Prescriptions for Life

February 15, 2020

Prescriptions for Life: Collages & Writings

A collaboration between Paula Gray & Theresa Whitehill

Desasi | Matta Gallery
Deirdre Visser, Art Curator
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

In this exhibition, visual artist Paula Gray and poet Theresa Whitehill collaborate on the theme of “prescriptions for life,” based on collages Paula created from a nineteenth century medical prescription ledger, along with Theresa’s writings exploring related themes, presented as a series of letterpress broadsides.

Exhibit Dates: Wednesday, March 4 to Saturday, April 25, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 14, 6 pm

Reading & Closing Reception: Friday, April 24, 6 pm

Updated For FEBRUARY 2020



Ukiah Library presents

Haiku Walk

2 pm: meet at library entrance
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Ukiah Branch Library
105 North Main Street, Ukiah, CA 95482

The Ukiah Library is hosting a guided haiku walk (Gingko) through downtown Ukiah. We will make poems based on visual & aural observations of our surroundings, & play with metrics, rhythm, & cadence to discover where the syllables take us. This haiku walk will be facilitated by Melissa Eleftherion Carr (MLIS, MFA), author of field guide to autobiography, huminsect, little ditch, and other books.

This event is open to both teens and adults. Registration is required – please call 463-4490 to sign up

for more information, contact Melissas Eleftherion Carr, Branch Librarian,, or visit this website link


Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference

Thursday, July 30 to Sunday, August 2, 2020
January through February 15, 2020: Applications for Scholarships and Master Class open
March 1, 2020: General registration opens

Mendocino Middle School
44301 Little Lake Road
Mendocino, CA, 95460

for more information, visit



First Thursday Poetry Open Mic in Fort Bragg, CA

Open Mic Poetry

6:00-8:00 pm
Fort Bragg Library Community Room
499 East Laurel Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

For more information, contact Dan Hesse, Branch Librarian, Fort Bragg Branch Library, 707 961-2625,


First & Third Sundays on Public Radio

Rhythm Running River
Poetry programming

1st Sunday 2-3 pm and 3rd Sunday 2-4 pm
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 (has not been updated in a while), 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

7:30 pm: open mic followed by featured reading
Arena Market Cafe
185 Main Street
Point Arena, California
Admission: Free

2020 Schedule

Thursday, February 20, 2020 – Sarah Margaret Ruth Kobrinsky (Alameda, CA)

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – Tongo Eisen-Martin (San Francisco, CA)
Thursday, April 16, 2020 – Paul Corman Roberts (Alameda, CA)
Thursday, May 21, 2020 – Diana Lang (Vallejo, CA)
Thursday, June 18, 2020 – Michelle Penaloza (Covelo, CA)
Thursday, July 16, 2020 – Kim Shuck (San Francisco, CA)
Thursday, August 20, 2020 – Cassandra Dallett (Oakland, CA)
Thursday, September 17, 2020 – Michael Warr (San Francisco, CA)
Thursday, October 15, 2020 – Abe Becker (Berkeley, CA)
Thursday, November 19, 2020 – MK Chevez (Berkeley, CA)

The event begins with live improv jazz and an open mic with jazz improv; the reading concludes with more live improv jazz.

Arena Market & Café will offer wine/beer/non-alcoholic beverages, panini, soup, desserts, and snacks for purchase, so come hungry!

Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz is supported by The Third Thursday Poetry Group, many anonymous donors, 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 Ukiah

7:00 pm: featured reading followed by open mic
Grace Hudson Museum Community Room
431 South Main Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Suggested donation: $5
Refreshments provided

2020 Schedule

Thursday, February 27, 2020: Joe Smith

For Information, contact Series co-producers, Dan Barth, or 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, Michael Riedell, Dan Barth, Bill “Jabez” Churchill, The Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, Grace Hudson Museum, 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, Dan Barth, and Bill Churchill as co-producers. As of January 2019, the series moved to the Grace Hudson Museum Community Room. Michael Riedell and Dan Barth co-produce and co-host the series.


Mendocino Spring Poetry Reading 2017 through 2019
2019: visit this Facebook link
2018: visit this Facebook link
2017: visit this Facebook link
For information: Gordon Black, or 707 937-4107

Sonoma County Literary Update
A great resource of all things literary, including a massive list of featured and open mic readings in Sonoma County

Mendo Courage Campaign: Courage Arts Action
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:

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:

Virgin of Guadalupe Reading

Poesia, Musica y Meriendas / Poetry, Music, & Refreshments

In celebration of the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Tonantzin, Mother Earth, and the Winter Solstice, the community is invited to bring and share poems and songs in Spanish and English, alone with food and drink.

Sunday, December 15, 2019
6 to 8 pm
Grace Hudson Museum Community Room
431 South Main Street, Ukiah, CA 95482

Presented by Bill Churchill, Theresa Whitehill, Writers Read Ukiah, and the Grace Hudson Museum

Link to PDF Flyer:

For more information, contact Theresa Whitehill,

Para mas informacion, comuniquese a: Jabez Churhill,

Armand Brint, Judy Halebsky, and Theresa Whitehill

A collaboration in poetry and in honor of Valentine’s Day, interpreting the current Grace Hudson Museum exhibit, Artful Liaisons. The exhibit explores the art, friendships, and correspondence linking three artists over the course of 35 years. Grace Carpenter and Oregon artist Edward Espey were students together at art school in San Francisco and romantically intertwined. But he didn’t get the girl… find out more about the story.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
6 pm
Grace Hudson Museum
431 South Main Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 467-2836

Virgin of Guadalupe Bilingual Poetry

Praises to Tonantzin / Alabanzas a Tonantzin

Ninth Annual Evening of Bilingual Poetry in honor of the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Winter Solstice

Join us for an evening of bilingual poetry and refreshments honoring the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, also known as Tonantzin and Mother Earth.

We invite you to share your offerings of poetry, stories, dreams, or music in Spanish or English
Los invitamos a compartir sus proprias ofrendas a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y el solsticio de invierno

Sunday, 9 December, 2018
6 pm to 8 pm
Grace Hudson Museum Community Room
431 South Main Street, Ukiah, CA 05482

Presented by Bill Churchill, Theresa Whitehill, and the Grace Hudson Museum
with support from Writers Read and the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah

For more information, contact Theresa Whitehill:
Para mas información, comuníquese a Jabez Churchill:

Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe poesia y meriendas