Dear Coastside Poetry Community,

Thank you to everyone who came out for our May poetry event! We had a great evening listening to James Cagney andBruce Bagnell 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, June 12thth at Café Society (522 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, 94019). Doors open at6:30 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 June’s reading, we have yet another great pair of features: San Francisco poet Andrena Zawinski and Santa Cruz’s Magdalena Montagne

Andrena Zawinski, born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, has made her home in Alameda, CA since 2000. Her latest poetry collection, Landings, is from Kelsay Books (Hemet, CA). She has published two previous full collections of poetry: Something About (Blue Light Press, San Francisco, CA), a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award recipient, and Traveling in Reflected Light (Pig Iron Press, Youngstown, OH), a Kenneth Patchen competition winner. She founded and runs the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poetry Salon and is Features Editor at PoetryMagazine.com.

Magdalena Montagne has read her work for the Central Coast Poetry Show; at Poet/Speak at the Santa Cruz Library;Flor y canto and In Celebration of the Muse at Cabrillo Collegeat the Community Reading Series at the Porter Library;and at publication celebrations for Porter Gulch Review. Her poetry has been published in several local literary journals including the Porter Gulch Review, Monterey Poetry Review and California Poets in the Schools statewide anthologies.  Her first book, Earth, My Witness, will be published next year by Many Names Press.

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!