Celebrating over 30 years as an arts organization.

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.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Poetry Now - July/August 2010

Poetry Now

Poetry Now is on its way to the printer. This issue is a special issue featuring many tributes to Quinton Duval. Files have been emailed to contributors, board members, and others. If we do not have your email address, please forward it to us so that you'll receive a full-color, PDF version of Poetry Now before the printed, black and white copies arrive.


Keely Dorran Reading - June 22, 2010

Please note:

The Keely Dorran reading in honor of Summer Solstice has been moved to the SPC location at 25th and R due to technical difficulties. The reading tonight will not be held at Fremont Park. I hope to see you all at 25th & R.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

June News and Musings

ZML was both intense and delightful on Monday - thanks to Sandra, Maggie, Emily and all.
Keep wringing the truth from the word!

Recent news - we are excited that Indigo Moor has agreed to judge SPC's individual poem contest! Send your poems in now - deadline is July 15th.

July 7 - A full night ahead.
6pm at the Sacramento Room we'll honor Quinton Duval - make sure you get your copy of the July/August Poetry Now which has a number of tributes to Q.
7pm at the Book Collector: Jose Montoya with accompaniment by Esteban Villa.
Not sure how I'm going to get to both, but I'll try. Hermione?

A new local poetry series begins next month - Genelle Chaconas will begin hosting at Beatnik Studios (17th and Brodadway) on July 14th - check out this exciting event - details to follow.

Remember - next Monday June 21 - Poetry in the Park - Fremont Park, not 25th and R!
Keely Dorran features!

And Stories on Stage is coming again soon - Friday, June 25th. Fiction the way it was meant to be heard! Dorine Jeannette hosts.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Zen Marxist Launderettes

Monday Nights at the Poetry Center
Mira Kores, Emily Wright, Sandra Senne, Laura Ann Walton
Monday, June 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM
R25: An Intersection of Arts — 1719 25th Street
Host: Emmanuel Sigauke
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The Zen Marxist Launderettes is a writing group that formed seven years ago in Sacramento. A newly completed anthology of writing entitled Wring has been released with contributions by current members (Margaret S. Burns, Erin Exstrom, Ellen Johnson, Mira Kores, Cecile Martin, Carolyn Schneider, Sandra Senne, Laura Ann Walton and Emily Wright).
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Mira Kores has been writing poetry off and on since college. That was, of course, in the last century. Turning 80 was a bit of a shock but as luck would have it she then got published in a respectable literary magazine.
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Emily Wright has published poetry and prose in Quercus, Pinchpenny, Phantasm, The Suttertown News, and Pacific News Service newspapers. A co-founder of La Semilla Cultural Center in Sacramento, CA, she was also a co-founder of the Sacramento Labor Chorus. She has found meaning in work as a nurse's aide, air-photo interpreter, violinist, historian of Central America, and psychotherapist for children and their families. Her long narrative poem, "Love's Laundry" received its first complete public reading in September, 2008.
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Despite her B.S. In physics and M.A. In sociology, Sandra Senne has found literature, art and music to be the loves of her life. She believes that reading and writing have possibly saved her life as they led her into territory otherwise unknown.
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Laura Ann Walton has worked on a Master's Degree in creative writing, became the founding Director of Mary House of Loaves and Fishes and went on to found the Women's Wisdom Project, an arts empowerment program for disadvantaged women. At long last in her sixth decade, she is focusing on her own work, writing poems and creating collages.

Poetry Now - May/June 2010

We're testing a new way to present the Poetry Center's Poetry Now and other publications digitally. Please take a look and leave a comment to tell us what you think. Thanks!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Brave New Voices SAYS Fundraiser - June 18, 2010

On June 18, please join others at Sacramento High School (6-8 p.m.) to raise funds to send students to the Brave New Voices finals in L.A. in July. Two students are finalists. There will be spoken word by other students who will accompany the finalists and support them during the competition. The event costs $4 - $6, and children are free. Special performance by E-Legal Tag Team. Please help spread the word about this youth poetry fundraiser. They need to raise $1200 to send the 3 additional students.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

First Wednesday at the Library - June 2, 2010

Tomorrow is the First Wednesday reading at the Central Library from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Featured readers are: Paco Marquez, Sue Thomas, Trina Drotar, and Sandy Thomas. Bob Stanley hosts. Open mic to follow.

Thanks to Frank Dixon Graham for Hosting the Poetry Bomb

Frank hosted this wonderful event, and as you can see from the photos he posted, it was a lot of fun and featured a lot of voices.

Below are the people featured in the photos.

S.A. Griffin taking poems from the bomb
S.A. Griffin at the bomb
Allegra Silberstein reading
Strider the Shadow Maker reading
B.L. Kennedy reading
Robert Roden reading
Genelle Chaconas reading

Great photos Frank!!

Arrival of the Poetry Bomb - May 31, 2010

The Poetry Bomb has arrived. In the photo are (left to right) Bill Drotar, Ray Tatar, the bomb, and S.A. Griffin (who looked considerably different for the show).