Petaluma River Press

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Philip Levine Prize in Poetry

The Philip Levine Prize in Poetry is open to all poets except current
or former students or faculty of California State University, Fresno.

$1500 prize and publication by Anhinga Press

Postmark Deadline: 9/30/07

Final Judge: C.G. Hanzlicek

The contest is named for poet Philip Levine who was the final judge in
2001, 2002, 2005. Philip Levine taught at California State
University, Fresno for many years and is one of the most highly
honored American poets. He has published 16 books of poems, several
volumes of translations and two collections of essays. His list of
honors includes two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics
Circle Awards, the American Book Award, the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize for
Distinguished Poetic Achievement, and the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
Previous Winners: Lynn Chandhok, Roxane Beth Johnson, Steve Gehrke, Fleda Brown

2007 Guidelines

Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book
form, 48-80 pages. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name
and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY.
Manuscripts will be screened and judged anonymously. The entry fee is
$25. Checks should be made out to "CSU Fresno Levine Prize." Please
bind your manuscript with a binder clip only and mail by 9/30/07
(postmark deadline) to:

Philip Levine Prize in Poetry
CSUF English Department
5425 N. Backer Ave. MS PB98
Fresno, CA 93740-8001

E-mail mfafresno@cvip. net or connieh@csufresno. edu for more information.
Also :

Steven Church
Assistant Professor of English
California State University, Fresno


The Courage to Love, by Eugene Ruggles

The Courage to Love
Ruggles, Eugene.
Michael Good - Fine and Rare Books, ABAA
P.O. Box 521
Woodacre, CA 94973
P: Michael D. Good
Tel: (415) 488-9057
US$ 10.00
Folio broadside poem measuring 8 1/2 x 16 inches. Printed on beige paper. Fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 04870


ABEBOOKS: The Lifeguard in the Snow copies for sale listings:

Saturday, June 16, 2007

From Jack to Geri

Note to Geri Digiorno, Poet Laureate of Sonoma County from Jack Hirschman, Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Jack was a good friend of Gene's, and advised me about the book venture:

"dear geri----

"Agneta Falk is a swedish-born poet and painter, who lived in England for 30 years and now lives and works in san francisco.
"Her major collection, It's Not Love, It's Love was published in a bilingual edition by Multimedia Edizioni in Italy.
"She has also edited, with Judi Benson The Long Pale Corridor, an international anthology of poems on grieving and death, published by Bloodaxe Books of England.

"Jack Hirschman is the current Poet Laureate of the City of San Francisco.
"Last year his masterwork, The Arcanes, was published by Multimedia Edizioni in Italy in the American language only.
"He is an active member of the League of Revolutionaries for a new America.



Jack Hirschman and Agneta Falk, Baba Shibambo Reading July 1st 3-5pm -- Phoenix Theater

Friday, June 15, 2007

The 12th Annual Petaluma Poetry Walk -- September 23rd, 2007

The 12th Annual Petaluma Poetry Walk -- September 23rd, 2007



Fionna Perkins, Mimi Albert, Eileen Malone,
Diane Frank, with Anthony Wright, Harpist; and Nina Lindsay


D.A. Powell, Katherine Hastings, Forrest Hamer
G.P. Skratz and the new Arundo Band

Hosted by Carl Macki, with reading of Poem by Eugene Ruggles.


Helene Cardona, John Fitzgerald and Elena Karina Byrne
Baba Shibambo: featuring South African dance music


Ellen Bass, Terri Carrion and Michael Rothenberg


The Suicide Kings


Kate Braverman, Juanita Martin, Geri Digiorno, Chris Olander and Avotcja


David Bromige, Ed Coletti, Richard Denner and Q.R. Hand

Here are some links related to The Petaluma Poetry Walk:

Pictures of the 2002 Petaluma Poetry Walk
at David Huang's "Poetic Dream" site.

2002 Petaluma Poetry Walk
site at the Isle Press Internet site, including a schedule,
map, and links to many of the poets that read in the 2002 Petaluma Poetry Walk.

September 19, 2002, article by Patrick Sullivan called "Can Sonoma County's young poets rekindle a flickering art form?"
The article talks about Copperfield's Books and the Dan Jaffe Memorial Poetry Contest and how the winners will read in the
Petaluma Poetry Walk.

2002 article by Truong Tran called "Decreasing Funds: How Literary Organizations Are Coping" at the "Poets & Writers" Internet site. About Geri DiGiorno's fundraising efforts from local merchants for the Petaluma Poetry Walk.

