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, November 14, 2018, from 6:30 – 8:30 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 November 14, 2018.

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 October 4, 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.

Luminarias Event!

Meredith Jaeger: The Pull of the Past

Healdsburg Literary Guild, SHED and Hanna Winery present Meredith Jaeger discussing her two bestselling novels, , Boardwalk Summer and The Dressmaker’s Dowry, works pulsing with romantic themes and rich in California history, on Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 7 to 8:30 PM, at SHED, 25 North Street, Healdsburg. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at:

Your admission includes a seat, a glass of wine and some savory bites prepared by SHED chef Perry Hoffman.

Meredith Jaeger explores the ways in which the past claims and shapes the present in these two novels. They are “a joy to read” (Library Journal) steeped in California history and balanced with a strong present day plot and relevance. In her first novel, The Dressmaker’s Dowry Jaeger tells the story of an immigrant seamstress who disappears from San Francisco’s gritty streets in 1876, and a present-day writer who finds a connection and feels she must delve into the secrets of her new husband’s wealthy family. Jaeger’s latest, Boardwalk Summer switches from 2007 Santa Cruz to 1940 Hollywood as two women separated by a half century grapple with the price of dreams. Meredith grew up in the Bay Area raised by a Swiss father and an American mother. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Healdsburg Literary Guild (HLG) produces the Luminarias series to bring literary luminaries right to Healdsburg. For decades the Guild has also enriched Healdsburg’s cultural environment through numerous literary arts programs The Guild sponsors the Literary Laureate. It has produced literary programs since 2000 with its Third Sunday Salons, currently held in the Bean Affair coffee shop. The Guild has published numerous collections and chapbooks.

Hanna Winery started by cardiac surgeon Elias Hanna, has two locations, Russian River and in Alexander Valley. Now Dr. Hanna’s daughter, Christine Hanna, serves as the president of her family’s winery. She grew up at the home ranch, making tiny batches of wine with her father in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Now Jeff Hinchliffe, their award-winning winemaker, runs the wine program. Jeff started out to be a brewer, switched to wine and has been crafting their stellar Cabernets, Pinots, Sauvignon Blancs and other premium wines for two decades.

The small bites will be specially prepared by SHED Chef Perry Hoffman. Hoffman joined SHED from Étoile at Domaine Chandon in Yountville, where he earned a Michelin star three years in a row. The Chronicle named him a Rising Star Chef in 2010; he was a semifinalist for the James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year twice; and he won Food & Wine’s “People’s Best New California Chef” in 2012.

Levin and Company Community Booksellers handles book sales. They have been leaders in Healdsburg’s cultural life since Adele Levin, her partner Jacquie Robb and her son Aaron Rosewater opened the bookstore/gallery/gathering place 25 years ago. Innkeeper Lucy Lewand at Camellia Inn has graciously provided guest accommodations for visiting authors. This is indeed a community endeavor.

SHED won the 2014 James Beard Award for restaurant design by incorporating a market, café and community gathering venue in an elegant design that celebrates good farming, good cooking and good eating. SHED recently garnered three awards in the 2018 SF Gate Good Food competition. SHED and the Healdsburg Literary Guild are charting new territory that puts Healdsburg on the literary map.

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