Updated For August 2019

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SPECIAL EVENTS
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Mendocino Coast Writers Conference Readings

Sharon Olds along with other conference authors

6:30-9:00 pm
Friday, August 2, 2019
Cotton Auditorium
500 North Harold Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

The Mendocino Coast Writer’s Conference presents readings from its 2019 faculty with authors Victoria Chang, Myriam Gurba, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Jeannie Vanasco, and keynote speaker, Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds.

The Mendocino Coast Writers Conferences runs Thursday, August 1 through Saturday, August 3

For more information: http://mcwc.org/

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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 & 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

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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

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

2019 Schedule

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 now takes place at the Arena Market cafe and begins a little later (7:30 rather than 7:00). 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 blake@snakelyone.com

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Last Thursday in Ukiah

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

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

July: Summer break, no event

Thursday, August 29, 2019: Lynne the Poetician

Thursday, September 26, 2019: Blake More
Friday, October 25, 2019: Paul Nelson
Thursday, November 21, 2019: David Burton (1 week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday on the last Thursday of November)

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

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 through 2019
2019: visit this Facebook link
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/

Rhythm Running River

April 1, 2016

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 playlists, visit Dan Robert’s OutFarPress
To listen live, follow this link

2016
(Older posts were deleted as new ones were added, which eliminated posts prior to 2015; as of 2015 Dan Roberts increased his online storage capacity and so older posts will no longer need to be deleted–a vast boon to the culture of Mendocino County!)
Playlists

Sunday, January 3, 2016: Hour 1
Sunday, January 17, 2016: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Sunday, February 7, 2016: Hour 1
Sunday, February 21, 2016: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Sunday March 6, 2016: Hour 1
Sunday, March 20, 2016: Hour 1
Sunday, April 3, 2016: Hour 1

Sorry I’ve fallen behind on posting links to Dan’s shows. Hope to catch up soon.

2015
(Older posts were deleted as new ones were added, which eliminated posts prior to 2015; as of 2015 Dan Roberts increased his online storage capacity and so older posts will no longer need to be deleted–a vast boon to the culture of Mendocino County!)
Playlists

Thursday, January 29, 2015: The Fates Reading: Open Mic
Sunday, February 1, 2015: Hour 1
Sunday, February 15, 2015: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Saturday, February 28, 2015: Eduardo Smissen
Thursday, February 26, 2015: Writers Read, Arthur Dawson
Sunday, March 15, 2015: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Thursday, March 16, 2015: Writers Read, Bonnie Nish & Damiela Elza Reading
Sunday, April 5, 2015: Hour 1
Sunday, April 19, 2015: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Thursday, April 30, 2015: Writers Read: Avotcja Reading
Sunday, May 3, 3015: Hour 1
Sunday, May 17, 2015: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Thursday, May 28, 2015: Writers Read: Ukiah High School Poets Reading
Sunday, June 7, 2015: Hour 1
Thursday, June 25, 2015: Writers Read: Susan Woolridge & Open Mic
Sunday, July 5, 2015: Hour 1
Sunday, July 19, 2015: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Sunday, August 2, 2015: Hour 1
Sunday, August 16, 2015: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Sunday, September 6, 2015: Hour 1
Thursday, September 24, 2015: Writers Read: Theresa Whitehill
Sunday, October 4, 2015: Hour 1
Sunday, October 11, 2015: Hour 1 | Hour 2
Friday, October 23, 2015: Tui McCarthy, 1995 | 1996
Thursday, October 30, 2015: Writers Read: Will Staple
Sunday, November 3, 2015: Hour 1 | Rising Appalachia Interview
Sunday, November 15, 2015: Hour 1
Sunday, December 6, 2015: Hour 1 | Hour 2 (John Trudell tribute)
Sunday, December 20, 2015: Hour 1 | Hour 2