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ONGOING SERIES AND OPEN READINGS
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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

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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

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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 (has not been updated in a while), follow this link

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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, 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

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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.


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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
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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:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1619568148349569/
https://couragecampaign.org/

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California's Wild Edge

Poets Dan Barth, Armand Brint, Christopher Douthit, Mary Norbert Körte, Linda Noel, and Theresa Whitehill will read their poems along with a favorite piece of writing from the current museum exhibit, California’s Wild Edge: the Coast in Poetry, Prints, and History. The book, illustrated with woodcuts by artist Tom Killion, includes poetry and prose by Gary Snyder and others.

Friday, September 22, 2017
7 to 8:30 pm
Grace Hudson Museum
431 South Main Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
Event is included with the price of museum admission

For more information: (707) 467-2836
http://www.gracehudsonmuseum.org/new-events/2017/9/22/reading-the-waves-poetry-night

Bringing Poems to Life: Armand Brint

“Bringing Poems to Life,” poetry workshop with Armand Brint
Emandal Farm Art Stay Poetry Workshop
Saturday, August 26 to Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Based on Armand’s newly published book of the same name
Beginners are welcome. To register for this residential workshop, go to emandal.com or call (707) 459-5439.
For more information, email Armand: armando@pacific.net

Poets of the Spanish Civil War

Sunday, April 23, 2017
3 pm
The White Barn, St. Helena
Tickets: $20
Link to Flyer

Join readers Michael Caldarola, Theresa Whitehill, and Paulo Ferreira as they present the work of Spanish poets Antonio Machado and Federico García Lorca, and the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. The poetry will be read in English translation, with a selection in the original Spanish.

To accompany the poetry, cellist Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson will perform “Lorca Musica per cello solo,” a fantasia composed by Geoffrey Gordon after themes from Lorca’s play, “The House of Bernarda Alba.”

The work of these three poets, considered some of the finest practitioners of Spanish literature, sparkles with tenderness and tension, outrage and vitality, whether addressing the darkness of their time or the vital mystery of the human spirit. Each employed distinctly different poetics. Lorca, whose poetics was grounded in the Flamenco form, cante jondo, or deep song, felt that much of the soul of Andalusia and Spain came from the fertile mix of Gypsy, Arab, and Spanish Culture. Machado’s work is more formally serene and pensive. Neruda’s poetic range was wide, from sonnets to Whitmanesque soliloquys to an entire collection of odes to ordinary things, a celebration of the things of everyday life, such as scissors, chairs, and kitchen utensils.

Of the three poets, only one would survive the Spanish Civil War. Lorca was assassinated in 1936, in the early months of the war, by agents of General Francisco Franco, who had the support of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, and would go on to rule Spain as dictator for 36 years. Machado survived through much of the war only to die along with his mother just days after crossing the border into France in the war’s closing months of 1939. Neruda, who was working as Chilean consul in Madrid when the war broke out, chose to stay and bear witness to the atrocities and tragedies, ultimately being recalled from his post because of his open support of the left-wing loyalists. Neruda survived to carry on a long life of poetry and activism, finally succumbing to cancer in 1973, having been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.

All proceeds from White Barn events benefit local and international charitable organizations. Complimentary refreshments and desserts will be served.

The White Barn
2727 Sulphur Springs Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574
http://www.thewhitebarn.org/

Hal Zina BennettDan Barth

Poet & Author Series
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Main Street Gallery
325 North Main Street, Lakeport, CA

For more information: http://www.lakearts.org/writers/writer_series_sep2016.htm