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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
2015 Poetry Valentine Event on Feb. 10, 2015

The annual Healdsburg Literary Guild Poetry Valentine event is coming soon. It will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Healdsburg Regional Library, Center and Piper Streets, Healdsburg. The poets who wrote the 21 poems selected for this year's chapbook will read their poems. Chocolates and other refreshments will be served. Please read the attached flyer for more information on the event.

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.

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.

     
     
 
2015 THIRD SUNDAY SALON SCHEDULE & OTHER EVENTS
Bean Affair Coffee Shop, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue—1:30–3:30 p.m.
JANUARY 18, 2015—WORLD OF CHANGE

David Madgalene
David Beckman
David Beckman
Vilma Ginzberg
Vilma Ginzberg
Jim Miller
Jim Miller
Margo van Veen
Margo van Veen
Gor Yaswen
Gor Yaswen

David Madgalene is the bandleader and inspiration for and the editor of the World of Change anthology. It is a companion volume to his earlier anthology, Continent of Light. Both books proudly feature many wonderful Healdsburg and Sonoma County authors. David's earlier works include Goodbye Gothic Rose, The New Messiah, Ressurrected and Still in Love, and The Hoodoo Dog and Other Stories.

David Beckman’s 2014 chapbook, Phantaisa, was published by France’s mg2 Publishing. His Language Factory of the Mind appeared from Finishing Line Press in 2012. An earlier novel was entitled Pegasus Above. Recently, he and his wife Sharon co-wrote and published a set of vignettes, to walk in Paris. David was nominated for the 2012 and 2013 Pushcart Poetry Prize. He is also a playwright and an actor.

Vilma Ginzberg, the Healdsburg Literary Laureate in 2008/2009, has authored five books of poetry, the latest of which is making noise, 2013, and three volumes of memoir, and her poems have appeared in a number anthologies. Her other books include Colors of Glass, Murmers and Outcries, Snake Pit, and I Don't Know How to Do This, poems on aging.

Jim Miller is a poet, photographer, Alexander Valley rancher, and retired businessman. Jim's books of poetry include Going Off the Pavement, which is generously illustrated with his own photographs, and Weaving the Light. The poems follow one man’s journey to “find the center line in his life.” A student of Ansel Adams and Robert Bly, Jim hopes his messages, told with humor and candidness, give inspiration to men searching for authentic identity.

Granny Vee, Margo van Veen, was born in the Netherlands, lived in France, became a French teacher, translator, environmentalist, political activist, satirist, and poet, and last but not least, an American citizen. She volunteers for the Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center, and for the Sierra Club. She won a literary award from the Santa Rosa Junior College, and first prize in a nationwide French essay contest from the Alliance Francaise.

Gordon "Gor" Yaswen is a self-taught writer, poet and artist with work published in periodicals and anthologies, and self-published in CD, note cards, 16 books and 26 chapbooks. Gor has taught writing techniques since 1983, hosts the Word-Art On–Air-Open-Mike program each 1st Sunday at KOWS 107.03 FM, and claims to create as a form of human hygiene.


FEBRUARY 10, 2015—GUILD'S POETRY VALENTINE


The Guild's Annual Poetry Valentine will be held at the Healdsburg Regional Library, our co-sponsor, located at Center and Piper Streets in Healdsburg on Tuesday, February 10. 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. An open call for Love Poems was issued, and a committee made up of individuals not submitting poems will, in a blind judging process, select the poems that will be read by the poets on February 10 and published in the chapbook, For Love's Sake. The public is invited to attend this annual event.

FEBRUARY 15, 2015—MEXICAN-AMERICAN WRITER & MYSTERY WRITER
Armando Garcia-Davila
Armando Garcia-Dávila
Waights Taylor Jr.
Waights Taylor Jr.

