The 18th Annual
Petaluma Poetry Walk
September 15, 2013

Viva Cocolat 10 Petaluma Blvd. N -- 16 Rivers Press Reading

Barbara Swift Brauer/Gerald Fleming/Jodi Hottel 11:00 am

Barbara Swift Brauer’s work has appeared in such journals as Nimrod, West Marin Review, The MacGuffin, Spillway, California Quarterly, and Banabe Mountain Review, as well as anthologies, including The Place That Inhabits Us. Her full-length poetry collection, At Ease in the Borrowed World, was published by Sixteen Rivers Press in April. She lives in San Geronimo, California.

Gerald Fleming's most recent books are The Choreographer, longer prose poems from Sixteen Rivers Press (2013) and Night of Pure Breathing, prose poems from Hanging Loose Press (2011). An earlier book, Swimmer Climbing onto Shore, also from Sixteen Rivers Press. During his thirty-seven-year career in San Francisco's public schools he published three books for teachers, the most recent of which is Rain, Steam, and Speed, a book helping teachers elicit deep and extended writing from adolescents. In the late twentieth century he edited and published the literary magazines Barnabe Mountain Review, this year put out the limited-edition magazine Forward to Velma, and with his brother and sister, glass artists Bernie Fleming and Michaela Fleming, has embarked on another limited-edition magazine, One (More) Glass. Most of the year he lives in West Marin, part of it in Paris.

Jodi Hottel has been published in Nimrod International, Spillway, Naugatuck Review, Touch, English Journal and anthologies from the University of Iowa Press, Tebot Bach, and the Healdsburg Arts Council. "Heart Mountain," her chapbook of poems about the Japanese American internment, was winner of the 2012 Blue Light Press Poetry Prize.

Riverfront Art Gallery 132 Petaluma Blvd. N

Jamie Asaye FitzGerald/Glenn Ingersoll/Kathleen Winter Noon

Jamie Asaye FitzGerald writes poetry and personal essay. Her work is forthcoming in Cultural Weekly and has appeared in journals, including Literary Mama, Speechless the Magazine and Snow Monkey, as well as on public buses. She received an Academy of American Poets College Prize at the University of Southern California and an MFA in poetry from San Diego State University. From Hawaii, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter, and works for Poets & Writers.

Glenn Ingersoll has had work in magazines (Exquisite Corpse, Carolina Quarterly) and ezines (Cortland Review, Shampoo), and has published two chapbooks, "City Walks" (1999) and "Fact" (2013). He was one of the coordinators of Poetry & Pizza in San Francisco, a reading series benefiting nonprofits. He works for the Berkeley Public Library.

Kathleen Winter’s book Nostalgia for the Criminal Past (Elixir Press, 2012) won the Antivenom Prize, as well as the 2013 Texas Institute of Letters Award for best first book of poems. Winter’s poems have appeared in Tin House, The New Republic, AGNI, The Cincinnati Review, VOLT, Field, New American Writing and Barrow Street.

Apple Box 224 B St.

Michelle Baynes/Yvonne Baynes/Geri Digiorno/Nancy Keane/Daniel Mckenzie 1:00 pm

Michelle Baynes is a poet and social worker. She edited and authored Homeless in Petaluma, a work collected from some of her clients while she served with the Coalition on the Homeless (COTS).

Yvonne Baynes is a student of Diane di Prima, and a writer of stories, as well as a photographer. When she was thirteen, she wrote and illustrated three children's books: Oggie the Ant, Freddie the Frog and Candy Land. In 1969, she was oil painting Black Light Hippie Posters on canvas. Today she loves to write, travel the world and take photos. Yvonne recreates her photographs from the 1980's and poster art work to prints.

Geri diGiorno: Sonoma County Poet Laureate (2006–2007), founder and director of the Petaluma Poetry Walk going into its 18th year will read from her working manuscript, “BARTALK,” plus family and ancestor poems from chapbooks she is working on.

Nancy Keane is a publisher, poet and artist. Keane has run Poetry At The 33 [3300] Club reading venue since 1990 in San Francisco. She is the author of several chapbooks, including "Symmetrical Reflections." Also Publisher and Editor of The 33 Review.

Apple Box 224 B St.

Raphael Block/Diane Frank/Stewart Florsheim 2:00 pm

Raphael Block (also see flyer for Petaluma Library reading) has lived on three continents, and now happily outside of Sebastopol. He is the author of Songs from a Small Universe (2009) and Spangling Darkness (2013). He is often accompanied by musicians. You can listen to his work and learn more at

Phil Lawrence will be weaving his mandolin and guitar magic to Raphael's words. He will be weaving his mandolin and guitar magic to Raphael's words. Phil plays in the Jubilee Klezmer Band, and It's a Beautiful Day. To learn more and catch him play, see

Diane Frank is an award-winning poet and author of five books of poems, including Entering the Word Temple and The Winter Life of Shooting Stars. She dances, plays cello, and creates her life as an art form. Diane teaches at San Francisco State University, leads workshops for young writers as a Poet in the Schools, and directs the Blue Light Press On-line Poetry Workshop. Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Dancers, poets, and musicians have enthusiastically welcomed Erik Ievins' expressive voice on cello. Classically trained since he was old enough to hold a bow, Erik joined professional symphony and pops orchestras while he was still in high school. At the beginning of the millennium, Erik discovered the joy fiddle music on a cello, and has been delighting dancers around the country. He performs with StringFire, the Funky Fandango String Quartet, and the SF Sinfonietta. Able to improvise harmonies, shine on a melody, or provide a strong foundation with cello or bass, his musical magic is highly sought after on stage or in the recording studio. When collaborating with poets, Erik expresses the emotions of the poem through music.

