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The Center hosts readings, workshops, lectures, and publishes a variety of poetry publications. SPC is located in the R25 Arts Complex located on the corner of R & 25th Streets in midtown Sacramento.



Sacramento Poetry Center memberships support a variety of local poetry programs, publications, readings, and events. Members receive a free subscription to Tule Review and Poetry Now. Please send your check for $30 or more to SPC, 1719 25th St., Sacramento, CA 95816. Fixed incomes are $15.


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Sunday, August 27, 2006

SPC's September Poetry Events

Saturday, September 2
First Saturday Poetry Series
Sojourner Truth Art Center, 2251 Florin Rd.
(Corner of Tamoshanter and Florin). 7pm.
Hosted by Noah Hayes and Felicia McGee.
All ages / $5.00. Come early for workshop.
Info: www.malikspeaks.com

Tuesday, September 5, 12, 19, 26
SPC Poetry Workshop, 7:30pm,
Hart Senior Center, 27th & J.
Info: Danyen, (530) 756-6228. Free. www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org/SPC Workshop News.

Wednesday, September 6
Mics and Moods presents Taalam Acey at Capitol Garage, 1500 K Street. 10pm to midnight. Features and Open Mic hosted by Khiry Malik. Info: www.malikspeaks.com or 492-9336. 21 and over / $5 cover.

Thursday, September 7
Vibe Sessions features Taalam Acey at Cobbler Inn, 3520 Stockton Blvd. (next to Colonial Theater) Hosted by Flo Real 8-11pm. $5.00 All ages. Open Mic for comedians, singers, poets.

Poetry Unplugged presents Vincent Kobelt. Open mic before/after. Hosted by Mario Ellis Hill. 8pm at Luna’s Café, 1414 16th Street.
Info: 441-3931 or www.lunascafe.com. Free.

Monday, September 11
Sacramento Poetry Center presents TBA
hosted by Indigo Moor. 7:30 p.m.,
SPC/HQ for the Arts, 1719-25th
(25th and R) 451-5569. Free.

Wednesday, September 13
Mics and Moods presents Ranonsense at Capitol Garage, 1500 K Street. 10pm to midnight. Features and Open Mic hosted by Khiry Malik. Info: www.malikspeaks.com or 492-9336. 21 and over / $5 cover.

Wednesday, September 13
Rattlesnake Press presents Phil Weidman at The Book Collector, 1008 24th St., Sacramento, from 7:30-9 PM to celebrate his new poetry rattle-chapbook, Fictional Character: The Ernie Poems. info: kathykieth@hotmail.com

Thursday, September 14
Poetry Unplugged presents: Marian Jones. Open mic before/after. Hosted by Geoffrey Neil. 8pm at Luna’s Café. See September 7 for details.

Vibe Sessions at Cobbler Inn, 3520 Stockton Blvd. (next to Colonial Theater) Hosted by Flo Real 8-11pm. $5.00 All ages.
Open MIc for comedians, singers, poets.

Friday, September 15
David Humphreys and Paula Sheil are featured readers at Our House Defines Art. (El Dorado Hills Town Center, just south of Hwy 50 in El Dorado Hills) at 7 pm. An open mic follows.

correction Escritores del Nuevo Sol presents the poets of the Generation of 27, Rafael Alberti and Federico García Lorca, as well as poems from Dr. Fausto Avendaño and Mariela Santana. You are invited to read your favorite poem in Spanish during the “open mic” period. 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Mariposa Hall, Rm. 1000, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J St.* Donation: $5.00 ($3.00 students and members; no one turned away for lack of money.)

Saturday, September 16
Celebrate the publication of Volume 5 of Manzanita: Poetry and Prose of the Mother Lode and Sierra 2 - 6 P.M. Kautz Ironstone Winery in Murphys

Underground Poetry Series presents
Felecia McGee and Black Men Expressing Tour plus open mic. 7-9pm, $3.00. Underground Books, 2814 35th Street (35th and Broadway).

Sunday, September 17
Poet's Corner Presents Open Mic.
Barnes & Noble, Stockton’s Weberstown Mall. 7:00 pm www.poetscornerpress.com.

Monday, September 18
Sacramento Poetry Center presents
frank andrick and friends. Host Bob Stanley. 7:30 p.m., SPC/HQ for the Arts, 1719-25th (25th and R) 451-5569. Free.

Wednesday, September 20
Mics and Moods presents the live music of Sparlha Swa (who has been featured on BET J) at Capitol Garage, 1500 K Street. 10pm to midnight. Features and Open Mic hosted by Khiry Malik. Info: www.malikspeaks.com or 492-9336. 21 and over / $5 cover.

