Caroline Goodwin, Poet Laureate of San Mateo County
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 3–4:30 pm
Featured reading followed by open mic
Mendocino County Library, Ukiah branch
105 North Main Street, Ukiah, CA
Presented by the poetry reading series, Loba, Produced by Melissa Eleftherion Carr, Teen & Adult Services Librarian,

In addition to the above, the Ukiah branch library will be hosting four events for Teens & Adults in April during National Poetry Month:
Poem Cut-Ups (teens), Wednesday, April 5th 2-5pm
Poetry Magnets (teens), Wednesday, April 12th 2-5 pm
Postcard Poems & Mail Art (teens), Wednesday, April 19th 2-5pm
Into the Wild Poem (Adults & Teens): Saturday, April 29th 11-12 pm
For information visit the library website

Poets of the Spanish Civil War: Machado, Lorca, Neruda
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 3 pm
The White Barn, St. Helena, CA
Tickets: $20 (Benefit)
A presentation of the poetry of Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca, and Pablo Neruda by Michael Caldarola, TheresaWhitehill, and Paulo Ferreira. The work will be read in English translation with selections in the original Spanish.

Fifteenth Annual ukiaHaiku Festival
Sunday, April 30, 2017
2:00 pm: winning authors read their haiku
3:00 pm: reception and refreshments
Ukiah Civic Center, 300 Seminary Avenue, Ukiah, CA

Mendocino Spring Poetry Reading
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Noon: first round of readings
5:00 pm: second round of readings
Hill House, Mendocino, CA

Lost Coast Writers Retreat
Sunday, June 18 to Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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: Arts Affinity Group
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:

Mendo Courage Campaign
Organized locally by Sujsan Klimist-Zingo:
“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:


First Thursdays in Fort Bragg, CA

Open Mic Poetry

6:00-8:00 pm
Fort Bragg Library

For more information, contact librarian Dan Hesse


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


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, April 20, 2017: Charlie Getter 
Thursday, May 18, 2017: Brian Kirven
Thursday, June 16, 2017: Brian Boldt 
Thursday, July 20, 2017: Dan Bellm
Thursday, August 17, 2017: Albert Flynn Desilver
Thursday, September 21, 2017: Ida Egli
Thursday, October 19, 2017: Rick McKinney
Thursday, November 16, 2017: Dan Wormhouldt
Thursday, December 21, 2017: Solstice Open Mic 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


Last Thursday in Ukiah

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017: Ukiah High School Students

Thursday, May 25, 2017: Avotja
Thursday, June 29, 2017: Armando Garcia Dávila
(in July we take a break)
Thursday, August 31, 2017: Poets Laureate of Ukiah
Thursday, September 28, 2017: Roberta Werdinger
Thursday, October 26, 2017: pending
Thursday, November 30, 2017: pending
December, 2017 (date pending): Homage to Guadalupe 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 MC Michael Riedell,

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, Colored Horse Studios, Michael Riedell, Bill “Jabez” Churchill, The Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, Art Center Ukiah, 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 and Bill Churchill as co-producers.


Poets Laureate Current and Emeritus, City of Ukiah
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

Poets Laureate Current and Emeritus, Lake County
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

Michael Riedell, Poet Laureate of Ukiah; photo, Dan Roberts

Michael Riedell, Poet Laureate of Ukiah 2016-2018; photo, Dan Roberts

Michael Riedell has been selected by the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah to service as Ukiah’s Poet Laureate for the 2016 to 2018 term. He will be presented to the Ukiah City Council in July to confirm the nomination.

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 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,, 707 367-6581

Arbor Day Poetry Tree - Ukiah CA

Arbor Day Celebration — Youth Poetry Contest
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:

Also feel free to contact Cathy Monroe at 485-8249 or