Your Poem on the Writers of Kern Blog

Your Poem on the Writers of Kern Blog   April is National Poetry Month if you’d like to include a poem in our blog for that month, please send an original poem. Established poets, emerging poets, and would-be poets all have the possibility of being published...

Writing Covid – Message from Matthew Woodman

  Hello All, Since 2016, I have edited an annual themed anthology featuring work by writers in and around Kern County. The first anthology was Writing the Drought, followed by Writing Work, Writing Flora/Fauna, Writing Sound, and Writing Fields. Writing Fields was...

First Friday Open Mic on December 3, 2021

First Friday Open Mic on December 3, 2021 Year 2021 was graced with poetry, culminating in the virtual Open Mic on First Friday, December 3, 2021. The performers at that event were Carla Martin, Christopher Nielsen, Heather Ponek, Portia Choi and Shelley Evans. ...

Portia Choi was interviewed by 23 ABC News

Portia Choi was interviewed by 23 ABC News | KERO in Bakersfield as part of Asian American Pacific Islander Awareness Month, May 2021. Please take some time to watch this phenomenal story about one of our Bakersfield Chinese Women’s Club members, Dr. Portia Choi. Her...

First Friday Open Mic, May 7, 2021

First Friday Open Mic, May 7, 2021 The Open Mic was unique in that three of the poets sang their poetry.  You may read the interviews of the poet-musicians by Carla Joy Martin, in this story. The evening was graced with performances by Carla Joy Martin, Christopher...

Kern Poetry Zoom Open Mic on April 2, 2021

  First Friday Open Mic on April 2, 2021 The First Friday Open Mic was the first event during National Poetry Month.  It began with a virtual reading as poets got together to share their words. The poet interviewed for this story was Samuel Rain Benjamin who gave...