• Literary Lectures: Celtic Poetry
  • Natalie Sakurai
    Showing until August 14 Second Saturday Reception August 8 6-9 PM
  • A COMMUNE EDITIONS Reading: Joshua Clover, Juliana Spahr, Jasper Bernes
    Sept. 28 at 7:30 PM at 1719 25th Street
  • Real Poets
    Sacramento Poetry Center's Real Poets program pairs trained poet mentors with at-risk youth to write original poems about their lives.
  • Robert Hass reads at The Crocker Art Museum
    Sacramento Poetry Center was an organizer and sponsor of the Squaw Valley Benefit Reading


Jordan Okumura and Rebecca Woolston

Monday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 PM

SPC at 1719 25th Street

Host: Tim Kahl


Jordan Okumura currently lives in Sacramento, California and writes for two trade news publications in the produce industry, The Snack Magazine and AndNowUKnow, in order to support her creative writing habit. She is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento where she earned her B.A. in English and M.A. in Creative Writing under the guidance of amazing writers that include Doug Rice and Peter Grandbois. Jordan has been published in journals that include Gargoyle, DIRTY:DIRTY by Jaded Ibis Press, Black Rabbit, First Stop Fiction, and CCM-Entropy’s Enclave – an online central space for contributors representing different literary communities, corners, and aesthetics.

The Recurring

There is a promise of trees, a wet child running through fire, his feet fixed like roots to the stage of her palm. There is a dream there, a fissure worth remembering, a petal that presses the way memories do, toward the surface.

Bend, Oregon. 1994.

The river running slow, her wrists learning how to fly. She sits like a fractured harp creating this story that is an echo, a last offering, a compass rose.

A trick of light, his brown hands covered in charcoal and fish scales. His hands covered with love. Bodies come slowly here to sleep, where they are lost inside their love of waist-high light, the trap door of an ankle, the myth that lies at the rim of her skirt. He can almost smell her ruin before it arrives.

Her overripe star collapsing under and weathervane. The little girl, with stories buried in the root of a ghost, in the thick vein of a knotted fist, in the flower open and bowing.

The little girl, remembers.

She escapes through soot, through the cocoon of a tangled house.                            This

story is a snare.


The child is on fire. The girl burns still.


Rebecca Woolston was named a semi-finalist in Gazing Grain’s 2015 Prose/Hybrid contest. She has also appeared online at enclave.entropymag.org, in Red Light Lit Volume 5, From Sac: Home, Myths, and Other Untruths, has written for The California Journal of Women Writers and read for Hollow Earth Radio in Seattle and at LitQuake 2013. She was Managing Editor for 580 Split, Issue 17 and received her MFA from Mills College. She currently teaches at CSU Sacramento.

Nina convinced Eleanor to go on a walk, they had to leave the room, the dark spaces that were crowding in from the corners. As they moved down the street, Nina tried getting Eleanor to speak, avoided the subject, moved closer to it. Nothing until, in front of a neighbor’s garden full of lilies and iris’, Eleanor asked,  “What do I do now?” Nina was mid stride. She kept her eyes focused on a leaf dangling from an oak tree before she stopped, turned to Eleanor and answered, “I don’t know. Go on living I suppose.”

The silence rooted itself in disappointment. Hadn’t her mother gone through all the stages of being a woman she had? Hadn’t Nina’s body experienced the same growths and ruptures that Eleanor would? Isn’t that what parents were for? To help lessen the blows of life because they could say, “I’ve been there too, you’ll be okay.” Losing a child was one of the few experiences Nina hadn’t endured before her daughter. Death was not new to Nina, her parents had passed years ago, her husband was gone. Each of those losses excavated a space inside Nina’s body, along different sinews and muscle fibers holding her together. Each time, she found out one death does not prepare you for the next one. Death is death, but it is never the same and the holes that gape inside your flesh and your bones become sporadic. There are days when you might look at yourself in the mirror and find a new wound and wonder how you could never have known that person used to live also inside your femur, but you always felt them somewhere near your ribs. The disappearance of someone, suddenly, from your life burrows quickly at first, but then slows down so daily life can resume and the absence begins to go unnoticed in the routine, until without warning, the excavation hits a nerve you thought was numb and there you are, in front of the mirror, full of holes.

Nina could only say to her daughter, after all of this, “I’m here. You have to go on.”


Abe Sass Book Release Reading for We’re All in This Together

September 19, 2015

Abe Sass and his new book of poems: We’re All In This Together   Published by I Street Press Monday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 at 7:30 PM SPC at 1719 25th Street Bob Stanley will host and introduce Abe. Bob will also read some of his own poems. All revenues from sales of Abe’s book […]

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Geoff Neill and Zoe Keithley

September 12, 2015

Geoff Neill and Zoe Keithley Monday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 PM SPC at 1719 25th Street Host: Tim Kahl Geoff Neill is a local poet, host, and publisher. His poems have appeared in several anthologies, including Late Peaches and Sacramento Voices. He is the founder and publisher of little m press, which has published around thirty chapbooks for many […]

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Danyen Powell’s Tuesday Night Workshop: Brown, Wentzel, Bhopla, Moon, Silberstein, Suder, Odam, Yamshon, Lystrup, Mahany, Bartel

September 4, 2015
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Raise The Roof: An All Open-Mic Fundraiser

August 28, 2015

Raise the Roof An All Open-Mic Fundraiser for Friends of the Sacramento Poetry Center Monday, August 31 at 7:30 PM Sacramento Poetry Center 1719 25th Street Host: Phillip Larrea The Sacramento Poetry Center is gussying up the place! Insulation for the ceiling. Repaving the cracked cement floor. Basics that have been needed for a long long time. […]

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Zia Torabi

August 21, 2015

Zia Torabi with Tim Kahl reading in English Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Tim Kahl Ziaeddin (Zia) Torabi is one of Iran’s most well known poets and is the winner of the 2010 Iran Annual Book Prize, the nation’s top honor for writing, for his poetry collection Face to Face with […]

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James Lee Jobe and Stuart Canton

August 14, 2015

James Lee Jobe and Stuart Canton Monday, August 17, 2015 at 7:30 PM Fremont Park, between 15th and 16th and P and Q Host: Bethanie Humphreys James Lee Jobe has been published in Manzanita, Tule Review, Pearl, and many other periodicals. His online publications include Convergence, Knot Magazine, Poetry 24, Poetry Superhighway, and The Original […]

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William O’Daly

August 7, 2015

William O’Daly The Road to Isla Negra book release reading Monday, August 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Tim Kahl WILLIAM O’DALY is a poet, translator, fiction writer, and editor. His translations include eight books of the poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda — Still Another Day, The Separate Rose, Winter Garden, The Sea […]

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Susan Flynn and James Cooper

July 31, 2015

  About Fireflies  by Susan Flynn    Thinking of you this sultry summer night, I see fireflies. When I was six, I  darted from my   Midwestern front porch to capture them in a mason jar, poking holes in the tin lid with my father’s can opener. I didn’t understand they might be dead by morning. […]

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Phil Ryder in Christ’s Lily

July 24, 2015

Phil Ryder   in Christ’s Lily a presentation of selected poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins Monday, July 27 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Tim Kahl Christ’s Lily is a presentation of selected poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1884 – 1889), the highly innovative Victorian priest-poet. Inspired by Anglo-Saxon and ancient Welsh literature, applying originality and […]

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