Friday, December 13, 2013

Holiday Event for Writers

 I just received an announcement that I'm sure will be of interest:

Next week the San Francisco Chapter of the Women's National Book Association is hosting its annual holiday party.

Here are the details as posted on their website:
Tuesday, December 17, 5:30-8:00 pm
WNBA-SF members are invited to our annual holiday bash at the home of literary rock stars Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada.
This is a special pot luck, finger food celebration.

Donation: Please bring an unwrapped book for children, ages 0-5, to support our early literacy program for homeless Mothers and children: classic children’s picture books and board books in English and Spanish.

RSVP and let us know what holiday treat you plan to bring. Once you fill out the form, you’ll receive an email with the address and directions: http://wnba-sfchapter.org/annual-wnba-sf-holiday-party/

PLUS: You can win a copy of Rebecca Eaton's memoir, Making Masterpiece! The first five emailers who reply to the Winter Edition of Bookwoman will receive a free copy. But you won't receive a copy of Bookwoman if you've not renewed your WNBA membership. This is the last week to renew: http://wnba-sfchapter.org/membership/annual/ 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Upcoming meeting in the East Bay

CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB, Berkeley Branch

I recently began subscribing to the email announcements for this group and am sharing it here for my local followers:

Dear Writing Friends & Supporters

We hope you had an enjoyable summer.  Please join us for our first meeting this fall.

When: Sunday, September 15, 2013, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Who: Brooke Warner, writer, publisher, editor, writing coach and consultant--"Building a Platform for Success," and Enneagram expert, CWC member Elizabeth Wagele.

Brooke is our featured speaker.  Elizabeth will read excerpts from her book, The Enneagram of Death - Helpful Insights by the 9 Types of People on Grief, Fear, and Dying"  published in 2012 by the International Enneagram Association.

Where: Oakland Public Library, 125-14th St. (wheelchair-accessible)--Bradley C. Walters Community Room, entrance on Madison St., btw. 13th and 14th Sts.

Public Information:238-3134. Free. Open to the public. Street parking.

Flyer on CWC website: www.cwc-berkeley.org

To learn more about Brooke Warner and her writing/publishing services, go to www.warnercoaching.com and www.shewritespress.com.

To learn more about Elizabeth Wagele and her books, go to www.wagele.com and read her blogs at www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-career-within-you/ and http://ewagele.wordpress.com.

Lastly, please mark your calendar for our special LitCake meeting on October 19.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Local Literary Fun!

I just got an email from Zoetrope: All Story about this upcoming event and thought perhaps it'd be of interest:

Join us at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville!
It may be the month of Fog-ust in San Francisco, but just up the road in Geyserville you'll find all the sunshine and warmth you could ask for! On Saturday, August 24th we'll be basking in that Summer glow while celebrating our SUMMER 2013 ISSUE guest-designed by Michael Stipe, the founder and frontman of the iconic rock band R.E.M.

Join us for food and wine pairings, a "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" tour of the property, and a friendly game of bocce—with prizes!

In an effort to make visiting the winery as easy and enjoyable as possible for our Bay Area friends we are trying something new. For the first time ever, we are thrilled to offer a special San Francisco Shuttle package (see details below)!

WHAT: Summer issue release party
WHEN: Saturday, August 24th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Francis Coppola Winery


General Admission: The cost is $20 per person ($15 for Wine Family and All-Story subscribers*) and includes food & wine pairings and the Summer edition of the magazine.
SF Shuttle Package**: The cost is $50 per person ($45 for Wine Family and subscribers*) and includes luxury shuttle service to and from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, one Sofia Mini, food & wine pairings, and the Summer edition of the magazine. Shuttle departs from Cafe Zoetrope in North Beach at 4 pm, and departs from the winery at 10 pm.
*Zoetrope: All-Story subscribers can request their discount code by emailing us at info@all-story.com.
**This special shuttle
service relies on customer demand. In the event that we do not have the minimum number of passengers, those who have purchased this package will be notified by Thursday, August 22, and will be refunded the entire ticket price.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Who, me??