Urban Voices presents Bill Carr and
Terry Moore. Hosted by B.L. Kennedy, 6:30 – 8 p.m. South Natomas Library, 2901 Truxel Rd. Free.

Thursday, September 21
River City Writers Series presents Chris Ransick reading at 12 noon at the Little Theater (Room A6) at Sacramento City College.

Poetry Unplugged features Todd Mann, Leslie Kramer, and Rachel Gregg plus open mic before/after. Hosted by frank andrick. 8pm at Luna’s Café, 1414 16th St. Info: 441-3931 or www.lunascafe.com. Free.

Vibe Sessions at Cobbler Inn, 3520 Stockton Blvd. (next to Colonial Theater) Hosted by Flo Real 8-11pm. $5.00 All ages.
Open MIc for comedians, singers, poets.

Sunday, September 24
Poems-for-All presents Bill Pieper.
A Book Release Party for his latest novel, "Belonging," a tale of Downieville and California's Modern Gold Country. 4 to 6 pm. The Book Collector, 1008 24th Street, Sacramento. Free. Info: (919)442-9295.


Monday, September 25
Sacramento Poetry Center features
Camille Norton - National Poetry Series Award Winner for her book, Corruption.
host: Tim Kahl. 7:30 p.m. Info: 451-5569. Free.
SPC/HQ for the Arts, 1719-25th Street

Tuesday, September 26
Craig Paulenich reads at 7 pm in the library gallery at CSUS. His new book of poetry, Drift of the Hunt, is the first offering from nobodaddies press.

Wednesday, September 27
Mahogany Poets presents Mics and Moods at Capitol Garage, 1500 K Street. 10pm to midnight. Features and Open Mic hosted by Khiry Malik. Info: www.malikspeaks.com or 492-9336. 21 and over / $5 cover.


Poetry reading at Hidden Passage Books (352 Main St., Placerville), 6-7 pm, features an open mic read-around.


Thursday, September 28
Poetry Unplugged features Matt Amatt and Jennifer Jeanne O’Neil-Pickering. Open mic before/after. Hosted by B.L. Kennedy.
8pm at Luna’s Café, 1414 16th St. Info: 441-3931 or www.lunascafe.com. Free.

Vibe Sessions at Cobbler Inn, 3520 Stockton Blvd. (next to Colonial Theater). Hosted by Flo Real. 8-11pm. $5.00 All ages.
Open MIc for comedians, singers, poets.

Saturday, September 30
“The Show” Poetry Series features
Prentice "2006 OAKLAND/SAN FRANCISCO GRAND SLAM CHAMPION"
Noah "SupaNova" Hayes (Birthday)
Lawrence Brooks, Jason Banks,
Miss Ashleigh, Love Jones Poetry Night
7-9 pm Wo'se Community Center (Off 35th and Broadway), 2863 35th Street, Sac; $5.00. Info: T.Mo at (916) 455-POET.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

He's Too Fast For Me

Here's what Medusa had to say about the Marathon this morning:

Well, no, I couldn't [pat Crawdad on the rump]—as usual, he was too fast for me... I attended the last four hours of the Marathon; the most interesting part to me was how many of our different poetry communities in this area were represented over the 73 hours, communities that normally would not appear together on the same bill. Here's hoping this isn't the last such event, whether it be a marathon or some other occasion. Thanks to BL Kennedy, frank andrick, Java City, and all the other tireless (sleepy) people who made this event possible!

And thanks, Tim, for the pictures and the narrative. It's great to have somebody chronicling all these events for SPC!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

SPC's SACRAMENTO POETRY EVENTS [AUGUST]

1 Tuesday
SPC Poetry Workshop, 7:30pm,
Hart Senior Center, 27th & J.
Bring 15 - 20 copies of your one-page poem. Info: Danyen, (530) 756-6228. Free. www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org/SPC Workshop News.

2 Wednesday
Mahogany Poets presents Mics and Moods at Capitol Garage, 1500 K Street. 10pm to midnight. Features and Open Mic hosted by Khiry Malik. Info: www.malikspeaks.com or 492-9336. 21 and over / $5 cover.

3 Thursday
Open Mic at Cobbler Inn, 3520 Stockton Blvd.
(next to Colonial Theater) Hosted by Flo Real and Malikspeaks. 8-11pm. $5.00 All ages.
Open MIc for comedians, singers, poets.

Poetry Unplugged presents: TBA. Open mic before/after. Hosted by Mario Ellis Hill. 8pm at Luna’s Café, 1414 16th St. Info: 441-3931 or www.lunascafe.com. Free.

