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Open Mic at Pour House

Poetry and Storytelling have been added to the list of artistic endeavors in Livermore's monthly Art Happens!

On Thursday, July 11, Kevin Gunn will host a poetry open mic on the patio of the Pour House, 7-9 p.m. All are welcome. Bring your own poetry or something you love to share with the group.

Storytelling will be showcased at Peet's from 6-9 p.m.

Visual art will be on display throughout the downtown. Bill Paskewitz's watercolor paintings will be featured at 1780 First Street, in the Prudential California Realty office.

For information, contact Cher Wollard at 

Everything Bicycles

Have you created a painting, photograph, collage, poem or short prose piece about bicycles, bicyclists, bike trails, bike races, bike shorts or ANYTHING BICYCLES? 

I'm planning a display of EVERYTHING BICYCLES in May and June to coincide with Livermore's participation in the Amgen Tour of California again this year. 

If you want to participate, call or e-mail me by May 1.

The exhibit will be on display at Prudential California Realty, 1780 First Street, Livermore.

For information, contact Cher Wollard at 925 824-4824 or 






Reception for Poets and Artists

"Ekphrasis" is art commenting on art. In this case, poetry commenting on paintings, photography and collages as part of the City of Livermore's Third Biennial Ekphrasis Exhibition.

Twenty-four wonderful artists from throughout the East Bay are displaying their work at Prudential California Realty, 1790 First Street, Livermore, through Nov. 20, 2010. Almost as many amazing writers have created poems about various pieces. Those poems are now hanging beside the art.

Sunday, Oct. 17, 2011 from 5-7 p.m., we will be celebrating the show, the poets and the artists with a reception at the Prudential office. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

All are welcome to attend.

For information, contact Cher Wollard at 925 824-4824 or


Thanks to the Downtown Livermore businesses who participated in Poetry in Place, exhibiting poems and essays inspired by their establishments in their windows and storefonts! And thanks to the wonderful writers volunteered their talents to this event to celebrate National Poetry Month.


The collection of poems and very short prose pieces inspired by Livermore locations were on display through April.


The works combined to form Poetry in Place, a project organized by the city’s Poet Laureate, Cher Wollard. The pieces hung in the locales that inspired them. Most were in the windows. A few were inside for logistical reasons.


“This project is intended to bring poetry to the people and more people to Downtown,” Wollard said.


The literary works in the project range in tone from the sweet tribute of “Girlfriend” by Karen Hogan to the surrealistic “Fudge Fantasy” by Lesley J. Calderon to the slyly wicked “Charlotte’s Web” by Cindi Hagley; and in length from Katrina Anderson’s three-line “Haiku” to Cynthia Patton’s page-long essay “A Shot of Kirsch and a Pot of Bubbling Cheese.”


“They each can be read in about a minute,” Wollard explained. “We don’t want to tie up the sidewalks with readers!”


Among the other participants were Connie Post, Livermore’s first poet laureate, and  Deborah Grossman, the current poet laureate of Pleasanton.


The works were mounted for display with the assistance of Way Up Art and Frame.


Poems and prose pieces on display included:

  • “Donut Wheel, 7 a.m.” by Charan Sue Wollard, at the Donut Wheel, 2017 First Street
  • “Where to Buy the Best Boots” by Connie Post, at Baughman’s Western Outfitters, 2029 First Street
  • “Eddie Pappa’s American Hangout” by Deborah Grossman, Eddie Pappa’s American Hangout, 2417 First Street
  • “What’s for Lunch? Let’s Do Indian” by Tracy Ann Meersman, Sansar Indian Cuisine, 2220 First Street.
  • “a little whip” by sandra kay, Panama Red Coffee Company, 2115 First Street
  • “A Shot of Kirsch and a Pot of Bubbling Cheese” by Cynthia Patton, Simply Fondue, 2300 First Street
  • “Things to Do in Livermore” by Alina Brzeski, Strizzi’s Restaurant, 2205 First Street
  • “Not Too Naughty” by Cindi Hagley, Not Too Naughty, 2121 First Street
  • “Tiffane’s Cupcakes” by Charan Sue Wollard, Tiffane’s Cupcake and Cookie Boutique, 184 South K Street
  • “Fudge Fantasy” by Lesley J. Calderon, Candy Bouquet and Live-for-More-Fudge, 1744 First Street
  • “The Actor” by Charan Sue Wollard, Vine Cinema, 1722 First Street
  • “Alehouse” by k.n. gunn, First Street Alehouse, 2086 First Street
  • “Girlfriend” by Karen Hogan, Chamber of Commerce, 2157 First Street
  • “Haiku” by Katrina Anderson, OutsideInEtc., 2184 First Street
  • Charlotte’s Web” by Cindi Hagley, Charlotte’s Web, 2160 Railroad Avenue
  “We hope folks will read the poems and enjoy them. Perhaps some folks will even be inspired to write poems of their own,” Wollard said. 
We appreciate the many patrons who took the Literary Stroll, and let the merchants know how much they appreciated their support of the literary arts.

Cher Wollard on TV Local program

 "Grassroots" on Comcast channel 26 features an interview about poetry with Cher Wollard. The program is hosted by Barbara Hickman. The interview aired Oct. 31, 2009, and can be viewed online at



Kevin Gunn, the poet laureate for the City of Livermore, will welcome Julia B. Levine and Roy Mash as featured readers at Ravenswood on Sunday, May 18. This was followed by an Open Mic. Admission is $5 at the door.

Levine has won numerous awards for her work, including the 2003 Tampa Review Prize, the 1998 Anhinga Poetry Prize, a bronze medal from     Foreword magazine, and a Discovery/The Nation award.  Her fourth poetry collection, Small Disasters Seen in    Sunlight (2014), inaugurates a new poetry series for Louisiana State University Press. Her work appears in anthologies such as The  Places That Inhabit Us, The Autumn House    Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry .  She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UC Berkeley. She resides in Davis. 

Roy Mash is a longtime board member of the   Marin Poetry Center.  His first full-length book, Buyer’s Remorse, was   published by Cherry Grove Collections in 2014 to “wild acclaim in his head.” His work has appeared in the  California Quarterly Review, The Atlanta      Review, Spillway, Sow’s Ear and The Dirty Napkin, as well as other publications, and in anthologies such as 99 Poems for the 99      Percent. He says he is currently appearing as a stunt double in the movie of his life

Future such events will be held in September and November. Check here for updates on who will be the featured poets. 

Ravenswood is an historic home set amid the Livermore vineyards, located at 2657 Arroyo Road, Livermore.

For information or directions, contact Cher Wollard at or 925 824-4824.


Second Sunday Reading
Reading by some of the region's best poets, followed by an Open Mic, is held the second Sunday of each month at Valona Deli in Crockett. Connie Post, Livermore's first poet laureate, hosts. The event, which runs 3-5 p.m., is free and open to the public.

 For information, contact Connie at



Cher's Book Published

Cher Wollard's first book of poems and paintings, "In My Other Life," has been published by Richer Resources. 

The book is available for $10 from the publisher at,, at Towne Center Books in Pleasanton, or by contacting Cher Wollard at 925 824-4824 or


Cher Wollard

Livermore Poet Laureate

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