The 17th Annual
Petaluma Poetry Walk 2012

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September 16, 2012

Venues and Poet Bios

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Viva Cocolat 10 Petaluma Blvd. N -- 16 Rivers Press: Judy Halebsky, Jackie Kudler; and Donna Emerson Eleven AM 

Judy Halebsky's book of poems, Sky=Empty, won the New Issues Prize and was a finalist for the California Book Award. The MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and the Japanese Ministry of Culture have supported her work. She lives in San Francisco and teaches at Dominican University of California.

Jackie Kudler is a poet and educator who lives in Sausalito. Her first collection of poetry, The Sacred Precinct, was published in 2004. For many years she wrote hiking columns with her sister, Arlene Stark, that appeared in the Pacific Sun. A collection of their hikes, Walking from Inn to Inn, was published in 1986. The Marin Poetry Center awarded her its first Calliope Award for Lifetime Achievement in June, 2010. She helped to found North Bay School in 1971, and taught language arts there until 1982. She has taught writing and literature at the College of Marin since 1985. She is a cofounder of Sixteen Rivers Press.

Donna Emerson’s recent publications include the New Ohio Review, Sanskrit, The Place That Inhabit Us, Poems of the Bay Area Watershed, The Paterson Literary Review, Praxis, and Eclipse. She won the Tiny Lights Flash competition, 2010. Her chapbooks include This Water, 2007, Body Rhymes (Finishing Line Press, 2009), nominated for the California Book Award, and Wild Mercy (Finishing Line Press, 2011). She lives in Petaluma, California with her husband and daughter.

Riverfront Art Gallery 132 Petaluma Blvd. N -- Ron Salisbury, David Beckman, Bill Vartnaw Noon

Ron Salisbury is a writer who has integrated his poetry with his business life for decades. Now, three wives deep, four children long, and assorted careers past, he continues to study, publish and write in San Diego. Publications include: San Diego Poetry Annual 2010-11, and 2011-12; Learning House Journal; etc.

David Beckman¹s chapbook, Language Factory of the Mind," was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. His poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies; recently in Spillway and Ambush Review. He's taken workshops with David St. John and is a 2012 nominee for the Pushcart Poetry Prize.

Bill Vartnaw is currently Sonoma County Poet Laureate. He is the publisher of Taurean Horn Press, an independent poetry press, & author of In Concern: for Angels & Suburbs of my Childhood (2009, Beatitude Press).

Apple Box 224 B St. -- Nancy Keane, Godelieve Uyttenhove, Geri Digiorno, Susan Browne 1:00 pm

Geri Digiorno is founder and director of the Petaluma Poetry Walk going into its 17th year. She was Poet Laureate of Sonoma county (2006-2007). Recent books are White Lipstick (Red Hen Press, 2005) and Rosetta Mary (dPress, 2007). Digiorno coordinates the Poetry & Music Series at the Redwood Cafe, Cotati. She is working on a new poetry book called "BARTALK."

Nancy Keane is a Publisher, Poet and Artist. Keane has run Poetry At The 33 [3300 Club] reading venue since 1990 in San Francisco. She is the author of several chapbooks, including "Symmetrical Reflections." Also Publisher and Editor of "The 33 Review."

Susan Browne is the author of two collections of poetry. Buddha’s Dogs won the Four Way Books Intro Prize, and her second collection, Zephyr, won the Editor’s Prize at Steel Toe Books. She teaches at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. She also teaches poetry workshops online:

Godelieve Uyttenhove grew up in Belgium and moved to California in 1973, where she became a librarian. She has been a member of a Petaluma poetry writing group since 1985, when she lived in Tomales.She has translated Dorianne Laux' first book of poems Awake into French as well as two works of Henry Bauchau, a Belgian author, into English: Diotime et les Lions, a novella, and The Black Regiment, a novel about the Civil War. She has two children. She is currently working as a librarian for the Lake County Library, Oregon.

Apple Box 224 B St. -- Avotcja and QR Hand 2:00 pm

Avotcja is a poet/playwright & multi-instrumentalist who has played with music & literary stars too numerous to list. She is a teacher, popular Bay Area DJ and an ASCAP recording artist. She is the author of With Every Step I Take, which contains both poetry & prose, (2012, Taurean Horn Press).

Q. R. Hand, Jr., originally published in 1968 classic, Black Fire, an anthology of African-American writing, edited by Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) and Larry Neal, which has recently been reproduced by Black Classics Press, is the author of three poetry books; the latest is whose really blues, new & selected poems (Taurean Horn Press).

Copperfield's 40 Kentucky St. -- Maria Mazziotti Gillan and A. D. Winans 3:00 pm

A.D. Winans is a native San Francisco poet. He edited and published Second Coming for seventeen years. In 2002 a song poem of his was performed at Alice Tully Hall, In 2006 he won a PEN National Award for excellence in literature. In 2009 he was presented with a PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). She is Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, and Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY. She has published fourteen books of poetry and is co-editor of four anthologies.

