Why Northern California?
Historical literary figures as diverse as Robinson Jeffers, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Henry Miller at one time made their home along the breath-taking coastline of Monterey County, California. Author John Steinbeck also hailed from the area, and his famous Salinas Valley now boasts the National Steinbeck Center in his honor. Monterey, always a popular spot for festivals and conferences, is the original home of the annual TED conference and has subsequently hosted many TEDx meetings of the mind. The annual Authors and Ideas Festival in Pebble Beach/Carmel also brings together contemporary literary greats to inspire and connect with community. Santa Cruz, just up the highway from Monterey, has a lively writing community, including Poetry Santa Cruz, networks such as Santa Cruz Writes and publications such as the bi-annual journal Poesy, which brushes up against the mission of Literary Cadences, as it focuses on poetry from Santa Cruz and Boston.
North of Monterey and Santa Cruz, in San Francisco, literary traditions abound – too many to name here. Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Books in North Beach, for example, is just one player in a host of SF-based movements and moments that have helped shape the world of books.
The sheer beauty of the landscape and the openness of this tourist region to welcome people from many places to its shores, is reason enough to create of the area a literary exchange partner.
(An ever-growing list of venues we like and venues we work with.)
Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur, CA (Workshops are generally held at the Big Sur Lodge.)
Robinson Jefferson Tor House, Carmel, CA
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA
Luminata Books and Gifts, Monterey, CA
Crossroads Books, Watsonville, CA
The Beat Museum, San Francisco, CA
Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Books Inc., San Francisco CA
Moe’s Books, Berkeley CA
Book Passage, Corte Madera CA