Dear Coastside Poetry Community,

Thank you to everyone who came out for our February poetry event! We had a great evening listening to Lisa Rosenberg and Terry Adams 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, March 13th 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 March’s reading, we have yet another great pair of features: Belmont poet Peter Neil Carroll and La Honda’s Joe Cottonwood.

Peter Neil Carroll’s newest collections of poetry are An Elegy for Lovers (Main Street Rag, 2017) and The Truth Lies on Earth (Turning Point Press, 2017); Fracking Dakota: Poems for a Wounded Land; and A Child Turns Back to Wave: Poetry of Lost Places which won the Prize Americana. His poetry has appeared in many print journals and online. He is currently Poetry Moderator of Portside.org and lives in Belmont, California.

Joe Cottonwood  Joe  Cottonwood is the author of novels for adults (Famous Potatoes, Clear Heart) and for children (Quake!, The San Puerco Trilogy). His poems are scattered all over the Internet as well as appearing in journals and anthologies. Cottonwood’s new book of poetry, Foggy Dog: Poems of the Pacific Coast is about life as we live it around Half Moon Bay: plenty of dogs, pumpkins, pelicans, seals . . . His previous book is the award-winning 99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat, and Houses. Joe has worked in the building trades for most of his life, starting as a carpenter, becoming a general contractor repairing and remodeling houses. 

We look forward to seeing you then! 


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!