Waverly Writers

Waverly Writers is a longstanding poetry venue without its own website. I joined them after taking a poetry workshop in Palo Alto in 1986 and was briefly on the board in the 1990s.  I have been a featured reader there twice over the years, enjoyed many wonderful readings and workshops, both with featured readers (like Dana Gioa, Molly Fisk, Brenda Hillman, Francisco Alarcon, Joy Katz, Eavan Boland, J.P. Dancing Bear, and many many locally-wonderfully-famous poets) and with just the great open mic crowd. I’m collecting what press I can find about them here. Nobody asked me to, but I love them and want it not to be lost that they are loved.

Proclamation from the City of Palo Alto, December 15, 2014

Information about the ongoing series on SMC Connect.

Anniversary Book

  • 25 Year Anniversary Book: Waverly Writers Anniversary Book: Celebrating 25 Years of Community and Poetry, 1981-2005. (From Google Books)
  • A collection of reminiscences by more than sixty Palo Alto area poets who have participated in readings and workshops arranged by the Waverley Writers, a twenty-five-year-old Palo Alto literary organization. The volume also includes photos, poems, maps of Palo Alto literary events, the historical perspectives of some of the founders, and biographical portraits of important Waverley Writers of the past such as Margaret Mullen, Jim Standish, Abby Niebauer, and former Foothill College poetry teachers Richard Maxwell and Frances Mayes. The book was edited by Palmer Pinney and designed by Robert Perry, published in 2007.


Press Articles

Blog Tributes and Memories

Gracecuts (Michael Dylan Welch)

Wisdom Portal (Peter Y. Chou)

Composite Thoughts On Poetics and Tech (Liz Henry)

Ramona House (Maureen Eppstein)



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