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LITERARY Gatherings, Readings, Poetry Jams
Sonoma County CALENDAR

by Vesta Copestakes

Join like minds who love to read, write and recite. Plenty of people to share your passion for the written and spoken word...Enjoy!


Sonoma County Library - Coffee with the Director ~ Please join us for the new series of Coffee with the Director forums. These FREE events will provide an opportunity for residents to converse with Sonoma County Library Director Brett Lear, ask questions, discuss issues, or simply meet the Director. For more information, call 707-545-0831 x 1553. These events will be held monthly at each of the Sonoma County Library branches so that residents across the county can participate. Dates, times, and locations are posted on the library website at
June at Sonoma Valley Library
July at Northwest Library

WordTemple Poetry Series ~ 7p at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St, Sebastopol.

May 21 ~ A first-time event at Writers Forum: Editors discuss their editing styles. Meet the editors, then gather in small groups to find the right editor for you. Editors: B. Lynn Goodwin, Elaine Silver,  Frances Lefkowitz, Jane Merryman, Karen Hart, Linda Jay, Mark Burstein6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, $15, Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma,

May 24 ~ Graveside Readings at Oak Mound Cemetery ~ Every Memorial Day weekend, the Healdsburg Literary Guild gathers on the bumpy, weed-thick ground, and manages to drape this ancient burial ground with two hours of dignity and gentle laughter. 2-4p at Oak Mound Cemetery, First & Piper Streets, Healdsburg, (at the Tipsy Fountain). Pieces should be no more than four minutes in length. Bottled water will be provided. Please bring a chair if possible.

May 28 & Jun 30 ~ Redwood Writers Fiction Book Club  ~ Historical fiction and a detective mystery are the subjects of the Redwood Writers book club during May and June to be held at Copperfield’s Books in Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village. The group meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Montgomery Village store, 775 Village Court. For more information, go to

May 29, 7-9pm - Poetry & Writing Salon
Poets and writers, this is your chance to share your work! Socializing, refreshments and dessert 7:00-7:30pm. An open-mic format, sign in starting at 7pm for your chance to read, first come-first served. Readings are 5 minutes per person and begin at 7:30pm. $15 entry; the opportunity to share your writings = priceless. Located at Unity of Santa Rosa - 4857 Old Redwood Hwy (Larkfield area), Santa Rosa, 95403.

May 29 ~ Death Makes Life Possible More of us are discovering a radical truth: when we release our fear of death, we open to an immensely richer life right here and now. Dr. Schlitz presents a wealth of teachings and practical guidance on how to turn this taboo topic into a source of peace, hope, connection, and compassion. 7pm Copperfields, 140 Kentucky Street,  Petaluma INFO: 707-762-0563

May 31 ~ Brave New Worlds ~ with PETER ORULLIAN & ROSS E. LOCKHART in Conversation ~ Join us as we host emerging and established science fiction, speculative fiction, horror and fantasy authors. Author Peter Orullian’s Trial of Intentions is the second installment in the Vault of Heaven series, and a mesmerizing fantasy epic that turns the conventions of the genre on its head. In conversation with Ross E. Lockhart, publisher of the anthology “Giallo Fantastique” and aficionado of the genre. 1pm Copperfields, 140 Kentucky Street,  Petaluma INFO: 707-762-0563

Jun 5 ~ Poetic Soul Illuminations ~ w/ Neal Grace. 7:30pm-9:30pm. suggested donation 1c to $30. Neal will set the tone for the evening with some magical, evocative and brief poems. You can then volunteer for a brief, powerful, insightful, revealing and spontaneous poem specifically about your soul and life journey. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati.

