Barbara Swift Brauer’s work has appeared in Nimrod, West Marin Review, The MacGuffin, Spillway, California Quarterly, and Banabe Mountain Review, as well as anthologies, including The Place That Inhabits Us. Her full-length poetry collection, At Ease in the Borrowed World (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2013). She lives in San Geronimo, California.
Nina Lindsay is the author of two collections of poetry, Because (2016) and Today’s Special Dish (2007), both from Sixteen Rivers Press. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, and has been awarded the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. She lives in Oakland, and works for the Oakland Public Library.
Dave Seter is a civil engineer and poet. Born in Chicago, he now lives in Petaluma. His poetry and critical work recently appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and Confluence. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and is pursuing his Masters in Humanities at Dominican University.
Emcee: Terry Ehret
Jeanne Lupton writes mostly tanka and memoir these days. She co-hosts Frank Bette Center for the Arts Monthly Poets' Corner in Alameda, and leads a memoir writing group at North Berkeley Senior Center. Jeanne is happy to be reading at the Petaluma Poetry Walk.
Ed Mycue-Born Niagara Falls, NY
Damage Within Community (1973), Panjandrum, San Francisco, CA Root Route Range Song Returns (1979), Paper Castle, Melbourne, Australia Singing Man Father Gave Me (1980), Menard Press, London, England, Mindwalking (2008), Philos Press, Seattle, WA, I Am Fact Not Fiction (2009), e-chapbook Wordrunner, Song Of San Francisco (2012), Spectacular Diseases, Peterborough, Cambs. England
Cathryn Shea completed a degree in English Literature and subsequently has earned a living from writing for most of her adult life. Cathryn’s poetry has recently appeared in Dirty Chai, Gargoyle, Gravel, Main Street Rag, Permafrost, Rust + Moth, and elsewhere. Cathryn’s chapbook, "Snap Bean," was released in 2014 by CC.Marimbo. She was a merit finalist for the Atlanta Review 2013 International Poetry Competition. Cathryn is included in the 2012 anthology “Open to Interpretation: Intimate Landscape.” Cathryn served as Editor for Marin Poetry Center Anthology. She lives in Fairfax, CA. See cathrynshea.com and @cathy_shea on Twitter.
Emcee: Sande Anfang
Duane Big Eagle is an Osage Indian from Oklahoma. He has a B.A. Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and has been writing and publishing poetry since the mid 1970s. He has taught creative writing since 1976 with the California Poets in the Schools program and teaches Native American Studies at the college level. He has won several awards for his work including the 1993 W. A. Gerbode Poetry Award. He is also a traditional American Indian singer and Osage Southern Straight dancer.
Kevin Gunn is the current Poet Laureate of Livermore. He has continued to curate the Ravenswood Poetry Series. He is working with grammar school students and giving workshops in local schools. He also started a Teen Poet of the Month contest program . He has been published in Song of the San Joaquin, California Quarterly , Chiron Review and many local publications. Kevin’s chapbook “Hey Yard Duty, Johnny Said the F Word” was released in May of 2016. The collection is a compilation of poems throughout forty years of teaching.
Connie Post served as Poet Laureate of Livermore, California (2005 to 2009). Her work has appeared in Calyx, Kalliope, Cold Mountain Review, Crab Creek Review, Comstock Review, Slipstream, The Big Muddy, The Pedestal Magazine, Spoon River Poetry Review & Valparaiso Poetry Review. She won the 2009 Caesura Poetry Award & the Dirty Napkin Cover Prize. Her chapbook “And When the Sun Drops” won the Aurorean Fall 2012 Editors Choice Award. Her First full length collection Floodwater was released in January 2014 by Glass Lyre Press. Floodwater” won the Lyrebird Award in 2014.
Ms. Noris Binet, visual artist, poet and author, is a native of the Dominican Republic, a graduate of the University of Guadalajara in Mexico and presently lives in Sonoma, California.
While living in Nashville, TN she founded the non-profit organization, Women on the Inner Journey and published a book based on her work: Women on the Inner Journey (Black & White Women Building a Bridge). Selections of Binet’s poems have been published in Where the Heart Is: A Celebration of Home, Journal of Sacred Feminine Wisdom, Common Boundary, The Wild Heart and Women on the Inner Journey.
Juanita J. Martin is Fairfield’s first poet laureate. She’s also a freelance writer, and performance artist. Her poetry book The Lighthouse Beckons was accepted into the Solano County Library. Martin’s next volume of poems, Quiet Intensity, is due out in 2016. She’s published in Blue Collar Review, SoMa Literary Review, and others. Juanita is active in Ina Coolbrith Circle, Redwood Writers, and Benicia First Tuesday Poets. She often reads for the Beat Poetry Festival and 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Juanita has been a featured reader with Healdsburg Literary Guild, Petaluma Poetry Walk 2007, and Berkeley Poetry Festival.
Daniel Michael McKenzie: Perhaps, 'Veni, vidi, Vici' or 'Lupus non mordent lumpum' would be the probable apropos as I'm not much for extolling my character and accomplishment. Suffice it to say I'm a potter, a writer of epics, and a maker of sweet words concerning the journalistic observations of existence. Anything else I keep to myself as I prefer to advance on living and in the 'Now' with my eyes walking on everything. Bios are like a poet explaining his or hers poem for five minutes for a one minute poem. Being raised Indian I'm not concerned with self-perpetuation. The old Tibetan monk once said to me long ago, "Ah, you understand Impermanence..."
