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


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 (has not been updated in a while), 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, 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 blake@snakelyone.com


Last Thursday in Ukiah

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017: Bill Bradd

Thursday, November 30, 2017: Christopher Douthit
December, 2017 (date pending): Homage to Guadalupe reading

2018 Schedule
Thursday, January 25, 2018: pending
Thursday, February 22, 2018: Robin Rule
Thursday, March 29, 2018: Donna Kerr

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, 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, 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.


Mendocino Spring Poetry Reading
42 Poets read at the 42nd Annual Mendocino Spring Poetry Celebration in Mendocino on Sunday, May 14, 2017. To see photos of the event, visit this 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:



Writers Read Ukiah presents Avotcja Jiltonilro

Thursday, April 30, 2015
7:00 pm: Featured Reading
8:00 pm: Open Mic
Art Center Ukiah
201 South State Street, corner of Church Street
Ukiah, CA 95482

Avotcja (pronounced Avacha) is a card carrying New York born Musicfanatic/sound junkie & popular Bay Area Radio DeeJay, who’s been published in English & Spanish in the USA, Mexico & Europe. She’s an awardwinning Poet & multi-instrumentalist & leader of the group “Avotcja & Modúpue” (The Bay Area Blues Society’s Jazz Group Of The Year
in 2005 & 2010). She’s a lifelong Musician, Writer, Educator, Storyteller on a shamelessly Spirit driven melodic mission to heal herself. Avotcja talks to the Trees & listens to the Wind against the concrete & when they answer it usually winds up in a Poem or Short Story. Her newest book: With Every Step I Take: Poetry & Short Stories by Avotcja with Artwork by Eliza Shefler (Taurean Horn Press) is available @ Amazon & Bookstores. Her Website: http://www.Avotcja.org

For information, contact: Bill Jabez Churchill, jabezw@sonic.net
Poster pdf

Writers Read presents

The poets will read from their own work in response to the theme of the Fates (AKA the Weird Sisters)

The Moirai of Greek mythology, often known in English as the Fates, were the three white-robed incarnations of desinty: the one who spins (Clotho), the one who measures (Lachesis), and the one who cuts (Atropos)

Thursday, January 29, 2015
7 pm: Featured Reading
8 pm: Open Mic
Art Center Ukiah
201 South State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482

Suggested donation: $5

For information, contact Bill “Jabez” Churchill: jabezw@sonic.net

Writers Read is sponsored in part by Poets & Writers through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation; additional support is provided by Art Center Ukiah, the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, an anonymous local writer, and donations

Ofrendas a la Virgen

Los invitamos a compartir sus propias ofrendas a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
In honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we invite you to share your offerings of poetry, music, and refreshments

Saturday, December 13, 2014
6 to 8:30 pm
Grace Hudson Museum
431 South Main Street, Ukiah, CA 95482

Offerings in Spanish are encouraged and are also welcome in English

Presented by Bill Churchill, Theresa Whitehill, and the Grace Hudson Museum
Contact: Theresa Whitehill, poetry@coloredhorse.com or Bill Churchill, jabezw@sonic.net

Flyer PDF

Chris Giovacchini Poet

Writers Read Ukiah Presents: Casey Carney

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Art Center Ukiah – 201 South State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
7:00 pm: featured reading
8:00 pm: open mic
Suggested donation: $5
Refreshments provided

For information, contact Writers Read Ukiah coordinator, Bill Churchill at jabezw@sonic.net

Writers Read happens on the last Thursday of most every month and has been happening in Ukiah since 1999. Originally founded and produced by Susan Sparrow, Bill Churchill has taken over producing the series. This reading series is sponsored in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation; additional support provided by Art Center Ukiah, the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, an anonymous local Ukiah writer, and donations.