Stewart Florsheim was born in New York City, the son of refugees from Hitler's Germany. He has received several awards for his poetry and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Stewart was the editor of Ghosts of the Holocaust, an anthology of poetry by children of Holocaust survivors (Wayne State University Press, 1989). In 2005, Stewart won the Blue Light Book Award for The Short Fall From Grace (Blue Light Press, 2006). His new collection, A Split Second of Light, was published by Blue Light Press in 2011 and received an Honorable Mention in the San Francisco Book Festival. Stewart has held readings throughout the Bay Area, as well as in New York, Boston, London, and Jerusalem. He also writes non-fiction.

Harpist Amelia Romano uses music as a medium for social change. Her unique repertoire blends her passion for world and original music. She has played in a variety of harp ensembles, duets, and as a solo harpist for over a decade. Her music explores new avenues of multicultural, contemporary and original styles informed by her experiences in the SF Bay Area, and year in South Africa. She also performs for wedding ceremonies, parties, memorial services, celebrations and other special events. Since returning to the Bay Area, she continues instructing privately and directing harp ensembles in underserved communities. She collaborates with Bay Area musicians including cellist Misha Khalikulov in a new project, Stringquake, a cello and harp duet exploring world music and improvisation

Copperfield's 40 Kentucky St.

Avotcja/Judy Grahn 3:00 pm

Avotcja is a poet/playwright & multi-instrumentalist who has played with musical and literary stars too numerous to list. She is a teacher, popular Bay Area DJ and an ASCAP recording artist. She is the author of With Every Step I Take, which contains both poetry and prose (2012, Taurean Horn Press).

Judy Grahn, internationally known as a poet and cultural theorist, has just published her thirteenth book, A Simple Revolution, the Making of an Activist Poet. She teaches creative writing, mythology, Women’s Spirituality, LGBTQ studies, and new origin stories at Sofia University in Palo Alto.

Phoenix Theatre 201 Washington St.

Kim Shuck/Bill Vartnaw/Nancy Wakeman 4:00 pm

Kim Shuck is an award winning poet, prose writer and visual artist. She has shown artwork in Taiwan, Columbia, Spain, Britain and all over the United States. She is a founding member of the de Young museum's Native Arts Advisory board. Her first poetry manuscript Smuggling Cherokee won the Diane Decorah first book award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas. She has also been given a Mary Tall Mountain award for activism and writing excellence, a Wordcraft Circle mentor award for her work with young writers, is recipient of a KQED local hero award, and both of her books have been bestsellers. Her most recent book Rabbit Stories made it on the SPD bestseller list in Fiction the first month it was out. Her online jounal, Rabbit and Rose, has published poets like devorah major, Tiffany Midge, Luke Warm Water and Rain Gomez. Kim has co edited two books of poetry for Oakland PEN. Shuck expects to have one and possibly two more books out by the end of 2013.

Sonoma County Poet Laureate Bill Vartnaw (2012-13) has been a part of the San Francisco Bay Area poetry scene for over 40 years; he established Taurean Horn Press in 1974. He's published two books of poetry & 3 chapbooks.

Nancy Wakeman lives in San Francisco where she hosts a monthly literary salon. Her poems have appeared in various journals. She is the author of a book of poetry and prose poems, Shooting Arrows at the Moon (2004); and two chapbooks, "Delicious Love" and "Prisoners of the Earth (2013)."

Petaluma Museum 20 4th S

Jennifer Barone/Martin Hickel/Lynn Watson 5:00 pm

Jennifer Barone combines poetry with her passion for fine art and jazz and has been a featured poet at venues such as The SF Public Library, The Red Poppy Art House, The Beat Museum, SF MoMa, De Young and many, many local venues for poetry. She has been a winning poet to represent North Beach twice in the 2007 and 2012 SF Public Library contest “Poets Eleven.” She is the author of three books of poetry, her latest titled Saporoso, Poems of Italian Food & Love (2012), which explores her Italian heritage through various delicious, Italian ingredients. Jennifer is the co-host of the “WordParty” poetry and jazz open mic at Viracocha every third Tuesday of the month. You can find out more about Jennifer and the Word Party by visiting

Martin Hickel likes to say he's been no where and done nothing (but only because he feels that's what most people experience). A life-long Marin native -- he once was an itinerant journalist and photographer and now writes poetry instead. He also loves putting on readings for fellow poets.

Lynn Watson has an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. She has taught Creative Writing in public schools, private workshops, and institutions. Her publications include poetry and fiction. She is currently working on a play and composing music and lyrics.

Aqus Cafe 189 H St.

Neeli Cherkovski/David Meltzer/Julie Rogers 6:00 pm

Neeli Cherkovski writes in San Francisco. In 2012 he was featured in the Spracsalz Festival, Hall, Austria. His most recent publication is MANILA POEMS (Bottle of Smoke Press). He is the recipient of a PEN Josephine Miles Award. Currently he is completing a mermoir. Neeli's papers are housed at the Bancroft Library, UCB.

David Meltzer is the author of over forty books of poetry, fiction, essays, and anthologies. His recent book, When I Was A Poet, # 60 in City Lights’ Pocket Poet’s Series, came out in 2011. Next year his “textbook,” Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook, will be reissued. Visit his website at:

Julie Rogers read her poetry in SF during the 1970’s, and later at West Coast venues, on public radio and television. She’s published five chapbooks, a Buddhist hospice manual, Instructions for the Transitional State, and last year, House Of The Unexpected, her first “selected poems”. Visit her website at

Petaluma Poetry Walk is sponsored by Poets and Writers
from a grant by the James Irvine Foundation.
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