Recently I was invited to participate in a mini-retreat in San Francisco led by Christopher DeLorenzo of Laguna Writers. My first reaction was "but I'm not a writer!" Fortunately, I am getting wiser as I get older and I've been learning to not take that voice too seriously. So I screwed up my courage and signed up, telling myself not to worry. Chris reassured me that it would be fun. And it was!

Chris creates a very safe environment in which to share, or not share, one's writing. He plans these retreats thoughtfully and makes everyone feel very looked-after. He breaks the day-long workshops up into short bursts of writing-sessions that are introduced with prompts, some of which are very playful and intentionally thought-provoking. For instance, the workshop I attended had a theme of Writing from the Senses. We were encouraged to use descriptive language rich with sensory details.  To stimulate our senses Chris led us in some clever and creative exercises--using the sense of touch to explore items he had placed in bags for us to pass around the group. For engaging our sense of smell he had us pass around little film canisters in which he'd placed various items for us to sample with our noses. I smiled later to learn that one scent I couldn't identify (I noted "something to do with school") was actually crayons! We used our personal responses, a memory recalled or a place conjured up, to prompt our next piece of writing.

I was so in awe of the other writers. The imaginative worlds they were able to create in ten or twenty minutes was astounding. I was really able to see, or rather hear, the craft within the writing. For me it was amazing. But then I am not a writer. I have a new appreciation for the devotion and labor involved in the process. And the joy!

In spite of my initial hesitancy, and my aforementioned awe, I managed to read aloud almost all of my pieces. Chris uses the Amherst Writers and Artist method that insists on positive feedback only. Absolutely no criticism.This really helped me feel brave enough to share my work. I had forgotten how much I enjoy writing, not having approached it creatively since high school (the occasional limerick and haiku not withstanding).

I am very glad that I attended. I don't know if I'll become a regular in one of Chris's other groups but I can honestly say that Bay Area writers are fortunate to have such a wonderfully supportive resource available to them.

I will leave you with a poem by Natalie Goldberg that Chris read to us at the start of our retreat:

"We are important and our lives are important, magnificent really, and their details are worthy of being recorded. This is how writers must think, this is how we must sit down with pen in hand. We were here; we were human beings, this is how we lived. Let it be known, the earth passed before us. Our details are important." 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

East Bay Event this Saturday

The Berkeley branch of the California Writer's Club is holding a Picnic, Poetry & LitCake gathering this Saturday July 20th from 1-4pm in the lovely Joaquin Miller Park, in Oakland.

In addition to the much-anticipated good food n’ fun (Literary Cake-Decorating Contest!) there will be an open mic for writers who wish to share a sample of their writing.

CWC WILL PROVIDE: Hamburgers and all the fixin’s, plates, napkins, tableware, etc.
YOU BRING: Side dish, appetizer, salad, or dessert to share, plus drinks for you and your guests.
NOTE: In keeping with the spirit of Our Founder, alcoholic beverages are permitted. Please imbibe responsibly.

The event is primarily for members of the Berkeley chapter but if you are interesting in attending please contact Linda Brown as there is still space available. 

For more detailed info check out the homepage of the Berkeley chapter.

Monday, July 8, 2013


UPCOMING EVENT FOR LOCAL WRITERS

BAY AREA INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION

SATURDAY JULY 13TH in San Rafael*, 9am-12pm

 

Topic - Traditional vs. Indie Publishing


I am a BAIPA member and am so impressed with the generosity of the members, who freely share their wealth of knowledge with one-another, navigating the complicated waters of self-publishing. In addition to the excellent presentation, the morning Q&A session beforehand is a wonderful opportunity to learn and share your own experiences with getting your work out into the world.

The guest presenter this month will be author Lee Foster: 

"One possible part of the strategy for independent publishing, from my perspective, is that you might want to get your book content up on your website, for all to see, so that you benefit from ads (potentially) and more people might buy your print or ebook product.
 

However, another benefit of a website presentation of your book is that editors may see your work and may want to license it or commission you for parallel work. This has just happened to me again. I have the 30 chapters of my recent book Northern California Travel: The Best Options up on my website at http://www.fostertravel.com/category/norcal/.
*Join us at the San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro Street in San Rafael, Saturday, July 13, 2013."



