Dear Coastside Poetry Community,

Thank you to everyone who came out for our April poetry event! We had a great evening listening to Erin Redfern and Rosemary Ybarra-Garcia 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, May 8th 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 May’s reading, we have yet another great pair of features: East Bay poets James Cagney and Bruce Bagnell.

James Cagney is a poet and writer from Oakland, Ca. He has appeared as a featured poet at venues throughout the San Francisco-Bay Area, Sacramento, Vancouver and Mumbai. His work has been published on line and in print via Lime Hawk, Print Oriented Bastards, Five-Eighty Split and Eleven-Eleven, among others. His book, Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour Of Chaos Theory will be published in August by Nomadic Press.  Visit his blog at https://thedirtyrat.blog/

Bruce Bagnell has worked as a cook, mechanic, and college professor; held various management positions including running a car dealership; and was a USAF captain in Vietnam. Now retired, along with writing he is a Poetry Express Berkeley host, and just finished remodeling a 1930’s French Laundry into an art space, dance studio, and residence. He has been published in OmniVerse, The Scribbler, The Round, Blue Lake Review, and many other publications and online postings.


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!