5 Saturday
Escritores del Nuevo Sol’s writing workshop and potluck on 1st Saturdays. 11am.
Location not decided at press time.
For info call Graciela Ramirez, 456-5323 or joannpen@comcast.net.

First Saturday Poetry Series returns today!
Sojourner Truth Art Center, 2251 Florin Rd.
(Corner of Tamoshanter and Florin). 7pm.
Hosted by Noah Hayes and Felicia McGee.
All ages / $5.00. Come early for workshop.
Info: www.malikspeaks.com

7 Monday
Sacramento Poetry Center No reading

8 Tuesday
SPC Poetry Workshop, 7:30pm,
See August 1 for details

9 Wednesday
Irene Lipshin will be reading at The Book Collector at 7:30 pm. to celebrate the release of her new chapbook, Shadowlines, from Rattlesnake Press. Also premiering that night will be littlesnake broadside #26, Out the Window, by Norma Kohout. Refreshments and a read-around will follow; bring your own poems or somebody else's.

Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour, host Andy Jones, 5pm, KDVS-90.3 FM or subscribe to podcast at www.kdvs.org. www.culturelover.com.

9 Wednesday
Mahogany Poets presents Mics and Moods at Capitol Garage, 1500 K Street. 10pm to midnight. Features and Open Mic hosted by Khiry Malik. Info: www.malikspeaks.com or 492-9336. 21 and over / $5 cover.

Moore time for Poetry: Terry Moore’s Access Television Show, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 9pm, co-host Tyra Moore. Access Sacramento, Channel 17. updates: tvguide.com. (916) 208-7638.

10 Thursday
Poetry Unplugged presents: TBA. Open mic before/after. Hosted by Geoffrey Neil. 8pm at Luna’s Café. See Aug 3 for details

12 Saturday
POEMS-FOR-ALL Second Saturday Series
presents frank andrick, Becca Costello, Rachel Liebrock “plus wacky guests galore” 8pm
The Book Collector, 1008 24th Street, Sacramento, between J and K Streets
916.442.9295

13 Sunday
Jim Nolt reads at McBean Perk (a coffee place) 3:00pm to 5:00pm
427 A St., Suite 400 Lincoln, CA

Poet's Corner Presents Open Mic. Barnes & Noble, Stockton’s Weberstown Mall. 7:00 pm www.poetscornerpress.com.

The Pomo Literati Radio Program –
2 hours of spoken word hosted by frank andrick.
KUSF 90.3 fm. San Francisco - www.kusf.edu for global streaming broadcast - 2pm tp 4pm

14 Monday
Sacramento Poetry Center presents TBA. Host Indigo Moor. 7:30 p.m., SPC/HQ for the Arts, 1719-25th (25th and R) 451-5569. Free.

15 Tuesday
SPC Poetry Workshop, (See Aug 1 for details)

16 Wednesday
Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour, 5pm, KDVS-90.3 FM or www.kdvs.org.

16 Wednesday
Mahogany Poets presents Mics and Moods at Capitol Garage, 1500 K Street. 10pm to midnight. Features and Open Mic hosted by Khiry Malik. Info: www.malikspeaks.com or 492-9336. 21 and over / $5 cover.

17 Thursday
Poetry Unplugged features Francisco Alarcon. Open mic before/after. Hosted by frank andrick. 8pm at Luna’s Café, 1414 16th St. Info: 441-3931 or www.lunascafe.com. Free.

18 - 20 Friday – Sunday
Sacramento State Writers Conference featuring Gail Tsukiyama, John Lescroart, Jim Dodge, Dan Melzer, Jeff Vasseur, Sands Hall, Robin Burcell, David Bianculli, Marcos Breton, Lynn Ferrin, Albert Garcia, Josh McKinney, more. www.cce.csus.edu/cts06/WritersConference

19 Saturday
Underground Poetry Series presents Taylor Williams and Black Men Expressing Tour plus open mic. 7-9pm, $3.00. Underground Books, 2814 35th Street (35th and Broadway). Mother Rose is the bookstore manager and La-Rue’ is the series host. If you would like to be a featured poet please contact Terry Moore at 455-POET.
Nevada County Poetry Series presents Cowboy Poets: Daryl Knight, Dave Fisher, and Tony Argento. $5 general, $1 for under 18. Refreshments and open-mic included. www.thecenterforthearts.org

21 Monday
Sacramento Poetry Center features
Rob Anthony and Josh Fernandez;
host: Bob Stanley. 7:30 p.m.
SPC/HQ for the Arts, 1719-25th Street
(25th & R). Info: 451-5569. Free.

