Our calendar of Mendocino Poetry Events has moved!
See the new calendar at TheresaWhitehill.com/events



Cartwheels on the Sky ~ Poets, Poems & Discovery
Live on KGUA FM Gualala with host Blake More

Saturday, December 5, 2020
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Saturday, December 26, 2020


7 to 7:30 pm
Live on KGUA FM Gualala
Live Stream: KGUA.org
Show Archive: https://www.bmoreyou.net/musings/

Cartwheels on the Sky ~ Poets, Poems & Discovery features poets from around the country. Host Blake More takes listeners on a journey through the minds and hearts of some of California’s most engaging poets. Highlighting a new poet in conversation each week, the show offers fresh, intelligent, living poetry and lively discussions.

To be considered for future shows, contact blake@snakelyone.com


First Thursday Poetry Open Mic in Fort Bragg, CA – on site gatherings have been paused for the duration of the shelter-in-place orders

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 7:00 pm: Open Mic Poetry via Zoom video conference

To receive an invitation to the Zoom reading, or for more information, contact Dan Hesse, Branch Librarian, Fort Bragg Branch Library, hessd@mendocinocounty.org, 707 961-2625, www.fortbragglibrary.org


First & Third Sundays on Public Radio

Rhythm Running River
Poetry programming

1st Sunday 3-4 pm and 3rd Sunday 3 to 5 pm
KZYX&Z Public Radio, 90.7, 91.5, and 88.1 FM
Host: Dan Roberts

Sunday, December 6, 2020
Sunday, December 20, 2020

For playlists visit Out Far Press
For streaming audio of each show (has not been updated in a while), follow this link


Third Sundays in Mendocino

Writers of the Mendocino Coast

Update as of 06/28/20: Until further notice, WMC meetings starting in July will be held on Zoom the third Sunday of every month at 3 p.m. The new day and time are to accommodate people without consistent internet access.

Sunday, December 20, 2020 (online event via Zoom)

3:00 pm
via Zoom video conference

Sponsored by Writers of the Mendocino Coast, branch of the California Writers Club



Third Thursday in Point Arena

Third Thursday Poetry Night

2020 Schedule

7 pm – Featured & Open Mic Poetry via Zoom video conference

Thursday, December 17, 2020: Featured Poet Pending

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.

To receive an invitation to the Zoom reading, or for more information, contact Blake More, 707 884-9189 or blake@snakelyone.com


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

August Update: Writers Read Ukiah is canceled for the time being and will resume at some point when conditions are better suited for live readings.

From co-producer Dan Barth: Once again we are sad to announce that our monthly Writers Read event has been cancelled. Our venue, the Grace Hudson Museum, had reopened, but was forced to close again when Mendocino County had a spike in Covid-19 cases. At the moment, all bets are off. We will resume when we can. We have discussed doing virtual readings and have decided against that for now. Seeing all those names [reviewing the Writers Read list for the past two years] makes me realize what a good thing we had going. And of course the open mic session was a big part of each month’s event. I miss seeing those of you who attended almost every month. Keep writing, save all your good work and be ready to rock n roll when the time comes.

December 2020 (to be confirmed): Virgin of Guadalupe reading; a co-production of the Grace Hudson Museum, the City of Ukiah Poet Laureate Committee, Bill Churchill, and Theresa Whitehill

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.


Mendocino Spring Reading

Poems submitted as audio files have been aired on Dan Robert’s RhythmRunningRiver radio show on kzyx, beginning June 21, 2020

See separate post for more details: https://coloredhorse.wordpress.com/2020/05/03/mendocino-spring-reading-2020/

rest in peace: ruth weiss, 1928–2020

ruth died at her home in Albion, on the Mendocino Coast on July 31, 2020. Tributes to her life as a jazz poet can be found on the internet.

A few links:

Poetry Matters, Real Estate Magazine, Fort Bragg, CA, issue 651

Remembering ruth weiss beat poet at peace, Mendo Voice, Ukiah, CA, 8/14/2020

ruth weiss, the beat goddess documentary

rest in peace: Doug Strong, 1935–2020

Doug Strong passed away at his home in Ukiah, California on August 9, 2020. A familiar site at Ukiah literary events for many years, at which he often shared his own poetry and supported the work of others. From Roberta Werdinger’s tribute to him, sent in an email: “His daughter Sharon wrote, ‘Not a conventionally religious man, he did once say that he considered poetry to be his religion.'”

ukiaHaiku Festival Hiatus for 2020

After a run of 17 festivals of haiku in the city of Ukiah, an annual event that originated in the early 2000s, a hiatus has been regretfully declared for the ukiaHaiku Festival in 2020. While each year multitudes of haiku competition entries have continued to be submitted, the base of festival volunteers has been shrinking along with necessary institutional support. With such limitations in mind, the Ukiah Poet Laureate and ukiaHaiku Committees will use the upcoming year to instead assess new sources of support and envision how best to continue with future festivals.

For more information, see our website: http://ukiahaiku.org/


Periodicities: a virtual reading series: Melissa Eleftherion

Link to YouTube Video:

Unable to continue the LOBA reading series at the Ukiah Branch Library for the present, Melissa Eleftherion has produced a video as part of a virtual reading series for her press, Periodicity Journal.


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
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 2016 election. There’s lots to do. If you want to contribute energy, time, support:

Rhythm Running River

September 1, 2020

Philo, California

Streaming Poetry with host Dan Roberts

First & Third Sundays of the month
First Sunday, 3 to 4 pm
Third Sunday, 3 to 5 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!)

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.

(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

Mendocino Spring Reading 2020

September 1, 2020

Mendocino Spring Reading 2020


35th Anniversary – 15th consecutive revival

Dan Roberts will be playing recordings from this year’s Mendocino Spring Reading on his Rhythm Running River radio broadcast from KZYX. Following is a link to the playlists: http://www.outfarpress.com/rrr.html

Anyone interested in listening to the radio broadcasts can listen in live, or email Dan Roberts to get on his email list and receive links to listen to the archives: outfarpress@saber.net

Rhythm Running River
1st Sundays 3-4 pm and 3rd Sundays 3-5 pm
Listen live at https://www.kzyx.org/

From Dan Roberts, Co-producer:

46 poets sent me their smartphone poems, many sent 2 or 3 poems. Amazing variety, all well done. I edited (fixed beginnings and ends, took out pops, and applied noise reduction) only to improve broadcast quality, and I have over 100 poems ready to be aired in the next few months of RhythmRunningRiver. (first and third Sunday of each month)
     The number of poems made me think, where do I start? So I decided to pick 25 poems, some of every level of the art, and tried to match them with a musical piece in between. I like how the first hour sounds, you will as well.  I need to get the whole show done by Friday afternoon because I am not going into town yet. I ended up with 11 poems in the first hour, think there will be 9 or 10 in the second hour.
     I did not choose any poets whose work was used in the previous show (June 7). I know we used the term “main event” in promotion. I do not believe that this is a selection of only the very best. Please do not feel slighted if yours is not in this particular show. The succeeding shows will be of equal quality. I promise that I will air at least one of every poet’s work in the next 4 shows, as I always have. I really try to be democratic about the whole thing.
     So tune in this Sunday from 3-5, I will send you the playlist by Saturday and put you on my mailing list for future shows. Thank you for being part of yet another experiment in 2020.
     ¡FurthuR!     Dan

Gordon Black, co-producer
(707) 937-4107

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

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/