poems teach us, a landscape where love, caring, and insight can in fact be nourished, where a wholeness of spirit is still possible, where one can and perhaps must fervently speak ‘in favor / of a constancy of kindness.'” — Fred Marchant, author of Said Not Said

The Need to ReadThe Need to Read! Or My BLF, My Best Literary Friend — The Sitting Room’s 2017 anthology

The Sitting Room’s 2017 anthology, THE NEED TO READ! or MY BLF, MY BEST LITERARY FRIEND is now available for a suggested donation of $5. Over 30 local writers/readers contributed. For more information, see our website: or email

Kay Mehl Miller — Ring Around Reality: A Novel

Ring Around Reality: A NovelMiller’s character-driven narrative, based on her own alcoholism, focuses on Diana Lossen who drinks with the confidence that she’ll never be an alcoholic. Alcohol makes its entrance early in her life as she sees its miraculous power to bring peace to her incessantly quarreling parents. It follows her on a trip to New Jersey where she gets into her first trouble because she steps out for a drink with the lover of her hostess who she later learns is her older sister’s boyfriend. In college she is vilified by students protesting an editorial she wrote deploring the behavior of drunken frat brothers. She finds her future husband in a dance hall attached to a liquor store. Once married, she discovers how lonely it is to be left with two children as her naval aviator husband is gone for months at a time. Drinking becomes her consolation until she loses control and the ability to forestall consequences that bring remorse and threaten her sanity.

Available on Amazon.

Anne Cummings Jacopetti—What Are We Going to Learn Today? How All Children Can Become Enthusiastic Lifelong Learners

What Are We Going To Learn Today?: How All Children Can Become Enthusiastic Lifelong LearnersAnne Cummings Jacopetti’s engaging book, based on five decades of teaching experience, is a clarion call for parents, teachers, and everyone concerned about the future and the way we educate our children. In What Are We Going to Learn Today? How All Children Can Become Enthusiastic Lifelong Learners, she describes the necessary conditions for full development of our children’s capacities and the natural ways that they learn best. She demonstrates how our current textbook-driven, high-stakes-testing system limits development of capacities such as empathy, curiosity, creativity, patience, perseverance and courage, damaging not only children, but also our prospects for a just and sustainable future. Through stories and the words of her students, Jacopetti reclaims the essential roles of relationship, play, the arts, community, the natural world and hands-on, project-based learning in healthy whole child development. For further information visit What Are We Going to Learn Today? can be purchased locally at Copperfield’s bookstores, through Anne’s website and at in print and Kindle editions.

how Her a Flower, A Bird, A ShadowPeg Alford Pursell—Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow

The newly published book, Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow (ELJ Editions, March 1, 2017) is a collection of hybrid prose and microfictions by Sonoma County author Peg Alford Pursell, with advance praise from Margot Livesey, Joan Silber, Antonya Nelson, Peter Orner, and others. The book is available for order at ELJ at,_a_Bird,_a_Shadow.html, or from Amazon or Small Press Distribution. You can learn more at Peg’s website at

No Walls Now: New Poems for the Trump EraJonah Raskin—No Walls Now: New Poems for the Trump Era

The author “wrote these seventeen poems between 21 November 2016 and 12 January 2017. The date of composition is at the end of each one. In some ways they’re responses to the presidential election and to the news of the day. They also track my own inner landscape and move back and forth from past to present and back to past. Readers might see here reflections of my childhood and my adult selves.”

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Gary Brandt—The Vault Apocalyptia

The Vault Apocalyptia BrandtSet in Albuquerque, The Vault Apocalyptia imagines a tour through the city’s National Museum of Nuclear Science and History on the day of the apocalypse. Led by docent, readers meet an unruly assortment of displays, each illuminating a chapter of America’s nuclear story. Exhibits stage musicals, plunder sets, plot against and usurp other exhibits, while museum benefactors and industry shills interrupt with assurance that the collection poses no threat. Over the course of the novel, and along a path never strictly chronological, the atomic century is rebuilt, from its hopeful past to its grim present. At its center, and ever looming, is the main attraction, the Bomb, with its stark warning that we may yet end up where we’re headed.

