David Beckman

Aside from occasional public poetry readings, Santa Rosa poet and playwright David Beckman, former New York professional actor and retired advertising writer, has been a relatively quiet presence in the community since he settled here in 2003.

But some of his neighbors took notice when his play, “Becoming Walt Whitman,” a drama about a more famous poet, ran for a month at the 6th Street Playhouse Studio Theater in 2010.

Now Beckman is coming out with a new book of his own poetry, “Language Factory of the Mind,” published by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Ky.

He’s starting to get more attention in other ways, too.

“I’ve been nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Poetry Prize, as a result of a poem in the Marin Poetry Anthology,” Beckman said.

If you’d like a closer look at your poetic neighbor, he’ll be at a poetry reading at 7 p.m. March 3 at SoCo Coffee in Santa Rosa with poets Ed Coletti, Chris Giovacchini and David Madgalene.

Information: 527-6434, sococoffeesr.com.