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Open Call for LOVE Poems for 2015 Poetry Valentine Reading

Healdsburg Literary Guild is issuing an open call for LOVE poems for its annual Poetry Valentine reading on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Healdsburg Regional Library, Center and Piper Streets, Healdsburg. Deadline for submissions of poems is January 15, 2015. Poems will selected by a blind judging process and will be published in a chapbook to be readied for the event. Before making submissions, please read the attached flyer for more information on entry guidelines and rules.

An Open Call for Submissions—2015 Publication

Healdsburg Literary Guild is now accepting submissions for a new anthology. Its working title is Healdsburg and Beyond. The book is slated for publication in 2015. The book will feature poetry and prose. Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2015. Before making submissions, please read the attached flyer for more information on entry rules.

Literary Illuminations—HLG Quarterly Membership Contest
1st Quarter 2015 Submissions Open on January 1, 2015

4th Quarter 2014 Literary Illuminations Winners     Literary Illuminations Archives
Solicitations are now invited for the 1st quarter 2015 Literary Illuminations—a quarterly poetry and prose competition. Entries are limited to Guild members. Submissions are accepted from January 1, 2015, until midnight on February 16, 2015. To renew your membership or become a member, click here for the membership form. One prose and/or one poetry piece will be selected and published on the Guild website. Please read the attached flyer for more information on entry rules.

Bean Affair Coffee Shop, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue—1:30–3:30 p.m.
Dec. 21, 2014 OPEN MIC SALON
Continuing the Healdsburg Literary Salon's long tradition, the December Salon is entirely dedicated to open mic readers. So bring your favorite piece of poetry or prose, sign-up on the open mic list and tantalize the audience with your work. Each reader will be limited to three minutes to accommodate as many readers as possible.
Bean Affair Coffee Shop
January 19, 2014 DONNA EMERSON & JEAN WONG
Donna Emerson divides her time between her home in Petaluma, California, and her family homestead in western New York. She is an instructor at Santa Rosa Jr. College and a clinical social work consultant. Donna’s recent publications include The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the Bay Area Watershed, The Paterson Literary Review, the New Ohio Review, and Eclipse. She won the Tiny Lights Flash competition, 2010. Chapbooks include This Water, 2007, Body Rhymes, Finishing Line Press, 2009, nominated for the California Book Award and Wild Mercy. Her most recent chapbook, Following Hay, is forthcoming in November 2013 from Finishing Line Press.

Jean Wong’s stories have appeared in Vintage Voices, Tiny Lights, Sonoma Sun, Synchronized Chaos, Get Born, Women’s Memoir, Sussex Publications, and Short, Fast, Deadly. She is an award winning author and was a first place winner of the Redwood Writer's short story contest. Her work has been produced by the Petaluma Reader’s Theater, Sixth Street Playhouse, and Off The Page Theater Group.
Donna Emerson

Jean Wong
The Guild's Annual Poetry Valentine will be held at Healdsburg's Bean Affair Coffee Shop on Sunday, February 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. An open call for Love Poems was issued, and a committee made up of individuals not submitting poems has, in a blind judging process, selected the twenty-one poems that will be read on February 9 and published in the chapbook, Love By Any Other Name. The public is invited to attend this annual event.
Raised in Montana, Michelle Wing is a writer and poet who spent much of her adult life in the urban settings of Seattle, Osaka, Kyoto and San Francisco, but now lives in the country in northern California with her partner Sabrina, her service dog Ripley, and a houseful of other animals. She has been published in the Gay & Lesbian Review, Sinister Wisdom, and Vintage Voices, and her first book, Body on the Wall and Other Poems, is due out this spring from Saddle Road Press. Her education includes a Master’s in Japanese studies.

Marian Szczepanski received her MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College shortly after she moved back to the United States. She wrote fiction whenever she wasn’t busy with her daughters or working on a freelance magazine assignment. Awards from Clackamas Literary Review and the Houston Press Club bolstered her along the way. Residencies at Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow afforded the luxury of writing for long, uninterrupted stretches. Two manuscripts went into a drawer. The third, inspired by stories about her grandmothers’ lives in Pennsylvania mining towns, was Playing St. Barbara.
Michelle Wing

Marian Szczepanski
March 16, 2014 C.D. PAYNE

California writer C.D. Payne is the author of ten humorous novels that have won a large cult following around the world. His best-known work, Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp, was the basis of a 2010 film. From Weinstein Films, it starred Michael Cera, Steve Buscemi, Justin Long, Ray Liotta, and Jean Smart. Payne’s latest novels include Son of Youth in Revolt (book 7 in the Twisp series) and Invisibly Yours. He has completed another novel, Helen of Pepper Pike, that is awaiting publication. He is a native of Ohio (born in 1949 in Akron) and a graduate of Harvard College.
CD Payne

Mariko Kitakubo is a noted Japanese poet specializing in poems in the tanka form, a style of Japanese poetry dating back to the 13th century. The Healdsburg Literary Guild is pleased to welcome her on this visit to the United States. Mariko has published five books of tanka, including two bilingual ones: On This Same Star and Cicada Forest. She has also produced a CD of her tanka, titled Messages. She has presented her poetry on at least 100 occasions, 50 of them overseas at international conferences.

