Local writers at Litquake/LitCrawl; Peter Orner Master Teacher Workshop; Living Library at Time Tested Books; Valona Deli Second Sunday Poetry; Crossroads Poetry Series at Center for Contemporary Art; call for submissions: Christmas Romance

Dear Writers, Readers and Friends,

The month of October brings us so many literary opportunities in our community—think of it as an early Thanksgiving for your imagination!

I hope to see you at one or more of these fine events. Cheers,



Valerie Fioravanti and other lovely writers

October 10th at Litquake San Francisco
Makeout Room @ 7PM

Stories by six authors on the theme of suspicious circumstances. More info here.



FICTION WRITERS: Two Spaces Left in Peter Orner Master Teacher Workshop




This note from Connie Post re: LitCrawl at Litquake:

Dear Friends,

Many of you may already know about Lit Crawl. It’s a fantastic annual event!  I am very pleased to e reading with Becky Foust, Michelle Bitting and Andy Jones on October 13th.

See below for more about the reading:

The following is a direct link to our reading:


and by downloading the map (links below),  you will see there is a MYRIAD of many other wonderful literary events. It is an avalanche of poetry activity and fun.

Kind of like a “Woodstock” for Poetry.

Not Your Planet: Lit Crawl 2012 Poetry Reading About Autism

Litquake, http://litquake.org/ , San Francisco’s 13th Annual Literary Festival, last year featured 848 authors over nine days. The culminating event is Lit Crawl, http://litcrawl.org/sf/about/ on Saturday, 10/13 from 6:00-9:30 pm. Taking place in three phases over three hours, Lit Crawl hosts live readings of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and more in bookstores, bars, art galleries, restaurants, stores, cafes, Laundromats, and community spaces. The complete schedule will be posted soon at http://litcrawl.org/sf, and printed schedules will be distributed the night of Lit Crawl. All readings are free and open to the public (some venues 21-and-over only). During this event, the streets are thronged with people en route to or from and talking about readings.


Our reading features four poets reading about their experience as parents of people with ADD, and we also hope to have at least one guest reader who is on the spectrum. We are also hoping to provide space for materials from various organizations that offer support services to autists and their families.

Date: Saturday, October 13, in Phase I (6-7 pm)

Venue:  The Woman’s Building (ADA compliant) Audre Lorde Room, 3543 18th Street, between Valencia and GuerreroSan Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 431-1180, http://www.womensbuilding.org/twb/


Michelle Bitting, an award winning poet, teacher and author of the collections Good Friday Kiss and Notes To The Beloved, lives in Los Angeles.

 Rebecca Foust’s recent books include All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song, God, Seed, Dark Card, and a new manuscript shortlisted for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize.

 Dr. Andy Jones is a poet, MC, UC Davis professor, and radio talk show host, and more. Andy’s most recent poetry book is Split Stock.

 Connie Post is Poet Laureate Emerita of Livermore, California. Her work has appeared in Calyx, Slipstream, and Pirene’s Fountain. She won the 2009 Caesura Poetry Award.


Time Tested Books

This Thursday, October 11th, 7:00pm
Bruce Holbert’s Lonesome Animals

Time Tested Books is proud to present a reading and book signing with Bruce Holbert on Thursday, October 11th, at 7:00pm. Bruce’s stunning debut novel Lonesome Animals has been receiving very strong praise from very high places–and with very good reason! The book completely reinvents the Western Novel, the Crime Novel and the Noir Novel, and presents the world through one of the most darkly memorable antiheroes in literary memory: Russell Strawl, aging ex-lawman and ruthless killer, hired by three counties to track down and reckon with a macabre serial murderer. The time and place is depression-era Washington State, where the nihilism and lawlessness of the frontier still hang in the air and echo in the memories of the living–but the language and the insights into nature and the human animal are better described in such terms as harrowing, astonishing, breathtaking…. Rarely has such dark and frightening material been rendered so beautifully. The book is a masterpiece and Bruce’s appearance at TTB is not to be missed!

Lonesome Animals is currently in stock at TTB.

The event is on Thursday, October 11th, at 7:00pm, and is FREE and open to the public.




SUNDAY  October 14th   4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

1323 Pomona Street Crockett, Ca

(see attached flyer)
Hosted by Connie Post


Our Featured Poets for  October 2012 are:


Camille Norton and Yvonne Postelle



Camille Norton is the author of Corruption, a National Poetry Series winner published by Harper Perennial in 2005. Her poem, “The Prison Diary of Bartlett Yancey Malone,” appears in The Best American Poetry 2010, edited by Amy Gerstler. She was co-editor, with Lou Robinson, of Resurgent: New Writing by Women (University of Illinois, 1992), an anthology of experimental writing by women working in film, art, and narrative. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, The Colorado Review, Feminist Studies, The Georgia Review, The Greensboro Review, and Tiferet, among others. Her honors and awards include The Grolier Prize in Poetry and a NEA fellowship at The MacDowell Colony. She has been awarded poetry residencies at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ragdale Foundation, The Ucross Foundation, Hedgebrook, Saint Mary’s College, Maryland, and Red Cinder. She is Professor of English at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.


