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. Visit us at www.coastsidepoetry.org to learn more about us. Thanks to all of you who came out last week to hear Kim Shuck and Jerry Dyer.

We’ll meet again on Tuesday, March 10th 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 Bay Area Poets Karen Poppy and Rosemary Ybarra-Garcia.

Karen Poppy has work published in The Cortland Review (Best of the Net Nomination), Naugatuck River Review (Finalist in 11th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest), The Gay and Lesbian Review WorldwideArLiJo, and Wallace Stevens Journal, among others. Her chapbook CRACK OPEN/EMERGENCY was published by Finishing Line Press, and another one is forthcoming with Homestead Lighthouse Press. An attorney licensed in California and Texas, Karen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. 


Rosemary Ybarra-Garcia is an educator and a lifelong poet who has often featured at coffee shops, book stores, women’s study classes, and special venues such as “Women and the Muse” in Santa Cruz, CA, 1988; “Floricanto in Xochitle in Cuicatle, Flower and Song” at the De Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, CA, 1993.  Her poetry can be found in several publications, including Lighthouse Point: An Anthology of Santa Cruz WritersM PRESS, Santa Cruz, CA; New to North America: Writing by Immigrants, Their Children and GrandchildrenBurning Bush Publications, Santa Cruz, CA; California QuarterlyPoetry Quarterly, Calyx JournalRiver Poets Journal and Minute Magazine.

We look forward to seeing you then! 

Best, Diane Moomey and Steve Long