Jun 6 ~ Rachel Carson ReturnsSonoma County poet Lilith Rogers telling the story of Rachel Carson. She created and performs her one-woman show about the life and work of Rachel Carson because of her concern for our urgent environmental challenges. It is Lilith’s hope that the story of this remarkable and determined woman will help us rededicate our lives to environmental justice.  Rachel Carson was the marine biologist, conservationist and author, whose book Silent Spring, published in 1962, present- ed the science and raised the call against the use of DDT and other toxic chemicals that were the fruits of World War II. It has been widely credited with giving birth to the global environmental movement.  1:00 - 3:00 PM, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Norm Cram Parish Hall, 530 C Street, in downtown Petaluma 

Jun 12 ~ R.M. Ryan - There's a Man With a Gun Over There ~ This autobiographical novel is based on the author's experiences in the US Army as a detective and translator investigating black marketing in Germany during the Vietnam  era. Trained as poet and drafted into the military,RickRyan is a kind of innocent abroad as he learns the very high price of essentially becoming a fascist for the American Empire and the remnants of Nazi Germany. The book talk is framed by poignant songs performed byMichael Hantman on vocals and guitar. A Q&A will follow with book sales, signing, and fine refreshments. 7 pm, FREE, but all donations happily accepted. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental INFO:


May 21 ~ Writers Forum ~ Seal Watch is a public education program and it is through providing this service we hope to ensure the safety and stability of the harbor seal population.  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, $15, Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma,

Directory of Sonoma County Writers ~ The Literary Update is creating a directory of Sonoma County Writers. If you are interested in being listed, send the material you would like included: e.g., photo (jpg), 100-word bio, web and/or blog links, and contact information. E-mail to sonomacountyliteraryupdate@gmail.com

Sitting Room anthology 2015 ~ The theme for 2015 is "An overlooked female author." Share a body of work or a single book by an author neglected, ignored, or underestimated by the academy and by the general reading public. Persuade us, cajole us, why would would "just love" to read this author generally or a specific book of hers. Anyone may participate. The editor this year is Lucille Friesen, who graciously volunteered this major assignment. How to send? Go to the Style Guide!

WriterSpeak ~ GEM Productions is looking for North Bay writers who are interested in appearing as a guest on WriterSpeak, a half hour talk show that will allow you to promote your work. Looking for Local writers who have a book, e-book, anthology, play or screenplay to talk about. $125 fee to cover production costs. For more info, contact Gary Carnivele: 707.225.1302 Email:

Writers Forum ~ features a variety of presenters exploring the craft and business of writing on the third Thursday of each month. Petaluma Community Center at Lucchesi Park, 320 North McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. NEW TIME: 6:30 to 8:30p, $15 at the door. 

Snoopy's Writers ~ CURRENTLY our "Think Tank" is talking about "What is Plot?" Snoopy’s Writers meet EVERY MONDAY AFTERNOON FROM 1-4 pm at THE WARM PUPPY CAFE. Some of us write and some of us talk about writing while we write. We do not hold to traditional rules of order about "meeting". Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Info: Georgette G. deBlois


Early Literacy ~ Events for children at Sonoma County libraries. READ-TALK-PLAY-SING programs at all library branches. Schedule:

Free Bookmobile Info  707.520.4536  Check us out on Facebook: 
Volunteer Opportunities! Looking for motivated persons and families to help with book drives, book pickup/delivery, event promotion, sorting, and on-site assistance at our big events.

Bookmobile Schedule:
5/21: Forestville / Forestville School & Academy  10 Am - 2 Pm
5/23: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  9 - 10:30 Am
5/23: Glen Ellen / Post Office  11 Am - 12 Pm
5/23: Kenwood / Kenwood Market  12:30 - 1:30 Pm
5/23: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd  2 - 3:30 Pm
5/24: Camp Meeker / Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser Breakfast  8 - 11 Am
5/24: Monte Rio  11:30 Am - 12:30 Pm
5/24: Jenner  1 - 2 Pm
5/24: Bodega Bay / Veterinary Hospital  2:30 - 3:30 Pm
5/24: Valley Ford  4 - 5 Pm
5/24: Freestone  5:30 - 6:30 Pm
5/28: Santa Rosa / SR Recreation Aftercare, Comstock Middle School  4 Pm
5/29: Santa Rosa / Bennett Valley Child Development Center  9:30 Am
5/29: Santa Rosa / ESC Senior Wellness Fair, Jennings Court  11:30 Am - 2 Pm
6/6: Glen Ellen / Post Office  10 - 11 Am
6/6: Kenwood / Kenwood Market  11:30 Am - 12:30 Pm
6/6: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd  3:30 - 5 Pm
6/7: Larkfield / Larkfield Center  10 - 11:30 Am
6/7: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd  12 - 1:30 Pm
6/7: Cotati / Oliver's Market  2 - 3:30 Pm
6/9: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
6/14: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
6/14: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
6/14: Bodega Bay / Community Center Farmer's Market  12 - 2 Pm
6/14: Jenner  2:30 - 3:45 Pm
6/14: Monte Rio  4:15 - 5:30 Pm
6/16: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  5 - 6:30 Pm

We would love to know where you think we should distribute books.  We especially appreciate advance notice of fairs, festivals, and other rural and low-income area events that don't charge an entrance fee.  Don't be shy, drop us a line... 

