Updated For AUGUST 2020 as of 08/02/20


Mendocino Spring Reading

Poems submitted as audio files are being 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/


Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference

Conference Dates: Thursday, July 30 to Sunday, August 1, 2020

Update as of 08/02/20: This year’s conference was fully online, hosted via Zoom.

for more information, visit http://mcwc.org/

Or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MendocinoCoastWritersConference/



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, August 6, 2020, 7:00 pm: Open Mic Poetry via Zoom video conference

Thursday, September 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, 707 961-2625, www.fortbragglibrary.org


First & Third Sundays on Public Radio

Rhythm Running River
Poetry programming

1st Sunday 2-3 pm and 3rd Sunday 2 to 4 pm
KZYX&Z Public Radio, 90.7, 91.5, and 88.1 FM
Host: Dan Roberts

Sunday, August 2, 2020: Dan Roberts will continue broadcasting poems submitted for the Mendocino Spring Reading

Sunday, August 16, 2020: Dan Roberts will continue broadcasting poems submitted for the Mendocino Spring Reading

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

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

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, August 16, 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, August 20, 2020 – Cassandra Dallett (Oakland, CA)

Thursday, September 17, 2020 – Michael Warr (San Francisco, CA)
Thursday, October 15, 2020 – Abe Becker (Berkeley, CA)
Thursday, November 19, 2020 – MK Chevez (Berkeley, CA)

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.

Thursday, September 24, 2020: Mary Norbert Körte
Thursday, October 29, 2020: Molly Fisk
Thursday November 19, 2020 (1 week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday): Mark McGovern

December 2020 (date 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.


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:

Prescriptions for Life

May 30, 2020

Prescriptions for Life: Collages & Writings

A Collaboration between Paula Gray & Theresa Whitehill

In this exhibition, visual artist Paula Gray and poet Theresa Whitehill, both of Mendocino County in northern California, collaborate on the theme of “prescriptions for life,” based on collages Paula created from a nineteenth century medical prescription ledger, along with Theresa’s writings exploring related themes, presented as a series of letterpress broadsides. The exhibit included the loan of two antique medical prescription ledgers (nineteenth and early twentieth century) from the University of California at San Francisco Library.

The exhibit opened the week that San Francisco underwent Shelter in Place orders due to the novel coronavirus and was closed within several days. The gallery never reopened before the exhibit closed in July of 2020.

Exhibit Dates: Wednesday, March 4 through Thursday, July 30, 2020

Desasi | Matta Gallery
Deirdre Visser, Art Curator
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA


Flyer (pdf): https://www.coloredhorse.com/pages/poetry/pdf/Prescriptions-for-Life-Exhibit-2020.pdf

For more information:

Virtual Exhibit Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agt-djjlH94&utm_source=Arts+at+CIIS&utm_campaign=dd2de76735-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_10_18_07_25_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2d78fa92d4-dd2de76735-233245311

See the feature on the website of the California Institute of Integral Studies

Essay on the collaborative process by curator Deirdre Visser: https://medium.com/@webciissf/prescriptions-for-survival-in-a-time-of-global-pandemic-175827d4029

See this resource page for further information: https://www.coloredhorse.com/pages/prescriptions/

Virgin of Guadalupe Reading

Poesia, Musica y Meriendas / Poetry, Music, & Refreshments

In celebration of the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Tonantzin, Mother Earth, and the Winter Solstice, the community is invited to bring and share poems and songs in Spanish and English, alone with food and drink.

Sunday, December 15, 2019
6 to 8 pm
Grace Hudson Museum Community Room
431 South Main Street, Ukiah, CA 95482

Presented by Bill Churchill, Theresa Whitehill, Writers Read Ukiah, and the Grace Hudson Museum

Link to PDF Flyer: https://www.coloredhorse.com/poetry/pdf/Alabanzas-a-Tonantzin-2019.pdf

For more information, contact Theresa Whitehill, poetry@coloredhorse.com

Para mas informacion, comuniquese a: Jabez Churhill, jabezw@sonic.net

Armand Brint, Judy Halebsky, and Theresa Whitehill

A collaboration in poetry and in honor of Valentine’s Day, interpreting the current Grace Hudson Museum exhibit, Artful Liaisons. The exhibit explores the art, friendships, and correspondence linking three artists over the course of 35 years. Grace Carpenter and Oregon artist Edward Espey were students together at art school in San Francisco and romantically intertwined. But he didn’t get the girl… find out more about the story.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
6 pm
Grace Hudson Museum
431 South Main Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 467-2836

Virgin of Guadalupe Bilingual Poetry

Praises to Tonantzin / Alabanzas a Tonantzin

Ninth Annual Evening of Bilingual Poetry in honor of the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Winter Solstice

Join us for an evening of bilingual poetry and refreshments honoring the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, also known as Tonantzin and Mother Earth.

We invite you to share your offerings of poetry, stories, dreams, or music in Spanish or English
Los invitamos a compartir sus proprias ofrendas a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y el solsticio de invierno

Sunday, 9 December, 2018
6 pm to 8 pm
Grace Hudson Museum Community Room
431 South Main Street, Ukiah, CA 05482

Presented by Bill Churchill, Theresa Whitehill, and the Grace Hudson Museum
with support from Writers Read and the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah

For more information, contact Theresa Whitehill: poetry@coloredhorse.com
Para mas información, comuníquese a Jabez Churchill: jabezw@sonic.net

Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe poesia y meriendas