• 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


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.
Will you help us? We are having a little fundraiser with an all open mic night. You are invited to read (usual time limits per reading).
Come and read a poem to some sort of musical accompaniment on that date — Bob Stanley’s banjo, parts and/or pieces of The Soft Offs Quartet, 7-string guitar, surprise instrumentation.


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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Ike Torres and the Sacramento Slam Team

July 16, 2015

Hot Poetry in the Park Ike Torres and the Sacramento Slam Team Monday, July 20 at 7:00 PM (a little bit earlier) Fremont Park Between P and Q and 15th and 16th Host: Bethanie Humphries The 2015 Sac Grand Slam Champ is Marques Davison aka Sho’Nuff! He is a local hip hop vet, recent Sammies nominee […]

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Unbarred Words Poems of Folsom Prison Inmates

July 10, 2015

Unbarred Words Poems of Folsom Prison Inmates  read by JoAnn Anglin, Traci Gourdine, Susan Kelly-DeWitt, Sandi Wasserman and others Monday, July 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Emmanuel Sigauke

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Albert Garcia and Jeff Knorr

July 3, 2015

  Albert Garcia Raspberries He plops them in the green mesh basket, knowing they are through feeding each other, knowing he can pull until the vine rips but only ripe berries will give with a gentle tug releasing themselves to the faint pressure of his skin.   Picking in morning-cool sun, he thinks of placing […]

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