Gabriel Fraire is Mexican-American. He was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and his formative years were spent in the city’s Mexican barrio near the steel mills. Over the years, he has published five books ranging from a coming of age novel to a suspense novel involving steel mill workers. He has worked for years in the newspaper business as a writer and editor. Gabriel and his brother John wrote two plays in the ‘90s that were produced by New York City theater companies.

Michela Pearson, a Senior at Healdsburg High School, is the first Healdsburg Youth Laureate. She will serve for the 2013-2014 school year. Her interest are varied, ranging from a horse riding training business, her studies in literature, and her efforts to develop her poetry skills.
Mariko Kitakubo

Gabriel Fraire

Michela Pearson

Patricia Nelson is an environmental lawyer and writes poetry on environmental and other topics. She has worked for many years with the "Activist" poetry group led by Lawrence Hart and John Hart, and more recently with Terry Ehret's poetry group in Sonoma County .

Karl Frederick is delighted to share his musings with anyone who’ll listen. Though he started as a wayward engineering student writing poetry in his senior year of college, the majority of his work has emerged in the last fifteen years in Sonoma County. In addition to poetry, he’s also begun to engage the ancient art of reading the stars. (There must be something in the water here.) He’s an engineer, writer/ poet, astrologer, with his feet on the ground (sometimes) who’d love to take you on a flight of fancy to a territory you can immediately recognize as your own.
Patricia Nelson

Karl Frederick
Now in its 14th year, the Guild's Graveside Readings continue at Oak Mound Cemetery. Each year, gathered on the bumpy, weed-thick ground, we manage to drape it with two hours of dignity and gentle laughter. In past years, we have heard songs performed by local musicians, and moving poems penned by previous Healdsburg literary laureates. Join us at the fountain on the hillside, Oak Mound Cemetery, First and Piper Streets, Healdsburg, May 25 (the Sunday preceding Memorial Day), 2 PM – 4 PM. The afternoon is open mic and readers can sign up at 1:30 at the cemetery. Pieces should be no more than 4 minutes in length. Bottled water provided. For more information, contact Ann Carranza at 707- 431-0365.
Tipsy Fountain
June 15, 2014 ARMAND BRINT

Armand Brint received his Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from San Francisco State University. He is a popular reader in his home county (Mendocino, CA) and was the city of Ukiah’s first Poet Laureate. Armand’s poetry has appeared in many journals; his awards for poetry include the 2013 Jane Reichhold International Prize for Haiku. In addition to his latest collection, In the Name of Wonder, Armand is the author of two previous books of poetry, Schools of Light and The League of Slow Cities. Armand also co-edited two early books on alternative health practices, the Holistic Health Handbook, 1978, and the Holistic Health Lifebook, 1981. Armand lives with his wife, Fran, in Ukiah, California.
Armand Brint

Connie Post served as Poet Laureate of Livermore, California (2005 to 2009). Her work has appeared in Calyx, Kalliope, Cold Mountain Review, Crab Creek Review, Comstock Review, Slipstream, The Big Muddy, The Pedestal Magazine, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. She won the 2009 Caesura Poetry Award and the Dirty Napkin Cover Prize. Her chapbook And When the Sun Drops won the Aurorean Fall 2012 Editors Choice award. Her First full length collection Floodwater was released in January 2014 by Glass Lyre Press.

Kevin Gunn is the current Poet Laureate of Livermore, California. He has won awards in the Las Positas annual poetry contest at the Alameda County Fair. His poems have been published in the Chiron Review, the Song of the San Joaquin, and the California Quarterly, and many Las Positas Anthologies. He has won awards at the Poets Dinner and the Ina Coolbrith Circle. He has run a high school poetry club for twenty years and started “Teen Poet of the Month” as the third Poet Laureate of Livermore. He continues to curate the Ravenswood Poetry Series.

Connie Post

Kevin Gunn

Iris Jamahl Dunkle's debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, won the Trio Award and was published by Trio House Press in 2013. Her chapbooks Inheritance and The Flying Trolley were published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry, essays, and creative non-fiction have been published widely. Dunkle teaches writing and literature at Napa Valley College. She received her B.A. from the George Washington University, her M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University, and her Ph.D. in American Literature from Case Western Reserve University. She is on the staff of the Napa Valley Writers conference and is the managing editor for Volt.

