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Greetings from us here at Coastside Poetry, a monthly reading series dedicated to spoken word poetry. Feel free to forward this letter to anyone who might be interested.

Thank you to everyone who came out for our July poetry event! We had a great evening listening to Brian Tierney andSandra Anfang and as always, heard some fine poetry during the open mic. Thanks again for being with us at the finale of a wonderful season.

We will take a break for a couple months and convene again on Tuesday, October 9 at Café Society (522 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, 94019) During the summer, you may want to visit some of the other writers’ venues both Coastside and in the larger Bay Area. You could try:

Third Thursdays at 7:00 upstairs at the Oddfellows Hall in Half Moon Bay. This group is open to every kind of writing in its open mic, not just poetry, and for those who enjoy writing in a group to prompts, some of the regulars meet earlier, at5:00. Contact Nancy Margulies for details: <nancycreates@gmail.com>

Just a few miles down Highway #84, check out La Honda Literary Night on the last Wednesday of any month. This group meets at 8865 La Honda Rd. (next to the post office and across from Applejacks), from 7pm to 9pm. Bring stories, poems, tall tales, song-writing. Come say and listen! Contact Terry Adams for details: <ta56@coastside.net>

On fourth Saturdays, Sherri Rose-Walker and Florey’s Bookstore (2120 Palmetto Ave. in Pacifica) host poetry features and an open mic, beginning at 7:30 pm. SherriRose-Walker@hotmail.com for details. 

And on the second Wednesday of any month, check out the Not Yet Dead Poets’ Society which meets at the Main Gallery in Redwood City. I believe they continue through the summer, but do check in with Patrick Daly for details: <daly@sonic.net>

You’ll be hearing from us in early September when we’ll let you know more about our October features: San Franciscopoets Marvin R. Hiemstra and Clara Hsu. Meanwhile have a great summer and we hope to hear you read your poetry for us at our next open mic! And please visit our website, too, to learn more about us and see pictures of those who’ve read for us this year.

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!