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Left Coast Writer's Literary Salon

Aug.29.2013

Left Coast Writers® was created to support new and established writers in the production and promotion of their work in a stimulating atmosphere of creativity and community.

The writers meet monthly at Book Passage at the Left Coast Writers® Literary Salon for lively evenings with an amazing roster of guest speakers on the subjects of publishing, long and short fiction, publishing, writer-agent relationships and more.

Charles Entrekin, Founder of The Berkeley Poets Cooperative (1968-1991) is going to talk about the importance of groups and organizations such as BPW&P. These poets and writers of BPW&P were writing about and living in tumultuous times in Berkeley when universities were under attack and free speech was in question, when the byword of the culture rang out, “Question authority.” It was an amazing period in history; when everything seemed possible. Looking back on times like this and on groups like BPW&P, can help and inspire new groups of poets and writers to maybe show a little of the optimism that sometimes seems lost. We, at Left Coast Writers, count Charles and The Berkeley Poets Cooperative as one of our major sources of inspiration.

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When discussing the tenets of Buddhism with a close friend, we talked about the world of illusions and the meaning of “enlightenment” and “awakening” and “mindfulness” and then I...
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Nov.13.2013 - 4:28 pm
I am a 72-year old, retired teacher and entrepreneur (founder of three successful computer companies); lifelong novelist and poet; and also a listener of Bill Moyers. I enjoyed...
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Oct.28.2013 - 4:40 pm
At a recent book launch/reading in Yreka, CA for the new release of the Berkeley Poets Cooperative: A History of the Times from Hip Pocket Press, the question about the Beat poets...
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Sep.09.2013 - 11:08 am
Reading Eric Hoffer's philosophy about Asia in the 1950s may cause us to rethink Syria: "According to Hoffer...communism in Asia was dwarfed by the desire for pride. To satisfy...
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