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Dear Coastside Poetry Community,

Thank you to everyone who came out for our June poetry event! We had a great evening listening to Andrena Zawinski and Magdalena Montagne and as always, heard some fine words shared during the open mic. Thanks again for continuing a wonderful season.

We will convene again on Tuesday, July 10th 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 short break and poetry open mic follow, (sign-up sheet at the coffee bar): 10 poets have 5 minutes each to read or recite – no music, please. We wrap up by about 9:00.

The proprietor of Café Society, Harpo Marx, will again keep food and drink available for us during the evening. As always, we’re grateful to him and his excellent staff for opening their space to us. For July’s reading, we have yet another great pair of features: Oakland poet Brian Tierney and Petaluma’s Sandra Anfang. (Sande was a Half Moon Bay resident for thirty years before her move up north.) 

Brian Tierney is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University, and a graduate of the Bennington College MFA Writing Seminars. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming in: Kenyon Review, AGNI, New EnglandReview, Best New Poets, Boston Review, and others. In 2013, he was named among Narrative Magazine‘s “30 Below 30” emerging writers, and is the 2018 winner of the George Bogin Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. He lives in north Oakland, and teaches poetry at The Writing Salon.

Sandra Anfang is a Northern California teacher, poet, and visual artist. She is the author of four poetry collections and several chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Poetalk, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Rattle, and Spillway. Her chapbook, Looking Glass Heart, was published by Finishing Line Press in early 2016. Road Worrier, her new chapbook, is out now. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Sandra is founder and host of the monthly poetry series, Rivertown Poets, in Petaluma, and a California Poet/Teacher in the Schools. 

We look forward to seeing you then! 

Best, Diane Moomey and Steve Long

In other Coastside Poetry news:

We’re pleased to announce that our very own Diane Moomey was featured on the YouTube series, Central Coast Poetry Shows with host Jim Russo. Each episode is a half-hour long and features interviews followed by the poets reading their original work. It’s a great program that does a fine job of capturing some of the areas finest poets.

Congratulations, Diane!