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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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 (Tom Stanton). People are invited to share their poetry, or just come and listen. This is free, and open to the public.

Poetry Inside Out

Where: Bookshop Benicia, 636 1st St, Benicia

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

Time: 5-7pm

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

Visitors since May 27, 2018


Dear Poets and Writers,
You are invited to participate in an ekphrastic reading at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Samantha McNally is the featured artist, though she has asked us to write about the paintings of all 13 artists.


The reception and reading for the show, “Paintings, Prose, and Poetry”, is on Saturday, December 15, from 3-5pm.

Where: The Benicia Plein Air Gallery, 307 First St. Benicia

Your poem or prose piece needs to be 99 words or less! You may write 2 pieces if you wish. We would like to see all 13 artists represented! There will be a sign-up sheet in the gallery. After you choose a painting, please write down your name, the title of the artwork, and the name of the artist. Again, we would like to see all the artists represented! The show goes up DECEMBER 6TH!

The gallery will be open on the following days before the reading:  Dec. 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14 - 11am-5pm.

If you want your work to be included in the gallery binder, please email me (Johanna) your poetry or prose in a Word docx, no later than Thursday, December 13. Include the title of the painting, the name of the artist, and if possible, a photo of the artwork.

If you have questions about the art, contact Samantha McNally at: sam@samanthamcnally.com

This event is sponsored by The Benicia Plein Air Gallery, Benicia Literary Arts, and the Poet Laureate Program/Benicia First Tuesday Poets. And no, you don’t have to belong to any group to participate!
However, I do encourage you to join Benicia Literary Arts! Go to the Join Us page to join. 

Please let me (Johanna) know if you plan to do this. It’s going to be a fun event, and if you missed the reading at the HQ Gallery, we hope you can be here for this one!

Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes,

Johanna Ely
President, Benicia Literary Arts

Tom Stanton
Benicia Poet Laureate