Bookmobile Donation Locations Your books aren't having much fun getting dusty on the shelf! Please take a moment to box up the best of your collection and drop them off at any of the locations below:
Paul's Empire Head Shop & Engine Supply ~ 112 Roberts Ave, Santa Rosa (546-4324)

Exchange Bank ~ 136 Calistoga Rd, Santa Rosa (539-1505)
Exchange Bank ~ 6290 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park (584-7300)
Argent Bank ~ 201 North Main St, Sebastopol (827-2265)

Argent Bank ~ Inside G&G Market, 701-B Sonoma Mtn Pkwy, Petaluma (781-2265)
The Windsor UPS Store ~ 9048 Brooks Rd South, Windsor (838-3853)
Sonoma 76 Station ~ 195 West Napa St, Sonoma (996-3555)

Sonoma County Libraries ~ Visit for event details

Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma
Every Fri ~ Toddler Time (18-35 months) 10am
Every Fri ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 10:45a
Every Tue ~ Read to a Dog 3p
Every Wed ~ Babytime (0-17 months) 10a
May 30 ~ 
High Efficiency Irrigation for the Home 10:30a-12:30p
Jun 3 ~ The Tale of One Architect and Two Churches 6p
Jun 9 ~ Sign up for Summer Reading! all day
Jun 9 ~ Brown Bag Book Discussion Group 12p
Jun 9 ~ Summer Reading Kickoff! 2p
Jun 11 ~ Beginning Internet Class 10a
Jun 13 ~ Magical Moonshine Theatre: The 3 Little Pigs (ages 5 & up) 2p
Jun 16 ~ Duct Tape Mania! (grades 7-12) 3p
Jun 17 ~ Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater: Episode 1: Adventure in Space! (ages 5 & up) 2p
Jun 20 ~ Jungle James: Animal Adventures (ages 5 & up) 11a
Jun 20 ~ Tone Bent 2p
Jun 23 ~ Catapult Launchers (grades 7-12) 3p
Jun 24 ~ Superhero Training Camp (ages 3 & up) 2p
Jun 25 ~ Lego Club (ages 5 and up) ~ 3:30p

Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Condé Way, Rohnert Park
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog ~ 2p
Every Wed ~ Read to a Dog 3:30p
Every Thur ~ Babytime (0-17 months) 10a
Every Thur ~ Toddler Wiggletime (18 to 35 month) 11a
Every Fri ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5) 10:30a
Last Tues ~ Learn the Library Catalog and Databases 10a. Sign up in person at the reference desk or call 584-9121, ext. 3.

Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd, Santa Rosa
Every Wed ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Every Wed ~ Castles & Crowns Chess Club 3:15p
Every Thu ~ Read to a Dog 3p
Every Fri ~ Babytime (0-17 months) 10a
Every Fri ~ Toddler Time (18-35 months) 11a
2nd Wed ~ Book Discussion Group 1:30p or 6:30p

Central Santa Rosa Library, 211 E St, Santa Rosa
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog ~ 11a
Every Tue ~ Toddler Time (18-35 months) 10:30a
Every Tue ~ Babytime (3-17 months) 11:15a
Every Tue ~ Plaisir de Lire (ages 5 & up) 3:15p
Every Wed ~ After-Nap Wiggle Time (age 3-36 months) 3:30p
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11aJan 8 ~ Great Books 1p
Every 2nd Thur ~ Great Books 1p

Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa
Every Thu ~ Read to a PALS Dog 3:30p
Every Fri ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5) 10:30a
Every Sat ~ Cuentos y Cantos Bilingual Storytime (ages/edades 0-5) 10:30a

Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Building 100, Windsor
Every Tue ~ Read to a Dog 3p
Every Wed ~ Beginning Internet 6p
Every Wed ~ Babytime (ages 0-24 months) 10:30a
Every Wed ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5) 11:30a
Every Wed ~ Read-Along Book Club (grades 2-5) 4p

Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St, Healdsburg
Every Fri ~ Wee Read Bilingüe (0-24 months) 10:30a
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (Ages 2-5) 10:30a
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog 11a

Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime - Ages 2-5 10:30a

Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol
Every Tue ~ Wiggle Time for Preschoolers (ages 2-5) 10:30a
Every Tue ~ Wee Read for Babies (0 to 24 months) 11:30
Every Wed ~ Cuentos y Cantos – Bilingual Storytime 11a
Every Wed ~ Read to a Dog 3:30p

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa St, Sonoma
Every Thu ~ Toddler Time (ages 0-3) 10:30a
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11:30a
Every Fri ~ Drop-in Computer Orientation 11a

Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Jun 3 at 6:00 pm - Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop
Jun 5 at 5:00 pm - Guerneville Spring Art Show -- Photography
Jun 11 at 12:30 pm - Book Discussion: Confessions of a Sociopath, by M.E. Thomas
Jun 13 at 1:00 pm -  Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop
Jun 17 at 11:00 am - Zun Zun: Earth Heroes (ages 3 & up)
Jun 23 at 3:30 pm - Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop
Jun 24 at 11:00 am - Mad Science Spectacular: Movie Special Effects (ages 5 & up)
Jun 25 at 2:00 pm - PerlerPalooza! (grades 7-12) 

Copperfield’s Books Events Visit for store locations
May 13 ~ Copperfield's Pairing with ELLEN SUSSMAN. 7p Healdsburg Store
May 13 ~ Anthony Cody, The Educator and the Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges the Gates Foundation. 7p 
San Rafael Store
May 15 ~ Janis Heaphy Durham - The hand on the Mirror 7p Sebastopol Store
May 15 ~ In Conversation: MARY WIDDIFIELD & ERIKA KLOHE - Behind the Wall 7p Montgomery Village Store
May 15 ~ ARLENE MILLER Book Launch - Best Grammar Workbook Ever! 7p 

Petaluma Store
May 22 ~ The Smartest Book in the World -140 Kentucky St7p Petaluma

May 26 ~ DEAL by BILL KREUTZMAN & BENJY EISEN. 7p at Zodiacs, 256 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma


Events at Many Rivers Books, 130 S. Main St., Suite 101, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871, Check out - and add comments to - our new Many Rivers blog available from the Many Rivers homepage, or at

Every Tues ~ Renewal of Presence Practice Group ~ With the Tayu Meditation Center staff. Join us for an ongoing discussion of these issues, and for engagement with exercises that explore the practical metaphysics of renewing and intensifying Presence in every moment of existence. 7:30pm
Every Other Wed ~ Opening to Insight: Meditation and Discussion ~ Join us here at Many Rivers every other Wednesday for a guided meditation practice and discussion. The meditations that we will be practicing are perfect for beginners and for those who want to deepen their practice. Everyone is welcome! 7:30pm.
May 14 ~ Radical Aliveness: How to Ground Yourself in the Midst of Chaos ~ During this experiential evening, you will receive essential information and practical tools to ground and center yourself while experiencing outer or inner chaos. 7:30p with Marielle Taylor. 
May 21 ~ 
Rudolf Steiner and the Emerald Vision ~ The “Emerald Vision” (or visio smaragdina) refers both to the unity of Hermetic wisdom across the ages and to the holistic vision of the spiritual cosmos interacting with the physical world—a central theme in Steiner’s “Alchemical” Christianity.
May 28 ~ Swami Kriyananda Kanda, Yoga Teacher and Healing Arts Practitioner ~ Kriya Yoga practice empowers the treasured psychospiritual centers of our human-beingness. Your love of and dedication to your spiritual practice is the most precious ingredient to transform your life.  7:30p
Jun 4 ~ The Healing Power of Grandmother Ocean ~ Trina Vega, Native American Healer: Healing with Grandmother Ocean is a powerful weekend retreat that I host in Bodega Bay annually, where I teach how to respect and heal with our powerful Grandmother Ocean.
Jun 11 ~ Favorite Poetry from the Word Temple project ~ Katherine Hastings, Sonoma County Poet Laureate for the years 2014 — 2016, is the author of Cloud Fire (Spuyten Duyvil NYC, 2012) and Nighthawks (Spuyten Duyvil NYC, 2014). 7:30p
Jun 18 ~  Bleed Through: A Novel ~ Ayin Weaver, Artist & Author: Ayin Weaver (known to her friends as Nina) is the original medical illustrator of the book Our Bodies, Ourselves, a former medical artist at UCSF and a painter and sculptor for 40 years. 7:30p
Jun 25 ~ Acorn Mother: An Adventure in Creativity & Karma ~ Sandy Eastoak, Artist and Poet: Sandy Eastoak is a professional artist and poet, co-founder of both Sebastopol Gallery and The Pomo Project, and shamanic seeker of ecological healing. 7:30p 


