Wine Country Spoken Word Festival canceled for 2019: What was originally announced as the “Third Inaugural Wine Country Spoken Word Festival,” set for the weekend of Nov. 8 in Petaluma, has had to be silenced, according to producers Dave and Juliet Pokorny. Blame the dreaded “Outside Circumstances” (a great name for a band or improv comedy troupe, by the way). Stepping up to save the weekend is the Storytelling Association of California, which was already planning a daylong Sunday event, and is now intending to expand their annual Community Conference, at the Hotel Petaluma to include some additional Friday and Saturday events as well.
“This was not an easy decision for us and we know you are disappointed,” stated the Pokornys in a message sent out to followers, “but no one is more disappointed than us. This festival is a passion of ours, so our goal is just to put it on hold for a year.”
The plan, they say, is very definitely to return with a postponed “Third Inaugural” festival in 2020. Till then, fans of spoken word performance can look forward to some other word-happy happenings. For example, West Side Stories Petaluma, the monthly story- slam event produced by the Pokornys, will carry on with their initial plan to present a special workshop with bestselling author Margot Leitman, an acclaimed storyteller and NYC Moth GrandSlam winner. That workshop will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Sonoma Portworks (613 Second St.)
“Although it’s not The Wine Country Spoken Word Festival,” stated the Pokornys in their announcement (read it yourself at DavePokornyPresents.com), “there will be a whole lot of words being thrown around Petaluma that weekend and they should not be missed.”