Each chapter takes on a different style or is written through a different voice, giving separate shape to the exhibits and likening the book to moving through a museum’s themed spaces. A chapter on the Manhattan Project’s work in Los Alamos, for instance, reads as a series of panels that echo the idiom of a midcentury newsreel. Also, mimicking the bomb’s insinuation into American consciousness, and embedded throughout the text, are countless Cold War allusions, buried jargon, and fragments of atomic culture. Kick up a corner of carpet, and you might catch a glimpse of the gravestones paving the museum’s corridors. See more at

Joan Frank—All the News I Need

All the News I NeedAll the News I Need probes the modern American response to inevitable, ancient riddles—of love and sex and mortality.

Frances Ferguson is a lonely, sharp-tongued widow who lives in the wine country. Oliver Gaffney is a painfully shy gay man who guards a secret and lives out equally lonely days in San Francisco. Friends by default, Fran and Ollie nurse the deep anomie of loss and the creeping, animal betrayal of aging. Each loves routine but is anxious that life might be passing by. To crack open this stalemate, Fran insists the two travel together to Paris. The aftermath of their funny, bittersweet journey suggests those small changes, within our reach, that may help us save ourselves—somewhere toward the end.

All the News I Need has won the 2016 Juniper Prize for Fiction, under the auspices of the University of Massachusetts Press.
The book may be ordered through your local independent bookstore.
$ 19.95 / ISBN: 978-1-62534-262-1

More information at: or

Raphael Block—Strings of Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems

Strings of Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems by Raphael Block

“The Earth speaks and the heart listens. Here are words that nourish the soul with the ancient music of creation, the songs that are all around us but so easily unnoticed. These poems sing the remembrance of life itself, simple, unadorned, deeply felt. Let them take you back to where you belong.”
~ LLEWELLYN VAUGHAN-LEE, Sufi Teacher and Author, Editor of Spiritual Ecology—The Cry of the Earth.

“Never far from the living earth or the heart of wonder, part nature seer, part mystic weaver, Raphael Block pulls the Seen and the Unseen together with shining strings of imagination Wonderful!”
~ MICHAEL MEADE, Author of Fate and Destiny and Why the World Doesn’t End.

“This luminous collection of poetry is a love song to the Holy. Each piece is a droplet of dew reflecting the rising sun and radiating through the heart, awakening wonder.”
~ MIRABAI STARR, Author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and Caravan of No Despair.

Available at and all independent bookstores.

Jean Wong — Hurtling Jade and Other Tales of Personal Folly

Hurtling Jade by Jean Wong“A rebellious woman’s memoir delivers amusing vignettes of an intriguing life— belonging and exclusion; tradition and rebellion—run through the 27 stories in Wong’s collection…plenty of fodder here for an insightful memoir.”
—Kirkus Review

“Ms. Wong has brought you into her life with vignettes that are funny, daring, sometimes shocking, but always fascinating. Whether it’s about friends, family or lovers, she is able to craft scenes with words that place you in the center of her life, merging her universe with yours. Don’t miss this chance to share her fully lived life with its open areas as well as its dark corners.”
—Charles Markee, Award-winning local author & Sonoma County SCBWI coordinator

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Books by Sonoma County Authors Published in 2016

For details, see

  • H.B. Reid, The Further Adventures of Charles T. Woolley
  • Ransom Stephens  The Left Brain Speaks The Right Brain Laughs: A look at the neuroscience of innovation & creativity in art, science, & life
  • Laura McHale Holland  Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed
  • Nina Tepodino — Sound! Body and Mind at 82: Health Wisdom for All Ages
  • Katherine Hastings — Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar
  • Renée Owen (Editor) – Scent of the Past…Imperfect
  • Diane Fortier  – Fizz in the Fire
  • Jolynn J. Lauer –  Gone Awry, Sequel to Best Laid Plans (A Cozy Mystery)
  • Jordan Finneseth –  Manual for the Soul: A Beginners Guide
  • Sandra Anfang –  Looking Glass Heart
  • Mike Tuggle –  The Motioning In: New and Selected Poems
  • Redwood Writers  –  2016 Poetry Anthology: Stolen Light
  • Suzanne Sherman –  100 Years in the Life of an American Girl
  • Healdsburg Literary Guild – Healdsburg and Beyond!
  • Healdsburg Literary Guild – Textures of Love
  • Rob Koslowsky  Breach of Trust: A Laura Paige Murder Mystery
  • H.B. Reid  The Coming of Charlotta
  • Sky Blaine  Bound to Love: a memoir of grit and gratitude

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