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about the In Celebration of the Muse events, the history of the series, the list of readers,
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Santa Cruz is dedicated to nurturing the poetry community and bringing
poetry to the larger community in Santa Cruz County. We present poetry readings
at Bookshop Santa Cruz and other locations in
Santa Cruz County, and the Poet/Speak open reading. We also provide free
information on other poetry-related events in the area.
Poetry Santa Cruz events
upcoming in the next month in Santa Cruz County. Please see our Events
page for future listings and a comprehensive list of poetry events
in and around Santa Cruz County.
|Current Poetry Santa Cruz Events|
|Kita Shantiris and Doren Robbins.
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz.
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[ Read more about this event ] $3 donation suggested.
|Poet/Speak Open Reading.
with featured reader Don Lind.
Main Library upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz.
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Open reading signup at 2:00 sharp. All ages welcome. Read your own or a favorite poem. 3-to-5-minute limit. Hosted by Len Anderson and Joanie Maro. -->
Santa Cruz events are supported, in part, by a grant from Arts Council of Santa Cruz County.
Some readings are supported by
Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation.
Poetry Santa Cruz is also grateful for the support of its members and donors, In Celebration of the Muse, and those who donated
in memory of Maude Meehan, Kathleen Flowers and Hermie Medley. The William James Association acted as our fiscal sponsor for our first four years.
Events are sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz, Capitola Book Café, Santa Cruz Public Library, Cabrillo College English Dept.,
UCSC Division of Humanities and Creative Writing Program, Darling House, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and KUSP.
Membership premiums have been donated by Graywolf Press, the University of Pittsburgh Press,
Robert Sward, Coffee House Press, Copper Canyon Press, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
A voluntary donation of $3 may be requested at venues where collection of donations is permitted.
Poetry Classes at Cabrillo College
For the Spring term beginning the week of January 25, Cabrillo College offers:
English 12B/14B, combining English 12B Creative Writing Poetry and English 14B Poetry Workshop, Wednesdays 6:00 to 9:05 PM,
taught by Adela Najarro. As of 1/6/15, five more students are needed to prevent cancellation. No repeats of 12B or 14B are allowed, but students who have taken and passed only one may take the other.
English 12F Introduction to Creative Writing, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:10 to 3:30 PM, taught by Lisa Simon.
In Celebration of The Muse 2016 Call for Submissions
Wilma Chandler will present the 2016 In Celebration of the Muse on March 26
at the Center Stage Theater in Santa Cruz. She announces the Call for Submissions to women in the literary arts living in the Monterey Bay or San Francisco Bay Areas:
Send a 2-5 page sample of your work + brief bio and contact info. Poetry/fiction/memoir/drama/creative non-fiction will all be considered.
The deadline is January 1, 2016. No e-submissions. Mail submissions to
c/o Wilma Chandler
885 35th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Priscilla (Tilly) Washburn Shaw
Tilly Washburn Shaw, literary scholar, poet, UCSC faculty member 1966 to 1993,
and founding Board member of Poetry Santa Cruz, passed away peacefully in her home on July 21. Read
The obituary appeared in the August 2 Santa Cruz Sentinel on page 6C.
Her second collection of poems, Hanging out in the Ordinary, has now been published by
The launch reading was held on Sunday, November 8.
Both of her books of poems are available for purchase and
on display in the poetry section in Bookshop Santa Cruz.
The Poetry Show held two shows devoted to her work on September 6 and 13.
The Poetry Show can be heard every Sunday 9:00 to 10:00 pm on KUSP 88.9 FM and kusp.org
and is podcast.
A 137-page interview of Tilly by Sarah Rabkin is on the
UCSC website included in the UCSC institutional history series and may be downloaded as a PDF file.
Ellen Bass is the 20142015 Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate
You can see a full list of Ellen Bass events on the Ellen Bass website.
Two Ellen Bass poems were featured in the March 20, 2014 Good Times.
Santa Cruz Shakespeare
You can buy learn about, buy tickets, and donate to support the 2015 season of
Santa Cruz Shakespeare on its website.
The Young Writers Program
Santa Cruz Writes sponsors phren-Z,
but also the Young Writers Program. The Young Writers Program
brings volunteer mentors into classrooms to help young students develop their writing skills. It also publishes student writing.
Volunteer mentors and donations are needed.
The program is hosting a benefit fundraiser November 22, 6 to 9 pm
at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. The Young Writers Program was honored with a 2014 Be The Difference Award,
presented by the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center at their annual event on October 28 at the Paradox Hotel.
Poetry On The Radio
The Writers Almanac airs every day at 9:01 AM and 8:01 PM on KAZU 90.3 FM.
Read and listen now.
The Poetry Show airs each Sunday 9-10 PM on KUSP 88.9 FM,
hosted by Dennis Morton.
You can listen to past shows on The Poetry Show Blog
and podcast on kusp.org.
Out Of Our Minds on KKUP 91.5 FM. Wednesdays 8:00 pm. Live interviews, poems read by the host, taped readings or interviews.