Emcee: Carl Macki
Widely translated, Al Young is the author of twenty-five books. These include The Blues Don’t Change, Heaven, The Sound of Dreams Remembered, Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons, Something About the Blues; and other novels and essay collections. Appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Young served as California’s poet laureate from 2005 through 2008. Other honors include NEA, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Fellowship; and the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Award. Currently, as Distinguished Professor in the MFA in Writing Program at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, Young lectures on imaginative writing and creativity. Forthcoming books: "22 Moon Poems," "October Variations," and "Love Offline."
A.D. Winans is an award winning native San Francisco poet and writer. He is the author of over sixty books of poetry and prose. Honors include a PEN National Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in literature, a PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award and a Kathy Acker award in Poetry and Publishing.
He was friends with the late Beat icons Charles Bukowski, Bob Kaufman, Jack Micheline and Harold Norse. Winans edited and published the legendary Second Coming Magazine/Press. He appears in the Bob Kaufman documentary, "When I Die I Will Not Stay Dead," that was screened at the recent San Francisco Internatinal Film Festival.
Emcee: Gwynn O'Gara
Geri Digiorno is the Founder and Director of the Petaluma Poetry Walk going into its 21st 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 coordinated the Poetry & Music Series at the Redwood Cafe, Cotati. She is working on a new poetry book called "Bartalk."
Rebecca Foust’s most recent book, Paradise Drive, won the 2015 Press 53 Poetry Award and was widely reviewed in the Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Hudson Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Review of Books and elsewhere. Recognitions include the 2015 American Literary Review Award for Fiction, the 2015 James Hearst Poetry Prize, the 2014 Constance Rook Creative Nonfiction Award, and Fellowships from the Frost Place, MacDowell Colony, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, and the West Chester Poetry Conference. Foust is the Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change and an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine and Why There are Words Press.
Mike Tuggle was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has been a resident of Sonoma County since 1983. He has published five books of poetry, including the most recent, The Motioning In, and New & Selected, and served as Sonoma County Poet Laureate for 2008-2009. He lives in Cazadero with his cats.
Emcee: Phyllis Meshulam
Iris Jamahl Dunkle is the current Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA. Her second poetry book, There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air, is about the untold history of Sonoma County, CA, and was published in November 2015 by Word Tech Editions. Her debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, was selected by Ross Gay to win the 2012 Trio Award and was published by Trio House Press in 2013. Her third collection, "Interrupted Geographies," will be published in 2017. Her poetry, essays and creative non-fiction have been published widely in numerous publications including Fence, Calyx, Catamaran, Poet's Market 2013, JMWW, and Chicago Quarterly Review. Her essay, "Yellow Dahlias" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently co-writing a new biography on Jack London's wife, Charmian Kittredge London. Dunkle teaches writing and literature at Napa Valley College. She is on the staff of the Napa Valley Writers conference and currently resides with her family in Northern California.
Iris will be reading with student poets of Sonoma County history.
Emcee: John Johnson
J. R. Brady is an award-winning playwright and poet. Her work has been produced/published in the U.S., United Kingdom and Europe. In 2012 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. J. R. has performed at numerous venues including the 1996 Edinburgh Theatre Fringe Festival. A collection of her work, The Space Between, was published by Beatitude Press in 2010, and a second collection, Persona, by Naiad in 2014. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA from 2013-2016. She is co-founder of Media Poetry Studio, a poetry-and-film camp for teen girls. She is the author of Wild Place (Finishing Line Press 2012) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (PushPen Press 2014). Her poems, reviews and articles appear widely, both on-line and in print. Erica works as a poet-teacher and Development Director for California Poets in the Schools. Please visit her at: www.ericagoss.com.
Leah Lubin is an author and artist. Born in Haifa, Israel in 1951, she moved to England when she was six years old. By the time she was 14, Leah knew that she wanted to be an artist; and at the age of 17, she enrolled in the Barnet College of Art, part of the London University system. She moved to the United States in 1979, and became an American citizen in 1986. Leah now makes her home in California.
Karen Melander Magoon has been creating poetry and songs since she was two. She was published in the Seattle newspapers in grade school and also in Seventeen Magazine and won the Bank of America Fine Arts Award for Northern California. Karen sang major opera roles in Europe for two decades, returning to the states to certify for import the Bordeaux vinifera Carmenere. Her mini-operas for voice and piano have been staged and performed throughout the states. She is a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, received her Doctor of Ministry from SFTS, Graduate Theological Union, and Masters in Counseling, Boston University.
Susan Weinstein first published at the age of eight in Aunt Elsie's column of the Oakland Tribune. She has written through the years and participates as part of Sonoma County Writing Practice. Susan plays harp and piano both professionally and for her own enjoyment. She works full time for the County of Sonoma as a health inspector, which provides fodder for poetry. She dreams of retirement when she will be able to pursue her many interests.
Emcee: David Madgalene