First Friday in Fort Bragg, CA

First Friday Poetry Readings

Friday, March 6, 2015: Blake More, Featured Poet, preceded by Open Mic

Friday, April 3, 2015: Donna Nieto, Featured Poet, preceded by Open Mic
Friday, May 1, 2015: Theresa Whitehill, Featured Poet, preceded by Open Mic
Friday, June 5, 2015: Cristie Holliday, Featured Poet, preceded by Open Mic

6:00 pm: sign-ups, conviviality
6:30 pm: Open Mic
7:10 pm: Featured Poet
the bookstore & vinyl cafe
353 North Franklin Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

For more information, contact Oasis, 707 964-5378


First Friday 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 DiAndrea 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, March 19, 2015: Martin Hickel (Novato, CA)

Thursday, April 16, 2015: Kirk Lumpkin (Berkeley, CA)
Thursday, May 21, 2015: John Oliver Simon (Berkeley, CA)
Thursday, June 17, 2015: Jessica & Juan Cardenas (North Hollywood, CA)
Thursday, July 16, 2015: Sequoia Slentz (Laguna Nigel, CA)
Thursday, August 20, 2015: Chris Olander (Nevada City, CA)
Thursday, September 17, 2015: Thomas Centonella (San Francisco, CA)
Thursday, October 15, 2015: Gail Newman (San Francisco, CA)
Thursday, November 19, 2015: Jason Bayoni (San Francisco, CA)
Thursday, December 17, 2015: Open Mic

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, March 26, 2015: Daniela Elza & Bonnie Nish


Thursday, April 30, 2015: Avotcja
Thursday, May 28, 2015: Michael Riedell, along with Ukiah High School poetry students
Thursday, June 25, 2015: Susan Woolridge

Art Center Ukiah
201 South State Street
Corner of Church Street
(1 block south of Ukiah Court House on opposite side of the street)
Ukiah, CA 95482
Suggested donation: $5
Tea, coffee, and desserts provided

For Information, contact Series Coordinator Bill Churchill,

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, an anonymous local writer, 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 has taken over producing the series.

Ten categories, including two in Spanish!
Submission Postmark Deadline: Saturday, March 21, 2015

Submission Guidelines:
For submission guidelines in Spanish:
Note: The Festival date still reflects the 2014 festival, however the submission guidelines are current

Festival: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Corner of Perkins and Dora Streets, Ukiah, CA 95482

Contact: Cathy Monroe, 707 489-8249

A message from Blake More, Mendocino County CPITS (California Poets in the Schools) area coordinator:

For the past fifteen years, the Mendocino County branch of California Poets In the Schools (with the generous support of MCOE, participating teachers, students, the Arena Theater and Matheson Performing Arts Center) has hosted two high school poetry slams.  And since the slam season is approaching, it is that time when I write to you and ask if you will judge one of our upcoming 2015 HS poetry slams.

I am looking for two sets of judges—one set (preferably 4 judges) for the coast poetry slam/Poetry Out Loud finals in Point Arena, and another set (3-4 judges) for the Countywide event in Mendocino.

1)  The Coast Slam/Poetry Out Loud County Finals will take place on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 4 pm (judges arrive at 3:45 pm), the Arena Theater in downtown Point Arena. The California Arts Council/NEA/CPITS sponsored Mendocino County Finals for Poetry Out Loud, the national youth poetry recitation contest will begin at 4 pm with four schools participating. The Coast HS slam will immediately follow.

2)  The Countywide Slam will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2014 from 4pm to 7:30pm at the Mathison Performing Arts Center on the Mendocino High School Campus. Six schools will participate.

Please email Blake: if you have questions or to say “yes, I would love to judge!” — and then let me know which slam you would like to help out with.  And if you can’t do it (actually, even if you can), please pass this email on to others you think might be willing to help us out.

August 6–8, 2015
College of the Redwoods Mendocino Campus
1211 Del Mar Drive, Fort Bragg, CA 95460

Registration opens March 15, some scholarships available


Rhythm Running River

January 10, 2015

Philo, California

Streaming Poetry with host Dan Roberts

First & Third Sundays
2 to 4 pm

KZYX&Z Public Radio, 90.7, 91.5, and 88.1 FM
For more playlists, visit Dan Robert’s OutFarPress
To listen live, follow this link

(Older posts are deleted as new ones are added)
Saturday, August 9, 2014: War and the 10,000 Other Things Reading: Part 2
Sunday, August 17, 2014: Hour 1 | Hour 2

Thursday, August 28, 2014: Consecutive Interpretation with Ukiah Poets Laureate Dan Barth, David Smith-Ferri, Linda Noel, Armand Brint, Theresa Whitehill, and Bill Churchill.
Each Laureate read for 5-10 minutes, then 10 poets in the audience each read a poem or story, then the Laureates responded to the open readings with works of theirs.
Part A is 42 minutes and the readers are Armand Brint, Linda Noel, David Smith-Ferri, Theresa Whitehill, Dan Barth, and Bill Churchill: Part A
- Part B is 32 minutes and the readers are Dan Essman, Karen Johnson, David Parch, Sheridan Malone, Karen Rifkin, Ethel Mays, Dan Roberts, Mark McGovern, Casey Carney, and Michael Riedell: Part B – Part C is 25 minutes long and the readers are Dan Barth, Bill Churchill, Armand Brint, and Theresa Whitehill: Part C

Sunday, September 7, 2014: Hour 1
Sunday, September 21, 2014: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Sunday, October 5, 2014: Hour 1
Sunday, October 19, 2014: Hour 1
Sunday, November 2, 2014: Hour 1
Sunday, November 16, 2014: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Sunday, December 7, 2014: Hour 1
Sunday, December 21, 2014: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Sunday, January 4, 2015: Hour 1
Sunday, January 18, 2015: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Friday, January 30, 2015: The Fates Reading (Baker, More, Whitehill): Reading
Sunday, February 1, 2015: Hour 1
Monday, February 9, 2015: The Fates Reading: Open Mic
Sunday, February 15, 2015: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Saturday, February 28, 2015: Eduardo Smissen
Saturday, February 28, 2015: Writers Read, Arthur Dawson







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