Yvonne Postelle has published two books of poetry: Sonnets for Sarah’s Daughters in 1999 and After Beauty in 2011. She was born in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma, grew up in California’s Central Valley, majored in English Literature and minored in Art at Cal Berkeley.  She has published fiction, non-fiction and poetry in publications such as The Occident, The North American Review, Cosmopolitan, Rattle, The Journal of Somatics, White Pelican Review, Marin Poetry Center Anthologies and Parallel Verses.  (After Beauty was written in the two years following the death of her late husband, Jack Peary, in 2009. She lives in San Rafael near hiking trails and open space.)



Additional Notes about the Valona Deli Poetry Series

I will no longer be doing the “Take one Leave One” lending library. Instead I will be doing a raffle at the end of the reading where 2 attendees will receive a free poetry book of some kind!

OPEN MIC notes: “One of the best open mics in the Bay Area!”

The time limit is one page, 2 minutes or less! Those who are the first 30 to sign up for open mic are guaranteed a spot, after 30, please do sign up, however it will be as time allows


Remember to stay for the wonderful Terry Henry Trio  Jazz at 6 p.m.!

Please contact me with questions



at the center for contemporary art, sacramento:

Crossroads Poetry Series

Gourdine and Hohlwein

October 20 / 3:00pm


The Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento is proud to present Crossroads, a free Saturday afternoon reading series featuring distinctive poetic voices, hosted by Trina Drotar and Sandy Thomas. The series isdedicated to enriching the interplay between literary and visual artists. Additional readings will be on November 17 and December 15.

Laura Hohlwein is painter, poet and professor of Art and Creative

Writing at The Art Institute of California – Sacramento. She holds an MFA in New

Media from Transart Institute in Austria and an MFA in Creative Writing from

Vermont College. She has been exhibiting since 1991 in California, New York and

Europe and has been published in numerous literary magazines including Poetry

Miscellany, Green Mountains Review and The Eleventh Muse, which nominated her

for the Pushcart Prize. Ms. Hohlwein was the recipient of two teaching grants from

the California Arts Council for her work with prison inmates and a Sacramento

Metropolitan Arts grant for video poetry. She was recently Artist-in-Residence at

The Ban_ Center for the Arts and earlier was awarded a three-month painting

fellowship at The Vermont Studio Center. Ms. Hohlwein currently serves as Art

Director and Videographer for The Readers of Homer, a non-pro_t international

literary event group that has produced audience-participation readings at The

Library of Alexandria, The 92nd Street Y and The Getty Museum in Malibu.


Traci Gourdine’s poetry and stories have been published in numerous literary magazines, and she has been anthologized within Shepard and Thomas’ Sudden Fiction Continued (Norton Publishing)._ Traci and Quincy Troupe were paired in a year long exchange of letters for the anthology Letters to Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics, and Community (Saturnalia Books)._ She is co-editor of Night is Gone, Day is Still Coming (Candlewick Press), an anthology of writing by young Native writers, as well as We Beg to Di_er, poems by Sacramento poets against the war._ She has also co-edited the Tule Review with Luke Breit for the Sacramento Poetry Center._ Traci Gourdine is a professor of English at American River College and chairs the Creative Writing department for the California State Summer School for the Arts._ She was Chair of the Sacramento Poet Laureate Committee for four laureate terms.__ For

ten years she facilitated writing workshops within several California state prisons in the Arts in Corrections program for the William James Association._ She is a professor of English at American River College in Sacramento.


Funded in part by the Sacramento

Cultural Arts Award Program of the

Sacramento Community Metropolitan

Arts Commission with support from

the City and County of Sacramento.

center for contemporary art, sacramento

1519 19th Street

Sacramento, CA 95811

916.498.9811 / www.ccasac.org




From: Jennifer Basye Sander, local writer/editor/publisher

Subject: Call for Stories — Christmas Romance
Hey all. I am hoping you have stories for me, or can send this on to other writers and writers’ groups to get the word out. Thanks. I know the money is tiny, but hey, seems like everything is these days…
Call for Submissions – “A Kiss Under the Mistletoe”
Christmas is such a romantic time. Music fills the pine-scented air everywhere you go, hearts swell at the thought of a holiday with a loved one, and many a proposal has been made under a beautifully decorated tree. Do you have a true life story of love and romance that takes place around the holidays?

I am compiling another anthology for the non-fiction arm of Harlequin and am on the lookout for writers and stories. If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $25 and a copy of the book. You will retain the copyright for your story, as well as the right to resell it.

Feel free to run your ideas by me or submit stories you might already have. Stories should be between 750-2,000 words. Deadline is December 15th, and the book will be published in time for next Christmas. Jennifer Basye Sander, basyesander@yahoo.com, 916-847-9090.


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