First Friday Open Mic on February 4, 2022

First Friday Open Mic on February 4, 2022 For another evening of poetry, poets gathered to share their creations virtually. The poets included Carla Martin, Chris Nielsen, Christopher Robert Craddock, Jill Egland, Portia Choi, Sandra Hughes, and Shelley Evans. The...

A transformative new publication, The WASTELAND

A transformative new publication, The WASTELAND   The Wasteland is an exciting new publication by and for our community.  It is a “collaborative project made up of local artists and writers from Bakersfield and the surrounding Kern County communities.”  Its “goal is...

As part of National Poetry Month April 2022

Poets and Friends,   As part of National Poetry Month (April), there will be another Open Mic on Spectacular Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 6:00 PM by ZOOM.   Portia Choi and Carla Martin will co-host the virtual event. You may perform your original poem or song for...

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. ...