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MARIN POETS

Just found this handy calendar on the Marin Poetry Center website. Lots of great opportunities to listen to your friends and/or fellow poets read their works throughout the county. The next event will be Thursday June 20, 07:00pm at the always fun Rebound Bookstore in San Rafael.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Local Lit Event in Sausalito 

 

Why There Are Words

Why There Are Words Reading June 13: Transition

Ch-ch-ch-changes, make that Transition. That’s our theme for June 13. What will remain the same at Why There Are Words is the quality of the readers. Join us for the following writers and authors reading from their works. Doors open at 7 pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10. You’ll want extra cash for books and booze.
Melanie Abrams
Melanie Abrams
Melanie Abrams is the author of the novel Playing. She teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley and received her MFA from UNC Greensboro. Her novel has been translated in Italian, French, German, and Hebrew.
Jon Boilard
Jon Boilard
Jon Boilard was born and raised in Western Massachussetts. He has been living in Northern California since 1986. More than 50 of his short stories have been published in literary journals in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. A River Closely Watched is his first novel, which has been shortlisted for the Northern California Book Award.  
Seth Harwood
Seth Harwood
Seth Harwood’s new novel In Broad Daylight (Thomas & Mercer) features a new character for him, FBI agent Jess Harding. In the novel, she chases a vicious serial killer’s bloody trail across the summer planes and white nights of Alaska. He has also published three other crime novels—Young JuniusThis Is Life, and the bestselling Jack Wakes Up – as well as a collection of stories, A Long Way from Disney. He holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches creative writing at Stanford and CCSF. Serialized versions of his work as free audio podcasts have been downloaded over one million times via iTunes, Podiobooks and at his website.
Jen Michalski
Jen Michalski
Jen Michalski is the author of the novel The Tide King (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), the short story collections From Here (Aqueous Books 2013) and Close Encounters (So New 2007), and a collection of novellas, Could You Be With Her Now 2013). She is the founding editor of the literary quarterly jmww, a co-host of The 510 Readings, and also is the editor of the anthology City Sages: Baltimore, which Baltimore Magazine called a “Best of Baltimore” in 2010. She lives in Baltimore and tweets here.
Andrea Pitzer
Andrea Pitzer
Andrea Pitzer is the author of The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov (Pegasus Books, 2013). She founded and edited Nieman Storyboard, the narrative nonfiction site of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Her writing has appeared in many places, from Slate and USA Today to McSweeney’s and Poet Lore. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children.
Vicente R. Viray
Vicente R. Viray
Vicente R. Viray’s writing has appeared in the Greensboro Review, California Northern, Stymie: A Journal of Sport & Literature, Chelsea Station, Tattoo Highway, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco. He lives in San Francisco with his partner Paul and is currently working on a short story collection.
Jon Wells
Jon Wells
Jon Wells is a designer, writer, and filmmaker living in Mill Valley. In his life he has been a soldier, a Marine, a mountaineer, a rock climber, a white water kayaker and a sailor. His film, At the Epicenter of the Epidemic, concerning the HIV/AIDS crisis in Honduras was accepted at the Tiburon International Film Festival. He is an alum of the Squaw Valley Community of writers. He Died All Day Long is his first novel.
Rob Yardumian
Rob Yardumian
Rob Yardumian received his MFA from Warren Wilson College in 1997. The Sound of Songs Across the Water is his first novel. His short fiction has been published in The Southern Review, The New Orleans Review, The Antioch Review, The Madison Review, Sycamore Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, and Porcupine Literary Arts. Before receiving his MFA, Rob spent ten years in the music business, including stints as director of marketing for a record label and creative director for a publishing company. Currently, he lives in Portland, OR.
Mariah K. Young
Mariah K. Young
Mariah K. Young was born in San Leandro, and spent her childhood in the East Bay and in Lahaina, Hawai’i. She graduated with an English degree from California State University East Bay, where she won the inaugural RV Williams fiction prize. Her first short story collection, Masha’allah and Other Stories, received the James D. Houston Award in 2012, honoring books by writers whose voices reflect humane values and a thoughtful literary exploration of California, Hawai’i, and the West. Mariah currently lives and teaches writing in Los Angeles, and is hard at work on a novel.
Why There Are Words celebrated its third year in January 2013, takes place every second Thursday of the month, and is the brainchild of curator Peg Alford Pursell.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Can't attend Book Expo America in NYC next weekend?

