Updated For April 2019

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SPECIAL EVENTS
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The Vocal Pen: a Literary Event in Willits
with local authors Bruce Andich, Dahvi Hooper, Terri Curtis, Michael Mondo, Earlene Gleisner, Ursula Schlichting, Peter Smith, William Herr, Bill White, Erica Bruce, Tifany Logan, and Brittany Maddox

Sunday, April 14, 2019
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Willits Community Theatre
37 West Van Lane, Willits, CA 95490
Tickets $5

A project of Professor Steve Hellman’s Mendocino College Creative Writing class in Willits

Tickets will be available at the door; they can also be reserved by contacting Steve Hellman at shellman@mendocino.edu

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ukiaHaiku Festival

Sunday, April 28, 2019
2:00 pm: Winning authors read their poems
3:00 pm: Reception & refreshments
Ukiah Civic Center
300 Seminary Avenue, Ukiah, California

http://ukiahaiku.org/

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Surprise Valley Writer’s Conference

4-Day Schedule of Workshops
Friday, May 31 to Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Cedarville, California
Registration is currently open

Workshop leaders: Judy Halebsky and Greg Glazner, poetry; Josh Mohr, fiction; Ana Maria Spagna, creative non-fiction

Registration form: http://modocforum.org/2019_Registration_Form.pdf

Regular registration: $525 (does not include lodging; participants book their own lodging in the area). For two or more poets registering together, there is a group rate of $472 each (a 10% discount). For more information, call (530)-279-2099 or email bitterrootb13@gmail.com

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ONGOING SERIES AND OPEN READINGS
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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, www.fortbragglibrary.org

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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

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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 (has not been updated in a while), follow this link

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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

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Third Thursday in Point Arena

Third Thursday Poetry Night
Open reading followed by featured reading

7:00 pm: open mic followed by featured reading
Arena Market Cafe
185 Main Street
Point Arena, California
Admission: Free

2019 Schedule

Thursday, April 18: SF Performance Poet Jahan Khalighi

Thursday, May 16: Ukiah Poet Armand Brint
Thursday, June 20: Boonville Poet Bernadette Restuccia
Thursday, July 18: Mendocino County Poet Micah Sanger
Thursday, August 15: Encinitas poet Jim Babwe
Thursday, September 19: Ukiah Poet Dan Barth
Thursday, October 17: Current Ukiah Poet Laureate Roberta Werdinger
Thursday, November 21: SF Poet Hal Robins
Thursday, December 19 – Open Mic Solstice Reading

Due to the unexpected closure of 215 Main, Third Thursday Poetry will take place at the Arena Market cafe and will begin with live improv jazz and an open mic with jazz improv; the reading will conclude with more live improv jazz.

Arena Market & Café will offer wine/beer/non-alcoholic beverages, paninis, 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 blake@snakelyone.com

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Last Thursday in Ukiah

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

2019 Schedule: In January of 2019, the series moved to the Grace Hudson Museum Community Room

Thursday, April 25: Susanna Janssen

Thursday, May 30: Terry Ehret
Thursday, June 27: Armand Brint

Grace Hudson Museum Community Room
431 South Main Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Suggested donation: $5
Refreshments provided

For Information, contact Series co-producers, Dan Barth, bookem@pacific.net or Michael Riedell, innisfree@pacific.net

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.


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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Mendocino Spring Poetry Reading 2017 & 2018
2018: visit this Facebook link
2017: visit this Facebook link
For information: Gordon Black, gblack@mcn.org 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: dot@landcestry.com

Mendo Courage Campaign
Organized locally by Sujsan Klimist-Zingo: sklimist@gmail.com
“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:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1619568148349569/
https://couragecampaign.org/

