• Josh Weil and Valerie Fioravanti
    Mon. September 22 at 7:30 PM
  • Sacramento Voices II
    A Cavalcade of Sacramento Poets and Writers Sat. September 27 from 11 AM to 4 PM
  • Lauren Camp and Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet
    Mon. Sept. 29 at 7:30 PM
  • Real Poets
    Sacramento Poetry Center's Real Poets program pairs trained poet mentors with at-risk youth to write original poems about their lives.
  • Michael Kelly-DeWitt reception — 9/13/2014
    A native of Sacramento, CA, Michael Kelly DeWitt has been working with photography for over ten years. He focuses primarily on objects and elements found in the natural world, though of late he has begun to hone his portraiture skills and to explore street photography.


Josh Weil and Valerie Fioravanti

Monday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 PM
SPC at 1719 25th Street
Host: Tim Kahl


Josh Weil is the author of the novel The Great Glass Sea, from Grove Atlantic, and the novella collection The New Valley (Grove Atlantic, 2009).

A New York Times Editors Choice, The New Valley won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New Writers Award from the GLCA, and a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation. Weil’s other fiction has appeared in Granta, Esquire, Agni and One Story, and he has written non-fiction for The New York Times, The Sun, Oxford American, and Poets & Writers.  A recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, he has been the Tickner Writer-in-Residence at Gilman School, the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University, and the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Born in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia, he currently lives with his family in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, where he is at work on a collection of stories. A review of his novel The Great Glass Sea can be found in The New York Times here [http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/books/review/the-great-glass-sea-by-josh-weil.html?_r=0]


Valerie Fioravanti is the heartbeat of the Sacramento fiction scene. No one works as hard or as smart as her to develop fiction in Sacramento and the outlying areas. She is the founder of Stories on Stage (now with outposts in both Sacramento and Davis) that features the reading of short fiction short stories with local actors from the theater community. It is consistently designated as the number literary hotspot in Sacramento by

She is the author of Garbage Night at the Opera, winner of the 2011 Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction from BkMk Press of the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  Garbage Night at the Opera received the IPPY Bronze Medal in Short Fiction, was a finalist for Late Night Library‘s Debut-litzer Prize in Fiction, and was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize.

Valerie’s short stories have appeared in North American Review, Cimarron Review, Hunger Mountain, Night Train, and others. Her essays and prose poems have been published in Portland Review, Eclectica, Silk Road, r.kv.r.y, and others. She is finishing her second story collection, Bridge & Tunnel, a series of stories focused on Queens and the home/work life challenge.

Valerie received a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing to work on a novel set in Italy, Bel Casino, which continues the story of Franca and Lina from Garbage Night at the Opera.
Valerie primarily works as a writing coach, providing one-on-one feedback and mentoring to other writers. She also teaches and facilitates workshops in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and online. At this point in her teaching and editing career, she is proudly independent, but she has taught for the UCLA & UC Davis Extension Writers Program, National University’s MFA program, and New Mexico State University. She has participated in craft lectures and panels at the Napa Valley Writers Conference, Litquake SF, and elsewhere.

Valerie was named a “Best Friend to Fiction Writers by Sacramento News & Review in the 2011 Best of Sacramento issue. It remains one of her proudest accolades.


McKinley Park Poets: Andy Anderson, Robin Aurelius, Mary McGrath, Michele Beyer

September 12, 2014

  McKinley Park Poets featuring Andy Anderson, Robin Aurelius, Mary McGrath and Michele Beyer Monday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street at Sacramento Poetry Center Host: Rebecca Morrison   Robin Aurelius: Love Boat entertainer with Mary, tongue in cheek, crack-up humor, hoarder but has every imaginable tool as a great neighbor, cleans everyone’s […]

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Carol Louise Moon, Cathy Love Murphy, and Patricia L. Nichol

September 5, 2014

Carol Louise Moon, Cathy Love Murphy, and Patricia L. Nichol Monday Sept. 8 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Bethanie Humphries Carol Louise Moon, award-winning poet and Simulated Client Actor has been published in Convergence Online, Late Peaches, Suisun Valley Review, Song of the San Joaquin and is a regular contributor to MEDUSA’s KITCHEN […]

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Contemporary Poetry Class Moves to Alliance Française (next door to SPC)

September 2, 2014

Frank Graham’s Contemporary Poetry Class, which normally meets at the SPC, will be meeting next door in Alliance Française during the month of September. If you wish to drop in for a class, request a seat from Frank by Sunday evening. Although space is limited and the class is an ongoing class of regulars, you […]

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JenJustJen and Jenilynn Davison

August 28, 2014
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Mary Mackey and Lee Rossi

August 21, 2014

Mary Mackey and Lee Rossi Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Tim Kahl   Mary Mackey is a Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, Sacramento. She is the author of 13 novels and 7 collections of poetry including Travelers With No Ticket Home (Marsh Hawk Press 2014) and […]

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Quill and Sable Writers

August 14, 2014

Quill and Sable Writers including Kimberly White, Jennifer O’ Neill Pickering, Sandy Thomas, Tim McHargue and Mike Pickering (Hot Poetry in the Park, Fremont Park, 16th & P, 7:00 PM) Host: Rebecca Morrison The Sable & Quill writers are a group of writers who are also visual artists and contributors to the Sable and Quill […]

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Shaun T. Griffin and William O’ Daly

August 13, 2014


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Dan Rounds and Andrew Joron

August 7, 2014

Dan Rounds and Andrew Joron Monday, August 11 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Bethanie Humphries Dan Rounds spent the better part of a decade in UCLA’s graduate political science and sociology programs studying political economy, social theory, and social movements before abandoning graduate school to become a labor activist. He has worked for […]

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