Writers-helping-writers Salon meets the third Monday of each month from 7 to 9 PM at HQ Gallery, 333 First Street in Benicia 

To attend please RSVP to lois@requist.com 

Since September, writers have been meeting, talking about their needs, and reading pieces they’ve written for comments and critique. While some of this writing has been in response to prompts, others have brought something they are currently working on.

Publishing is such a large issue! We’re attacking it in bits and pieces. Three people with considerable experience have shared what has happened to them in the process of being published. One woman who had her book published through a company she paid to publish it, brought the book and advised us not to use that company. The group will likely close once we have 6-8 regular members. Another group may start. The cost is $10 per session for nonmembers, or with a $40 annual membership, the sessions are free.

The Memoir Writing Group has been meeting for over a year.

The group reads and offers suggestions and criticisms of each other’s work. Meets the first and third Fridays of each month from 10 am to noon. Membership is limited. To inquire about attending please write to to lois@requist.com

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March 11th, Sunday: A Reading of and About the Beat Poets, 4 P.M. to 6 P.M., The Rellik Tavern

Benicia Literary Arts and the First Tuesday Poets will have a reading with the theme--Beat Poets. We are inviting you to read poetry and writing from that period, or any original writing that addresses the beat generation. The second hour will be an open mic. Please let us know if you would like to participate!

The Poetry Foundation describes Beat Poets as, “A national group of poets who emerged from San Francisco’s literary counterculture in the 1950s. Its ranks included Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, and Gary Snyder. Poet and essayist Kenneth Rexroth influenced the development of the “Beat” aesthetic, which rejected academic formalism and the materialism and conformity of the American middle class. Beat poetry is largely free verse, often surrealistic, and influenced by the cadences of jazz, as well by Zen and Native American spirituality.”

Come in Beat attire! (I think that’s basic black?)

Lois Requist & Johanna Ely

The Rellik Tavern, 726 First Street, Benicia, CA 94510, USA

Saturday, February 24
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Benicia City Clocktower
1189 Washington St, Benicia, CA 94510, USA
Description: The Benicia Literary Arts will have a team at the the XXVI Annual Trivia Bee on February 24, 2018 at The Clock Tower. The theme this year will be Author! Author! This is a major fundraiser for the Benicia Library. Money raised at this event will go toward capital improvements at the Library. 

Benicia First Tuesday Poets' Group

Where: Benicia Public Library 150 East L. St. The meeting is held in the Dona Benicia Room.

When: The first Tuesday of every month, except there is no meeting in July. 

Time: 6:45-8:45 pm. The meeting is facilitated by the current poet laureate (Johanna Ely). People are invited to share their poetry, or just come and listen. This is free, and open to the public.

First Sunday Poetry Series at Rosanna's European Delights

Where: 305 First St. Benicia

When: The first Sunday of every month, unless the Sunday falls on a holiday.

Time: 2-4pm

This series is hosted by Johanna Ely. Every month, there is a featured poet, followed by an open mic.

February 24th: Ekphrastic poetry reading for "The Art of a Community"
Where: Arts Benicia Gallery 991 Tyler St. #114 Benicia
Time: 2-4pm
This is a fabulous pairing of art and poetry! All poets are welcome to participate!
For more information, contact Johanna Ely jelyabc13@yahoo.com