Healdsburg Literary Guild Seeks New Literary Laureate

The Healdsburg Literary Guild invites applications for the position of Healdsburg Literary Laureate 2018-2020.

The Healdsburg Literary Laureate is a writer honored for the quality and body of his or her work. The writer promotes Healdsburg as a center for the literary arts.

Healdsburg’s current Literary Laureate is Russ Messing who will serve until December 31, 2018.  Past Laureates include, Doug Stout, 2000–2001, Armando Garcia-Dávila 2002–2003, Penelope La Montagne 2004–2005, Chip Wendt 2006–2007, Vilma Ginzberg 2008–2009, and Stefanie Freele 2010-2011, John Koetzner 2012-2013, and Gabriel Fraire 2014-2015. Ted Calvert is currently president of the Healdsburg Literary Guild.

Interested writers from the Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Geyserville and Windsor zip codes are asked to submit the following material: writer’s resume/CV; five pages (samples) of his or her work; and a maximum of a 500-word statement of his/her vision of the Healdsburg Literary Laureate’s responsibilities and activities. In this statement, please describe what you would hope to accomplish in the years 2019–2020, share your thoughts about how the literary arts can be a tool to build a multicultural community, and tell us if you read/write/speak other languages. We want the writer to create the position in collaboration with the Guild.

Eligible candidates will be invited to read from their works on the evening of Wednesday, January 9th from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at the Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper Street, Healdsburg.

The 2019-2020 Healdsburg Literary Laureate will be selected on the basis of two elements: a review of all the applications by the Guild Board and participation in the Evening of Laureate candidates’ Readings on January 9th, 2019.

The position of Healdsburg Literary Laureate carries a $500 stipend, payable in two annual installments of $250 each.

Application guidelines can be found here. Interested writers should send application materials by email to no later than December 20, 2018.

The Guild is always seeking individuals in the community who are interested in the literary arts to consider joining our Board. If you would like to discuss our Board activities and a position, please e-mail us at, or come to a Sunday Salon gathering and talk to one of our current Board members.

Third Sunday Salons are held at The Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave Suite 101, Healdsburg, CA 95448.  1:30pm. Unless otherwise noted.

January 21st, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Waights Taylor Jr.

Waights Taylor Jr., born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, now living in Santa Rosa, California, has written five books, starting with two non-fiction books: Alfons Mucha’s Slav Epic: An Artist’s History of the Slavic People (2008), and the award-winning Our Southern Home: Scottsboro to Montgomery to Birmingham—The Transformation of the South in the Twentieth Century (2011). Three murder mysteries followed, a trilogy featuring private detectives Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker: the award-winning Kiss of Salvation (2014), Touch of Redemption (2016), and concluding the trilogy, Heed the Apocalypse (2017).




February 18th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Beatriz Lagos

Beatriz Lagos is an award winning bilingual poet living in Sonoma county. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has taught Literature and Philosophy in Argentina, Spain and in the United States. She is a recipient of numerous poetry awards and has been a coordinator of International Poetry Encounters.  She resides in Northern California where magnificent redwood trees, legendary wines and great friendships are a source of wonder, inspiration, and joy.





March 18th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Jodi Hottel

Jodi Hottel’s most recent chapbook is Voyeur from WordTech Press. Heart Mountain, her first chapbook, was winner of the 2012 Blue Light Press Poetry Prize. Jodi’s been published in Nimrod International, Spillway, Ekphrasis, and anthologies from the University of Iowa Press, Tebot Bach, and the Marin Poetry Center. Her work’s been nominated for a Pushcart prize.





April 15th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Donna Emerson

Donna Emerson‘s first full-length poetry collection, The Place of Our Meeting, celebrates significant encounters between human beings, generations, between people and nature, and human relationships with art and music. Settings range from California to New York, rural to urban, in all seasons. Poet Molly Peacock calls Donna “a new American pastoralist”.




May 20th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

David Penner

David Penner lives in Sebastopol with his dog Huey, where he raises 13 hens and a rooster. He was born in Steinbach, Manitoba, and lived there until his family moved to Vanderhoof, British Columbia when he was 2yo. He grew up there with a twin brother, three older siblings, and five younger. The youngest two boys were also twins. Raised in a Mennonite family, his education was interrupted when he went to work in the saw mill at 15 to help support their growing family.