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CITY OF UKIAH POET LAUREATE
Poets Laureate Current and Emeritus, City of Ukiah
Roberta Werdinger, 2018–2020
Michael Riedell, 2016–2018
Bill Churchill, 2014–2016
Dan Barth, 2012–2014
Theresa Whitehill, 2009–2011
David Smith-Ferri, 2006–2009
Linda Noel, 2004–2006
Armand Brint, 2001–2004
– For information about the Ukiah Poet Laureate program, write to P.O. Box 865, Ukiah, CA 95482; for information on the ukiaHaiku Festival, visit ukiaHaiku.org

Poets Laureate Current and Emeritus, Lake County
Richard Schmidt, 2018– 2020
Julie Adams – 2016–2018
Casey Carney – 2014–2016
Elaine Watt – 2012–2013
Russell Reza-Khaliq Gonzaga – 2010–2011
Mary McMillan – 2008–2009
Sandra Wade – 2006–2007
Carolyn Wing-Greenlee – 2004–2005
James BlueWolf – 2000–2002
Jim Lyle – 1998–1999

CITY OF POINT ARENA POET LAUREATE
Fionna Perkins was appointed by the Point Arena City Council as Poet Laureate of the city of Point Arena, a lifetime position. She passed away in December of 2012.

For California Poets Laureate information, see the link http://www.poetslaureate.com/

Arbor Day Poetry Tree - Ukiah CA

Arbor Day Celebration — Youth Poetry Contest
DEADLINE: SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016
Ukiah, California

Arbor Day is celebrated all over the world on April 29th. On Sunday, May 1st the Tree Advisory Group will be holding a poetry writing contest for youth ages 5 to 18.

Poems Due:
An in-person submission of a single poem will be accepted Sunday, May 1st between 1-3 pm. Bring your poem about a tree to the information table that will be located at the City of Ukiah Civic Center Grounds near the old oak tree at 300 Seminary Avenue.

Contest Rules: 
Ages 5-11 and 12-18 category
Submit one poem per person on a single sheet of paper include name, age, address, and telephone number. First prize awarded to a winner from each age category, winners will be contacted by phone.

For more information, contact Linda Sanders at 463-2721
The purpose of the City of Ukiah Tree Advisory Group is to enhance and protect the urban forest.

Tree Advisory Group (TAG)

Sponsored by City of Ukiah and Mendocino County ReLeaf (Striving for Healthy Community Forests)

14th Annual ukiaHaiku Festival
Sunday, April 24, 2016
SPACE Theatre in Ukiah, CA
Winning authors read their poems at 2:00
Reception & refreshments at 3:00

Haiku Competition postmark deadline was: Monday, March 11, 2016

Nine categories, two in Spanish, are reserved for poets from Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Sonoma counties with divisions by age and topic. The Jane Reichhold International Prize category is open to poets from around the world and offers cash prizes. Website visitors can also read haiku winners from past years, and get information on composing haiku.

For further details: http://ukiahaiku.org/

Also feel free to contact Cathy Monroe at 485-8249 or cathymonroe@gmail.com.

The Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah announces a Call for Nominations for a new Poet Laureate of Ukiah for the 2016–2018 Term

Deadline: Saturday, April 30, 2016

Link to PDF announcement and nomination form

Who is eligible to serve as Poet Laureate of Ukiah: Any adult who lives within the Ukiah Unified School District, and is an active published poet.
Selection Criteria: Prospective Poets Laureate will be evaluated based on the demonstrated skill of their craft, their publishing credits, experience presenting poetry in public, and experience in community work.
Selection Process: Members of the public are invited to send nominations for prospective Poets Laureate to P.O. Box 865, Ukiah, CA 95482 or email to bookem@pacific.net. The Poet Laureate committee will contact the nominees to request a representative sample of their work, a brief list of their recent publications, and a short statement regarding what they would like to accomplish as Poet Laureate. The committee will then screen the nominees and invite the most qualified for an interview. Based on the materials submitted, and the interview, the committee will recommend a new Poet Laureate for the Ukiah City Council’s approval.
For Further Information:Contact Dan Barth, member, Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, bookem@pacific.net, 707 367-6581