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Women’s Writing Salon

April 7, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In honor of the 2018 Sierra Poetry Festival taking place on April 28 during National Poetry Month, the Women’s Writing Salon presents a special pop-up poetry Salon featuring four women poets: Maxima Kahn, Karen Terrey, Ingrid Keriotis, and Julie Valin. Join us Saturday April 7th at 4pm at the Open Book, located at 671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley. $10 suggested donation; proceeds to benefit the Sierra Poetry Festival.

Maxima Kahn writes poetry, essays and fiction. Her poetry has appeared in such literary journals as the Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Westview, Slant, Wisconsin Review, Spillway, and Tule Review, among others. She has been a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and a participant at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Colrain Conference. She teaches classes in poetry, creative writing and the creative process.

Karen A. Terrey earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2007. Her poems have appeared in Rhino, Edge, West Trestle Review, Sierra Nevada Review, The Meadow, Squaw Valley Review and Puerto Del Sol, among others. Bite and Blood, a book of poetry published by Finishing Line Press, is available in local bookstores. She is a teacher, writing coach and editor, offering workshops, manuscript review and coaching through her business Tangled Roots Writing.

Julie Valin has been writing poetry since Ditto jeans and arcades were a thing. Her poems have appeared in The Poeming Pigeon, Chiron Review, Red Fez, Heavy Bear, Primal Urge, and several anthologies & collections, including the Punk Rock Chapbook series by Epic Rites Press. She is also an editor, book designer and self-publishing consultant for her business Self to Shelf Publishing Services and is a poet teacher with CA Poets in the Schools and Poetry Out Loud.

Ingrid Keriotis received her MFA from Eastern Washington University. Her poems have recently appeared in the literary magazines Steam Ticket, Flumes, and American River Review. She is also published in the anthology More Than Soil, More Than Sky. She lives in Grass Valley and teaches English to community college students who are inspiration for many of her poems.

The 2018 Sierra Poetry Festival is crowning National Poetry Month in Nevada County on April 28 with a full day of readings, panel discussions, open mics, a literary vendor fair, and youth voices. Throughout the month of April, pop-up events will be popping up, including a reading by Gary Snyder as a benefit for the North San Juan Library and Sierra Poetry Festival.


April 7, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Open Book’s event center hosts a diverse array of concerts, readings, and lectures, in an intimate setting with book- and wood-backed acoustics. Want to book an event? We have a 12′ by 8′ stage, a high-end PA with XLR and quarter-inch hook-ups, and capacity for 80 fans.