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 12:30pm at the Healdsburg Community Center, 1557 Healdsburg Ave. Unless otherwise noted.

January 19th, 2020 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Brian Martens

Brian R. Martens is a poet, writer, podcaster, speaker, and facilitates creativity workshops. He lives in Forestville, CA and has adult children Trevor and Natalie. He has two grandchildren, Jack three years old and Desmond three months old. He delights in his grandchildren and is active in their lives.

He is a California Poets in the Schools teacher and attends open mic sessions as often as possible. He loves to garden, exercise, practice improve comedy, and walk in nature.



February 16th, 2020 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Donna Emerson

Donna L. Emerson is a Sonoma County, California poet. Donna’s just retired from teaching at Santa Rosa Jr. College and her clinical social work practice. Her recent publications include Calyx, Sanskrit, the Denver Quarterly, The Paterson Literary Review, Weber: the Contemporary West, and the London Magazine. She has been nominated for two Pushcarts, “Best of the Net” and received two Allen Ginsberg awards (2015, 2017).  Her four chapbooks include This Water, 2007, Body Rhymes, 2009, Wild Mercy, 2011, and Following Hay, 2013. Her first full-length poetry collection, The Place of Our Meeting was published in January 2018 and nominated for a California Book Award. Donna’s second, Beside the Well, has just been released by Cherry Grove Collections. Donna will read all new poems from Beside the Well.



March 15th, 2020 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Russ Messing

Russ Messing lives in a bit of paradise in the hills west of Healdsburg, CA; grows olives, makes and sells award-winning olive oil; and, more than anything loves, honors, tends and is tended by his family. Writing, laughing, being a husband, dad, grandfather, and good-enough guy are what guide and light him up. Russ served as Healdsburg Literary Laureate from 2016-2018.

The structure of this book is composed of two distinct but complementary strands of poetry: recent free verse poems interwoven with haiku penned twenty years ago; the latter were written over the scope of an entire year. We have chosen a selection of these daily haiku and printed them in chronological order, to highlight the flow of a life through the seasons. Among the longer works reside a number of “occasional poems,” composed and read aloud for ceremonies, community celebrations, and a wedding. May the marriage of these two voices of Russ Messing mingle and cavort within you, the reader of this book.- Francesca Preston, editor


April 19th, 2020 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

May 17th, 2020 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

June 21st, 2020 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

July 19th, 2020 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

August 16th, 2020 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

September 20th, 2020 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

October 18th, 2020 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

November5th, 2020 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

December 20th, 2020 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON