Katherine Hastings named Sonoma County Poet Laureate

Katherine Hastings, to be proclaimed Sonoma County’s new poet laureate by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, will be honored at a public reception at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. Hastings is the founder of her own [...]

By | January 6th, 2014|1 Comment

Sonoma County seeks its next poet laureate

Petaluma native Bill Vartnaw, a lifelong writer and one-time San Francisco cab driver, is finishing his two-year term as Sonoma County's seventh poet laureate. The time has come to pick a successor, and nominations are open now. The job description is simple enough: Promote poetry in general and [...]

By | October 4th, 2013|0 Comments

100 Thousand Poets for Change returns Sept. 27-29 to Santa Rosa

In 2011, Guerneville poet and web site editor Michael Rothenberg came up with the idea of staging poetry readings all over world on the same day, coordinated via the Internet. He called the project “100 Thousand Poets for Change.” While the idea grew that first year to include [...]

By | September 18th, 2013|0 Comments

Artist, poet and jazz star Oliver Lake performs June 29 in Healdsburg

Healdsburg Jazz presents Oliver Lake, poet, painter and and musician, in two performances, and 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts. Lake will play flute and saxophone solos and recite his poetry. His artwork is part of the current exhibit at [...]

By | June 18th, 2013|0 Comments

Poet Dana Gioia to speak in Sebastopol

The WordTemple Poetry Series will present Swedish poet, novelist and literary historian Kjell Espmark, and Dana Gioia, Sonoma County poet and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, in a reading Saturday, April 13, in Sebastopol. The program starts at 7 p.m. at the Sebastopol Center [...]

By | April 10th, 2013|0 Comments

Santa Rosa celebrates ‘100 Thousand Poets for Change’

Last year, Guerneville poet and web site editor Michael Rothenberg had an idea. He wanted to use the Web to instigate a loose aggregation of poetry readings all over the world, all devoted to fostering peace and protecting the planet. That idea became the first “100 Thousand Poets [...]

By | September 24th, 2012|0 Comments

Ferlinghetti art and poetry show in Sonoma

Best known as a Beat era poet and co-founder of San Francisco’s City Lights book store and publishing company, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 93, is also a lifelong artist. The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art opens "Cross Pollination," an exhibit of his writings, paintings and graphic works, on Saturday, June [...]

By | June 20th, 2012|0 Comments

Student poets recite and read at French Garden

Think poetry is tired old stuff from centuries past, repeated only by aged professors? Here’s something fresh. Young students, from second grade through high school, will recite great poetry, and read their own work aloud, at “Voices of Youth,” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at [...]

By | April 18th, 2012|0 Comments

Santa Rosa poet comes out with a new book

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 [...]

By | February 10th, 2012|0 Comments

Bill Vartnaw named Sonoma County Poet Laureate

Petaluma native Bill Vartnaw has been named Sonoma Couty's seventh poet laureate, and will be honored at 3 p.m.  Jan. 29 at the county's Santa Rosa Central Library, Third and B Streets. Vartnaw has been writing poetry for more than 35 years. He founded Taurean Horn Press in 1974, and [...]

By | November 23rd, 2011|0 Comments