Mendocino Spring Poetry Celebration

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Hill House, Mendocino, CA

Noon: sign-up and visit; afternoon reading begins at 1:00 pm
Break: enjoy the town, the sea, and the headlands
5:00 pm: sign-up and visit; evening reading begins at 6:00 pm

Choice comestibles, open book displays, contribution requested;
all poems considered for broadcast by Dan Roberts on KZYX&Z

For more information: Gordon Black, (707) 937-4107, gblack@mcn.org

SPECIAL EVENTS FOR MAY 2016

Countywide High School Poetry Slam
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 2016
4 pm
Matheson Performing Arts Cener
Mendocino High School, Mendocino, CA

Poets willing to judge, please contact Blake More

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Kaleidoscope Take 2: Music & Poetry at Spirit House
To Honor Mothers & Celebrate Gaia

Saturday, May 7, 2016
7 pm
Poetry by Toni Bernbaum
Music by Lauren Ashley Brown
$15 to $20 sliding scale

For information: (707) 964-0191, http://spirithousehealing.org

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SPECIAL EVENTS FOR JUNE 2016

Lost Coast Writers Retreat
Sunday, June 19 to Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Camp Mattole, Petrolia, CA

For information: http://www.lostcoastwritersretreat.org

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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

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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

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First Friday in Fort Bragg, CA

First Friday Poetry Readings

Friday, April 1, 2016: Open Reading: This was the last reading in the series produced by Oasis; the venue (the bookstore and vinyl cafe) is moving to a new, smaller space and will no longer have room to host readings

For more information, contact Oasis, 707 964-5378

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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

7:00 pm
215 Pub
215 Main Street
Point Arena, California
Admission: Free

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

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Last Thursday in Ukiah

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

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.

Arbor Day Poetry Tree - Ukiah CA

Arbor Day Celebration — Youth Poetry Contest
DEADLINE: SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016
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: http://ukiahaiku.org/

Also feel free to contact Cathy Monroe at 485-8249 or cathymonroe@gmail.com.

The Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah announces a Call for Nominations for a new Poet Laureate of Ukiah for the 2016–2018 Term

Deadline: Saturday, April 30, 2016

Link to PDF announcement and nomination form

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 bookem@pacific.net. 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, bookem@pacific.net, 707 367-6581
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