Events at Readers’ Books ~ 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma ~ 707-939-1779 ~ ~ 
May 10, 17, 24 ~ noon-2:00 p.m. Tarot readings with Serafina.
May 27th ~ 7p.m. Kathleen Hill's Last Wednesday Food Book Group welcomes Janet Fletcher for her new book Yogurt: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


1st & 3rd Sat ~ Finding your Voice ~ A women’s writing workshop. Writing exercises, sharing works, & feedback. $15 each; 11-1. Contact Lee Meryl Senior, 707-869-2407,

2nd Tue ~ Center Literary Café ~ Featured speaker, followed by open mic. Donation. 7 pm (6:30 doors), Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St ~ Cynthia Helen, 707-696-1111,

Wed ~ Life Stories Class ~ Try our kind & encouraging class. No age requirement. Free. 1-3pm, Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St ~ 707-431-3324 ~

3rd Wed ~ WordTemple ~ Katherine Hastings hosts poetry interviews, readings, & reconstructions. 7:00-8:00 pm, KRCB 91.1 FM ~

3rd Wed ~ Sitting Room Book Group ~ 2 -4pm.

Thurs ~ UUCSR Writers Morning Coffee ~11 am - 12:30 noon • in the Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy's Home Ice Arena. We meet once a week for lighthearted conversation about who’s doing what in our literary community.

3rd Thu ~ Writer’s Forum ~ Explore the craft & business of writing. $15 at the door. Feb-Nov, 6:30-8:30p pm, Petaluma Community Center at Luchessi Park, 320 N McDowell Blvd ~

Alternate Fri ~ Writing Group for Adults ~ with Chester Aaron. Fees $10-$20; donated to Occidental Center for the Arts. Alternate Fridays, 1-3 pm, Occidental. RSVP: 707-874-9392 or

Fri  ~ Writing as a Healing Practice with author Susan Hagen. Drop-in, 10:30 – 12:30. Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), 6741 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. Suggested donation $20-$40. No class June 12 or July 10. No writing experience necessary. Questions? Contact Susan Hagen at 707-888-0849 or More info:

 3rd Sat ~ Open Mic Poetry Circle ~ Hosted by Mike Tuggle. All welcome. 11 am, River Reader Bookstore, 16355 Main St, Guerneville ~ 869-2240,

2nd Sun ~
Northbay Poetry Slam ~ hosted by BeSage. Lyrical verbalists of all ages welcome. $5 cover. 8 pm (7 doors), Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol ~ Brianna Sage, 483-7231

3rd Sun ~ Healdsburg Literary Guild ~ Thirs Sunday Salon. Featured reader followed by open mic. Free & open to the public. 1:30-3:30p. The Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave. ~ 

Redwood Writers Club ~ Monthly meeting. $5/$8. Light refreshments. 2:30-5 pm, Flamingo Hotel, 2777 4th St, Santa Rosa ~ 707-578-8938 ~

Westword ~ Salon with facilitator Gor Yaswen. Smoke- & fragrance-free meeting. $1.00 donation. 4:00 pm, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St ~ 707-829-1549 ~

 Poetry Reading & Workshop ~ Hosted by poet Sher Christian. By donation. 12:30-2:30 pm, Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol ~ 707 829-6600 ~

Book Discussion Groups ~ Bring a brown bag lunch, book, & banter. ~ 

Classics Book Club ~ Erin, 481-3488 or

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