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UKIAH, CA – Fans of poetry and fiction are invited to celebrate local writers and poets in a one-day festival Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., in the Lowery Library Building at Mendocino College, 1000 Hensley Creek Road.

“LitFest 2009, A Celebration for Word Lovers,” will feature readings, talks, and workshops by more than 20 contemporary authors and poetic artists. Admission to the event activities, including workshops, is free; and the public is invited.

    The Mendocino College LitFest is a festival to be enjoyed by students, faculty, staff, and the general public, according to John Koetzner, head librarian at Mendocino College. “Cultural and literary events such as (the College’s) ‘Spring Dance Festival’ and ‘LitFest’ enrich students’ lives and also invite the community to discover all the great ways the college enriches the community,” said Koetzner.

In discussing his pleasure in being able to present LitFest, Koetzner added, “The public has invested in us, and we offer wonderful programs that make the community that much better.”

Two main sponsors, the Mendocino College Foundation and the Friends of the Mendocino College Library, and several additional supporters are making it possible to hold the one-day festival, Koetzner said.

The celebration will feature readings by fiction writers Josh Bazell, Hal Zina Bennett, Marc Bojanowski, and Sheldon Siegel, and by poets Dan Barth, James BlueWolf, Armand Brint, Armando Garcia-Davila, Mary Norbert Korte, Jim Lyle, Linda Noel, Mary McMillan, Richard Schmidt, David Smith-Ferri, Sandra Wade, Theresa Whitehill, and Carolyn Wing Greenlee.

Additionally, aspiring writers, students, and fans of the written word will be able to meet featured guest authors and participate in writing workshops. Topics include “Writing Funny: How to get Readers Laughing in Between All Those Big Ideas,” “Write Free Playshop: Attracting Publication,” “Writing That Novel: How to Stay Sane and Enjoy the Ride,” “Artful Revision: How to Create Poetic Prose,” and “Perspectives in Self-Publication and Independent Publishing.” It is recommended that writers who want to attend the writing workshops sign up in advance by visiting the LitFest website,

This year’s LitFest celebration is the second time the festival has taken place. The first was in 2007 and made possible by funding from the Community Foundation of Mendocino County and the Friends of the Mendocino College Library along with a variety of community sponsors. “We would like to get additional community sponsorship to help make it an annual event,” said Koetzner.

For more information about LitFest 2009, call the Mendocino College Library at 707.468.3051 or visit the event website,



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