To the Poets of the Bay Area,

Hello again from Coastside Poetry in Half Moon Bay, a monthly reading series dedicated to spoken-word poetry. Our summer break is nearly over, and in about a month we’ll get together for the first reading of our 2019-2020 season—thanks so much to all of you who’ve made this such a special event.

We will be reconvening on Tuesday, October 8th at Café Society (522 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, 94019). Doors open at 6:30 P.M., and the features begin at 7:00 P.M. A poetry open mic will begin around 8:00 P.M. This will feature 10 poets who have 5 minutes each to speak their work – no music, please. A signup sheet will be available at the coffee bar. As usual, beverages and light fare will be available all evening.

For this upcoming reading, we’ll welcome Bay Area poets Eileen Malone and Lee Rossi.

Eileen Malone has published her poetry in over 500 literary journals and publications and been nominated for Pushcarts four times. Her award winning chapbook Letters with Taloned Claws was published by Poets Corner Press (Sacramento) and book I Should Have Given Them Water by Ragged Sky Press (Princeton) and most recently It Could Be Me, Although Unsure by Kelsay Books. She founded and directs the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, and is a voting member of the Northern California Book Reviewers Awards. She has worked with the California Poets in the Schools Program and taught a local bay area community colleges.

Lee Rossi is a winner of the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Steve Kowit Prize. His latest book is Darwin’s Garden, from Moon Tide Press. Recent poems appear in The Southwest Review,Rattle, Spillway, The Chiron Review and The Southern Review. He is a member of the Northern California Book Reviewers and a Contributing Editor to Poetry Flash.

We look forward to seeing you then!

Best, Diane Moomey and Steve Long