Cover to Cover on KPFA 94.1 FM. Hosted by Jack Foley.
in Local Media
is the author of Poems for the Lost Deer
(Blue Bone Books, 2014).
Articles about poetry events, authors and books also appear in Good Times and the
Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Local Periodical Poetry Publications
The Fall 2015 issue of Catamaran Literary Reader
is available from the website and at Bookshop Santa Cruz.
See the News page for more details and news.
See the Submissions page for guidelines and to submit your work.
The Fall 2014 issue of Homestead Review is available.
The Spring 2015 issue of Monterey Poetry Review posted on the website
with poems by twenty-two poets.
The Summer 2012 issue, the Santa Cruz issue, of Perihelion
is online. The deadline for Submissions for the End of Empire issue was May 31.
The 2015 issue of Ping Pong is
The Ping Pong Release Party plus Poetry Workshops and Exhibit will be on
Day 2 of the Speech is Not Free event on
Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT) at the Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur, CA.
The Summer 2015 issue #14 of phren-Z features poetry by teachers:
Charles Atkinson, Farnaz Fatemi, Maggie Paul, and Ken Weisner;
nonfiction by Julie Minnis and Veronica Zaleha; and visual art by John Babcock.
All available online at the website. The Live Reading was on Thursday,
September 3 at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Submit your work now for consideration.
The deadline for submissions for the 2016 issue of Porter Gulch Review
is December 1, 2015.
The Red Wheelbarrow National Edition submission deadline was September 30, 2015.
The annual reading from the 2015 magazine will be again held in the Poetry Center San Jose Well-Red series on in Works/San Jose gallery on December 9.
Swan Scythe Press 2015 chapbook contest deadline was
June 15, 2015. For more, visit www.swanscythe.com.
The Yuki Teikei Haiku Society sponsors
an annual Haiku Contest and an annual Retreat at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA.
Breaking into Print: Poetry Books by Local Authors
is the author of The Occasionist, (Hip Pocket Press, 2014).
Gary Youngs latest is a chapbook, Adversary, (Miramar Editions, 2015).
is the author of Come Down to Earth, (Bauhan 2014), which won the May Sarton New Hampshire Prize.
Ziggy Rendler-Bregman has published her first collection, The Gate of Our Coming and Going, which
also includes 18 of her full-color monoprints and is available at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Her launch reading will be 7pm December 10 at Holy Cross Parish Hall.
Maria Garcia Teutschs new chapbook, The Revolution Will Have Its Sky,
(Minerva Rising, 2015) is the winner of the 2015 Minerva Rising Chapbook Prize, judged by Heather McHugh.
Mary Lou Taylors new collection is Bringing Home the Moon, (Kelsay Books, 2015).
David Allen Sullivans new collection is Black Ice, (Turning Point, 2015).
Tilly Washburn Shaws last book of poems, Hanging Out in the Ordinary has been printed
posthumously by Hummingbird Press and is available at Bookshop Santa Cruz on display in the Poetry section of the store. A reading was held Sunday, November 8.
William Minors latest collection is Gypsy Wisdom: New and Selected Poems, (Park Place Publications, 2015).
Jim Russo has published three poetry chapbooks: Kids Ruled, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, and
The Sway of Color, (Sky Bolt Circus Press, 2015).
J.P. Dancing Bears very new book is Cephalopodic, (Glass Lyre Press, 2015),
2014 winner of the Kithara Prize. Free shipping from the publisher if you email your NAME, ADDRESS and desired BOOK TITLE to email@example.com
After the book has been sent out, they email an invoice payable via PayPal or by check for $16.
Also available online at Amazon.com.
Stephen Kessler has two new books: Need I Say More?: Portraits, Confessions, Reflections
(El Léon Literary Arts, 2015) and Where Was I?, (Greenhouse Review Press, 2014).
Adela Najarro has two new poetry collections published: Split Geography
(Mouthfeel Press, 2015) and Twice Told Over, (Unsolicited Press, 2015).
Dan Phillips has a new collection published: Places of the Spirit, (Dandasana Press, 2014).
Carolyn Mary Kleefelds latest collection is The Divine Kiss, (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2014).
Rudy Calderón is the author of Mexican-American My Hybrid Blood.
Franco Juárez y Cahue is the author of Palabra Franca, a collection of poems in Spanish.
Carolyn Brigit Flynns collection of poems, Communion: In Praise of the Sacred Earth, was
published in April, 2014 by White Cloud Press in Ashland, OR. The book launch reading, with accompaniment by Shelley Phillips on harp, was
held on May 2, 2014 in the Pacific Cultural Center.
Erica Goss latest book is Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations
for Poets from Pushpen Press, released in April 2014.
J. P. Dancing Bears latest books are Love Is a Burning Building, (FutureCycle Press, 2013)
and The Abandoned Eye (FutureCycle Press, 2012) is available online at Amazon.com.
Douglas McClellans new collection of poems is So Many Chairs
(Many Names Press, 2013).
Poet and Aikido teacher Linda Holiday is the author of
Journey to the Heart of Aikido: The Teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei.
