Mendo Courage Campaign*: Arts Affinity Group
As part of Mendocino’s Courage Campaign, Dot Brovarney and Melissa Carr have formed an arts affinity group. They are seeking ideas and ways to promote creative expression in our community during these times or seeking people who would like to participate in the arts group.
For information, email Dot:
and/or come to the next Courage Campaign meeting*

*Mendo Courage Campaign
Organized locally by Sujsan Klimist-Zingo:
“The best way not to fee hopeless is to get up and do something.” President Obama said that.
A statewide initiative that now has a local chapter, organized to promote activism and positive change in light of the recent election. There’s lots to do. If you want to contribute energy, time, support:
Next Courage Campaign meeting: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6 pm, Slam Dunk Pizza, Ukiah

Where Words & Music Meet
Chamber Jazz Duo & Poetry Performance
3:00 pm
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Mendocino County Library, Ukiah Branch
Information: Melissa Carr

Dana Gioia: Poet Laureate, California State
5:00 pm
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Mendocino County Library, Ukiah Branch
Dana has invited Ukiah’s Poets Laureate to read with him, so you will catch a few of us there (Michael Riedell, Bill Churchill, Dan Barth, Theresa Whitehill, David Smith-Ferri, Linda Noel, Armand Brint)
Information: Melissa Carr

Lost Coast Writers Retreat
Sunday, June 18 to Tuesday, June 27, 2017


First Thursdays in Fort Bragg, CA

Open Mic Poetry

6:00-8:00 pm
Fort Bragg Library

For more information, contact librarian Dan Hesse


First Fridays in Ukiah, CA

Mendocino Environmental Center and Gallery
Open Mic, Poetry, and Spoken Word

5:00-8:00 pm
Mendocino Environmental Center & Gallery
Downtown Ukiah
Broadcast live on KMEC LP 105.1 FM radio

For more information, contact Tonya Di Andrea at 707 391-3046
Participating Member of the First Friday Ukiah Art Walk


First & Third Sundays on Public Radio

Rhythm Running River
Poetry programming

1st Sunday 2-3pm and 3rd Sunday 2-4pm
KZYX&Z Public Radio, 90.7, 91.5, and 88.1 FM
Host: Dan Roberts

For playlists visit Out Far Press
For streaming audio of each show, follow this link


Third Thursday in Mendocino

Writers of the Mendocino Coast

6:00 pm
Mendocino Hotel
Mendocino, California

Sponsored by Writers of the Mendocino Coast, branch of the California Writers Club


Third Thursday in Point Arena

Third Thursday Poetry Night
Open reading followed by featured reading

7:00 pm
215 Pub
215 Main Street
Point Arena, California
Admission: Free

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017: Lorraine Lipani
Thursday, March 16, 2017: Laura Pope
Thursday, April 20, 2017: Charlie Getter 
Thursday, May 18, 2017: Brian Kirven
Thursday, June 16, 2017: Brian Boldt 
Thursday, July 20, 2017: Dan Bellm
Thursday, August 17, 2017: vince storti
Thursday, September 21, 2017: Ida Egli
Thursday, October 19, 2017: Rick McKinney
Thursday, November 16, 2017: Dan Wormhouldt
Thursday, December 21, 2017: Solstice Open Mic Reading 

This reading series is supported by Ling-Yen Jones, our generous community, and Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation. For more information, contact Blake More, 707 884-9189 or


Last Thursday in Ukiah

Writers Read
Featured Readers: 7 pm, followed by Open Mic

Thursday, February 23, 2017: Ricardo Stocker – Flyer

Thursday, March 30, 2017: Steve Hellman
Thursday, April 27, 2017: Ukiah High School Students
Thursday, May 25, 2017: Avotja
Thursday, June 29, 2017: Armando Garcia Davila
(July we take a break)
Thursday, August 31, 2017: Poets Laureate of Ukiah
Thursday, September 28, 2017: Roberta Werdinger
Thursday, October 26, 2017: pending
Thursday, November 30, 2017: pending
December, 2017 (date pending): Homage to Guadalupe reading

Art Center Ukiah
201 South State Street
Corner of Church Street
(1 block south of Ukiah Court House on opposite side of the street)
Suggested donation: $5
Tea, coffee, and desserts provided

For Information, contact Series MC Michael Riedell,

This reading series is sponsored in part by Poets & Writers, through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundation. Additional support provided by an anonymous local writer, Colored Horse Studios, Bill “Jabez” Churchill, Art Center Ukiah, and donations.

A little history: Writers Read, founded by Susan Sparrow and Hal Zina Bennett of Tenacity Press, has been happening monthly on the last Thursday of the month since 1999 in Ukiah, California, starting at the Emerald Cafe, moving to the Saturday Afternoon Club, then to Colored Horse Studios for five years (2004-2009) and as of 2009, back almost full-circle to Art Center Ukiah’s annex, which is next door to the former location of the Emerald Cafe. Dan Barth and Theresa Whitehill co-produced the series with Susan and Hal for many years. As of August 2014, Bill Churchill took over producing the series with Theresa Whitehill as co-producer. As of January 2017, Michael Riedell has taken over hosting the series, with Theresa Whitehill and Bill Churchill as co-producers.


Hal Zina BennettDan Barth

Poet & Author Series
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Main Street Gallery
325 North Main Street, Lakeport, CA

For more information:

Armand Brint

5-day workshop: Bringing Your Poems To Life with poet Armand Brint

September 14–18, 2016
Artstay Program, Emandal Farm, Willits, California

Link to information, emandal website

For information: contact Armand Brint, or Emandal Farm, or 707 459-5439

Poet Theresa Whitehill

Theresa Whitehill

Featured Reader
Healdsburg Literary Guild
Sunday, September 18, 2016
1:30 to 3:30 pm
The Bean Affair
1270 Healdsburg AvenueHealdsburg, CA 95448

Admission is free.
For more information:
For more on poet Theresa Whitehill:

Linda Noel, poet

Linda Noel

Featured Poet
Writers Read Ukiah Series
Thursday, September 29, 2016
7 pm: Featured Reading
8 pm: Open Mic
Art Center Ukiah, 201 South State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482

Link to pdf poster:

Suggested Donation: $5; Refreshments provided

For information contact: Bill Jabez Churchill,

Writers Read happens on the last Thursday of most every month and has been happening in Ukiah since 1999.This reading series is sponsored in part by Poets & Writers, through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation; additional support provided by Art Center Ukiah, the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, an anonymous local writer, and donations.