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.

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