LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Clive Matson, Author of Let the Crazy Child Write Monday, April 2nd, 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive || www.bookpassage.com In April we’ll be celebrating National Poetry Month with a number of poetry focused events. National Poetry Month was created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to promote poetry and its importance in American culture and history. We begin our National Poetry Month series with a salon featuring poet and writing coach Clive Matson. Clive Matson (MFA Columbia University) has been a published poet since 1964 and has been a writing coach for many Bay Area novelists, among them Deborah Janke, Willie Gordon, Isa Maynard, Phillip Wilhite, Laura Glenn Luis, and Joe Quirk. His early teachers were the Beats in New York City, and among his published works are Mainline to the Heart(1966), Equal in Desire (1983), Chalcedony’s First Ten Songs (2007), and Chalcedony’s Second Ten Songs (2009). Over the years he has become more and more immersed in the stream of passionate intensity that runs through us all. That intensity is one standard for fine writing, according to his 1998 text Let the Crazy Child Write!, which he uses as a model for his writing classes. Clive enjoys playing basketball, table tennis, and collecting minerals in the field. He lives in Oakland, California, where he helps bring up his young teenage son, Ezra, and facilitates WOW (Writing Occupy Workshop). Visit Clive at www.matsonpoet.com We’ll look forward to seeing you all there!
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK PARTY: Left Coast Poets National Poetry Month Event Monday, April 9th, 6pm Book Passage || Ferry Plaza San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com National Poetry Month was created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets and is a celebration of poetry and its importance in American culture and history. It is celebrated writers, poetry lovers, publishers and booksellers across the country through workshops, readings and various other events. We’ll be celebrating with a reading by various Left Coast Writers®: Bernie Clark, Adrienne Amundsen and others.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Riding Fury Home: A Memoir with Chana Wilson Saturday, April 14 , 2012 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We’re delighted to host the debut of Chana Wilson‘s new memoir, Riding Fury Home: A Memoir. Riding Fury Home is Chana’s new book about her tenuous relationship with her mother. Chana’s mom was sent to a mental institution when Chana was a young girl and treated for her lesbianism, which they attempted to “cure.” Her dramatic new memoir traces her life from her youth to the women’s movement in 1970s and beyond. Riding Fury Home received a starred review from Publishers Weekly: “From the horrors of her childhood in 1950s New Jersey to the liberating discovering of her sexual identity decades later, psychotherapist Wilson’s memoir is as heartbreaking as it is uplifting. During
Third Monday of the Month for 12 months – 6:30-8:30 pm For the whole year: Only $200 / $150 for Left Coast Writers® members $40 Drop-in fee Finally, the writing group everyone has been asking for … and it’s only around $10 a month for Left Coast Writers® members! Get in on the latest Left Coast Writers® literary adventure: The Left Coast Writers® Monthly Writers Group. Bring your work and your imagination as well as humor, honesty, and attention to an evening of sharing recent writings, discussion on craft, and fabulous literary prompts. Either author/instructors Linda Watanabe McFerrin or Joanna Biggar will be on hand to contribute editorial direction and orchestrate sessions. This is a chance to get feedback on your work and hone your skills in a stimulating, supportive, and highly professional environment. This workshop is designed to help writers across genres get their creative juices flowing and to hone and polish their craft. Each workshop will focus on a particular writing skill, for example: vivid writing through evoking the senses, structuring a piece from opening to close, the all-important nutgraph, finding a voice, “making it sing.” Each class will include using a prompt, followed by in-class writing time, followed by a discussion of the participants’ work. These sessions will be tailored to the aims and goals of the students once we know better what they are. Bring paper, pens, laptop and bring your imagination. Left Coast Writers® are well known for their books, essays, articles and blogs, so you will be in super company. The group will meet the third Monday of every month at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Don’t miss out. Call them up (415 927 0960) and sign up before the doors close on this one! Upcoming Workshops: Mon., Mar. 19 – 6:30-8:30 pm Mon., Apr. 16 – 6:30-8:30 pm