Below is our comprehensive list of poetry events in and around Santa Cruz. We are happy to list any poetry events in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. You may notify us via email. We also list selected events in Santa Clara County. You may also subscribe to the Poetry Santa Cruz Events Email by request via email. We only send out this email for events presented or co-sponsored by or which are benefits for Poetry Santa Cruz. We typically send one email for each of our events, about two or three per month. We do not send emails for other organizations or individuals. We do not sell or lend our distribution list to other organizations or individuals.
|CURRENT POETRY SANTA CRUZ EVENTS|
|Saturday, March 25, 2017
|In Celebration of the Muse:
The 35th Annual Reading
Featuring Barbara Bloom, Carol Brendsel, Margaret Brose, Sigrid Erro, Carolyn Brigit Flynn, Clifford Henderson, Kate Hitt, Helene Simkin Jara, Rosie King, Cindy Knoebel, Joanna Martin, Lisa Ortiz, Dee Roe, Lisa Simon, Dena Taylor, Jean Walton Wolff, Patrice Vecchione.
Center Stage Theater, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz 95060.
Free, donations accepted at the door. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Limited seating. Info: 475-4362. Co-Sponsored by Poetry Santa Cruz.
|Tuesday, April 11
and Marc Zegans.
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. [ map ]
Sunday, April 16
2:00 to 4:00 PM
|Poet/Speak Open Reading
with featured reader Scott Mehner.
Scott Mehner is a creative writer with his roots firmly planted in the rich soil of romantic poetry. Working as a ghostwriter in the music business has afforded Scott an opportunity to sharpen his skills as a lyrical poet, and to become familiar with the creative process of collaboration. In his latest obsession, Scott has commissioned over twenty international artists to illustrate his book of poems, successfully stealing a page out of the book of William Blake. With love and nature being the over-ruling themes, Scotts illustrated poetry proves a happy marriage of visual art coupled with traditional lyrical poetry
Felix Kulpa Gallery, 107 Elm St., Santa Cruz. [ map ] Free.
Open reading signup begins at 1:50. All ages welcome. Read your own or a favorite poem. 3-to-5-minute limit. Hosted by Len Anderson.
|Tuesday, April 25
|All Four Santa Cruz County Poet Laureates:
Gary Young, David Swanger, Ellen Bass and Robert Sward.
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. [ map ]
|For future events see the Looking Ahead listing.
These events are supported, in part, by a grant from the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County.
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|Every Monday, 4:00 to 8:00 PM||Santa Cruz Word Church
is located in the Santa Cruz Food Lounge, 1001 Center St. #1, Santa Cruz 95060.
4:00 Free Writing Workshop, 5:30 Open Mic signup, 6:00 Open Mic, 7:15 Featured Poet.
7:30 PM, Signup 7:00
|The Rubber Chicken
Poetry Slam & Open Mic.
East Village Coffee Lounge, 498 Washington St., Monterey 93940.
|Tuesday, March 14
Doors open 6:30 PM
|Well-RED Reading Series with features
Susan Cohen and Lisa Allen Ortiz.
Open mic follows.
Works/San Jose, 365 South Market Street in downtown San Jose.
Works is on the Market Street edge of the San Jose Convention Center, just to the right of the parking garage entrance. $2 suggested donation, no one turned away.
Sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose.
|Thursday, March 16
5:20 to 6:50 PM
|UCSC Creative Writing Student Reading
in the UCSC Living Writers reading series,
I m p r o v I / N \ a t i o n s : Riff, Inquiry, and Protest. For more on the series and the readers, see the Living Writers Winter schedule.
Humanities Lecture Hall 206, UCSC. All Readings are Free and Open to the Public.
|Thursday, March 16
|Poetry Readings at the Willow Glen Library
presents featured reader TBA.
Open mic follows.
If you wish to be included in the Willow Glen Poetry Project, please email your poem to WillowGlenPoetry@gmail.com or give it to Dennis to submit it. Submitted poems will soon appear on our blog, WillowGlenPoetry.com (Its still OK to just read your poem and not blog it.)
Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Ave., San Jose 95125.
Sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose.
|Sunday, March 19
4:00 to 5:00 PM
|Come and Celebrate the Book Launch of
Rosie Kings second full-length collection of poems, Time and Peonies, published by Hummingbird Press.
Horticulture Center, top of the campus, Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003. [ map ]
Saturday, March 25
2:30 to 4:30 PM
open mike for poetry or prose with featured reader Dan White.
Open mike signup at 2:30. Free.
4th Saturday, all year. Presented by Jean Walton Wolff, (831) 475-4221.
Porter Memorial Library, 3050 Porter Street, Soquel 95073.
|Saturday, March 25
11:00 to 3:00 PM
|PCSJ Membership Appreciation Potluck and Caesura Reading.
with 1pm Caesura Poets Reading and Open Mic.
Empire FireHouse in History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose CA 95112. See details at Poetry Center San Jose.
Thursday, March 25
7:30 to 8:45 PM
|Curated Words reading.
Juice N Java, 599 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, California 93950.
|For future events see the Looking Ahead listing.||First Friday
Wednesday, April 7
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
led by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard, and Amy Meier.
See the Poetry Center San Jose website for details of this event.
ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, branch of service and dates of service, email address or phone number. Registration and questions left at this email address will receive a reply within a week. Free parking in the Staff/Volunteer lot on Phelan Avenue. Please enter History Park from the Phelan Avenue side. Admission FREE.
Edwin Markham House in History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose CA 95112. Sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose.
|2nd Sunday, April 9
Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Reading Series presents a reading by
Marie Butcher and David McKirdy.
Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, Monterey 93940 (between Pearl and Munras). $5 admission.
Tuesday, April 11
6:00 to 8:00 PM
|Networking Aloud open reading.
Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, Monterey (between Pearl and Munras).
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9:01 AM and 8:01 PM
|The Writers Almanac with Garrison Keillor on KAZU 90.3 FM.|
|Various days||Bookshop Santa Cruz hosts many author events, with local and visiting authors. Visit their website for up-to-date information.|
3:00 to 3:30 PM
|Cover to Cover on KPFA 94.1 FM. Hosted by Jack Foley.|
8:00 to 9:00 PM
|Out Of Our Minds on KKUP 91.5 FM. Hosted by Rachelle Escamilla. Live interviews, poems read by the host, taped readings or interviews.|
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|Sally Ashton||Sally Ashton, MFA, is a Bay Area poet, teacher, editor of the DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art, and current Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. She is the author of a collection, These Metallic Days, and her prose poem collection, Her Name is Juanita, was recently released from Kore Press. Ashton is the recipient of an Artist Fellowship, Poetry, from Arts Council Silicon Valley. She offers writing workshops in Santa Clara County.|
|Ellen Bass||Ellen Bass
offers the following writing workshops. See Ellens
website for more details and recent updates.
Ongoing Weekly group in Santa Cruz:
Wednesdays 1:00 to 4:00 pm Poetry Workshop
In addition, she offers the following writing retreats:
Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29: The Writing Life, a Poetry Workshop with Ellen Bass.
May 26 to 31: Truth and Beauty. SOLD OUT
with Marie Howe and Ellen Bass.
June 18 to 28: Writing Residency.
July 5 to 10: The World Split Open: Writing New Poems.
July 13 to 26: The Poets Metamorphosis: From the Page to the Stage to the Screen, featuring guest teachers Cecilia Woloch, Ellen Bass, Ron Bradley, Juan Felipe Herrera. CSU Monterey Bay, Monterey Bay, CA. Learn more on the CSUMB website.
August 12 to 15: Catamaran Writing Conference in Pebble Beach, CA., featuring guest teachers Ellen Bass, Toi Derricotte, Elizabeth McKenzie, Scott Hutchins, John Straley, Dan White, Octavio Solis, Davd Sullivan. CSU Monterey Bay, Monterey Bay, CA. Learn more on the Catamaran website.
