To the Poets of the Bay Area,

Hello again from Coastside Poetry in Half Moon Bay, a monthly reading series dedicated to spoken-word poetry. Thanks to all of you who came out last week to hear Peter Neil Carroll and Rebekah Bloyd.

We’ll meet again on Tuesday, February 11th at Café Society (522 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, 94019). Folks start arriving around 6:30 P.M., and the features begin at 7:00. 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, beverages and light fare will be available all evening.

For this upcoming reading, we’ll welcome San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and San Jose poet Jerry Dyer.

Kim Shuck is a poet, educator, activist and visual artist. Born and raised in San Francisco, Shuck benefitted from the artistic ferment of the 60s. Shuck is author of four full length books, two chapbooks and many pieces published in anthologies, journals and online. Shuck is coming to the end of a tenure as the 7th Poet Laureate of San Francisco, which started in June of 2017. In April Kim was one of 13 poets honored as National Poet Laureate Fellows by the Academy of American Poets.

 Jerry Dyer is a very recently retired teacher. Beyond the classroom, Jerry has long been an active member of Poetry Center San Jose, especially the Willow Glen Poetry Project community. He has featured at Willow Glen Third Thursdays, at the Not Yet Dead Poets’ Society in Redwood City, and at the Peninsula Literary Series in Palo Alto. Jerry’s work has appeared in several publications, including Caesura and kai han, a journal of the Albuquerque Zen Center. His chapbook, What I Don’t Know, was published in 2012 by ProsodyEtc.  A second collection is underway.
Jerry intends to devote his post-working life to the P’s that have always mattered: poetry, politics, philosophy, and photography, a new P that will (he hopes) sharpen his eye.

We look forward to seeing you then! 

Best, Diane Moomey and Steve Long