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Mendocino College “LitFest 2011”

UKIAH, CA – Fans of poetry and fiction are invited to celebrate local writers and poets in a one-day festival on Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., in the Lowery Library Building on the Ukiah Campus of Mendocino College at 1000 Hensley Creek Road.

“LitFest 2011” will feature readings, talks and workshops by more than 20 contemporary authors and poetic artists. Vendors such as Tenacity Press will be present to sell books. Admission to all activities is free and the public is invited to attend. New to the event this year will be a round robin “Grand Poetry Reading” that will run from 3:30-5:00 PM.

            “The Mendocino College Literary Festival is a full day dedicated to appreciation of works by very talented artists along with writers and poets from our communities. It is to be enjoyed by students, faculty, staff and the general public,” said John Koetzner, Head Librarian at Mendocino College. “Cultural and literary events such as (the College’s) ‘LitFest’ and our annual readers series enrich students’ lives and invite everyone to discover all the great ways the college contributes back to the community,” said Koetzner.

The Mendocino College Foundation and its affiliate organization, the Friends of the Mendocino College Library, plus several additional supporters are making it possible to hold the one-day festival this year, Koetzner said.

The celebration will feature workshops by fiction writers and poets Armand Brint, Doris Eraldi, Jean Hegland, Jody Gehrman, Terena Scott, Natasha Yim and Molly Dwyer, and readings by poets Armand Brint, Dan Barth, C.E. Chaffin, Steve Hellman, Blake More,

Ethel Mays, Bill Churchill, Ricardo Stocker, Sandra Wade, Theresa Whitehill and others.

Additionally, aspiring writers, students and fans of the written word will be able to meet featured guest authors and participate in writing workshops. Topics include “From Picture Book to Young Adult: The Nuts & Bolts of Writing and Publishing for Children”; “Give Your Great Characters Something to Do”; “Framing the Dream: Making Your Publishing Dream a Reality”; “Dialogue as a Story-Telling Tool”; “Spontaneous & Collaborative Writing”; “Cross-Cultural Poetry” and more.  It is recommended that individuals who want to attend the writing workshops sign up in advance by registering online beginning April 8th at the web site: For additional information, call (707) 468-3051.

This year’s LitFest celebration is the fourth time the festival has taken place. The first was in 2007 and made possible by funding from the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, Mendocino College Foundation, and the Friends of the Mendocino College Library along with a variety of community sponsors. “We would like to get additional community sponsorship to help make it an annual event,” said Koetzner.

For more information about LitFest 2011, call John Koetzner at the Mendocino College Library (707-468-3051), email him at or visit the event website:  


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