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Blue Light at the Gallery

Presented by Blue Light at the Gallery and Marin Society of Artists and Downtown San Rafael Arts District at Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael CA

Aug 24 2019
Blue Light at the Gallery

Readings by Ellaraine Lockie, Bill Vartnaw, plus “The Art of Invention” Workshop

Ellaraine Lockie, author of Sex and Other Slapsticks; and Revenge Poems: Poems that Throw a Punch;

Bill Vartnaw, author of  In Concern: for Angels; and Suburbs of my Childhood; plus

Poets from the BLP “The Art of Invention” Workshop, including…
Jeffrey Bartfeld, Sharon Metzler Dow, Elinor Gale, Paul Fisher, Melissa Hobbs, Kusum Jain, Steve Trenam, Steve Surry, and Lee Salomon.

August 24, 2019, 7 pm  –  doors open at 6:45 pm

Sweet & Savory potluck after the reading – You are welcome to bring a treat or beverage to share. No alcohol, a request of the MSA Gallery.

This is a fragrance free event so people with allergies and asthma can attend.

Ellaraine‘s fourteenth chapbook, Sex and Other Slapsticks, has recently released from Presa Press. Earlier collections have won Poetry Forum’s Chapbook Contest Prize, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival Chapbook Competition, Encircle Publications Chapbook Contest, Best Individual Poetry Collection Award from Purple Patch magazine in England Competition, and the Aurorean’s Chapbook Choice Award. Her poems have found their ways onto broadsides, buses, rented cars, bicycles, cabins, greeting cards, key chains, bookmarks, mugs, coffee sack labels, church bulletins, radio shows and cable TV as well as into hundreds of national and international journals, magazines and anthologies. She teaches writing workshops, frequently judges poetry contests, and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh.

Sonoma County Poet Laureate Emeritus (2012-13) Bill Vartnaw was born and raised in Petaluma. He’s publisher of Taurean Horn Press, an independent poetry press started in San Francisco in 1974. He is author of two books of poetry, In Concern: for Angels (THP, 1984); Suburbs of my Childhood (Beatitude Press, 2009) & 3 chapbooks.  He currently is director of the Petaluma Poetry Walk, an annual poetry festival, founded by Geri Digiorno in 1996, that occurs on the third Sunday in September in downtown Petaluma.

To reserve your seat, send an email to – or just come on August 24.
(I would not mind knowing how many chairs to set up.)


Free admission

Contact: 415.454.9561


    Official Website

Additional time info:

Readings start at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:45



Marin Society of Artists

1515 3rd Street (corner of E Street), San Rafael, CA 94901


Small lot for gallery. Free 2 hour parking on 3rd between E and Shaver. Metered parking on E between 3rd and 2nd – free on Sundays. Non-metered parking on 1st Street.  City parking lots:


    • Wheelchair Access

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