Duo Book Launch: Landscapes and Escapades
Featuring Donna Emerson and Ron Thomas Sunday, March 22 2-4 PM

Landscapes and Escapades: An Afternoon of Poetry, Prose and Music with Poet Donna Emerson and Poet/ Novelist Ron Thomas and musical interludes by Jared Emerson-Johnson.

Donna’s poetry collection takes us from the wells, woods, meadows, horses, family and strangers of her family homestead in the New York Finger Lakes, to the music, ocean and earth in her current California. In plainspoken diction, narrative and lyric styles, the poet records memorable, time-stopping moments of intimacy.

Ron’s novel I Want To Walk You Home will remind readers of what it’s like to meet love head-on for the first time and how it feels to question your life’s direction.

Selected readings, Q&A, book sales and signing. Free admission, all donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments for sale. OCA: 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental, CA. OCA’s facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.

Donna Emerson


Recently retired from teaching at Santa Rosa Jr. College, and private practice as a clinical social worker, Donna Emerson’s award-winning poetry can be seen most recently in the Denver Quarterly, the MacGuffin, Verdad, and anthologies such as Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California. Her publications also include four chapbooks, and two full-length poetry collections, The Place of Our Meeting and Beside the Well. Her recent awards include nominations for a California Book Award, two Pushcarts and Best of the Net nominations, and two Allen Ginsberg awards.

Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas’s poetry and prose has appeared in the Texas Review, Wisconsin Review, Sanskrit,

Quiddity, New York Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Willard and Maple, Fourteen Hills, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Poet Lore, and many other journals. He used to run marathons until his left knee got older than the rest of him. Now he bicycles and lives with his wife and their dog in Sebastopol, California.


I Want To Walk You Home is his first work of fiction.


Jared Emerson – Johnson

Jared Emerson-Johnson is an award winning composer, sound designer, and voice

director. Since the early 2000s, Jared has also worked as a music instructor in Cinnabar Theater’s education department—coaching chamber music and conducting various operettas and musicals. Since 2017 Jared has performed as front man with the Rivertown Skifflers, a lively jug band well known to Sonoma and Marin County listeners



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