You can check it out here:
http://new.livestream.com/BookExpoAmerica/Stage1

Lots of great authors, hot topics, guest speakers.

Friday, May 17, 2013

THIS IS SO ENCOURAGING!

This is a must-read for fiction writers everywhere.  This article appeared in the WSJ last month. Technology is creating new opportunities for publication.




Monday, May 13, 2013

Bay Area Event NEXT WEEKEND!!


The San Francisco Book Festival is holding a FREE and open to the public daytime book fair and publishing seminar on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
The seminar is focused on developments in the fast-changing world of independent and mainstream book publishing, and anyone with an interest in the field is urged to attend. Authors and publishers will be exhibiting their works and we will have special readings scheduled throughout the day.


http://www.sanfranciscobookfestival.com/day_festival.html

Friday, May 10, 2013

I love reading good news from the publishing world!

And I found some in the latest issue of Poets & Writers, about the e-revolution of the novella. These stories, that can't really be called short but are not really book-length, can be particularly challenging to get published. Running up against that word-count limit can be so disheartening when you think you've found the perfect home for a story. So I was eager to read this article.

First I learned about Byliner.com, a subscription reading service that "showcases a curated collection of narrative fiction and nonfiction from published writers." Bookmarked that one for my previously-published client. Then I read about Nouvella, an indie start-up that is forging a new path to publication for emerging writers of longer works of fiction. Getting these novella-length works published can be particularly challenging and I was excited to learn about it and immediately submitted work to them for one of my clients.  No fee! I also found a helpful list of the journals they like to peruse when scouting for new writing talent. Found a few new ones in that list (for me anyway) and ended up on the Submit page--click!

Reading further in P&W I learned that the Seattle Review publishes only long poems and novellas. And the venerable Ploughshares introduced their Solos program last year, creating a space for submissions that are too long for their print journal, and making them available as e-books.

So all you not-so-short-story writers take heart. And keep writing!

Friday, May 3, 2013

  Upcoming local author event

 I attended this reading for the first time last month and found it to be very inspiring, lively and well-run. Seats get filled fast so get there early!

Why There Are Words Reading May 9: New

"There are always new words to be heard, to inspire, amaze, and move you at Why There Are Words, and this event will be no exception. Doors open at 7 pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10. Bring extra cash for books and booze."

Louise Aronson

Louise Aronson is the author of A History of the Present Illness, linked stories which take readers into the lives of diverse doctors, patients, and their families, providing an intimate portrait of health and illness in modern life. Her writing has appeared in literary and medical journals and the lay press, including the Bellevue Literary Review, Northwest Review, Fourteen Hills, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the New York Times. She has won the Sonora Review Prize, the New Millennium Short Fiction Award, multiple writer’s residency fellowships, and three Pushcart nominations. A geriatrician, medical educator, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), she is also the founding director of UCSF Medical Humanities and the field of Public Medical Writing, which provides clinicians and scientists with the craft skills to advocate, educate, and bear witness to key experiences and issues in medicine. Find her on twitter @louisearonson.
Cheryl Dumesnil


Winner of the 2008 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, Cheryl Dumesnil is the author of the memoir Love Song for Baby X and the poetry collection In Praise of Falling. She edited Hitched! Wedding Stories from San Francisco City Hall and co-edited, with Kim Addonizio, Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos. She’s a regular contributor to Huffington Post.


Josh FarrarJosh Farrar is the author of the middle-grade novels, Rules to Rock By and A Song for Bijou. He started writing fiction after spending ten years at companies like LeapFrog and Scholastic, where he designed and produced software that helped kids become better readers. His first love was music, which is probably why music has played such a prominent role in his fiction. (Rules, about the formation of a middle-school rock band, featured an original soundtrack; and Bijou features enough Haitian drumming that it could be sold with a volume knob). He has played in bands, composed music for plays and films, and when he’s not reading or writing, he usually has a stringed instrument in his hands. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he lives with his family in Brooklyn.
Paul Mihas


Paul Mihas has taught creative writing in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina for over ten years, including classes at the continuing education departments of Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the recipient of the 2008 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the 2008 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Mihas is a Greek American and often writes about the blending of cultures in the U.S. His fiction has been published in Prairie Schooner, Best of the West, Nimrod International Journal, Pindeldyboz, Talking River, and Northwoods Anthology.