September 25 to 27, 2015: LiTFUSE 2015:
November 8-13, 2015:
To Explore the Heart with Angie Boissevain
Sunday, July 27, 2014. 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Lunch Noon to 1:00
This class will combine meditation, and free writing practices in order to cultivate our inspiration, natural intuition, and delight in the music and nonsense of words. There will be walks in the park, discussions, and blocks of time for free writing to liberate what's under our ordinary talk, and encourage trust in the music and truth to be found in our own personal language....including the nonsensical. Nothing we write needs to be shared, though the pleasure of sharing will be encouraged.
Please bring pencils/pens, and lots of paper.
At the Santa Cruz Zen Center, 113 School Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
$55 (Sustaining members), $65 (others). Send your registration to SCZC, 113 School Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 or call 457-0206. The classes are held in the zendo. Make the check payable to SCZC.
Angie Boissevain is a Soto Zen roshi and Dharma heir of Vanja Palmers. For over thirty years of her practice she served as a teacher and director at Jikoji in the Santa Cruz Mountains, which was founded by her main teacher Kobun Chino Otogawa in 1983. She studied with him while she was raising three sons, being a wife and writing poetry. She is the inspiration and guiding teacher of Floating Zendo in San Jose. She also leads sesshins at Jikoji and abroad to areas such as Arcata, Hokoj (near Toas, NM) and even Austria and Switzerland.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
|Patria Brown||The Way of the Spiral with Patria Brown: In the fast-paced world of the twenty-first century,
there is little allowance of time for artistic pursuit or reflection. Patrias approach to poetry and the creative arts
opens the deep spiral path to inner knowing and joyful and lively manifestation.
Weekly writing and poetry sessions meet at 320 River Street in Santa Cruz.
Saturday Mornings With the Muse
Women and Poetry
Mothers and Poetry
Patria Brown also teaches Soul Collage, leads a Thursday Morning Crones group and is working on other projects. Contact her if you are interested at 831-425-5332 or email email@example.com
|Cabrillo College||English 12B (Creative Writing: Poetry) and 14B (Poetry Workshop)
See the Schedule of classes for the current offering.
Spring 2016: English 12B and 14B simultaneous taught by Adela Najarro will be held Thursdays 6:00 to 9:05 PM, Room 321, 3 units.
|Catamaran Center for Literary Arts||Catamaran Center for Literary Arts (CCLA) offers workshops led by local writers, artists, poets, and craftspeople at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. Workshops are on a variety of topics relating to fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Explore new artistic forms, revitalize old pieces, and work with fellow creatives in a personal, nurturing setting, guided by knowledgeable instructors. Learn more about CCLA and the classes offered.|
|Catamaran Writing Conference||Check for information on the next Catamaran Writing Conference on the Catamaran website.|
|Andy Couturier, The Opening||The Opening
is a place for writing that emphasizes the intuitive mind of the writer. By prioritizing play and open-ended exploration,
and by using innovative techniques to access our innate human capacities for improvisation, we find ourselves coming upon
the unexpected in ourselves and in the world. When we combine these techniques with new ways to develop the sensitivity
of our perception, both the writer and the writing grow naturally, of their own accord. Classes offered in Santa Cruz and Oakland.
See Andy Couturiers bio.
Sign up for the Mailing List on the website. Telephone 831-728-9983 or 510-594-1905.
Book Completion Groups
Life Story / Creative Nonfiction
Writing from the Subconscious
Writing Open the Mind Six-month Teaching Certificate Course
|Laura Davis||Laura Davis
a variety of 1-day Workshops
Weekly Classes, including Writing Practice classes and classes with Feedback, Critique, and Revision Toward Finished Pieces
a free weekly Inspirational Quote and Writing Prompt with optional free online postings and community conversation
her own blog.
