Casey FitzSimons and Blake More, April 14th

Greetings from Coastside Poetry, a reading series meeting on the second Tuesday of every month and dedicated to spoken-word poetry. Because of the worldwide health crisis, we missed our March event and look forward to re-scheduling our two proposed readers, Rosemary Ybarra-Garcia and Karen Poppy, later in the season.

We hope to be able to meet as usual on Tuesday, April 14th at Café Society (522 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, 94019). Folks start arriving around 6:30 P.M., and the features begin at 7:00. 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 poet Casey FitzSimons and Mendocino poet Blake More.

Casey FitzSimons’s poems have appeared in print and online in Massachusetts Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Midwest Quarterly, Newport Review, Mezzo Cammin, and many other journals. She placed first in poetry at Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and Ina Coolbrith Circle, and second at the Soul-making Keats Sonnet Competition and the Maggi H. Meyer Contest sponsored by Bay Area Poets Coalition. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee.

Casey has self-published 16 books of her poetry; her most recent is Listening for Prophecies (2019). She has assisted others to self-publish their books, and presented workshops in meter and rhyme, in poetic elements, and how to read, critique, and interpret poems. Casey taught art for many years in San Francisco. Her reviews of Bay Area exhibitions appeared in Artweek, and her studio drawing book, Serious Drawing, was published by Prentice Hall. She has a BA in mathematics from UC Berkeley, a JD in law from UC Hastings, and an MA in fine arts from San José State University.

A resident of California’s Mendocino Coast, Blake More is an artist with multiple creative voices and obsessions. Blurring the boundaries between disciplines, her work includes poetry, video, radio, performance, costume design, collage, teaching, painting, functional mixed media art/life pieces and wildly painted poetry art cars, including her most recent daily driver, Star Yantra (staryantra.life). She hosts a monthly public affairs radio show called “Be More Now” on KZYX&Z Mendocino. She also organizes and hosts a long-standing, Poets & Writers poetry series called Point Arena Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz.   She is the author of five books of poetry, and her book godmeat is a collection of poetry, prose, color artwork, and a DVD compilation of poem movies (available at godmeat.com). To explore more of Blake’s creative world, please visit snakelyone.com.

We hope to see you there!
Diane Lee Moomey
Steve Long