Brian Sousa
Brian Sousa‘s debut collection of stories Almost Gone has been described as “doing for Portuguese immigrants from Southern New England what Stuart Dybek did for the Polish of Chicago,” by Jeff Parker, author of Ovenman. He has published poetry and prose in various journals and anthologies, including Verdad, Newfound, Quiddity, Redivider, and others. His fiction is also featured in the Rutgers University Press anthology of Luso-American Literature, 2011. In 2007, he was awarded a fellowship by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and in 2011, he was a finalist for the Dzanc Books International Literary Award, and winner of a scholarship to the Dzanc Books International Literary Program in Portugal. He holds an MFA from Emerson College, is an editor for the music and culture website Mule Variations, and teaches writing at Boston College. He also plays guitar in the indie-rockband Ocean*Transfer.


Melanie Thorne

Melanie Thorne is the author of Hand Me Down, a debut novel in the tradition of Dorothy Allison and Janet Fitch that Publisher’s Weekly deemed “an intriguing first outing by a talented new writer.” A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012 and a 2013 YALSA Alex Award nominee, Hand Me Down has been widely praised by media, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Daily Candy, and received a “compelling” 3.5/4 stars from People. Melanie earned her MA in Creative Writing from the University of CA, Davis, and has been awarded the Alva Englund Fellowship, the Maurice Prize in Fiction, and a residency at the Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat. She lives in Northern California with her fiancĂ©, and is currently at work on her second novel.


Nancy Zafris

Nancy Zafris is the series editor for the Flannery O’Connor award for short fiction. Before that she was the fiction editor of The Kenyon Review for nine years. This month, April 2013, she has released a new collection of short stories, The Home Jar(Switchgrass Books/NIU Press.) Her first collection of short stories, The People I Know, won the Flannery O’Connor award as well as the Ohioana Library Association award. Her two novels are The Metal Shredders, a New York Times notable book, and Lucky Strike, a BookSense notable. She is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants and has taught at many universities, including Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic as a Fulbright Fellow. Each June she teaches at the Kenyon Review Adult Summer Workshop, where she is also Associate Director.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

While looking around at Melville House I came across this interesting piece about the publishing industry and agent attitudes towards their authors:

An agent’s manifesto

by

Over on The Bookseller‘s blog, a big-name UK agent, Jonny Geller, has put together an ‘agent’s manifesto’, to redress the current problems in the publishing industry. It reads:
» 
The author is the expert. Why assume that the one person who has spent the past 12-18 months on the subject, the story and the world of their work, knows least about how they should be represented to the trade and to the reader?
» 
The author is not an object which a publisher has to step over in order to achieve a successful publication. If they have a problem with the cover, blurb, copy or format, then something isn’t right.
» 
The author loves bookshops. Bookshops need to learn how to love authors again. We need to bring them back together.
» 
We publishing professionals are the ones who bear the risk—agents with time; publishers with investment; retailers with space. Authors risk only their whole life, self-esteem and their babies.
» 
Publishers need to understand that “Author Care” is not a euphemism for “Care in the Community”. Authors who are valued, understood, appreciated, included, nurtured and spoken to like an adult will experience a phenomenon called Trust. Trust breeds loyalty; loyalty means longevity; longevity means sales.
» 
Authors will endeavour to understand better what a publisher does—e-books are not created after two minutes of scanning and ticking a series of boxes on Amazon’s self-publishing program.
It’s always worthwhile to remind ourselves to value authors, who after all provide not only the material that fuels the publishing industry but the art that gives life value, but some of these points seem a little off the mark to me. For example, in my experience independent booksellers are among the hardest working champions of authors there are. Nobody needs to teach them how to love authors again. Anyone else have any comments on this list?
Ellie Robins is an editor at Melville House. Previously, she was managing editor of Hesperus Press.

