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

Announcing our new Events Chairperson, Becky White! Thank you Becky for organizing the Author Talks. Stay tuned for more Benicia Literary Arts events in the future.





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Coming up this Thursday, 11/15, Benicia Literary Arts is co-sponsoring with Bookshop Benicia to present the final author in our 2018 Author/Talk series.


"The Bonanza King," (Scribner) by author/historian Gregory Crouch, is a rags-to-riches true life adventure tale of an Irish immigrant, John Mackay, who outwits, outworks and outmaneuvers thousands of rivals to take control of Nevada's Comstock Lode, the gold and silver bonanza so valuable that it changed the destiny of the United States. When Mackay died in 1902, with a personal fortune equivalent to $40 billion today, front page obituaries in Europe and the United States hailed him as one of the most admired Americans of the age.


Books by Gregory Crouch include a true-life World War II flying adventure, China's Wings, a mountaineering memoir, Enduring Patagonia and dozens of adventure stories for a variety of outdoor-related publications.


Mr. Crouch promises to be a fascinating speaker. Becky and I, along with Bookshop Benicia owner, Christine Mayall, are looking forward to hosting his talk. We hope you can join us.