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 Eileen Malone and Lee Rossi.

We’ll meet again on Tuesday, November 12th 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 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 Bay Area poets Aileen Cassinetto, Joel Katz and Robert Perry.


Aileen Cassinetto is the current Poet Laureate of San Mateo County. Widely anthologized, she is also the author of the poetry collections, Traje de Boda and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems, as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. Aileen is the publisher of Paloma Press, an independent literary press established in 2016 which has released 17 books to date. 


Joel Katz is a poet and translator who lives in Palo Alto, California. His poems have appeared in Sand Hill ReviewThe Montserrat ReviewWest Wind ReviewDisquieting Muses QuarterlySpillway, and Red Wheelbarrow. Joel is a member of the Bay Area Literary Translators Working Group (BALTWG) and the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).

Robert Perry is a poet and translator, book artist and designer, and founder of Dutch Poet Press, a small imprint of books of poetry and art as trade books, letterpress editions and ephemera, and artist books, including translations of contemporary Dutch poetry He lives and works in Palo Alto, California. dutchpoetpress.com

Robert and Joel have translated poems by contemporary Dutch poets Ingmar Heytze and Saskia Stehouwer for the bilingual book iets anders | something else (Dutch Poet Press, 2017). With Saskia, they published a translation of her recent volume of ecopoetry Vrije uitloop | Free range (Dutch Poet Press, 2019). For this our November poetry program, they will read selections from Saskia’s work.


We look forward to seeing you then! 

Best, Diane Moomey and Steve Long