22 Tuesday
SPC Poetry Workshop, 7:30pm,
see Aug 1 for details

23 Wednesday
Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour, host Andy Jones, 5pm, KDVS-90.3 FM

Urban Voices presents TBA
Hosted by B.L. Kennedy, 6:30 – 8 p.m. South Natomas Library, 2901 Truxel Rd. Free.

Mahogany Poets presents Mics and Moods at Capitol Garage, 1500 K Street. 10pm to midnight.

Features and Open Mic hosted by Khiry Malik. Info: www.malikspeaks.com or 492-9336. 21 and over / $5 cover.

Moore time for Poetry: Terry Moore’s Access Television Show, 9pm, co-host Tyra Moore.
See July 5 for details

24 Thursday
Poetry Unplugged presents Brad Buchanan and Robbie Grossklaus. Open mic before/after. Hosted by B.L. Kennedy.
8pm at Luna’s Café, 1414 16th St. Info: 441-3931 or www.lunascafe.com. Free.

26 Saturday
“The Show” Poetry Series features
Isaac Griffin, Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd,
He Spit Fire, Juanita Mason AKA: Yoke Breaker, and "UNTITLED" dance group
7-9 pm Wo'se Community Center (Off 35th and Broadway), 2863 35th Street, Sac; $5.00. Info: T.Mo at (916) 455-POET.

27 Sunday
A Cinematic and Poetic Betty Page fest – erotic prose and poetry and film. HQ for the Arts (25th and R). Hosts: Jay Greenberg and frank andrick.

28 Monday
Sacramento Poetry Center presents Tupeloetics – Connie Gutowsky, Bill Ludington, Jim Moose, Edythe Haendel Schwartz and Bob Stanley.
Host: Tim Kahl. 7:30 p.m., SPC/HQ for the Arts, 1719-25th (25th and R Sts.) Info: 451-5569.

29 Tuesday
SPC Poetry Workshop, 7:30pm
See August 1 for details

30 Wednesday
Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour, 5pm, KDVS-90.3 FM or www.kdvs.org.

Mahogany Poets presents Mics and Moods, 9pm at Capitol Garage. See Aug 9 for details

31 Thursday
Poetry Unplugged: Head Druid poet Michael R. Gorman, Magickal word worker poet Merlen Tofer, and medieval music by Kira. plus open mic. Hosted by frank andrick. 8:00 pm at Luna’s Café, 1414 16th St. Free.

THE 73rd HOUR

The last hour of the Java City Poetry Marathon produced a string of readers who celebrated a notion that one media observer in Manhattan who read about the marathon and e-mailed the organizers exclaimed with incredulity:

THEY"RE BLOCKING OFF THE STREETS FOR POETRY!

Yes, they're blocking off the streets in Sacramento for poetry.

Following is an attempt to pictorially capture the succession of poets (as host Frank Andrick called them out to the stage).



Rachel Leibrock read a short piece of prose.



Emerson



John Noon



John Bell

Then, Eric, the sound man, delivered several two-liners.



Here Kathy Kieth gives Crawdad Nelson a pat on the rump as he leaves the stage



D.R. Wagner



Jane Blue



Gene Avery (who jumped up to read and headed out the side door, then shunned the stage and wandered freely in front of it).



Mike from Texas (who, indeed, did travel all the way from Texas to be a part of the scene . . . and even served as host in the wee hours).



Michael R. Norman (who took great pains to emphasize his middle initial in order to differntiate himself from the other Michael Normans in Sacramento).



Ann Menebroker who read a piece, upon the urging of B. L. Kennedy, about recently deceased poet Jack Michelin.



Stan Zumbiel continued with the theme of the elegy and read a poem about Irwin Gardner (spelling?).



A woman by the name of Terrell(?) apologized for dressing up the way she did in high school and then recited Edgar Allan Poe's "A Dream Within a Dream."



Charlene Ungstad recited one of her old poems from memory.



Host Frank Andrick read a poem that local news anchor Edie Lambert wrote for her grandmother.



Gene Bloom, whom Crawdad Nelson has described as the "New York sex poet."



Videographer Linda Thorell got into the mix.

Frank Andrick left the crowd with this quote taken from Oscar Wilde:

"In an age where the dull are treated seriously, I live in terror of being understood"

Then, B.L. Kennedy took the stage to give the assembled his farewell address, and the energy that was in the room overcame my camera, so I wasn't able to document B.L. dancing around the room like a dervish on one bad leg and with one bad heart, urging the people in the room to chant POETRY NOW, POETRY NOW. It was the liturgy in the church of poetry, the sacrament of Sacramento.