See it all at www.lauradavis.net.
|De Anza College||RED WHEELBARROW, SPRING STUDENT EDITION:
Greetings creative writers and creative writing lovers,
Enjoy fiction, poetry, and the arts? Interested in helping create the 2014 Red Wheelbarrow literary magazine, student edition? Please join us! We seek editors of all kinds, no experience necessaryand its a great resumé-building course. You create a book in twelve weeks, with your name in the masthead, culminating in a major year-end event in June (hosted by you) where we unveil the book and present awards to the best student writers and artists on campus. Editors each have one equal vote (same as the teacher)and can choose to focus on any genre as well as on other areas such as copy editing, digital book design, magazine managementor all of the above. Submissions are posted online in Catalyst and are judged anonymously, fairly, and kindlyso like any student, youll be invited to feel free to also submit your own creative work to the journal. The course to sign up for this spring is EWRT 68 or 68X.64ZLiterary Magazine, Student Edition. Editing Red Wheelbarrow is a good way to meet other writers and creative people in an exciting project-oriented environment. And you learn a little about what it takes to publish your own work as well as how to make books. The aesthetic is inclusive and the atmosphere is positive. Red Wheelbarrow meets on campus Monday afternoons from 4:00-5:50 in L-61 to discuss and vote on submissions, but much discussion takes place in Catalyst. Some students take the course almost entirely online. You can also take the course for two or three units, related to amount time & energy you wish to commit. Information flyer may be requested. Questions encouraged! Just e-mail me, Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please tell your friends.
Best wishes and look forward to meeting many of you in April, I hope.
|Esalen Institute||The following poetry workshops are offered at Esalen Institute, 55000 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920, (831) 667-3005, email@example.com.|
|Carolyn Brigit Flynn||Carolyn
offers regular writing groups, called Writing to Feed the Soul. Carolyns teaching themes include
an imaginative mix of poetry and prose, evoking dreams, the elements, ancestors, the earth and nature, animals, spirit
guides, sacred geometry, tarot and mythall with the intention to allow archetypal and mythic themes to provide seed
and sacred ground for new and enlivened writing. Writers often find that a new voice emerges, and that their work goes
deeper, exploring vital themes and profound hidden stories.
Bi-Monthly Groups meet twice a month, the first two weeks of the month (except for October, when they will meet the last two weeks).
Monthly Group. One group meets monthly the second Saturday of the month (except for October, when they will meet on Oct 24)
|Joyce Keller||Creative Writing for Fun. Louden Nelson classes for Downtown Seniors. Learn how to make creative writing easy and enjoyable in the friendly and supportive class. Stories, poetry, journalism, memoirs. Suggested donation: $4 for Santa Cruz city residents, $4.25 non-city residents. Taught by Joyce Keller, M.S. Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz. Mondays 1:00 to 2:30 pm.|
|Danusha Laméris||Danusha Laméris
offers Poetry classes in Santa Cruz.
Danusha Lamériss work has been published in Lyric, Poetry Northwest, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Sun and The Crab Orchard Review as well as in a variety of other journals. Her poems have also appeared in the anthologies In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare, A Bird as Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens, and Intimate Kisses. Last year she was a finalist for the 2010 New Letters Prize in poetry.
Danusha teaches an ongoing workshop for poets on Thursday evenings from 6-9. The cost is $80 for four weeks. Craft talk followed by sharing writing and constructive feedback. She can be reached at 427-9733 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Ron Lampi||Ron Lampi offers a workshop on creativity in various Santa Cruz County venues. Drawing from his own well spring of creativity, local writer and poet Ron Lampi brings an introduction to his creative process in a two hour workshop. Creativity is a birthright of us all. To live in the flow of creativity is a wonderful way to be. This is a workshop for artists of all genres and for all creative persons who really want to jump-start or develop their ability to be creative. We will address the various blocks to creativity and come to understand more consciously the creative process. In the workshop, not only will Ron share from his experience and creating background, but there will be plenty of time for discussion and hands-on involvement. Everyone will have an opportunity to share. Two of the books that will be referenced in the workshop are The Artists Way by Julia Cameron and Creating by Robert Fritz. Please provide your own writing material.|
|Robin Lysne||Robin Lysne received her MFA from Mills College in 2012 and her PhD in Energy Medicine in 2013. She is the author of three books of nonfiction and her poems have been published in North American Review, Samizdat Literary Journal, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, Awaken Consciousness Magazine, Santa Cruz Weekly, and other periodicals, and in Harvest from the Emerald Orchard and other anthologies. She has been featured reader at Poetry Express in Berkeley, Writing without Walls and the Samizdat Literary Journal release reading in San Francisco, and Poet/Speak. Her poem First Step was selected for reading by survivors at the Virginia Tech Memorial Bench Dedication. Her art work has been shown widely in the Midwest and on the East Coast. She is a professional Psychic/Medium and Energy Medicine Practitioner through East/West Bookstore in Mt. View, in Santa Cruz, and across the country by phone. Websites: www.thecenterforthesoul.com / www.robinlysne.com / www.bluebonebooks.com|
|Roxan McDonald||The Writers Collaborative
Whether a beginner or a published professional, all writers need a safe place to share their work. Join an inspiring community of fellow writers and receive constructive and caring feedback that will help you produce your best work. Roxan is an experienced facilitator who intersperses craft talks seamlessly within the supportive format. She encourages writers to dig deep, challenge the critical voice and develop their personal writing style. All genres welcome.
