A few new bits…

Just helping sound the call about a few (mostly new) items that might be of special interest to local poets & writers…

The Davis Poetry Book Project: Accepting submissions through August 15th, “…the Davis Poetry Book Project aims to create an anthology of poetry about the city of Davis, written by current and past members of the Davis community.” Directed by Allegra Silberstein, this project aims to deliver “a shared appreciation of our community as well as for the art of poetry.”

The new reading series at The Garret: Owner Nina Gatewood will be turning her upstairs community gathering space into Davis’ newest venue for salon-style literary readings during the Second Friday ArtAbouts. First on her lineup later this spring: Davis author Brenda Nakamoto. (I’ll be helping Nina coordinate the series – contact either of us if you’re interested in reading.)

Infinity Literary Magazine: “Nothing can call forth the character of a place like the stories, whether real or fiction, of its people. Infinity is a celebration of the California Central Valley’s writers and photographers and will feature short stories, interviews, poetry, personal essays, and black and white photography from Valley youth and established Valley writers and artists.” A brand new independent, the magazine also coordinates email-based mentorships between its established & young authors. (Reading submissions for issue #2 through April: up to three poems or 1200-7500 words, sent as an attachment to editor Samantha Canales at infinityliterarymagazine@gmail.com.)

California Northern: published in Sacramento, this year-old magazine “provides a rare California-based forum for exceptional essays, long-form journalism, literature, and photography, and distinguishes itself from traditional regional media by balancing its local emphasis with a level of sophistication and depth typically found in larger national publications.” (A special ‘Notes from the Field’ feature presents readers’ dispatch-style vignettes from the many corners of our region.)

The 2011 Sacramento Poetry Center Annual Conference: quickly approaching on Friday, April 8 & Saturday, April 9 just in time to kick off National Poetry Month. (A low-cost local mini-conference, this year’s program features workshops with Melissa Morphew and Julia Connor, among others.)

Journalist and novelist Naseem Rakha will be speaking at UC-Davis about the writing process and how writing can foster healing and community: March 30, 12-2 PM, in 126 Voorhies (at the corner of 1st & A Streets).

And, finally, this weekend:

Poets for Peace III: Some of California’s best poets join hands on the eighth anniversary of the war in Iraq. This reading series is an effort on the part of peace and social justice poets to help end US aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan. Saturday, March 19, 7-9 PM, in the conference room at the Breathe Building (909 12th Street, Sacramento). Free.

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