Monday, April 29, 2013


A Mill Valley Library event for local writers

Naked Truth

Naked Truth real. stories. live.
The Library’s previous storytelling evenings garnered such a positive response that we have decided to create a true storytelling series called Naked Truth. On the first Friday of February, June and October, we will transform the library into a venue for seasoned raconteurs as well as storytelling novices to showcase the human experience. Each guest will tell a ten-minute true story based on a theme, without the benefit of notes.
Check out our youtube channel to see some of the stories.

TELL YOUR STORY
The Library is always looking for guest storytellers for Naked Truth. Those interested in telling a 10-minute true story at an upcoming event are invited to call the Library's dedicated voicemail, 415-389-4292, ext. 4746, or upload a video to YouTube and then send a link of the video to cbrancoli@cityofmillvalley.org.

Last updated: 4/22/2013 3:27:37 PM

Monday, April 22, 2013

Local event for book lovers!

The Altered Book Show currently being held at Marin MOCA in Novato through May 25th.
It's dazzling and delightful and not to be missed!
Here are the specifics:

This popular event showcases the work of 150 Bay Area artists who re-imagine, re-construct and re-work discarded books to produce a highly entertaining and remarkably varied exhibition. “Visitors are so amazed by the inventive ways artists are able to transform these old books into something fresh,” says Heidi LaGrasta, Executive Director of MarinMOCA. “It's a wonderful opportunity to experience the rich diversity of technique and subject matter that these hundreds of different book artists bring to the exhibition. All 150 “book art objects’ are offered in a silent auction running from April 20 through May 25 at MarinMOCA. 

On May 25, MarinMOCA will host a Closing Reception and live auction party from 5 to 7:30 pm.



































Tuesday, April 16, 2013

On Saturday I attended my first meeting of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association and I'm so glad I did! These friendly and dedicated writers have a wealth of knowledge to share and the atmosphere is supportive, relaxed and welcoming. I highly recommend checking them out if you are considering self-publishing your work.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Of local interest for poets and their fans:

As a fitting tie-in to National Library Week and National Poetry Month, the Marin County Free Library is launching a new monthly television series in partnership with the Marin Poetry Center, and in collaboration with Community Media Center of Marin.
Marin Poets Live! is presented by Marin County Free Library, and features host Neshama Franklin, who works at the Fairfax Branch Library.  The show introduces local Marin poets, and delves into their reasons for writing and the influence that living in Marin has had on their poetry.  Neshama is a devoted and deep reader of poetry, and spends time eliciting background from each poet, as well as offering her insights into the poems that each guest reads aloud.  The first show will air Thursday, April 11 at 7:30pm on public Comcast channel 26 and ATT channel 99.  The monthly show will appear the second Thursday of each month.
“There’s nothing like hearing a poem straight from the poet’s mouth and heart,” says Neshama.   “In person, as viewers will discover, poetry out loud can sing!”
The show’s first guest is Jackie Kudler, a member of the Marin Poetry Center and a founding member of Sixteen Rivers Press.
The funding for this project was generated by a benefit poetry reading that Kay Ryan, twice Poet Laureate, generously did for MCFL.  Marin Poets Live! advances MCFL’s goal of promoting local poetry and expanding the visibility of local poets .  Current funding of the project is accomplished in partnership with Marin County Library Foundation.  Archived episodes of the show will be available for viewing at the library’s website, www.marinlibrary.org.  A special page will include the episode, a biography of the poet, and links to books held in the library’s collection.
For more information about this program, and other Marin County Free Library programs, visit www.marinlibrary.org, or email info@marinlibrary.org.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

UPCOMING LOCAL EVENT: Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents the following award-winning writers reading from their works on the theme “Edge” on April 11, 2013 (during the “cruelest month.”) Get down to Studio 333, in Sausalito, where you can mix memory and desire, breed lilacs out of the dead land, etc. Doors open at 7 pm & we begin at 7:15. $10. Bring extra cash for books and booze.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Take note of this timely info regarding Narrative Magazine: Open Reading Periods: "During the first two weeks of April, we do not require a reading fee for general submissions made specifically to the Open Reading category via our submissions page. However, manuscripts submitted during this period are not eligible for the Narrative Prize."

Friday, March 29, 2013

“For it would seem - her case proved it - that we write, not with the fingers, but with the whole person. The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver.”
Virginia Woolf, Orlando

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