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LITERARY Gatherings, Readings, Poetry Jams - Sonoma County CALENDAR


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
February at Windsor Library
March at Rohnert Park-Cotati Library
April at Guerneville Library
May at Sebastopol Library
June at Sonoma Valley Library
July at Northwest Library

Mar 29 ~ Celebration Book Launch for Tania Pryputniewicz’s November Butterfly ~ An Evening of Poetry and Poetry Movies featuring the work of Sonoma County Artists. Q & A, book signing and sales. Free admission but donations happily accepted. Refreshments sold. 3p at OCA, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian at Graton Rds. Further info: 707-874-9392 or

Apr 13 ~ Dining With Local Authors ~ World of Change Poetry Anthology, 12 poets share their visions. Gaia's Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 6-8p. Reservations: 544-2491

Apr 25 ~ WordTemple Poetry Series ~ PAUL HOOVER with the poems of MARÌA BARANDA.   MICHAEL PALMER.  OPENING POET: Clara Rosemarde. 7p at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St, Sebastopol.


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!

The Big Brick Review 1st Annual Essay Contest ~ the contest theme is loosely based on the concept of "building," which authors can interpret as creatively as they choose. Essays must be narrative non-fiction. 2,000 word limit, due Feb 16.

Mar 28 ~ Sonoma County Local Author Showcase & SymposiumCentral Santa Rosa (downtown) Library gathering of local authors from all over Sonoma County. They will be on hand to talk about their work, the writing process, and to answer questions. Short author talks will take place throughout the day.  FREE. 10:30am - 3:00pm, 211 E. Street, Santa Rosa INFO: Invitation on Facebook

Mar 28 ~ Redwood Writers Open Mic ~ 2-4 p.m. with featured readers Lynn Millar and Lilith Rogers. All interested writers are invited to sign up for the second half. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa INFO:

Apr 4 ~ Redwood Writers Library Open Mic ~ Hosted by Jean Wong. Theme in April is “Hard Times.” 10 a.m.-noon t the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa, (707) 545-0831. For details, go to

Apr 12 ~ Tips for Successful Essay and Memoir ~ Writing teacher and editor Susan Bono will discuss key concepts of essay and memoir writing at the meeting of Redwood Writers, 3-5 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. For more information, go to

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, $10 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:

3 /28: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
3 /28: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
3 /28: Bodega Bay / Vet Hospital  12 - 1 Pm
3 /28: Jenner  1:30 - 3 Pm
3 /28: Monte Rio  3:30 - 5 Pm
4/4: Rohnert Park / Vida Nueva Supportive Housing  9 - 10:30 Am
4/4: Occidental / Fool's Day Parade, Occidental Center for the Arts  1 - 3 Pm
4/8: Sebastopol / Chocolate & Cinema Fundraiser, Rialto Theater  6:30 Pm
4/9: Santa Rosa / Fit4Mom Anniversary, Howarth Park  10 - 11:30 Am
4/11: Bodega Bay / Fisherman's Festival  11 Am - 4 Pm
4/12: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
4/12: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
4/12: Bodega Bay / Fisherman's Festival  12 - 2 Pm
4/12: Jenner  2:30 - 3:45 Pm
4/12: Monte Rio  4:15 - 5:30 Pm
4/18: Santa Rosa / Earth Day, Old Courthouse Square  12 - 4 Pm
4/21: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
4/25: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  9 - 10:30 Am
4/25: Glen Ellen / Earth Day, Quarryhill Botanical Gardens  11 Am - 3 Pm
4/25: Kenwood / Kenwood Market  3:30 - 4:30 Pm
4/25: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd  5 - 6:30 Pm
4/26: Larkfield / Larkfield Center  10 - 11:30 Am
4/26: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd  12 - 1:30 Pm
4/26: Cotati / Oliver's Market  2 - 3:30 Pm

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
Mar 27 ~ Reimagine the Library : Community Visioning Meetings 5:30p
Mar 28 ~ Minecraft Coding Camp (grades 6-9) 10a
Apr 1 & 8 ~ Knit Wits: Drop-in Knitting Class for Teens and Tweens 3:30p
Apr 4 ~ Meet the Author: Abraham Schroeder (ages 3-10) 2P
Apr 9 ~ Beginning Internet Class 10a
Apr 14 ~ Brown Bag Book Discussion Group 12p Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Apr 18 ~ $ Smart Art Market (ages 5-12) 2p

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.
Mar 17-28 ~ Sonoma County Library Art Exhibit 2015 all day
Mar 26 ~ Coffee with the Director 8:30a
Mar 28 ~ Teen Book Title Scavenger Hunt 10a
Apr 1-11 ~ Teen Book Title Scavenger Hunt 10a
Apr 2 ~ The Elephant & Piggie Show! (All Ages) 11a
Apr 3 & 4 ~ Spring Egg Decorating Drop-In Craft (Ages 2 and up) 10a
Apr 8 ~ Build Club (Ages 6-12) 4p
Apr 10 ~ Little Missy's Music Time (0-5 years) 11a
Apr 11 ~ Master Gardeners Spring 2015 Series ~ Effective Time Use in the Garden 10:30a
Apr 16 ~ Pam Brown Storytime: Sheepish Delight! (Ages 2-6) 11a
Apr 21 ~ Book Discussion - One Summer: America, 1927 11:30a
Apr 22 ~ Family Evening Storytime (ages 2 & up) 5:30p
Apr 24 ~ Art Mart Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5) 10:30a

