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 (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.

For pictures from our events go to our Facebook page


Visitors since May 27, 2018

On June 9 Lois Requist presented her just published book, "Late Harvest Green" to a bog crowd at the celebration at Estey Realty in Benicia. Here are some pictures of the event.