Haiku Competition postmark deadline: Monday, March 11, 2016

ukiaHaiku Festival: Sunday, April 24, 2016 at SPACE Theatre in Ukiah, CA

From the press release by Stan Janiak, sent by Roberta Werdinger, January 26, 2016:
Submission forms can be picked up at the Ukiah Branch Library, Grace Hudson Museum, or online at www.ukiaHaiku.org. The website also lists the various contest categories and the guidelines. 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 feel free to contact Cathy Monroe at 485-8249 or cathymonroe@gmail.com. No fee for entry. So what are you waiting for? Compose your haiku. Poetry happens. Put your heart and mind to it. March 11th looms.

For information on the competition guidelines, submission forms, and the festival, visit their website: http://ukiahaiku.org/

Forms can also be picked up at the Ukiah Branch Library or the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah.

Rhythm Running River

December 26, 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 playlists, visit Dan Robert’s OutFarPress
To listen live, follow this link

(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!)

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


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 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


First Friday in Fort Bragg, CA

First Friday Poetry Readings

Friday, February 5, 2016: Open Reading

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

For more information, contact Oasis, 707 964-5378


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 18, 2016 – Molly Benoff

Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Patti Trimble
Thursday, April 21, 2016 — Jason Bayonii
Thursday, May 19, 2016 – Terry Lucas
Thursday, June 16, 2016 — Michael Riedell
Thursday, July 21, 2016 – Phillip Meshekey
Thursday, August 18, 2016 – Claire Blotter
Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Prartho Sereno
Thursday, October 20, 2016 – Bill Churchill
Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Albert Flynn DeSilver
Thursday, December 15, 2016 – open 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 blake@snakelyone.com


Last Thursday in Ukiah

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

Thursday, February 25, 2016: Kim Shuck

Thursday, March 31, 2016: John Rowe
Thursday, April 28, 2016: Michael Riedell
Thursday, May 26, 2016: Ukiah High School students
Thursday, June 30, 2016: Mk Chavez

Writers Read will take a summer break in July and plans to return Thursday, August 25, 2016 with a Ukiah Poets Laureate 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 Coordinator Bill Churchill, jabezw@sonic.net

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.

As of June 2014, Bill Churchill has been confirmed as Poet Laureate for the city of Ukiah for the 2014–2016 term.

Poets Laureate Current and Emeritus, City of Ukiah
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
Casey Carney – 2014-2015
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

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/


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