To the Poets of the Bay Area,

Welcome 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 Heather Folsom and Joel Katz – truly a memorable evening.

Please join us again on Tuesday, March 12th 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.

The proprietor, Harpo Marx, will again make food and beverages available all evening. For our March reading, we’ll welcome Oakland poet James Cagney, Jr., and Berkeley’s (as well as our very own) Steve Arntson.

James Cagney, Jr. has performed in literary venues and museums throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. His strong personal presence and uncommon poetic imagery make him a delight to hear. His first book, Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour of Chaos Theory, published by Nomadic Press, is now available.  Visit James’ blog at https://thedirtyrat.blog/ 

Steve Arntson has been a member of Waverley Writers in Palo Alto for many years, was long-time curator of the monthly literary event at Berkeley’s Expressions Gallery, and is generally well known in Bay Areapoetry venues. His lyric, almost romantic style is particularly memorable when he addresses the wild beauty of the Pacific Coast. To and Fro on the Day-for-Night Coast is his latest book, available next month. 

We look forward to seeing you then! 


Diane Moomey and Steve Long