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.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tonight at SPC

Tonight Monday July 26 - don't miss an evening of poetry with
Dorine Jennette Urchin to Follow
Rob Schlegel The Lesser Fields
7:30 at SPC

This Friday July 30
Valerie Fioravanti presents Stories on Stage

Aug 2 - Monday - Tule Review Reading

Advance notice - two new classes at SPC Wednesday evenings this Fall:

Kathryn Hohlwein - Homeric Imagination - The Odyssey
Six Wednesdays from Sept 8 to Oct 13

Rae Gouirand - writing Creative Nonfiction
Wednesday evenings beginning October 20

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sactown Poetry Bands - Bravo!

Thanks to Frank Graham and all the musicians and poets who performed last night at the first ever Sactown Poetry Band fest. From Jennifer and Mike Pickering at the opening, to Anna Marie and Fo Shang at the close, this was one evening of great music, poetry, and fun. Who thought we'd be sitting under a midnight moon, in mid-July in the R25 parking lot, grooving to Vincent Kobelt's amazing ensemble. Thanks to all - Robert Grossklaus and Litany, James Israel, Pat Grizzell, Steve Bird and Ken on mandolin, Lawrence Dinkins, Mario Ellis Hill and (do i have this right?) the Dread-i Knights, Jackson Griffith, Anna, Vincent and company, Mike and Jennifer, and a great crowd - all i can say is bravo - and let's do it again!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Now accepting submissions for next Tule Review

Call for Submissions!

The Sacramento Poetry Center welcomes submissions for the winter Tule Review— now 50-60 pages and perfect bound — with an anticipated publication date for January 2011. We consider poetry of all styles and forms from both local and far-flung places as long as the poems are strong and well crafted.

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2010
Please note: As of June 16, 2010, we have changed our submission guidelines.

New Submission Guidelines: Please click on the link below:


Tule Review Reading August 2

Celebrate Sacramento Poetry Center’s
Summer 2010 Tule Review !

Poetry Reading on Monday, August 2, 7:30 p.m.

Fourteen of 38 contributors from California and beyond will read from the new Tule Review, edited by Linda Collins and Theresa McCourt.

Host: Bob Stanley, Sacramento’s Poet Laureate

Copies of the summer Tule Review (perfect bound) on sale after reading for $10

1719 25th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(Between R and Q streets)

SPC Website:

Tiger's Eye and more

Great Reading at SPC July 12 - thanks to Tiger's Eye editors Colette and JoAn, and all the readers who traveled from far-off lands like Eugene and Modesto! And thanks to all of you in the crowd - it's heartening to see forty in the audience for poetry on a cool July evening.

Don't forget BL Kennedy and Charlene Ungstad read this Wednesday at 7pm at Beatnik Studios - 17th and Broadway. $3 at the door.

And, if you like to run and raise money for local arts organizations (subliminal message - think SPC) sign up to run and get pledges for Race For the Arts - August 28 at 8:30 am.
Surely there are poets who can run 5 kilometers!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Thanks to all who attended the reading for Quinton Duval last week.
We got a lovely note/poem from Alfred Guajardo, who read there, having
dropped in for the first time:

"Sacramento Poetry Center"

Sophistication in the air
I know I was there
Not even a mumble
Afraid I'd stumble
Introduced I felt comfort and loose
I then felt I could have
Delivered a Golden Goose

Thanks, Alfred, for sharing - see you again soon.

poetry this week

Wednesday, July 14 - new series - BL Kennedy and Charlene Ungstad read
at Beatnik Studios - 17th and Broadway. Genelle Chaconas hosts. $3 at the door. Come and help support poetry at this exciting new venue!

Thursday, July 15 - Brown Bag Lunch Series. Noon at Central Library - 828 I Street. (Theme: Independence)
Bring a poem or short piece to share (by a writer other than yourself) which explores or celebrates some aspect of “independence,” metaphorically as well as literally.
July 12
Poets featured in the new edition of Tiger's Eye Literary Journal will read at SPC -
Monday night at 7:30. Come celebrate the new edition of Tiger's Eye!