The Guild is currently 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.



Bean Affair Coffee Shop, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue—1:30–3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

July 19th, 2015 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Casey FitzSimonsCasey FitzSimons is a frequent reader at Bay Area venues. Her poems have appeared in print and online in Red Wheelbarrow, Midwest Quarterly, Sand Hill Review, Newport Review, The Centrifugal Eye, Mezzo Cammin, Rock Bottom Review, Astropoetica, pacificREVIEW, and others. Recently she placed first in poetry at Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and in Ina Coolbrith Circle’s “Poet’s Choice” competition. Her chapbooks include Against the Familiar Wall (2014) and Standing in the Open House (2013). Casey taught art in San Francisco for many years. Her reviews of Bay Area exhibitions frequently appeared in Artweek, and her studio drawing book, Serious Drawing, was published by Prentice Hall. She has a master’s degree in Fine Arts from San José State University.


Eugene McCreary has lived on both coasts as well as in the Midwest and South. He now surveys the human condition with his wife from their home on Sonoma Mountain. There he practices mindfulness, studies Chinese philosophy and history, plays Scottish and Irish music on his piano and guitar, and grows amazingly delicious raspberries. His love of writing has persisted through varied careers ranging from college professor to carpenter and real estate appraiser. He has written several screenplays and his first novel, Madame President, a political thriller, was optioned by Milestone Productions in Los Angeles and formed the platform for an ABC series.  His new book, Gift of the Tiger, was a finalist in the 2015 Indie book Awards in historical fiction. Gene also won the Grand Prize at the San Francisco Writer’s Conference 2015 Contest.


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August 16th, 2015 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Amy TruAmy Trussellssell’s writing has been published in Poetry Flash, Indian Studies (of Cornell University), The Copenhagen Review, Poetry Salzburg, and Woman of  Power. She is the author of five poetry books including Meteorite Dealers (moria Books, Chicago 2007), The Painted Tongue Flowers (Deva Luna Press, Santa Rosa, 2010) and Ungulations (Surreigional Press, New Orleans, 2011). Trussell is a descendant of Anne Bradstreet, the first American woman published poet, and works as a Reiki practitioner. In 1997 she founded Front Porch Records, an Independent music label based in the Mussel Shoals region of Alabama.



Nancy Cavers Dougherty-UPDATEDNancy Cavers Dougherty is the author of three chapbooks: Memory In Salt (dpress 2007), Tape Recorder On (dpress 2008), Levee Town (WordTemple Press 2009) and Silk, a collaborative work (dpress 2008). Her poetry has appeared in descant, Language and Culture, Compass Rose, Big Scream, Westview, California Quartery, The Pinch and other journals. For over twenty years, she has worked with several local organizations with a focus on mental health and family welfare issues. She is currently a board member of the Child Parent Institute and advocate for their art therapy programs in Sonoma County.

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September 19, 2015 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Chris Riebli-editChris Riebli, a fifth generation Sonoma County native, drove truck and taught English composition at Santa Rosa Junior College for over thirty years. He’s written about the local dairy industry for Redwood Rancher Magazine, been a community newspaper columnist for the Sebastopol Times, and fronted a rhythm and soul band. (More about that at He’s currently working on a screenplay, “The Egg Man,” set in Sonoma in the 1890s, which is a prequel to his novel, The Body’s Perfect. He has lived in Graton since 1983 and enjoys making music with his son Nathan.



Jutta EinstossJutta Einstoss is the author of A Journal Tribute to Sunshine, A Red Tail Hawk. Einstoss’s relationship with birds and animals has covered so many years, and started when her children brought all sorts of wildlife home that they found injured. This has continued and she has been doing rehabilitation for her veterinarian in the form of home care and eventual release back to the wild. When Sunshine the hawk died, she decided to put a book together for general reading and education. She has given talks at schools to fourth, fifth and sixth graders on the importance of caring for all wildlife.


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October 17, 2015 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Taylor, WaightsWaights Taylor Jr. and Friends present “Sons of Noir.”

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November 21, 2015 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Marsh RoseMarsh Rose – If Marsh’s parents had acted like normal people she probably would never have become a writer. While every other girl got roller skates for her 13th birthday, or a kitten, Marsh got a journal and she’s been writing ever since. Her short stories have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Salon.Com, Carve Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Sunday Examiner and on “This I Believe” on NPR. Her novel, Lies And Love In Alaska, is available on Amazon and at Copperfield’s Books in Healdsburg. She’s a psychotherapist and currently teaches psychology at Mendocino College. Marsh lives in Cloverdale with her greyhound Holly.



JC MillerJC (Jeanne) Miller, M.A., is the author of four novels, including her latest release The To-Do List, a finalist for a 2015 National Reading Group Month selection. Her character-driven literary fiction is quickly gaining a loyal fan base. Well known for her truer-than-life characters, disparate readers often recognize acquaintances, loved ones or even themselves in her work. She is an educator, an avid reader and a table tennis enthusiast. Look for her forthcoming release, Heliotrope, from Booktrope coming out later this year.



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December 19, 2015 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Close-Up Of MicrophoneAll Open Mic!

Come celebrate the end of 2015 with a special afternoon dedicated to open mic readings at the Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon. The usual three minute time limit is extended to five minutes for this event, so bring out your longer pieces! We’d love to hear what you’ve been working on!

Free and open to the public. Open mic sign-ups begin at 1 p.m.

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