After teaching high school students, Clare Morris moved into full-time work in the peace movement during the Vietnam War. She co-founded the Ecumenical Peace Institute, followed by many years as the founding director of the Angela Center, whose programs integrated spirituality, social responsibility, psychology, and the arts. In mid-life, she earned an MA and PhD in psychology, after which she practiced Jungian-oriented psychotherapy. Her poetry books include In Transit: Love Poems to the City, Child of the Longest Night, and Grief: Guide and Guru. She has also written a memoir, Falling Into Light: A Mother and Daughter Give Birth to Each Other.

Iris Dunkle

Clare Morris

Born in Northern California, Jabez W. Churchill was educated in Argentina, California, and Cuba. He is a single dad currently teaching modern languages at Santa Rosa Junior College and Mendocino College. He has been a California Poet in the Public Schools since 1998, predominantly with bilingual youth and youth at risk. He has practiced civil disobedience since 1970. Jabez has published a number of books of poetry including his most recent book FRONTERA-ESQUINA, #12, 2013.

For many years, Susanna Solomon studied with Melba Beals (one of the Little Rock Nine and a great teacher) and Jim Frey (How to Write a Damn Good Novel), and wrote two memoirs and one and a half novels. She also attended many writers’ workshops in Maui, Squaw Valley, Utah, New Mexico, and California. Frustrated with her progress, she embarked on writing short stories for the joy of it and concentrated on reading stories at open mic readings. Two years ago, in June of 2011, she read her first Sheriffs’ Call story to a packed house at Peri’s (Pints ‘N Prose) in Fairfax. That story is the first in her book of short stories entitled Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls, published in December 2013.

Jabez W. Churchill

Susanna Solomon

Avotcja is an award winning poet, multi-instrumentalist, a popular Bay Area DJ and radio personality, and leader of the group “Avotcja & Modúpue” (The Bay Area Blues Society’s Jazz Group Of The Year in 2005 & 2010). She has been published in English and Spanish in the USA, Mexico, and Europe. Avotcja teaches Creative Writing and Drama and is a proud member of DAMO (Disability Advocates Of Minorities Org.), PEN Oakland, California Poets In The Schools, IWWG, and an ASCAP recording artist. Her newest book is With Every Step I Take: Poetry & Short Stories with artwork by Eliza Shefler (Taurean Horn Press 2013).

Writing has been the underpinning of Maryann Schacht's life. She says she didn't talk until she was two but from then on she never stopped using words. She produced Westchester Children's Theater, which was affiliated with the New York City Youth Board. She was on the board of the American Educational Theater Association. She was a staff writer on Of Westchester Magazine. She has written fashion commentary and was a copy writer for the March of Dimes Foundation. She earned an MS degree from Columbia University and became a psychodramatist and family therapist. Her first book of poetry, Pan: the Trickster in poetry and life, was published in 2013.

Maryann Schacht

Sharon Beckman grew up in the Lone Star State and visited Paris, Texas, long before she had Paris, France, in her sights. But once "she saw Pairee" there was no keeping her down on the farm. After a career in Marketing in NYC and moving to Sonoma County ten years ago, she and her husband spent two months in Paris living like Parisiens. Sharon's many years of study at Alliance Française has allowed her to order food fluently in a Paris bistro!

David Beckman moved, with Sharon, from New York City to Santa Rosa ten years ago and is grateful for the friendship that so many in Sonoma County have extended to him. High on the list is the Healdsburg Literary Guild -- his first Sonoma County writing “home.” Another thing he’s grateful for is Paris. A vague interest early in life has mushroomed into a near love affair. Walking the city every day for two months with Sharon last fall was hard on the feet but easy on the eye, mind, and heart. Oh, and the palate (miraculously, he lost four pounds, in spite of all those croissants, pates, pastries, ice creams, cafes, bistros and brasseries). His next book will reveal all, and be called Losing a Pound a Week in Paris While Eating Like a Crazy Person.

Gregory Randall majored in English and Latin at St. Olaf College and spent innumerable hours in the music library. Classical music by composers such as Chopin, Brahms and Fauré continue to inform both the structure and pacing of his poetry. His chapbook Double Happiness was selected by Mark Doty for the 5th Annual Camber Press Chapbook Award for 2009. His chapbook A Room in the Country was published by Pudding House Press in 2010. He received a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize for 2008 and a 2009 Pushcart Prize nomination. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and periodicals.

While majoring in English at UCLA, Toni Wilkes focused her studies on poetry. She attended the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and participated in master classes with David St. John. Wilkes is a member of the California State Poetry Society and the Marin Poetry Center. Wilkes serves as a board member for the Sonoma County Library and Poetry Committee Chairman for the Sonoma County Book Festival. Her work has appeared in California Quarterly, Confrontation, Cream City Review, Folio, GW Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Healing Muse, In Posse Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, Pinyon, Poetry East, Roanoke Review, Rosebud, Southern Humanities Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Touch: The Journal of Healing, The Texas Review, and other noted journals.
David Beckman

David Beckman

Gregory Randall

Toni Wilkes
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