Writers-helping-writers Salon meets the third Monday of each month via Zoom for the foreseeable future from 7 to 9 PM.

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.

Benicia Literary Arts is a $40 annual membership

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

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

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. 

Our website, beniciafirsttuesdaypoets.org launches with the inaugural “Featured Poets” page showcasing poets from the Bay Area and beyond. No membership required to submit. Feel free to submit poems: written, audio, or linked. For information, contact: beniciapoet@gmail.com.

“The Storytellers” on OZCAT Radio

      Talented area writers read their work on “The Storytellers,” a regular segment of “Artbeat,” hosted by Benicia’s own fabulous DJ Lala. Air time is 10:00 a.m., the third Thursday of each month on OZCAT Community Radio (KZCT 89.5 FM, Vallejo and streams live at http://ozcatradio.com/ozcat.pls.
      Our Storytellers read original fiction, memoir, personal essays and other prose the third Thursday of each month.

If you would like to read your work on “The Storytellers” please go to www.californiastorytellers.com or email californiastorytellers@gmail.com for more information. Because everyone loves a good story!

      Tune in. Get your game ears on! And write something wonderful to read on the radio!!

Hello, Writers of Poetry and Prose,

I’m guessing that we’re all bursting with imagery and reflecting on experiences as we live with social distancing and take in the concept and realities of the coronavirus pandemic. Looking for a way to gather our writings and make them available to our community, I offered to edit a column for the Benicia Herald. Editor Galen Kusic accepted my offer. The column will be called “Going the Distance.” It will feature poems and prose by local writers—[that’s you]—to give voice and speak to the fears, hopes, tensions, and oddities generated in this time of social distancing. I will also publish the poems and prose online (details pending).

The descriptive-blurb-and-call-for-contributions is attached below. Please let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to pass this along to others. And send me your stuff!

Thanks so much,

Mary Susan


The column I’m editing for the Benicia Herald has been very well-received. [See description below.] Thanks to all of you who have contributed poetry or prose—and to all who will contribute. Meanwhile, many of you who don’t receive the Herald have asked about accessing the columns online. So, here’s the link to Going The Distance It will take you to a page on my website where, if you hover over the “Going the Distance” button on the menu, you’ll be able to look at the index and read any of the columns already published in the Herald. Your written words have great power to bring us together and offer encouragement and support in this time of physical distancing and great unease.

Benicia Literary Arts is seeking volunteers

Benicia Literary Arts is now part of Amazon's Smile charities donation program.

Shop at smile.amazon.com and use this link to direct your donation          Benicia Literary Arts.

Amazon will donate to us 0.5% of your eligible purchases with no fees or extra cost. Choose Benica Literary Arts as your charity. 

BLA members, Mary Eichbauer and Johanna Ely, will be doing a zoom poetry reading on July 19, 2020 at 1:30pm. The event is hosted by the Benicia/Vallejo branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and is open to the public. Mary will be reading poetry from her soon-to-be published book, After the Opera (Random Lane Press), and Johanna will be reading from her new book, Postcards From a Dream (Blue Light Press).

If you would like to attend the reading, here is the zoom invitation and link.