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Mondays:

 

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


formerly at HQ Gallery

333 First Street, Suite D

Benicia

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

lois@requist.com

 

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 aqus.com/online – Choose Weekly Poetry Open Mic.)


To sign up to read go to : https://aqus.com/rivertownpoets/

And here’s the quick link to the zoom room: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879

 

TUESDAYS:

Coastside Poetry
2nd Tuesdays, 6-8 pm
email dianeleemoomey@costsidepoetry.org for info

 

Cover to Cover

Tuesdays at 10:30 AM

KPFA 94.1


Poets Society (back to in person)

 

First Tuesday Poetry Group  
FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH
7 pm – 9pm sharp

Benicia Public Library
151 East L Street
BENICIA
contact: Mary Susan Gast, poetlaureatebenicia@gmail.com


-The Benicia group puts out a beautiful anthology every few years.


for Zoom info check:

https://benicialibrary.org/events/first-tuesday-poetry-group-1

 

 

Second Tuesday Poetry online 

SECOND Tuesday monthly online
formerly at the Barking Dog


7 to 9 pm
Feature(s) plus open mike
host: Stella Beratlis

 

Featuring Brad Buchanan & Susan Cohen

RSVP for Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkc-uopzIiE9CmsJAOxm1JzNtUdnMXYXqN

 

Open  Mic Signup:  https://forms.gle/d51j2WqGmBrzrTLT9. 3 minutes per reader, please. 

For details on these wonderful poets, please visit:
https://www.mostpoetry.org/event/jan2023stp/

 

 

 

Rattlecast

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

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAYS:

Poetry Book Club

First Wednesday each month

Contact kherma@gmail.com for info & Link


Napa Valley Writers (back to in person)

 

Alameda Island Poets
First Wednesdays,

7-9 pm

contact Cathy Dana: cathydana@gmail.com

 

THURSDAYS:


OZCAT Poetry (also live most months)
Fourth Thursdays

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

mullet.laura@gmail.com OR skipperwicky@gmail.com. )

 

MUST BE MASKED AND VAXXED

ART BEAT airs every Thursday at 10:30 AM

 

Poetry by the Bay (returning early next year)

every THURSDAY

9 pm - 10:30 pm

The zoom link stays the same each week. It is
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81888607048
 
If you need a reminder RSVP to the event on the Poetry by the Bay Facebook
page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PoetryByTheBay/events/
 
Poetry by the Bay is the longest running poetry open mic based in Vallejo,
California. Founded on August 14, 2008 by Kyrah Ayers.

Hosted by Jeremy Snyder: vpoetlaureate@gmail.com
Everyone is welcome!

 

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

contact: kmonroe77@msn.com for more info & link

 

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

blake@snakelyone.com

 

Alameda Island Poets Workshop
Second Thursdays every month

7 to 9 PM

contact Cathy Dana at cathydana@gmail.com

 

 

FRIDAYS:

 

Benicia Writer’s Salon (hybrid)
First & Third Friday each Month
2-4pm/

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: https://zoom.us/j/95750050409
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:
jw.inkwell@gmail.com

 

Panda Poetry
Join a fun community of poets writing every Friday at 3 pm
hosted by Fred Dodsworth, Jori Rillera (slangirl@aol.com)

Email Jori to sign up, the group is open to those with a password only

or Jannie Dresser at janniedres@att.net


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

 

Saturdays:
 
Bay Area Poets Coalition
First Saturday of the month in person
Second Saturday is on Zoom
3 to 5 pm
25 open mic slots (3-4 min)

 email bapc.poetalk@gmail.com to sign up for open

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

rowepoet@yahoo.com

Ina Coolbrith Circle
SEPT TO MAY ONLY

Our Third Program For the Year is November 19th

Note:  date change because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

A Zoom Meeting With Introduction By

Gayle Eleanor

Hosted by Deborah Schmidt

Our Guest Speaker Is Evie Groch

Who Will Read From Her New Book

Half the Hurricanes

In Half the Hurricanes, award-winning poet Evie Groch takes the reader on a journey into the joys, sorrows, and mysteries of life on this good green earth. Written with wit and wisdom, these poems display her love of language and explore deep themes of travel, immigration justice and nature.
https:///www.amazon.com/Half-Hurricanes-Poems-Evie-Groch/dp/1939030102

Evie Groch, Ed.D. is a Vice-President of the Ina Coolbrith Circle, and a Field Supervisor/Mentor for new administrators in Graduate Schools of Education.  Her opinion pieces, humor, poems, short stories, and memoir vignettes, along with other articles, have been published in the New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Contra Costa Times, in anthologies and on many online venues. The themes of travel, language, immigration, and justice are special for her since she herself is an immigrant who speaks several languages.

After the Feature Presentation

Deborah Schmidt will Curate an Open Mic

Please send a copy of the poem you wish to read to Deborah at deborahbschmidt@gmail.com.  She will post your poem while you read during the Open Mic.

For ICC Members

(Instructions for the zoom meeting participation will soon be provided.)

 

 

generally Third Saturdays, with exceptions

Featured speaker plus member read-around, refreshments afterwards; 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 www.coolpoetry.org

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

 

SUNDAYS:

 

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

https://youtube.comcPoetryGlobalNetwork