We also hold many events in Squaw Valley during the summer. For more information, go to our Summer Events page.

Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry Benefit Reading

Join us in San Francisco


Don Mee Choi
Robert Hass
Harryette Mullen
C.D. Wright
Matthew Zapruder


Friday, June 20, 2014

7:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. doors)
general admission

Starr King Room
First Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin Street
San Francisco

On Friday, June 20, 2014 acclaimed poets Don Mee Choi, Robert Hass, Harryette Mullen, C.D. Wright, and Matthew Zapruder will read from their poetry in the Starr King Room at the First Unitarian Church in San Francisco.

This gathering of the tribe—all staff poets from this year's Community of Writers’ Summer Poetry Workshop in Squaw Valley—will raise money for the Poetry Program’s financial aid and scholarships. Books by the poets will be available for purchase and signing.

See our Poetry Workshop Page for more information about the poets who will be reading. For more information, call: 510-761-6439 or email poetrybenefit@squawvalleywriters.org.

Tickets are $24 general admission and $12 for students (with current student ID). Group discounts are available. The First Unitarian Church will NOT be selling tickets. Please do not contact them regarding ticket sales.

First Unitarian Universalist Church

Located at 1187 Franklin Street in San Francisco.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

PARKING: Parking is available at the Sutter Place Garage, 1355 Sutter St., 2 blocks from the church or go to BestParking.com. On-street free parking is usually avialable, but please arrive early to give yourself time to find a space in the neighborhood. Take note of the one-hour parking signs and tow-away zones; they extend until 6 pm on the east side of Franklin and until 7 pm on the west side.


MUNI buses 38, 38L, 49, 47, and 90 stop within walking distance of the church. Call 415-673-MUNI (6864) or go to their website for specific directions from your location.

For more information on the venue's location and directions, visit their website.

Deborah Dashow Ruth—supporter of the Community of Writers for many years. Deborah is a poet and many-times Squaw Poetry Workshop participant. She is sponsoring the event to help poets who, without the financial aid this even provides, would be unable to attend the summer program.

Thanks also to Hotel Rex for providing discounted accommodations for our readers.

Become a Sponsor or Give to the Poetry Scholarship Fund

We are looking for volunteers! We need help with:

  • Promoting the event during the months of April and May.
  • Crowd-wrangling on the evening of June 21.

If you are interested in helping (and in a free ticket to the event), please contact us.

Please help get the word out!

Download and print the event poster. If you could post in your neighborhood bookstore, art gallery, cafe or library, it would be a tremendous help. Or email/mail the postcard to your friends. Spread the news via Facebook and Twitter.

To obtain high resolution photographs of the writers, poets or former events: