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The Guild's Annual Poetry Valentine event was a rousing and stimulating success. The photo shows the 20 poets who read their poems at the event. A chapbook prepared and published by the Guild was available at the event and featured the 21 winning poems. Besides the excellent poetry, there were small sandwiches and chocolates galore befitting the occasion. The winning poets this year were Brian Martens, Christine M. Calson, Diana Gordon, Donna L. Emerson, Estelle Watts, Jabez W. Churchill, Jean Wong, James Miller, Joan R. Brady, Joel Fallon, John Koetzner, Judy Anderson, Karl W.Frederick, Lenore Wilson, Lilith Rogers, Linda Moore Ellwood, Michelle Wing, Phyllis Meshulam, Ricci M. Hayes, Robert Winters, and Sher Lianne Christian. Your challenge is to pick each poet out in the photo (Clue: Leonore Wilson is missing).

Literary Illuminations—HLG Quarterly Membership Contest
2nd Quarter 2014 Submissions Now Invited

1st Quarter 2014 Literary Illuminations Winners

Literary Illuminations Archives

Solicitations are now invited for the 2nd quarter 2014 Literary Illuminations—a quarterly poetry and prose competition. Entries are limited to Guild members. 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. As there has been a rule change, please read the attached flyer for more information.

Bean Affair Coffee Shop, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue—1:30–3:30 p.m.
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 firstplace 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 poemsthat 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

Joan Gelfand's work has been published in national and international publications, including Kal-liope, Levure Litteraire, The Toronto Quarterly, and The Chaffin Journal. Readings include Bowery Poetry Club, Southern Festival of Books, Litquake, The Oakland Museum, and the NY Public Library. She has been featured on KPIX, NBC, cable TV, and over 20 radio stations. She is the Poetry Editor for the “J,” the Development Chair of the Women’s National Book Association, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Joan’s newest poetry collection is The Long Blue Room. Joan blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and coaches writers.

Connie Post served as Poet Laureate of Livermore, California [2005–2009]. Connie has publihed nine books of poetry. Her newest book, Floodwater, was released in January 2014. Her work has appeared in Calyx, Kalliope, Cold Mountain Review, Chiron Review, and numerous other publications. She was the winner of the 2009 Caesura Poetry Award from Poetry Center of San Jose. She currently hosts the Valona Deli Poetry Series, and was last heard at the Third Sunday Salon in October 2010.
Joan Gelfand

Connie Post
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