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Saturday, March 30, 2019, noon–4 p.m. Featured poet/speaker at Berkeley Poets' Dinner. Zio Fraedo's, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA. I'll be talking about writing that turn on the day's theme -- awe -- and reading poems from Simply to Know Its Name.Ticket information available from the Ina Coolbrith Circle.

Saturday, June 22, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Moderator for panel on "Writing Outside the Lines." I'll be joined by Katya Cengel (Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back), Julia Bricklin (Blonde Rattlesnake: Burmah Adams, Tom White, and the 1933 Crime Spree That Terrorized Los Angeles), and Kristi Eaton (The Main Streets of Oklahoma: Okie Stories from Every County) to discuss what happens when stories draw writers in directions that lie outside the norm, ones that require them to break the mold and take an unconventional look at their material. Presented during the 2019 convention of the Western Writers of America, Hilton Tucson East, 7600 East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85710. Register with WWA.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, 5:30–8 p.m. Speaker on The Modoc War at San Francisco Corral dinner meeting of Westerners International. Fior d'Italia, 2237 Mason St., San Francisco, CA. For ticket information, email