2016 Poetry Anthology


Redwood Writers 2016 poetry anthology Stolen LightGet your copy of the Redwood Writers 2016 poetry anthology, Stolen Light, ($12) at a membership meeting, online at Amazon, or at one of these featured readings:

May 7
10:15 a.m.
Take the Mic, Central Library, Santa Rosa

May 15
2:30 p.m.
Redwood Writers meeting, Flamingo Resort

June 25
2 p.m.
Open Mic Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa

As you may have read in the June 2015 newsletter, Anthology Editor Fran Claggett and her team of editors have begun the process of creating the next poetry anthology for the Redwood Writers.

Stolen Light is the title of the 2016 poetry anthology. “Your poems are the lights that you will have fashioned into small works of art,” according to Claggett.

The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2015. After reviewing the submission requirements, member workshop information and more details, please submit your poems online by using a form at the bottom of this page.



Poets must be members in good standing with the Redwood Writers.

Only poems submitted using the online form (below) will be considered for publication.

If you are not a member and wish to join, please click here for more information.


Submission Deadline: September 15, 2015, at 9 p.m.

Book Release: The anthology will be launched at the Redwood Writers Conference in April 2016.

THEME: Charged Moments

Consider moments that contain the essence of an observation, that are charged with light, with energy. Possible categories for inspiration:

  • Places
  • People
  • Events
  • Animals
  • Grief or Loss
  • The Environment
  • Self-reflection


Click here to open a flier for the 2016 Poetry Anthology call for submission

Poetry Workshop*

The editing team will be holding a Poetry Workshop for Redwood Writers members during which poets can ask questions and receive writing tips. (Click here for membership information.) Here’s more information:


Join in the discussion with the anthology editors
(listed below) about your poems 
and learn valuable
strategies for improving them. As well, you will have the

opportunity to share ideas with fellow poets.

Workshop bonus:
There will be a review of the submission process.

Sign up using the online form and get ready
to submit 
your poem to the 2016 Poetry Anthology!

Click here for a workshop flier.

Saturday, Aug. 22
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel
Oak Room


*PLEASE NOTE: Attending the workshop is NOT a requirement for submitting to the 2016 Poetry Anthology, nor will members’ attendance impact writers’ chances of their poems being chosen to be included in the anthology.


Please observe the following contest rules; otherwise, your entry may be disqualified.

  • DO NOT place your name or contact information anywhere on your poem submission. This is a blind judging.
  • Each poet may submit up to 3 poems.
  • All poems must be submitted through the Redwood Writers website using the form posted below.
  • Please include a 50-word biography at the time of submission.
  • Only previously unpublished poems will be accepted.
  • Each poem may have up to 50 lines.
  • All poems must be submitted by 9 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2015 for consideration.

Questions should be sent to [email protected]


Fran Claggett_editor

Fran Claggett

Fran Claggett is the author of two poetry books, Black Birds and Other Birds and Crow Crossings. Her poems deal with life events, love and loss. After years of teaching, consulting, publishing and writing, currently, Fran is an instructor of memoir writing and poetry at Sonoma State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has written a number of books for teachers and students on critical thinking, literature and composition and has received many awards. Fran lives in Sebastopol with her saluki and whippet.

Les Bernstein

Les Bernstein

Les Bernstein lives in Mill Valley with her very large and very boisterous family. Her poems have appeared in presses, journals and anthologies in the U.S and in Europe. Her chapbooks Borderland and Naked Little Creatures have been published by Finishing Line Press. Les Bernstein’s next chapbook, Amid the Din, will be released by Finishing Line Press in September 2015.

Crystal Ockenfuss

Crystal Ockenfuss

Crystal Mazur Ockenfuss was born in Buffalo, where she first studied poetry with Robert Creeley. Her poems have appeared in Slipstream and Ekphrasis and her chapbook, The Hobo Alphabet, was recently published by Dancing Girl Press of Chicago. She currently lives, reads, writes and teaches in the Bay Area.

Susan Gunter

Susan Gunter

Susan Gunter, Ph.D., has published poetry, three books on the James family, and a memoir, My Vacation at the Beach, about her transformation from college professor to full time nanny for her granddaughter. She studied poetry with James Dickey, and her poems have appeared in small journals around the country, including Poet Lore. She held the William Dean Howells Fellowship in American literature at Harvard’s Houghton Library in 2005. Currently she is finishing a suspense novel about two women college professors, The Juke Joint; or, The Life and Times of Mrs. Ann James.

Joan Brown

Joan Brown

Joan Brown has been actively involved in teaching and writing for more than thirty-five years. In addition to teaching at both the high school and college level, she has worked at the state and national levels to develop integrated reading-writing assessment programs and standards-based curricula. Joan was awarded Outstanding Teacher of Alameda County and has twice been nominated by students for inclusion in Who’s Who Among American Teachers. She is the author of Words of Wisdom, an exemplary vocabulary program, and is a co-author with Fran Claggett of Drawing Your Own Conclusions and other educational texts.



About the Painting:
“Stolen Light”

Sonoma County artist and writer Warren Bellows has graciously donated his original oil painting, pictured left, for use on the cover of the 2016 Redwood Writers Poetry Anthology.

Inspired by the title of the painting, the anthology will be titled by the same name, Stolen Light.

About the Artist:

Warren Bellows paints luminous landscapes, seascapes, florals and abstracts. Bellows was trained at the Denver Art Students League by Quang Ho, whom he considers one of the finest painters and art educators in America.

A native of San Francisco, Bellows’ work is inspired by Northern California landscapes, especially the Sonoma County coast and hillsides. He considers his paintings a visual portrait of a dialogue; an ongoing two-way conversation between the subject and artist.

Discover more of this artist’s works at his website wbellows.com.


Artist Warren Bellows

Artist Warren Bellows