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To the Poets of the Bay Area,              

Greetings from Half Moon Bay, where once a month we dedicate an entire evening to spoken-word poetry. It’s almost summer, we’ll have one more get-together in July and take a break for August and September. Thanks to everyone who came out last week to hear Julie Bruck and Ryan Warren.

Coastside Poetry will happen again on Tuesday, July 9th at Café Society (522 Main Street, Half MoonBay, 94019). Doors open at 6:30 P.M., and the features begin at 7:00 P.M. 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, food and beverages will be available all evening.

For our July reading, we’ll welcome East Bay poet Ben Gucciardi, as well as former Half Moon Bayresident, teacher-poet Sande Anfang.

Benjamin Gucciardi’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2018, Forklift Ohio, Indiana Review, Orion Magazine, RHINO, Spillway, and other journals. He is a winner of Iron Horse Literary Review’s 2019 Trifecta Poetry prize, the Milton Kessler Memorial Prize from Harpur Palate, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize and contests from The Maine Review and The Santa Ana River Review. He works with refugee and immigrant youth in Oakland through Soccer Without Borders, an organization he founded in 2006.

Sandra Anfang is a poet, teacher, and visual artist. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including San Francisco Peace and Hope, Unbroken Literary Journal, Rattle, and Spillway. Her chapbook,Looking Glass Heart, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016. Road Worrier: Poems of the Inner and Outer Landscape (Finishing Line Press, 2018) followed. A full-length collection, Xylem Highway, was released in March, 2019 from Main Street Rag. Sandra was nominated for a Best Short Fictions award and a Pushcart Prize. She is founder of the monthly series, Rivertown Poets, in Petaluma,California, and a California Poet/Teacher in the Schools. To write, for her, is to breathe.

We look forward to seeing you then! 

Best, Diane Moomey and Steve Long