STEYNBERG GALLERY HOSTS THE SLO FAVORITE POEMS PROJECT on the first Sunday of the month from 4-6pm. Instead of their own work, featured readers and audience members only read poems written by others and that are related to a monthly topic. April 5: Spring with featured readers James Cushing and Dian Sousa. May 3: Animals. June 7: Longing. July 5: Nation. Aug. 2: Landscape. Sept. 5: Work/Labor. Oct. 4: Myths and fairytales. See it at 1531 Monterey St. in SLO. Info: SLOfavoritepoems.org or 788-0818.
THE CALIFORNIA SURF PROJECT BY ERIC SODERQUIST AND CHRIS BURKARD will be featured at a booksigning at Moondoggies in SLO on April 24 and at the Stoke Fest in Shell Beach on April 25. Check out this doubly stoked effort from these local guys—a passion project that resulted in amazing photographs of surfers, surf spots, and life. Info: burkardphoto.com.
CENTRAL COAST WRITERS CONFERENCE takes place at Cuesta College Oct. 2-3. Find workshops, presenters, and, of course, writing. This year's keynote speaker is Christian Moerk, author of The Council of Ten author. Info: 546-3132 or communityprograms.net.
55 FICTION CONTEST AT NEW TIMES is at hand. The deadline to submit is June 11. Send submissions to: New Times, 55 Fiction, 1010 Marsh, SLO, 93401. Info: 546-8208.