WHEN: Wednesdays 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WHERE: Downtown Santa Cruz
FEE: $320 per 8 week session
(Next session beginning soon)
If interested, please email: RoxanMcDonaldConsulting@gmail.com or Call: (831) 419-1284
Bio: Roxan McDonald has dedicated herself to helping people find their voice both on the page and in their lives. She currently leads writing groups in Santa Cruz, Oakland and Monterey. Roxan is also an assistant teacher with Ellen Bass at Esalen Institute, and has studied with Ellen Bass, Marcy Allencraig, Joseph Stroud, Kris Vandenburg and Andy Couturier. Roxan received the Mary Lonnberg Smith Award in poetry and her short stories, memoir excerpts and poetry have been published in The Porter Gulch Review. She is currently seeking a publisher for her memoir and completing the first in a series of self-help books.
For more workshop information and testimonials please visit www.RoxanMcDonald.com
Community Poetry Circle
Join the circle for these free workshops:
On the 1st Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Santa Cruz Central Branch Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz 95060.
On the 2nd Saturday, 1 to 3 pm at the Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive.
On the 3rd Saturday, 2 to 4 pm at the Scotts Valley Branch Library, 230-D Mount Hermon Road, Scotts Valley.
At the Campbell Public Library, 77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell, 6:30 to 8:30 pm on
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Community Poetry Circle
Magdalena is available for private editing and book coaching.
|Maggie Paul||Poetry of Praise
Two Day Workshop 1pm-5:30pm: Saturday and Sunday, April 1st and 2nd, 2017. Hosted by Catamaran Literary Reader.
Poetry that interprets life with affirmation
Explore the wealth of poetry from traditions around the world that praise life in its various forms. We will examine how poets address nature, love, loss, and the divine in their work, with an eye toward creating our own poems of praise. Works include the poems and essays of Wendell Berry, Robert Bly, translations of Rumi, Hafez, Kabir, Machado, Neruda, Rilke, Lorca, A Book of Luminous Things by Czeslaw Milosz, Jane Hirschfield, Mary Oliver, and others.
Learn more at the page for this workshop on the Catamaran Literary Reader website.
|Poetry Center San Jose||Poets @ Play. Have you ever wanted a quiet place to write? Or an informal gathering for collaborating with fellow poets about works in progress? Thats what Poets@Play is all about. We alternate between writing and sharing our works in progress. This is not a workshop, but rather a playhousesome starter ideas and a comfortable place to play with words. Registration is encouraged, but not required, at email@example.com (we can also provide you with information on how to avoid a parking fee). Date TBA at the Edwin Markham House, History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, California 95112. www.pcsj.org.|
|Sarah Rabkin||Here are four upcoming opportunities to write in good company, surrounded by natural beauty.
For details and relevant links, please go to
With best wishes,
|Amber Coverdale Sumrall|
In addition, Amber offers Writing Retreats at the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur.
Retreat costs include a room and meals.
December 5th to 8th, 2014
April 10th to 13th, 2015
June 12th to 15th, 2015
December 4th to 7th, 2015
To sign up, call 831-477-4375 or email Amber.
Contact Patrice at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 831-206-2475.
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