Phoenix Theatre 201 Washington St. -- Clara Hsu, Jack and Adele Foley (with music, David Wong) 4:00 pm

Jack Foley's radio show, "Cover to Cover," is heard on KPFA every Wednesday at 3; his column, "Foley's Books," appears online in Alsop Review. He's written 18 books, including a history of California poetry. Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Berkeley Poetry Festival, June 5, 2010 was proclaimed "Jack Foley Day."

Adelle Foley is a retirement administrator, an arts activist, and a writer of haiku. Her column, “High Street Neighborhood News,” appears monthly in The MacArthur Metro. Her poems have appeared in magazines, textbooks, and Columbia University Press’s internet database, the Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry. Along the Bloodline is her first book-length collection.

Clara Hsu's first book of poems, Mystique, received honorable mention at the 2010 San Francisco Book Festival. Her recent publications appear in the Tower Journal and New Millennium Writings. Clara hosts a monthly salon at her home and co-hosts the San Francisco Poetry Open Mike Podcast TV Show with John Rhodes.

David Wong brings his passion for the ancient traditions of China to every note he plays on both guqin and guzheng. Studying music, arts, and pursuing his graduate studies with masters both here and abroad in China, he actively teaches, lectures, and performs around the San Francisco bay area, always enthusiastic to share all that he has learned and showcase the deep-rooted traditions and music of China.

Graffiti 101 2nd St. -- Alan Kaufman and Jennie Orvino 5:00 pm

Alan Kaufman is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Jew Boy, the novel Matches; editor of several Outlaw anthologies: The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and The Outlaw Bible of American Essaysand a book of poetry, Who Are We?. He is the award-winning . His work has appeared in various magazines and newspapers; as well as in many Web 'zines, including Tattoo Jew, of which he is the editor. A former editor of Jewish Frontier, he is the founder and editor of the controversial magazine Davka: Jewish Cultural Revolution. He lives in San Francisco.

His latest book, Drunken Angel (Viva Editions), is the story of his fractious journey from alcohol-laden dissolution to joyous recovery; and his role in the ascending spoken word movement, for which he has been truly honored. His book of poetry, Who Are We? explores his search for identity in the American landscape, echoing Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce and French surrealism. For a more complete description of his other books, magazines, anthologies, articles and poems, visit his publisher at: Viva

Jennie Orvino is the author of Poetry, Politics and Passion, a collection of poems, personal essays, and a memoir of the late 1960s. Her spoken word CD, "Make Love Not War" (2002), explores the body erotic and the body politic in collaboration with some of the Bay Area's finest musicians. Her poems have been published at,, in Redwood Coast Review, Present at the Creation, Petaluma Poetry Walk 10-Year Anthology, West County Reader, Squaw Valley Writers Anthology, Cloud View Poets, North Bay Progressive, Eclipse, The Dickens, Poets Against War, Burning Bush Publications, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Sacramento News and Review, From Porn to Poetry, and Good Vibrations’ Sex Toy Tales. In April, 2012, she was one of 10 women honored at the 6th Street Playhouse Women in the Arts Showcase. Jennie's website is at:

Aqus Cafe 189 H St. -- Smooth Toad Band: G.P.Skratz, Bob Ernst, and Hal Hughes; Sarah Baker, Jonah Raskin, Timothy Williams with the Poetry Rhyme Band 6:00 pm

Smooth Toad G. P. Skratz: vocals, guitar. Hal Hughes: vocals, fiddle, guitar. Bob Ernst: vocals, blues harp, percussion. Andy Dinsmoor: Toad Emeritus, vocals, lead guitar. Pamela Stone Singer. Smooth Toad is a new acoustic band of grizzled veterans of three art forms--music, poetry & theater. Their repertoire ranges from such traditional classics as “Mole In The Ground” & “The Parting Glass” to their own twisted tunes.

Jonah Raskin is the author of six poetry chapbooks, including most recently, Rock 'n' Roll Women: Portraits of a Generation, published by McCaa books. He is the author of the award-winning study of Allen Ginsberg's epic poem "Howl," entitled American Scream and books about organic farming, Jack London, and Northern California writers and their work.

Sarah Baker is a singer, songwriter, musician & educator. Among her published work, “Ernest J. Gaines and the Literary Spiritual,” Perspectives of Music and Literature,  Anthology of Essays: Michael Meyer, Editor (Rodapi Press, 2002). Her discography includes "Go Back to Your Used-To-Be" (Jessie Mae Hemphill) (Millenium Records, 2006) & "The Lonely Sky," a cd of original compositions (Firenze/Venus Records, 1996).

Timothy Williams (reading with the Poetry Rhyme Band -- Don Connolly, drums) is a guitarist, poet, and publisher of Jaxon's Press in Santa Rosa. A native of northern California, he prepares taxes when he's not writing poetry and stories - and playing baseball.