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May 8, 2012

Mendocino College
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482

Contact: John Koetzner; 707-468-3051


Christina Perez

Fans of poetry and fiction are invited to celebrate local writers and poets in a one-day festival Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, in the Lowery Library Building at Mendocino College, 1000 Hensley Creek Road.

“LitFest 2012” will feature readings, talks, and workshops by more than 20 contemporary authors and poetic artists and some book vendors such as Tenacity Press will be present to sell books. Admission to the event activities, including workshops, is free and the public is invited. New to the event this year will be two writing workshops for children and teens presented by local authors Jody Gehrman and Natasha Yim. National Slam Poetry poet Christina Perez will be doing a workshop on writing and performing slam poetry. Additionally, there will be a reading by the Ukiah Poets Laureates featuring the current Ukiah Poet Laureate, Dan Barth, as well as past laureates Theresa Whitehill, David Smith-Ferri, and Linda Noel.

“The Mendocino College Literary Festival is a full day dedicated to appreciation of works by very talented artists, along with writers and poets from Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma County. 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.”

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 Jordan Rosenfeld, Rebecca Lawton, Doris Eraldi, Jean Hegland, Jody Gehrman, Terena Scott, Natasha Yim, Molly Dwyer, Christina Perez, Ricardo Stocker, and readings by poets and authors Stefanie Freele, Armando Garcia-Davila, Dan Barth,  Blake More, Sandra Wade, David Smith-Ferri, Linda Noel, 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. Some of the workshop topics include “Breaking into the Picture Book and Young Adult Markets,” “World Building: World Building for Every Genre,” “Writing the Mythic Journey in Fiction and Nonfiction: Workshop and Conversation” “Poetry and Consciousness,” “Outside the Box: Memoir, the Prose Poem & Flash Fiction ,” “Writing for Performance Poetry,” and more.  It is recommended that individuals who want to attend the writing workshops sign up in advance by registering online beginning May 4th at the web site: For additional information, call (707) 468-3051.

Another new feature is the ability to order sandwiches in advance that will be prepared by the Culinary Arts program at the college.   Anyone who does not want to order a sandwich is advised to bring a lunch.

This year’s LitFest celebration is the fifth 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 build it an even bigger annual event,” said Koetzner.

For more information about LitFest 2012, call the Mendocino College Library at 707-468-3051 or visit the event website,  


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