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
Mar 28 ~ Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show (ages 5 & up) 2:30p
Apr 2 ~ Beginning Internet 10a
Apr 2 ~ InbeTWEEN Time: Self-portrait Collage (ages 9-13) 3:30p
Apr 3 & 10 ~ AARP Free Tax Assistance 1p
Apr 8 ~ Book Discussion Group 1:30p The Men Who United the States by Simon Winchester
Apr 9 ~ Teen Lounge 3:30p
Apr 11 ~ Lego Club (ages 5 & up) 11a
Apr 15 ~ BOOK-TO-ACTION Program: A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron 6:30p
Apr 25 ~ Master Gardeners Spring 2015 Series 10:30a High Efficiency Irrigation for the Home Gardener
Apr 25 ~ Bilingual Storytelling with Matthew Gollub (ages 4 and up) 2p

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
Mar 28 ~ Sonoma County Local Author Symposium and Showcase 10:30a
Apr 4 ~ Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop 1-3p
Apr 7 ~ Toddler Time Special: Little Missy's Music Time (18-35 months) 10:30a
Apr 7 ~ Babytime Special: Little Missy's Music Time (0-18 months) 11:15a
Apr 9 ~ Great Books 1p
Apr 9 ~ Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop 3:30p
Apr 14 ~ Mystery Book Discussion 12p
Apr 18 ~ Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop 1p
Apr 18 ~ BOOK-TO-ACTION Program: A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron 1p
Apr 25 ~ The Elephant & Piggie Show! (all ages) 2p
Apr 28 ~ Brown Bag Book Discussion 12p & 1p The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

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
Apr 15 ~ Book Discussion of "The Dinner" by Herman Koch 2:30p
APr 18 ~ The Elephant & Piggie Show! (all ages) 2p
Apr 25 ~ Bilingual Storytelling with Matthew Gollub (ages 4 & up) 11:30a
Apr 29 ~ The Dragon Diaries and the Missing Stars 4p

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
Mar 28 ~ Puppet Art: Little Red Riding Hood (ages 5 & up) 2p
Apr 2 ~ Drumming Magic (all ages) 3:30p
Apr 4 ~ Lego Club (ages 6-12) 2p
Apr 14 ~ Book Discussion Group 2:30p Confessions of a Sociopath, by M.E. Thomas
Apr 22 ~ $ Smart Art Market (ages 5-12) 4p
Apr 25 ~ Minecraft Coding Camp (grades 6-9) 10a
Apr 30 ~ Tweens Create: Mother's Day Bath Salt Scrubs (ages 9-12) 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
Mar 26 ~ Drumming Magic (all ages) 2p
Mar 28 ~ Super Science: Science of Toys (grades K-5) 10a
Mar 28 ~ Santa Rosa Symphony: String Quintet Performance for kids (all ages) 1p
Apr 1 ~ AARP Free Tax Assistance 10a
Apr 18 ~ The Elephant & Piggie Show! (all ages) 10:30a
Apr 21 ~ Kids Create: Mother's Day Gifts (ages 7 & up) 4p
Apr 25 ~ Super Science: Stunt Planes and Gliders (grades K-5) 10:00a

Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime - Ages 2-5 10:30a
Apr 1 ~ 
Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show (ages 5 & up) 2:30P
Apr 1, 8, 15 ~ AARP Free Tax Assistance 4:30p
Apr 2, 9, 16 ~ Springtime Storytime! (ages 2-5) 10:30a
Apr 9 ~ Book Discussion: "Their Eyes Were Watching God," by Zora Neale Hurston 2p

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
Feb 28 ~ 
African American Folktales with Kirk Waller (ages 5 & up) 11a
Mar 7 ~ 
Adult Reader's Theater 2p
Mar 10 ~ 
Teen Game Lounge 4p 
Mar 12 ~ 
Reimagine the Library : Community Visioning Meetings 5:30p
Mar 14 ~ 
Master Gardeners: Conquering Gophers and Moles 10:30 - 12:30p 
Mar 19 ~ 
Knit Wits 3:30p
Mar 21 ~ How to Make Illustrated Travel Journals 10a
Mar 25 ~ Foodie Book Club 6p
Mar 26 ~ Self Care is the Best Health Care 5:30p

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
Mar 26 ~ 
Book Discussion GroupMr. Penumbra's 24-hour Book Store by Robin Sloan. 2p
Mar 28 ~ Saturday Story and Craft Time 10:30a
Apr 4 ~ Master Gardeners 10:30a
Apr 9 ~ Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library 3p
Apr 23 ~ Book Discussion Group 2p Dear Life by Alice Munro.
Apr 25 ~ The Elephant and Piggie Show! (all ages) 10:30a

Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Feb 25 & 28 ~ Readers’ Theatre ~ 
Isn’t the Truth Good? By Marilyn Wolters,Please Have a Seat and Someone Will Be With You Soon by Garth Wingfield, Happiness Hunting by Bo Anderson, HOV-POW by Jeff Swan. 7p Wed, 2p Sat
Mar 11 ~ Board Meeting 7p
Mar 12 ~ Book Discussion - "End of Your Life" by Will Schwalbe - 12:30p
Mar 25 & 28 ~ Readers' Theater ~ Directed by Angie Orr. The Interview by A.R. Gurney. Mom in Love by Delia Ephron. Intervention by Mark Lambeck. Wed @ 7p, Sat @ 2p.
Apr 1 ~ 
Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show (ages 5 & up) 11a 
Apr 18 ~ 
Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble 2p
Apr 22-25 ~ River Friends of the Library Book & Bake Sale
Apr 29 ~ Coffee with the Director 9a

Copperfield’s Books Events Visit for store locations.
Mar 27 ~ DR. GORDON FRANKIE 7p at Sebastopol 
Mar 27 ~ MARY DORIA RUSSELL 7p at Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa
Mar 28 ~ COPPERFIELD’S COOKS with SHAUNA SEVER 11a at Whole Foods Culinary Center
Mar 31 ~ LITERARY FICTION with AMANDA MCTIGUE 6p at Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa 
Apr 1 ~ Debut Brews with JACOB RUBIN 6p at Jamison's Roaring Donkey 
Apr 1 ~ MAC BARNETT & JORY JOHN 7p at Petaluma 
Apr 4 ~ BRIAN MURPHY & BRAD MANGIN 7p at Petaluma
Apr 10 ~ ELIZABETH WEIN 4p at Montgomery Village
Apr 10 ~ PAUL DURHAM Kids Event! 4p at Petaluma
Apr 10 ~ Food Sampler with OLIVIA RATHBONE 7p at Sebastopol
Apr 11 ~ Brave New Worlds with S.G. BROWNE 7p at Petaluma
Apr 13 ~ T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE 7p at Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
Apr 14 ~ BENEDETTIVILLE! 10:30a at Petaluma
Apr 16 ~ ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH 7p at Petaluma
Apr 16 ~ Copperfield's Pairing with LETTIE TEAGUE 7p at Healdsburg
Apr 17 ~ GEOFF RODKEY 4p at Petaluma
Apr 21 ~ Debut Brews with MARIAN PALAIA 6p at Hopmonk Tavern
Apr 23 ~ Food Sampler with JAX PETERS LOWELL 7p at Sebastopol
Apr 24 ~ PEG SCHAFER & SEAN FANNIN in Conversation 7p at Petaluma
Apr 28 ~ BENEDETTIVILLE! 10:30a at Petaluma
Apr 28 ~ JACQUELINE WINSPEAR 7p at Petaluma
Apr 30 ~ DENNIS PITTENGER  7p at Baker Creek Herloom Seeds
Apr 20 ~ REDWOOD WRITERS’ FICTION BOOK CLUB 7p at Montgomery Village 

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.
Apr 2 ~ Linda Deslaurier, Author of Awakening Hair—Enhancing Your Life Linda Deslaurier writes: As a teenager I experienced hair loss, which led me to a life long interest in hair, classical homeopathy, holistic health, and psychology. 7:30p
Apr 9 ~ Novel Writing & My Spiritual Journey to Four Corners ~ Margaret Murray, Author of Spiral and Sundagger.netThis evening author Margaret C. Murray will talk about how she writes her novels. Margaret spent a decade researching the pre-Puebloan culture of the Southwest while writing her novels of magic realism, Spiral and 7:30p
Apr 16 ~ 
Gurdjieff's Transformational Psychology ~ Russell Schreiber, author of Gurdjieff's Transformational Psychology: The Art of Compassionate Self-Study. Dr. Russell Schreiber, clinical psychologist, has worked with the Gurdjieff system of inner development for over forty years. He explains, in depth, how modern psychology and Gurdjieff's Work enrich each other. 7:30p
Apr 18 ~ 
Apr 23 ~
How to Sit for Meditation ~ Sukha Carfagno with Dana Davis, Certified Balance Instructors. If you find sitting for meditation physically challenging please join us for an introductory hour of Balanced Sitting. 7:30p
Apr 30 ~ Growing Inside Out, Cultivating Your Child’s Inner Spark ~ Dianne Monroe, Inner Wilderness Guide. 
Dianne Monroe returns to Many Rivers to share her innovative, easy-to-use approach to nurturing children’s inner growth and unique spark of brilliance (sometimes called soul gift or purpose). 7:30p




Events at Readers’ Books ~ 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma ~ 707-939-1779 ~ ~ 


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

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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