Squaw Valley Community of Writers benefit 6/22 @ Crocker; International Poetry Series kicks off in June; Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference open for applications; For the ladies: Write By the Lake

Friends, Writers and Readers: Summer’s heating up! Sounds like a good time to think about getting away to do some writing…perhaps to the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in summer (support poetry scholarships by attending the June 22 benefit reading), or maybe to the Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference in fall? Or, if you’re a lady writer, consider taking a trip up the hill with Jennifer Basye Sander to Write By The Lake (in which yours truly has had the pleasure of participating in the past). Wherever you go to get away, you know you’ll be in fine writing company!


Also, be sure to check out the lovely International Poetry Series offered by Sacramento Poetry Center this summer at North Natomas Library.







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Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry Benefit 2012

Friday, June 22 7:00pm @ Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

On Friday, June 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Kazim Ali, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, Claudia Rankine, and C.D. Wright will read their poetry in Setzer Auditorium of the Crocker Museum in Sacramento (216 “O” Street). This benefit reading will raise money for the Poetry Scholarship Fund at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

This year marks the event’s 21st anniversary and its second year in Sacramento. All proceeds will benefit the Poetry Workshop Scholarship Fund, enabling talented writers to attend the week-long poetry writing workshop held each year in Squaw Valley, California. It is the goal of this program to support both established and emerging writers of talent who would benefit from working with their peers at the Poetry Week at Squaw Valley.

Books donated by the poets and their publishers will be available for purchase (cash or check only) before and after the reading. The poets will be available to sign books after the reading.

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DETAILS: The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 “O” Street in Sacramento. This venue is wheelchair accessible. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is unassigned.


Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for students (with current student ID). Group discounts are available. Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call: 877-537-8073 or email squawpoet@ureach.com.




International Poetry Tour Series

SPC Summer Events at the North Natomas Library



Hosts Emmanuel Sigauke and Frank Graham


Saturdays 4-5pm


6/23   Samuel Iniguez



6/30   Burlee Vang



7/7     The International Poet in You

A Workshop with Emanuel Sigauke


7/14   Bastille Day Poetry Celebration

Joanna Biggar reads

Open Mic in French


7/21    Domains of Poetry:

The Poetry International Web

and the New Landscape of

Poetry Presentation.

Lecture by Emmanuel Sigauke


7/28    Spanish Language Poets

William O’Daly

Betty Sanchez




Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference: A Rural Setting for Serious Writing


September 13–16, 2012; Modoc County, Cedarville, CA


Sponsored by Modoc Forum


Set aside time and get ready for the sixth annual Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference, set between the Warner and Hayes mountain ranges, in one of the most beautiful and fascinating landscapes in California. “No group or organization provides a better, more genial forum for literary creativity than Modoc Forum. No ifs, ands, or buts….” This year’s faculty includes William O’Daly (poetry), Anita Barrows (translation), Ray A. March (nonfiction)*, and Kirby Wilkins (fiction).  One more poet will soon be added to the faculty roster, to provide a supportive, rewarding experience for experienced writers and novices alike, at this conference that renowned novelist William Kittredge describes as “the next Fishtrap.” For faculty bios and detailed information, please visit:






Modoc Forum


P.O. Box 126


Cedarville, CA 96104


530.279.2099 (voice)


530.279.2006 (fax)





Write By the Lake with Jennifer Basye Sander, June 26-28, 2012


check out http://writebythelake.blogspot.com/ for open dates, full details and how to register


A Room of One’s Own in Tahoe
Women’s Writing Retreat Weekend at Lake Tahoe with the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published

“A room of one’s own,” Virginia Woolf once famously suggested, is what a woman needs to get any writing done. Alas, even if you have a writing room in your house, the rest of your house is still there to interrupt you when you sit down to focus your creativity… Wait! Did you remember to start the dishwasher this morning? Better get up and check. Oh, is that the doorbell? Look, a neighbor has arrived to chat. And did you ever return those phone calls from yesterday? Better do it now before you forget. Finally, a moment arrives when you can get back to your thoughts and really dig in… my, but how the time has flown and now you’ll need to get dinner started.

Sound familiar? Instead, why not spend the weekend in Lake Tahoe in a quiet room at “Write By the Lake” with other women writers, lots of wine, and wonderful food? I’ll be there too – Jennifer Sander, of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published and some fifty other titles. A former Random House editor and long time book packager and publishing consultant, I’m happy to build a cozy fire and chat all night long about the trials and tribulations of the publishing world.

Other than drinking wine, what else happens on a Women’s Writing Retreat Weekend? The schedule looks like this:

Friday: Arrive late afternoon for introductions, socializing, and weekend goal setting. Dinner will be served at 7:30

Saturday: Breakfast before 9, private writing from 9 until 12. Lunch break and a short walk to the lake, afternoon writing time from 1:30-5. Dinner at 7:30.

Sunday: Breakfast before 9, writing from 9 until 12. Lunch break, another bit of leg stretching, another round of goal setting, and then writing all afternoon until it is time to head back down the hill.

$295 fee includes all: a private room and all meals and drinks. I hold this small event a few times a year at our South Lake Tahoe house, with a maximum of three writers each time. This is your chance to get started on a new project, finish up an old one, or just sit quietly and let your thoughts and creativity surprise you. Let me know if you are interested, I’d love to see you there!

Jennifer Basye Sander, co-author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published, founder, Write By The Lake, A Writers’ and Publishers’ Retreat.
Sounds perfect for you? The spots fill up quickly, reserve now at basyesander@yahoo.com or call 916-847-9090.

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