Pictures of the 2001 Petaluma Poetry Walk at David Huang's "Poetic Dream" site.

September 6, 2001 article by David Templeton called "A poet praises lit. icon Lawrence Ferlinghetti." About Ferlinghetti's appearance at the Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma for "Rhyme, Rhythm and Song," a fundraiser for the Sonoma County Book Fair and the Petaluma Poetry Walk.

October 5, 2000 article by David Templeton called "Free Verse: The Petaluma Poetry Walk."
The article interviews Geri DiGiorno about the Petaluma Poetry Walk.

Pictures of the 2000 Petaluma Poetry Walk at David Huang's "Poetic Dream" site.

September 7, 2000 article by David Templeton called "How much is a good poem worth?"
Geri Digiorno on the streets of Petaluma asking passing pedestrians, "Which would you rather have, this book of poetry or this dollar bill?"

Pictures of the 1999 Petaluma Poetry Walk at David Huang's "Poetic Dream" site.

Pictures of the 1998 Petaluma Poetry Walk at David Huang's "Poetic Dream" site.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Ruggles Stamp: At "Poems For All" Blog

Much to our delight we found this stamp of Gene at

Eugene Ruggles 4/10/2007

Poems-For-All mailart stamp honoring small press poet Eugene Ruggles.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

News From Delia

This is exciting. . . . We have a web page just for Ruggles.
In August I'll make it beautiful.
For now it's just a pd for site.
Any suggestions are welcome.
I'd like a short vita to put in right away.
Interested in sending me one??
I'll include some from your blog.
I didn't know you had been writing me on the blog all this long time.
Sorry. I can't wait to really breast this wave of time and surf into the Ruggles project full time with the energy that now goes to the dissertation.
Best, Delia

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Ruggles Memorial Library at the Phoenix Theater Petaluma

Working on it. A report will be forthcoming.
Hope to set some of the books at the Phoenix by May 1st, 2007.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Arion Press

Note: I remember Gene saying Andrew Hoyem was a friend of his.
I thought it might be good to approach them about a limited edition.
Jack Hirschman wisely pointed out that Gene was a man of the people,
and that he would want a popularly priced edition of his poems. I agree.
That doesn't mean that a limited edition with original artwork of Gene
would be bad, however.

Limited Edition Books with Original Art
Designed and published by Andrew Hoyem

1802 Hays Street
Arion Press
Founded by Andrew Hoyem in 1974, the Arion Press publishes deluxe, limited-edition books, many of them printed by letterpress, illustrated by prominent artists, and some accompanied by separate editions of original prints. Since 2001, Arion Press has been a cultural tenant at the Presidio, the new National Park in San Francisco, where it shares a handsome industrial building with its second division, M & H Type, and its nonprofit adjunct, the Grabhorn Institute. Tours and contact information.
Andrew Hoeym
Nonprofit Grabhorn Institute
The nonprofit Grabhorn Institute was created in 2000 to preserve the historic printing and bookmaking facilities of Arion Press and M & H Type, and to perpetuate the crafts of typecasting, letterpress printing, and bookbinding. It conducts educational and cultural programs, including tours of the historic production facility, and exhibitions, lectures, and readings in the gallery. Read more about the nonprofit Grabhorn Institute and how you can make a tax-deductible contribution.
Mark Ulriksen: Rosen Runs
Recent and Forthcoming Publications
Just released: Godot, a staging in pictures of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot by William T. Wiley. Recently published: A Day in the Bleachers by Arnold Hano with illustrations by Mark Ulriksen; The Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti with prints by R. B. Kitaj; and, Gloria by Bill Berkson with 25 etchings by Alex Katz. Many of these recent books are available with separate editions of prints and portfolios. Read more about recent and future projects.

1802 Hays Street, The Presidio
San Francisco, California 94129
Telephone: 415-668-2542
Fax: 415-668-2550

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Eugene Ruggles and the Novato Library

Delia--I just spoke with the head librarian in Novato--Donna Mettier. We discussed a proposed poetry program in Novato, and I happened to mention Gene's poetry, plus the anthology that Gerry is helping with. She asked if Gene lived in Marin and I told her he did live in Marin--he is also in the Marin author database in the library--I told her that after Gene's heart surgery, he lived at his son's place on Center. She was very interested in Gene's poetry. I told her I would leave her some poems. I think I should request The Lifeguard in the Snow for her from the County library system. Who knows? It is a flower blossoming. Carl