To the Poets of the Bay Area,

Welcome again 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 Laura E. Davis and Clifford Hunt.

Please join us again on Tuesday, May 14th 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. Harpo will again make food and beverages available all evening.

For our April reading, we’ll welcome Pescadero poet and Stegner Fellow Austin Robert Smith, as well as former San Mateo County Poet Laureate  Caroline Goodwin.

Caroline Goodwin served as the first Poet Laureate of San Mateo County from 2014-16. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, her books are Trapline, Peregrine and The Paper Tree. She lives in Montara with her two daughters and teaches at California College of the Arts and Stanford Continuing Studies.

Austin Smith grew up on a family dairy farm in Illinois. He is the author of two poetry collections, both published through the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets: Almanac and Flyover Country. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in prose, he teaches at Stanford University, and lives in Pescadero, CA.

We look forward to seeing you then! 

Best, Diane Moomey and Steve Long