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About ram1614

D. Marie Fitzgerald is the author of Reruns, 2013, by Dog Ear Publishing. She has been published in several journals and reviews, most recently Cholla Needles, Pen Woman, and Coachella Magazine. She hosts a monthly authors series at Koffi in Rancho Mirage, CA. She has also served as editor on three different publications and is a retired English and creative writing teacher. She lives in Palm Springs, CA.

December Featured Reading

The next featured reading at Koffi in Rancho Mirage will be December 16th at two o’clock. This month features poet Lois Batchelor and author Judith L. Butler. This will end our three years at Koffi as a new space has opened for us and that is Art Is Gallery in Westfield Mall in Palm Desert. I may forgo January as I need to line up readers for 2018. Luckily at our Holiday Book Fair at the gallery on the 30th I met many authors who are interested in doing a featured reading in the new year. Exciting!


Holiday Book Fair

November 30th from 11-5 at Art Is Gallery in the Westfield Mall on the upper level close to Macy’s. Twenty-six local authors selling their books. There are also children books. Books make a wonderful Christmas present and promotes reading! Stop by and see us! I will have a table selling my book Reruns, a collection of poetry and prose. There will be many wonderful local authors! This is a great way to support your local artists!

Upcoming Events

Two upcoming events:

Book Series: November 18th at two o’clock at Koffi in Rancho Mirage located at 71-380 Hwy 111. Patty Farmer will introduce her second book in the Playboy series, Playboy Laughs, highlighting the magazine’s contribution to humor. And Kurt Sipolski, with his biography/memoir about his widowed mother who cared for him when he contracted polio, Too Early for Flowers. An open mic is also included.

Palm Springs Writers Guild Holiday Book Fair: November 30th from 11-5 at ART IS Gallery located in The Westfield Mall, upper level, close to Macy’s. Twenty-six local authors will have books for sale (yours truly being one of them). Books make great Christmas presents!

Here’s hoping to see many of you at both events. Support local artists!


Poetry Critique Group

If you are interested in joining a poetry critique group, please contact me at We will meet on November 7th at The River at the tables in front of the Starbucks at 1:30, but if the weather is too hot we will be inside Starbucks. Bring 5 copies of a poem you are working on.

Next featured reading at Koffi November 18th

Our next featured readers at Koffi in Rancho Mirage are Kurt Sipolski and Patty Farmer. Kurt’s Too Early for Flowers: The Story of a Polio Mother is a loving tribute to the memory of his mother. Patty is making her second appearance with us debuting the second book in her Playboy series, Playboy Laughs, which focuses on the humor and cartoons that appeared in Playboy.

The program, as always, begins at two at Koffi in Rancho Mirage located at 71-380 Hwy. 111. An open mic is also included. Your host: moi

Come and enjoy, listen, participate, and buy books!

poetry critique group

I am offering a poetry critique group starting on November 7th. We will meet at the Starbucks at The River in Rancho Mirage at 1:30. You will bring five to six copies of a poem you are working on and receive critiquing from the group. If you are interested in joining please contact me at

Author Series

Sept. 10th begins my third year as host of the authors series held at Koffi in Rancho Mirage! I am kicking off the new year with two interesting authors: Judith Fabris, and Marjoree Snell. Judith has a new novel coming out entitled Kameleona/Chameleon. Marjoree Snell’s bio about her husband is entitled Lest We Forget: A WWII 101st Airborne Paratrooper. The readings begin at two. An open mic is always included. Come and enjoy, listen, participate, buy a book!

The Diamond Valley Writers Guild

Last Saturday I participated in The Diamond Valley Writers Guild’s annual Appreciation of Poetry Day. There were over twenty poets and we each were allotted two poems to read. A good friend of mine had been telling me about this group for some time. They meet monthly at the Hemet Public Library. I also know the director of this group, Lynne Spreen, an author of several novels, including Dakota Blues which I thoroughly enjoyed. Lynne has also been a featured reader at my authors’ series held at Koffi in Rancho Mirage.

I was most impressed by this group and will be joining. Their membership dues are only $20. They have speakers at their monthly meetings and other events such as an authors book fair taking place on Saturday September 23rd at 123 North Harvard Street in Hemet. If interested in joining The Diamond Valley Writers Guild go to Oh! They also put out a literary magazine entitled Straitjackets.