He returned to SRJC a mature student of 39, after following a boyfriend to the area. David memorized his first poem, “The oyster Poem”, (Author unknown) when he was 18. Married in 2008, he began writing poems for Christmas gifts, birthdays and anniversaries. In 2010 he joined a writing group, and began writing poetry about other subjects. He developed a knack for memorizing and reciting poems when he wrote his first poem “H2O” He graduated from SFSU with a BS in Dietetics, and nutrition in 2012 David’s poems reflect his belief that in order to help others, one must first heal themselves.

His poems and audio files can be enjoyed at

June 17th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

There will be no 3rd Sunday Salon in the month of June.  See you in July!

July 15th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Jeremy Benson is the current Poet Laureate of Napa County. Yes, he writes poems; he has also written novels, short stories, articles, personal essays, stand-up comedy routines, short films, and many letters.

Jeremy has profiled entrepreneurs, sculptors, novelists, taxidermists, brewers, musicians, and carvers as a freelance writer, contributing frequently to Great Lakes Bay Regional Lifestyle Magazine, and as Editor-in-chief of His book reviews have been found in the Collagist, the Brooklyn Rail, and at, where he also served as Editor of Literary Magazine Reviews. Jeremy‘s poems and short stories have found homes in Spittoon, Dead Flowers, and Inner Art Journal; others have been distributed as collections of poetry and art. He writes a regular blog for the Arts Council Napa Valley on what it means to be a citizen of the arts in Napa County.
Before, after, and as Poet Laureate, Jeremy endeavors to cultivate a rich community of writers, readers, and artists, whether as a participant, patron, or planner. He has emceed open mics, curated readings, hosted craft-ins, and led workshops. He is a founding participant of the Broken Nose Collective, an annual exchange of hand-made chapbooks.


August 19th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

It’s open mic day!  Join us and share your work…





September 16th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Vilma Ginzberg (2008-2009)

John Koetzner (2012-2013)

Past Laureates reading from their different works, celebrating the local literary culture.

Russ Messing (2017-2018)

October 21st, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Linda Noel is a California native of the Koyunkowi (Konkow) people from the northern Sierra.  She has published one chapbook titled “Where You First Saw the Eyes of Coyote” and has been published in a variety of anthologies and magazines, including The Dirt is Red Here, by Heyday Books, and the latest being “Tending the Fire”, University of New Mexico Press.  She has a poem included in the permanent collection at the Autry Museum of the West and another has been adapted and performed by the Pasadena Choir.  She has read her work throughout the country including Princeton University.  She was the Poet Laureate of Ukiah from 2003-2005.

The former Poet Laureate of Ukiah has presented her work at various venues across the Western United States and has most recently been both a featured reader and workshop presenter at the Redwood Coast Writers Conference, the Watershed Project, The Conference of American Indians, Humboldt State University, and Santa Rosa Junior College to name a few.


November 18th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Yvonne Postelle – Born in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma, hill country bordering the Ozarks, Yvonne Postelle began writing verse shortly after she learned to read. By the time her family moved to California when she was nine, love of words and hard scrabble habits of  work and self reliance were deeply imprinted. In her senior year at Cal, Berkeley, she switched from poetry to prose, and for a decade published short stories and articles in literary and mainstream periodicals. Then, raising her two school-aged children as a single parent and supporting them by working in city administration, there was no time for playing with words. Children raised and retirement imminent, she returned to poetry, and it remains her primary means of self-reflection and self-exploration.

Poems, short stories and articles have appeared in journals and periodicals as varied as the Marin Poetry Center Anthologies, Rattle, White Pelican Review, Cimarron Review, Cosmopolitan, Venus, Parents’ Magazine, Mechanics Illustrated, Northwestern Review, The Occident, Journal of Somatics, and others. During her first year of retirement she wrote and published, Sonnets for Sarah’s Daughters. In 2012 After Beauty, her tribute to her late husband, Jack Peary, won first prize from Writer’s Digest for the year’s best self-published book of poetry. Her latest volume, Family Matters, was released by Sugartown Publishing in September, 2018.

The poems in Family Matters, Yvonne Postelle’s third book of poetry, span five generations of family from hard scrabble farm in Oklahoma to California’s Central Valley, Berkeley, Cupertino, and Marin. Neil Simon believed Family is the microcosm of the Universe. Family Matters weaves family narrative and lyrical odes to create a sometimes dark, sometimes humorous and loving celebration of life fully lived. From the wise lesson in Cheating at Solitaire to Mea Culpa to the final wise summing up of Imperfection, poems in Family Matters resonate with the reader long after it has been read.


December 16th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

As usual, we hold an Open Mike to celebrate the holiday season with local writers. We’ll have a book raffle, stories, poems,and good cheer. Please join us!