Ellen Bass has a new collection of poems,
Like a Beggar, published by Copper Canyon Press, was released in February 2014.
She read with Danusha Laméris on March 11.
Kyle Shanebeck is the author of Awake the Reflections, available from
His website is kyleshanebeck.com/
Charles Atkinsons latest chapbook is World News, Local Weather
from Finishing Line Press, now available for prepublication purchase ordering.
Danusha Laméris first collection of poems, The Moons of August, has been selected
by Naomi Shihab Nye to receive the 2013 Autumn House Poetry Prize and was published by Autumn House Press in early 2014.
Patricia Zylius is the author of Once a Vibrant Field: Poems about Tom Cuthbertson
from Finishing Line Press, now available for prepublication purchase ordering.
Mary Addems Carr is the author of Trajectories: Selected Poems 20072012,
published via On Demand Books on the Espresso Book Machine at Bookshop Santa Cruz.
Pamela OShaughnessy has published Figments and Other Poems
(Laika Press, 2013), a comprehensive collection of her poetry to date.
John Laues latest book is a collection of senryu: Word Gains
(Writers and Lovers Studio, 2013). His latest chapbook, Shadows, was published in January by
Finishing Line Press.
Also, his book Colma (City of the Dead/ Elegy for Skeptics) was reissued in February in a new
augmented edition with photos he took of that cemetery city (Futurecycle Press, 2013).
His chapbook A Confluence of Voices was published in 2012,
by Finishing Line Press.
An interview with him and a selection of poems from A Confluence of Voices is featured in the newest issue of
The Seventh Quarry, an international journal out of Swansea, Wales (available by purchasing the issue).
His books are available at Bookshop Santa Cruz and Capitola Book Café.
Dahlia Seroussi is the author of What I Know
from Finishing Line Press, now available for prepublication purchase ordering.
Lisa Allen Ortizs second chapbook is Self Portrait as a Clock
from Finishing Line Press, now available for ordering.
Helene Simkin Jara has published her first book, Because I Had To,
a collection of award-winning short stories, poems, monologues and plays. Available
Joanna Martins second book of poetry is Where Stars Begin
available from Hummingbird Press. The release reading was held
March 16 at the Cabrillo Horticulture Center.
Stephen Kessler has two new books out. Scratch Pegasus is the ninth
collection of his own poems and is published by Swan Scythe Press. Poems of Consummation is a collection of
his translations of poems by the Spanish poet Vicente Aleixandre and is published by Black Widow Press.
Dane Cervines new book of poetry is How Therapists Dance
from Plain View Press.
Anna Citrino is the author of Saudade
from Finishing Line Press and is now available for purchase.
Peggy Heinrichs seventh book of poetry is Forward Moving Shadows: A Tanka Memoir
with photographs by John Bolivar. Available from iUniverse and the author.
Michael Wolfe is the translator for Cut These Words into My Stone: Ancient Greek Epitaphs
with a foreword by Richard P. Martin and published by Johns Hopkins University Press. He read at the Gabriella Cafe Monthly Literary Salon
on December 4 and brought his surprising tale of the oldest artful writing in the Western world to the annual Northern California
Phi Beta Kappa symposium at Asilomar in the opening presentation on Friday, February 15.
See reviews in Poetry and
The Arts Fuse.
Lynika Cruz is the author of the chapbook If We Never Went Home, being published in December 2012
by Finishing Line Press and may be ordered now. Early orders are encouraged since orders help determine the size of the printing.
Her memoir Beggars CAN Be Choosers was published by Global Publishing in August 2012.
C. J. Sages latest book is Open House.
Patrice Vecchiones book The Knot Untied, is available
at Bookshop Santa Cruz and through the books website www.theknotuntied.net.
The website also includes an extensive list of the author events,
including a reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz on April 2.
Nick Herbert is the author of Harlot Nature, 2012, Sea Creature Press.
Frances Hatfield is the author of Rudiments of Flight, available now from Wings Press.
Dion Farquhar is the author of Wonderful Terrible, available from Main Street Rag.
Joan Safajeks collection of poems is In Deep Time, published in 2012.
She passed away on November 10, 2012.
James Maughns third collection, These Peripheries, is now published in 2012
by Otoliths Books in Australia.
Peter Nash is the winner of the 2011 Off The Grid Press Award for Poets Over 60.
His collection Coyote Bush: Poems From the Lost Coast was published in 2012, available from Off The Grid Press.
He read on August 18 at 5:30 pm in Felix Kulpa Gallery.
Erica Goss is the winner of the 2011 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Contest.
Her chapbook Wild Place was published in 2012, available from Finishing Line Press.
She was interviewed by Dennis Morton on The Poetry Show on Sunday, August 5. The show may be heard or downloaded at The Poetry Show Blog.
She read with Catherine Barnett at 7:30 pm on August 14 at Bookshop Santa Cruz.
David Sullivans book of poems in multiple voices about the Iraq war
is Every Seed of the Pomegranate, published by Tebot Bach, June 2012. The Publication Celebration Reading
was held July 15 in the Cabrillo College Horticulture Center.
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