To the Poets of the Bay Area,   

Springtime greetings from Half Moon Bay, where once a month we dedicate an entire evening to spoken-word poetry. Thanks to everyone who came out last week to hear Austin Robert Smith and Caroline Goodwin.

Coastside Poetry will happen again on Tuesday, June 11th 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. Harpo will again make food and beverages available all evening.

For our June reading, we’ll welcome San Francisco poet Julie Bruck, as well as former El Granada poet and founder of Coastside Poetry, Ryan Warren.

Julie Bruck is a Canadian poet and writer who has lived in San Francisco since 1997. Her newest collection of poems is How to Avoid Huge Ships (Brick Books, 2018). Her third book, Monkey Ranch (Brick Books, 2012) received Canada’s Governor General’s Award for poetry. Recent work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Southampton Review, Plume Poetry, Poetry Daily, and The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, and The Malahat Review. Julie teaches at The Writing Salon in San Francisco, and also offers private workshops. She can often be found in Golden Gate Park, watching one lone wild turkey chase his own reflection in the wheel rims of parked luxury cars. http://www.juliebruck.com/

Ryan Warren lives with his family in the Seattle, WA U.S. and was founding director of the Coastside Poetry reading series in Half Moon Bay, CA.

He is a 2017 Forward Prize for Poetry nominee, a 2016 Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, and his poetry has previously appeared in numerous journals including Amaryllis, California Quarterly, Verse-Virtual, Dime Show Review, Firefly Magazine, Page & Spine, Poetry Breakfast, Wilderness House Literary Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, and the anthology, Carry the Light. http://ryanwarrenpoetry.com


We look forward to seeing you then! 

Best, Diane Moomey and Steve Long