Armando Garcia-Dávila burst upon the Sonoma County literary world in the latter part of the 1990s. What started as a series of op. ed. pieces he wrote concerning the First Persian Gulf War and the memories of friends killed in the Vietnam War, turned to poetry to express wide ranging thoughts rooted in his Mexican-American/Catholic upbringing. To make clear his humble background, he called himself the “blue-collar” poet. A newspaper columnist wrote at the time, “Be sure to check out Armando. . . . (while) you still have a chance to see him in an intimate setting before he becomes justly famous for his work.” He was the Healdsburg Literary Laureate in 2002/2003. His latest book, entitled Profile: Poems and Stories, is a mix of humor, love, family, and pathos.

Waights Taylor Jr., born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, has lived in Sonoma County for seventeen years. His first book, Alfons Mucha's Slav Epic, was published in 2008, and his second book, the award-winning Our Southern Home, was published in 2011. His latest book and first novel, a murder mystery entitled Kiss of Salvation, was published in August 2014. Reviewers have said of this mystery that Taylor’s writing reminds them of Mickey Spillane, Walter Mosley, and James Lee Burke. Taylor demurs, saying any resemblance between him and these legendary writers is highly suspect and qualifies the reviewers for the CIA watch list as serial reviewers seeking their own perverse and misguided pleasure.

MARCH 15, 2015—WILLIAM GREENWOOD & CURRENT LAUREATE
William Greenwood
William Greenwood
Gabriel Fraire
Gabriel Fraire

William (Bill) Greenwood's new poetry collection is titled Landscape/Cityscape. He has one earlier published poetry collection is entitled Into the Center of America. Besides reading and discussing his poems, Bill frequently shares stories of his adventurous life of social work and education, first with farm workers in California and later in many other countries around the world.

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.

APRIL 19, 2015—KATHERINE HASTINGS & PAST HLG LAUREATES
Katherine Hastings
Katherine Hastings
Past Healdsburg Literary Laureates:
John Koetzner, Vilma Ginzberg,
Stephanie Freele, Penelope La Montagna,
and Armando Garcia-Dávila.

Katherine Hastings, the Sonoma County Poet Laureate, has been expending a tremendous amounts of time and energy spreading the message of poetry to Sonoma County and beyond in her role as the current laureate. She is the founder of the WordTemple Poetry Series and host of WordTemple on KRCB, our NPR affiliate. Hastings is a widely published poet and literary force. Her chapbook, Updraft (Finishing Line Press 2010) was her first national publication. This was followed in 2012 with her first book of poetry, Cloud Fire. U.S. Poet Laureate Emeritus Daniel Hoffman said of her poems that they "have the power of crossing boundries of spirit to reveal truths otherwise unseen."

Bios of laureates that commit to read this day to come.

MAY 17, 2015—REBECCA FOUST & ROY MASH
Rebecca Foust
Rebecca Foust
Roy Mash
Roy Mash

Rebecca Foust has published a number of books of poetry including Dark Card and Mom’s Canoe, which were published in 2008 and 2009 and won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prizes in consecutive years, and two full length poetry collections followed in 2010: All That Gorgeous, Pitiless Song (Many Mountains Moving Poetry Book Award), and God Seed, a book of environmental poetry with art by Lorna Stevens. Her recent poems are in journals and magazines including Atlanta Review, Cincinnati Review, Hudson Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, North American Review, and Poetry Daily. She also writes essays and book reviews, published or forthcoming in American Book Review, American Poetry Journal, Cider Press Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

Roy Mash is a long time board member of Marin Poetry Center. He holds degrees in English, Philosophy, and Computer Science, though he currently doodles his time away staring out of café windows, dabbing up the seeds that have fallen from an everything bagel, and mentally thumbing over his poems that have appeared widely in journals such as AGNI, Atlanta Review, Barrow Street, The Evansville Review, Nimrod, Passages North, Poetry East, RHINO, and River Styx. His first full length book, Buyer’s Remorse (Cherry Grove Collections,) came out in 2014.

MAY 24, 2015—GRAVESIDE READING
Tipsy Fountain
Tipsy Fountain--Oak Mound Cemetery

Now in its 15th 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 24 (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.

 
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