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Writers Helping Writers
Third Monday each month
7-9 pm
presented by Benicia Literary Arts

formerly at HQ Gallery

333 First Street, Suite D


Free for members, $10 non-members
Contact: Lois Requist


Amuse-ing Mondays (Rivertown Poets)
First and Third Mondays monthly

6:15 PM host: Sandra Anfang
Open mic is 3 minutes per person
•(Sign up in advance for open mic at – Choose Weekly Poetry Open Mic.)

To sign up to read go to :

And here’s the quick link to the zoom room:



Coastside Poetry
2nd Tuesdays, 6-8 pm
email for info

(RSVP to join the Zoom)




Cover to Cover

Tuesdays at 10:30 AM

KPFA 94.1

2nd Tuesday Reading

live this month





every Tuesday

streams live on their YouTube, Facebook, Twitter & Periscope pages

also a podcast on iTunes & Soundcloud

reading & casual discussion with a poet from a recent issue

leave questions for our guest in the chat window

writing prompts at the end of each episode







Faithful Fools

both live & Zoom every second Wednesday

234 Hyde St, SF


Sacred Grounds

every week, 7-10 pm

the longest-running poetry Open Mic event in San Francisco. They are now on Zoom'sWeeklyNews.htm


Poetry Book Club

First Wednesday each month

Contact for info & Link


Alameda Island Poets
First Wednesdays,

7-9 pm

contact Cathy Dana:


Fairfield Zoom Poetry Workshop

I am pleased to share this information about a monthly Zoom poetry "workgroup." 
Fairfield poet Karen Trollinger is host to this once a month meeting for those interested in having your poems heard by peers and responses/suggestions made about that poem.
Karen says suggestions must be kind and helpful as the intention of this group is to craft poetry, not have them graded.
The group meets the last Wednesday of each month at 7pm via Zoom.
Be prepared with one poem you want to share.
Here is the link:
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 851 1392 1700
Passcode: cEAe95
Please contact Karen for any questions.



Brentwood Open Mic

Second Thursdays at 6:30

Host: Kati Short

sign up to receive the Zoom link:

OZCAT Poetry (also live most months)
Fourth Thursdays

10:30 at 89.5 FM
(record your poem & an intro
and send via email to: OR )



ART BEAT airs every Thursday at 10:30 AM


Poetry with a Purpose
Second Thursday each month
7 to 8:30 PM
Respectfully discuss the message behind a poem

contact: for more info & link


Point Arena Poetry
Third Thursdays 7 pm
email the host for zoom details


Alameda Island Poets Workshop
Second Thursdays every month

7 to 9 PM

contact Cathy Dana at





Benicia Writer’s Salon (hybrid)
First & Third Friday each Month

Edna Clyne Room/Benicia Public Library

Bring a piece of writing to share and receive positive feedback.

Poetry or very short prose (600 words max)
Zoom link:
We also spend 20 minutes writing to a prompt. Everyone is welcome!


Benicia Writer’s Workshop
Second and Fourth Friday each month
2-4 pm

This is a critique workshop for writers who have longer pieces and want some feedback.

You may read up to 15 minutes and hear critique for another 15. Listeners welcome.
contact Jim White for a Zoom link:


Panda Poetry
Join a fun community of poets writing every Friday at 3 pm

 We are a generative group not critique, rotate giving 2 prompts and then writing together for 10 to 15 minutes with a final read around.
hosted by Fred Dodsworth


Rattle—Critique of the Week

Fridays at 5 pm Eastern Time

gather round your screens & workshop poems together!

streams live on Rattle's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter & Periscope pages

Poets are chosen to have their work critiqued in a random drawing each month

Tune in to find out how


Bay Area Poets Coalition
First Saturday of the month in person
Second Saturday is on Zoom
1 to 2:30 pm
25 open mic slots (3-4 min)

 email to sign up for open

Listeners welcome
Zoom link emailed a week before
Host: John Rowe

Ina Coolbrith Circle

This year: 3-23, 4-27, 5-18

generally Third Saturdays, with exceptions

Featured speaker plus member read-around, (refreshments afterwards when in person); two contests yearly, and an anthology called "The Gathering" every other year. Members' publications are added to a collection in the state library. For lots of info, visit

Poets are limited to one poem, one page in length, during meetings.

Our Seventh Zoom Meeting of the 2023-24 Program Year 

Is March 23, 2024, at 2pm

Hosted By Evie Groch

Featured Reader: Robert Eastwood

"The Melodies of Amy Clampitt––A Precursor & Successor"


Robert Eastwood has published three chapbooks and four books: Snare (Broadstone Press, 2016). Romer (Etruscan Press, 2017), Locus/Loci (Main Street Rag, 2019), and Cantata Angeleno (Broadstone Press, 2021). He is widely published in journals, both online and in print, and many anthologies. He has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize (Yes, as David Alpaugh would point out, but you haven't won). He is a former vice-president of the Ina Coolbrith Circle, and currently serves on the Executive Board and maintains the organization's website ( He also serves on the poetry staff of The MacGuffin Reader, and is a coordinator for the Poets' Society writing group. He is a graduate of C.S.U.L.A. and the Secondary Teaching Program at Saint Mary’s College. Before teaching high school and becoming a poet he worked for over three decades as a manager in the telecommunications industry.

Robert's presentation will be followed by an open mic.




Poetry on Sundays  
Quarterly meetings

Sundays at 2 pm

Carnegie Arts Center
250 N. Broadway
Turlock (209)632-5761
A function of the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center
(free but donations accepted)
(I will post links as they become available)


Rattle—Poets Respond Live

Every Sunday at 12 Pm Eastern

streams live on Rattle's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter & Periscope pages

open mic with poems about current events

call in through Skype or by phone

Poets' Lighthouse

Weekly YouTube show with Tricia de Jesus-Gutierrez

Every Sunday