Poetry Critique Group

If you are interested in joining a poetry critique group, please contact me at msfitz1951@gmail.com. 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 msfitz1951@gmail.com.

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 Meetup.com. Oh! They also put out a literary magazine entitled Straitjackets.

I just saved $880

I was all set to enroll in an online writing course through Stanford when I decided to download the syllabus. It consisted of writing a poem a week, reading a list of poets, and reading essays from Mary Oliver’s A Poetry Handbook. Well, it’s not like I need college credit, I just wanted to improve my writing skills. The only advantage of the course would be the critiquing from the professor and fellow students, but I already run a critique group, and we really help each other. So, this is what I did. I ordered Mary Oliver’s book and kept the syllabus. There was also an anthology to order, but I have most of the works of the recommended poets already, and those I don’t have I can google. So, I will do the course work on my own and save $880!