To a Blue Tsunami! 

October 2020

My YouTube channel is ready for prime time. Take a look please and “like” & subscribe too!

Thanks and HUGS to Dana Walden who got the ball rolling and Jess Weber.

October News, Updates & Two Opportunities 

It’s getting scary. Covid-19 has crept into the White House, acrimonious tweets are at a fever pitch, the ‘debate’ was more like a mud wrestling match, and we’ve been locked down for Covid and unhealthy air quality from fires and smoke.

Can things get worse? Let’s hope not. 

To a Blue Tsunami! 


New and Upcoming! Extreme Events

October 16 - 12 pm
Sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association/SF chapter
“San Francisco Values” with Joan Gelfand, Geri Spieler and Aya de Leon
Moderated by the wonderful Kathleen Archembeau

Three local authors with new books will discuss the ups and downs of life in the City by the Bay.
Read a description here:
SF Events Page

October 20 - 4pm
“Strong Heroines” 
With Sheryl Bize-Boutte, author of “Betrayal on the Bayou”
Sponsored by Authors Large and Small 
Benefit for Artists Tree:

October 24
LA Bookfest
“Emerging Literature of Silicon Valley”
With Leslie Berlin, Carole Stivers and Ryan Southwick.
Moderated by Katie Hafner



Coming on Oct 17: EXTREME Review

CAFÉ, my poem that was set to music by the inimitable Joe Wicht. 
Performed at the Center for New Music with vocalist Jesse Barrett.

NPR: Tech Nation
Interview with Moira Gunn went Live on Sept. 18

Other “Extreme” Media Mentions: 

Splash Magazine

Kindle Pick of the Week by iHeart Media Host Rick Limpert:



Review “Extreme” on Amazon, shoot me a quick e mail and I’ll gift you with an “Extreme” Coffee Mug!

Write a review for publication and let me know when it’s published and I’ll gift you with a “Winning Writer” consultation – for you or a loved one! 

And, share news of Extreme with  your friends, book club and community and get an “Extreme” Poster! 


COMMUNITY NEWS! Congratulations! Yeah!

Topanga Canyon Poet and teacher Jane Robbins “Poems of Covid: Stuck in the Lockdown”

REAL, the Refugee Center in Moira, Greece experienced a terrible fire.
Refugees from Syria and other war torn countries have been shipped out, families separated.

Donate through the UN portal if you are able.

Jenni Olsen’s archives were purchased by Harvard!

Barbara Quick wins Blue Light Press Poetry Book Contest for her chapbook, “The Bus to Appolonia”

Deborah Grossman WON not one but TWO prizes at the annual Ina Coolbrith Poetry Circle Lunch. And, she was the featured member of the North American Travel Journalists Associations in August. !

Andrena Zawinski has been plugging away at publishing new work and reprints, most recently at Poetry & Places, Cider Press Review, Nzuri, Monterey Poetry Review, Buddhist Poetry Review, Plainsongs, Artemis, Maintenant with awards from International Human Rights Arts Festival and Ventura County Poetry Project. Her Flash Fiction has appeared at Oye Drum, Pretty Owl, and Flashes of Brilliance.



WRITING contests 
WNBA SF Chapter:

Winning Writer – emerging writer chapbook contest closes 11/15

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Thanks for reading!
Please send your news.




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Great Highway - SF 


“Winning writer” Talk / introduction By Program Chair /
California writers club / Diablo Valley Branch - 9/13/20



Extreme Book launch w/ Blue Light Press / Sept 14, 2020


Keep Calm & Cry - Great Highway / SF


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