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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
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


Cover to Cover

Tuesdays at 10:30 AM

KPFA 94.1

Poets Society (back to in person)



Second Tuesday Poetry  

SECOND Tuesday monthly
formerly at the Barking Dog

940 – 11th Street
7 to 9 pm
Feature(s) plus open mike
host: Stella Beratlis

You can find the reading at this Zoom link:
You can sign up for the Open Mic here:


This month featuring Gary Thomas and Ian Miller

For details and to RSVP for this reading, visit



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



First Tuesday Poetry Group  
7 pm – 9pm sharp

Benicia Public Library
151 East L Street
contact: Mary Susan Gast,

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

for Zoom info check:



Poetry Book Club

First Wednesday each month

Contact for info & Link

Napa Valley Writers (back to in person)


Alameda Island Poets
First Wednesdays,

7-9 pm

contact Cathy Dana:



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 by the Bay


9 pm - 10:30 pm

Hosted by Jeremy Snyder:
Everyone is welcome!
or check


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
hosted by Fred Dodsworth, Jori Rillera (

Email Jori to sign up,

or Jannie Dresser at

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
3 to 5 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


Lucille Lang Day 

will be our featured speaker at the September 17 Poets’ Dinner Contest Winners’ Reading.

DATE: Saturday, September 17

TIME: Log-in at 1:45 pm

SPEAKER and READING to begin at 2:00 pm

Please contact Deborah Schmidt ( who will be our Zoom hostess. 

 Winners.  If you have won, please e-mail a copy of your poem with your RSVP to Deborah so she can share it during your reading.

Please let her know her know by 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16 if you are coming with your screen name and e-mail address. She will send you the Zoom invitation Saturday morning and also admit you.

Please feel free to share this information with others; they will need to register in advance also.


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

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

Evie Groch ( will be our

Zoom hostess.

For the April 23rd meeting of the ICC, we invite you to select one of Shakespeare’s sonnets and prepare to recite it with a brief explanation of why you chose it.
The first
ten poets to respond with their interest to recite a sonnet will be scheduled to do so. We also ask you to provide the sonnet so we may display it as you recite it. Please use a legible, large font for ease of reading. (contact Evie at )

The first 15 poets to respond with an interest to read at the open mic should also let me know of their intent. It is recommended that they also send me a copy of a sonnet

they chose or wrote themselves. One sonnet per poet only, please.

The deadline for submitting both sonnets is April 22, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. Remember, this is a first come, first serve sign-up.
Deborah Schmidt will be sending out the zoom link for the April 22
nd meeting the morning of April 23rd and will be co- hosting the meeting with Evie Groch. Please let Evie Groch know if you will be attending with or without reading at the 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