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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 for our October event! We had a wonderful time with Clara Hsu and Marvin R. Hiemstra and, as always, heard some fine poetry shared during the open mic. Thanks again for helping to launch our third season.

We will convene again on Tuesday, November 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. 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 and is conducted on a first come, first serve basis. 

The proprietor of Café Society, Harpo Marx, will again keep the coffee bar open for us, and food and beverages will be available at the counter for the duration of the evening. As always, we’re grateful to him and his excellent staff for making the space available. For November’s reading, we have yet another great pair of features: our own Casey FitzSimons of Redwood City, and San Francisco poet José Luis Gutierrez.

Casey FitzSimons is a frequent reader at San Francisco Bay Area venues. Her poems have appeared in print and online in The Massachusetts Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Midwest Quarterly, Mezzo Cammin, andmost recently in Fourth River, Unbelief, and the Marin Anthology. Her story-length narrative poem Lightwas published this summer in Priestess and Heirophant. Casey was awarded a merit fellowship by Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, which she attended this fall, and was recently interviewed by Jim Russo for Santa Cruz Community Television. She has published 13 chapbooks, including Waiting in the Car(2017) and Buttercup and Other Stories in Verse (2015).

José Luis Gutierrez  is a San Francisco-based poet. His work has appeared in Margie, Poemeleon,Cortland Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Xavier Review, Caliban, Ilanot Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Lotus-Eater Magazine, Bitterzoet, Kestrel and in the anthologies Mutanabbi Streets Starts Here and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent and is forthcoming in Coup d’Etat, Crooked Teeth and Chiron Review, among others. His first poetry collection, A World Less Away, was published in 2016.

We look forward to seeing you then! 

Best, Diane Moomey and Steve Long