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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
May at Sebastopol Library
June at Sonoma Valley Library
July at Northwest Library

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.

May 4 ~ Readings form Fiction Writers Workshoptaught by Roy Parvin. Student reads a short excerpt from work completed during the course of the class. FREE wine and cheese reception following, Cloverdale Arts Alliance, located at 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd. INFO:  Fiction Writers’ Workshop and the Cloverdale Arts Alliance go to

May 6 ~ Aqus Community Writers-Editors-Publishers Neteworking ~ connect wth creative people in your fireld and the implementers who get your message out to the masses. break out sessions with experts. 6:30 - 8:30 pm. $15 or $5 for Aqus an Petaluma Arts Center members. Light snacks at Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St. Petaluma, INFO: 707-762-5600

May 16 ~ WordTemple Poetry Series presents Malachi Black and Robert Thomas ~ Malachi Black is the author of the poetry collection Storm Toward Morning. Robert Thomas‘ latest book, Bridge, is a work of poetic fiction. 7p at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St, Sebastopol. FREE EVENT

May 17 ~ Featuring Poets Rebecca Foust & Roy Mash ~ The readings are held at The Bean Affair at 1270 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. Following the featured readers, there will be an open mic. Open mic sign-ups begin at 1 p, readings begin at 1:30p. The afternoon also includes a raffle and book sales.

May 18  ~  Help! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Want to Get it Out!  FREE workshop for women who want to write a book, with author Susan Hagen. 2-4 p.m. Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), 6741 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. Reserve your seat at 707-888-0849 More info:

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 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 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:
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

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.
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

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

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 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

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

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

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
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
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.
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 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
May 7 ~ Pythagoras in Love ~ Discussoon with Lee Slonimsky: "My Pythagorean discussion will be accompanied by the reading of poems from my sonnet sequence Pythagoras in Love and the more recent Wandering Electron." 7:30p
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.


Events at Readers’ Books ~ 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma ~ 707-939-1779 ~ ~ 
April 23rd ~
7p.m. Judy Liese reads from I Was Albert Schweitzer's Secret Mistress.
April 29th ~ 
7p.m. Kathleen Hill's Last Wednesday Food Book Group welcomes John McReynolds author of The Stone Edge Farm Cookbook.
May 2nd ~ California Independent Bookstore Day  PARTY ALL DAY!
May 5th ~ 7p.m. Poetry reading with Iris Jamal Dunkle, Katherine Hastings and Lee Slonimsky.
May 7th ~ 6:30 reception, 7:00 p.m. reading, Steven Pease, The Debate Over Jewish Achievement.

May 9th ~ 5p.m. Random Acts.
May 3, 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. Questions? Contact Susan Hagen at 707-888-0849 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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