“Night of Laureate Candidate Readings,” Saturday, October 22, from 7-9 p.m. Join the Healdsburg Literary Guild as it goes through the selection process for the 2017-2018 Healdsburg Literary Laureate. Four candidates will vie for the honor of representing the community from Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2018.


Russ Messing, farmer and owner of Deergnaw Olive Oil. Messing, an evocative poet, has published two volumes of poetry.

Richard Perce, DVM, owner of Aspen Equine Clinic, came to Northern Sonoma County from New Mexico. He self-published his first book and is now working to produce it as a podcast.

Ken Dalton, world traveler, is the author of seven books, including the “Pinky and Bear Mystery Novels.”

Arte Whyte, writes both science fiction and poetry. He is a notable face at Shelton’s Market in Healdsburg, as well as once being a candidate in the Mr. Healdsburg Pageant.

Where: Bean Affair, 1207 Healdsburg Ave.

Contact: Ann Carranza

Note: There will be no open mic at this event.


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.

Thursday, September 15th 2016, 7:00-8:30pm

Mark Matthews_01Join us at Healdsburg SHED for the next Luminarias Series presentation.  We are presenting along with Atlas Wine Co and Copperfield’s Books –

Mark Matthews – the author of an exciting new book challenging the conventional wisdom of “Terrior”.  Come listen to Professor Matthews as he speaks about his new book Terrior and Other Myths of Winegrowing.

Tickets are $15 (ticket purchase includes the talk, a glass of wine and a small bite) they are available at:



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


September 18th, 2016 – THIRD SUNDAY SALONPrint

Theresa-Whitehill_2_smallTheresa Whitehill, born in Sacramento in 1957, has lived in Mendocino County since 1984, where she is well-known to local poetry audiences. In 2009, she was selected to serve as Poet Laureate for the city of Ukiah for a two-year term. Her letterpress broadsides are in the collections of national libraries and universities, including the John Hay Library of Brown University, and the Bancroft Library of UC Berkeley. Her most recent publication is A Grammar of Longing, published by Pygmy Forest Press. She also served as Poet-in-Residence for Stags’ Leap Winery in 1998, participating in salons which lead to Napa Valley: Portrait of a Community. More information about Theresa can be found at



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October 16th, 2016 – THIRD SUNDAY SALONRicardo_Stocker_book_cover_2

Ricardo Stocker_face_picRicardo Horacio Stocker is a mystical poet-philosopher-sage, who also happens to be a professor of Psychology and Communication at Mendocino College and National University, a father of four and a grandfather of five, an artist, and other things. He was conceived in the Southern Andes, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Stocker studied in Europe for seven years, then moved to USA in 1980. He has written two books of Poetry in Spanish, and several essays in journals. His latest book is Our Compassionate Kosmos: Meditations on the Presence of Celestial Love. In addition to writing, Stocker has presented writing workshops over the years, and participated in events such Mendocino LitFest.




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November 20th, 2016 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Terry Ehret_pic_2Terry_Ehret_book_cover_TranslationsTerry Ehret is a poet and teacher, one of the founders of the innovative Sixteen Rivers Press, a hands-on publishing collective run by and for San Francisco Bay Area Poets. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently Night Sky Journey from Kelly’s Cove Press. Literary awards include the National Poetry Series, California Book Award, Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, Nomination for the Northern California Book Reviewer’s Award, and five Pushcart Prize nominations. From 2004-2006, she served as the poet laureate of Sonoma County where she lives and teaches. Terry will be reading with fellow translators John Johnson and Nancy Morales.



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December 18th, 2016 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Open Mic

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