• Robert Hass reads at The Crocker Art Museum
    Robert Hass reads at The Crocker Art Museum
    Sacramento Poetry Center was an organizer and sponsor of the Squaw Valley Benefit Reading
  • Aug. 1-30 Reception Aug. 12 [5-8 PM]
  • Real Poets
    Real Poets
    Sacramento Poetry Center's Real Poets program pairs trained poet mentors with at-risk youth to write original poems about their lives.
  • Labor of Love Reading
    Labor of Love Reading
    Monday September 4 Labor Day 6-8 PM (note the earlier time)

The Art of the Collection:
Readings by the Poets of Kate Asche’s 2016-17 Monthly Workshop
Monday, October 23 ~ 7:30 p.m. ~ Sacramento Poetry Center
Over a period of eight months in 2016-17, Kate Asche led a group of women poets on a
transformational journey into the art of poetry collection-making. These poets (including Kate)
collected their poems into chapbook/book manuscripts and shared these collections for extensive
workshop feedback, which led to revision across poems through a developing “collection
consciousness” as well as revision focused within individual poems. In many cases, new poems also
grew out of the workshop feedback. On October 23, join this incredible group of writers at
Sacramento Poetry Center to celebrate the challenges, discoveries and triumphs they experienced
during this truly one-of- a-kind workshop.

KATE ASCHE, M.A., is a writer, teacher, editor and literary community builder working in
Sacramento. her first poetry collection, the chapbook Our Day in the Labyrinth, debuted in fall 2015.

from “Vestigia (Thursday of Mysteries)”

What creature isn’t made from cruel vestiges?
Legless pelvises, sightless eyes, flightless wings—whose traces?

I recall my friend, her belly’s grapefruit-sized bundle of teeth and hair.
Some days, faith feels like a vanishing twin, the merest trace.

BETHANIE HUMPHREYS is a writer, editor, mixed media visual artist and curator. Her goal is
to further the cross-pollination of the literary and visual arts.

From “Cephalopod”

I taste what I touch
but I swim headfirst

no bones to hinder
I slip in and out of tight spaces

JENNY JIANG spends any free time she can squeeze out of her days to ramble along the
American River with the people she loves.

From “Rhubarb, Ars Poetica”

Although it tastes mostly like pasty goo inside lumpy, pasty flour,
I still carry rhubarb back to California, in baggies in my checked luggage.

Because we live in a made world: fields and furrows,
brocaded hallways. We sing the old songs because they sing to us.

HEATHER JUDY is a poet and artist. When pressed to write a 25 word bio, she realized nothing
really matters. She sees words in color.

You, thirst, dusty dusk, dark
and dawn and dew. Black bird,
black bird, crow, bird. Land
my palm.

LISA LUDDEN is the author of the chapbook Palebound. She is grateful to be reading with these
fantastic women poets this evening.

From “Tending”

In the shift from one to another,
a turn from the body to breath in relief.

We are not far from ourselves.
We’re just not sure how to get back.

MARIANNE M. PORTER earned an MFA in Creative Writing in 2014. She’s fine-tuning her
collection of short stories and enriches her life with poetry.

From “Notes from Paula”

My mother-in- law loved the shoreline,
named all the birds, fished for king salmon

in open water beyond the bend of Monterey
Bay. I found her handwritten notes—

MARTHA STROMBERGER is a member of the Fall 2017 cohort of the UC Davis Creative
Writing Master’s program.

And when the wet branches
of her lungs shuddered

and contracted in that first tender
alarm cry at His absence

BETH SUTER is a Pushcart Prize nominee with pieces forthcoming in Presence and Calyx. She
lives in Davis with her husband and son.

From “Ode to the Sacramento Valley”

I learned to love yellow to live here
your goldfinches and star thistle
your ten kinds of deer grass
the color of my son’s fawn hair


Third Thursdays in the Sacramento Room  [October]

October 16, 2017

Third Thursdays in the Sacramento Room Thursday, October 19 at the Central Library  828 I Street, 12 Noon Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins host Mr. Macklin draws the shade  And lights the candle in Jack’s skull.  Then all the inside dark is made  As spooky and as horrorful  As Halloween.. –David McCord  October is when you […]

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Andrew J. Thomas and Friends book release for Strangeland

October 16, 2017

ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 7 PM SACRAMENTO POETRY CENTER ~~~ ANDREW J. THOMAS and friends ~~~ LONG AWAITED BOOK RELEASE ~~~ book sale and open-mic follows Andrew J, Thomas: Andrew J. Thomas went about this all the wrong way. He’s never won any contests or been published in any esteemed lit mags. But he did […]

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Mike Owens’ The Way Back – book release celebration || Monday, October 16, Reception 6:30 pm, Reading 7:30 pm || SPC, 1719 25th St

October 12, 2017
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Lisa Abraham’s Book Launch and Catherine French || Monday, Oct. 9, 7:30 || SPC, 1719 25th St

October 5, 2017

Lisa Dominguez Abraham’s work has been published in journals such as Southern Review, North American Review and Poetry East. Her collection Mata Hari Blows a Kiss won the 2016 Swan Scythe Chapbook Contest, and some of her poems will appear in the forthcoming Sacramento Voices anthology. Originally from the Bay Area, she has lived for many years […]

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Border Crossings Reading with Lara Gularte and Nancy Aidé González || Monday, Oct. 2, 7:30 || SPC, 1719 25th St

September 30, 2017

CROSSINGS The Monarch flies from México in a sliver of sunlight. Alert and calm, coyote trots across a busy intersection. Hungry people push themselves along the dusty road. Trails radiate animal auras, tufts of hair. Scorpions, lizards, cling to rock face. Geese leave what they know, rush to routes of migration. Carrier Pigeons return with […]

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Sacramento Voices 2017 Book Launch and 100 Thousand Poets for Change || Saturday, Sept 30, 12 noon || SPC 1719 25th St

September 26, 2017
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Josh McKinney’s Long Poem Class Part II || Monday, September 25, 7:30 pm || SPC, 1719 25th St

September 21, 2017
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David Watts and Tim Kahl || Monday, September 18, 7:30 pm || SPC, 1719 25th St

September 13, 2017

The Delicate Sprigs of Love He is sitting next to her. The firmness of her thigh is pressed against his. There is no light between them. He listens so heavily into the heartbeat of her that he hears the murmuring of aspens on the hillside. He tells her this. How could he sit next to […]

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