To the Poets of the Bay Area,

Welcome to Coastside Poetry, where once a month we dedicate an entire evening to spoken-word poetry. Thank you to everyone who came out last week to hear Kathleen McClung and Tanu Wakefield – what a magical evening that was!

Please join us again on Tuesday, February 12th 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. After a short break, 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.

The proprietor, Harpo Marx, will again make food and beverages available all evening. For February’s reading, we’ll welcome Bay Area poet and translator Joel Katz, and a voice new to our poetry world, Heather Folsom.

Joel Katz has worked in Silicon Valley as a business software specialist. His poems have appeared in various literary journals, including Sand Hill Review, The Montserrat Review, West Wind Review, Disquieting Muses Quarterly, Spillway and Red Wheelbarrow. His chapbook Away was published by Mayapple Press in 2008. Together with colleague Robert Perry, Joel has translated poems by the contemporary Dutch poets Ingmar Heytze and Saskia Stehouwer in the  bilingual book iets anders | something else (Dutch Poet Press, July 2017). A translated volume of Saskia Stehouwer’s recent ecopoetry volume Free-range will be published in April 2019 (Dutch Poet Press).

Heather E. Folsom is a poet, gardener, and works in the tech industry. Her first published poem came out in Modern Haiku, October 2018. Heather says: “I write poetry on purpose and by accident. I focus on the intersection of time and place, and I care a lot about precision. When a poem goes well, it comes close to capturing the detail and clarity of a still life painting. This thing, at this moment, viewed from this angle, by these people – and why it matters. I also write a lot about work. The human interactions that happen in offices, the communities we build up at work and how they function – that’s fascinating to me, and I think somewhat untapped from a poetic perspective.” intrepidephemera.com


We look forward to seeing you then! 

Best, Diane Moomey and Steve Long