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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.

Many readers in our Tuesday series have been interviewed and read more of their poetry on The Poetry Show formerly on KUSP.

For a poetry calendar covering the Greater Bay Area, consult the Poetry Flash calendar and open reading listings.
For a calendar of arts events in Santa Cruz County, see the CruzCal Arts Calendar.


Tuesday, February 13
Willis Barnstone.
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. [ map ]
[ Read about Willis Barnstone on our Home page. ]
3rd Sunday
Sunday, February 18
to 4:00 PM
Poet/Speak Open Reading with featured reader Kai Siedenburg.
Santa Cruz Main Library, 224 Church St. Street, Santa Cruz 95060.  [ map ]  Free.
[ To read about the featured reader Kai Siedenburg, go to our Home page and scroll down to the Poet/Speak announcement. ]
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.
For future events see the Looking Ahead listing.

These events have been supported, in part, by grants from the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County.
Some events are supported by matching grants to our readers from Poets & Writers, Inc.
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 and Kathleen Flowers.  The William James Association acted as our fiscal sponsor for our first four years.  Our readings are or have been supported by Bookshop Santa Cruz, Capitola Book Café, The Attic, Casablanca Inn, The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Cabrillo College, KUSP and the National Writers Union Chapter 7.  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.

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(See also Media and miscellaneous Bookstore Events, below)

Every Monday, 4:00 to 8:00 PM Santa Cruz Word Church is located in the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz 95060. Presented by the Legendary Collective.
4:00 Free Writing Workshop, 5:30 Open Mic signup, 6:00 Open Mic, 7:00 Featured Poet.
$2, nobody denied for lack of funds.
Every Wednesday
PM, Signup 7:00
The Rubber Chicken Poetry Slam & Open Mic.  East Village Coffee Lounge, 498 Washington St., Monterey 93940.
2nd Tuesday
Tuesday, February 13
to 8:00 PM
Networking Aloud presents Aideed Medina.
Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, Monterey (between Pearl and Munras).  
3rd Thursday, February 15
Poetry Readings at the Willow Glen Library
Featured reader to be announced. 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 (It’s 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.
4th Saturday
Saturday, February 24
to 4:30 PM
Community Writers open mike for poetry or prose with featured reader Jessica Breheny.
Porter Memorial Library, 3050 Porter Street, Soquel.
2nd Sunday, February 11
The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Reading Series presents a reading by Laura Bayless and Deborah Wenzler.
Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, Monterey 93940 (between Pearl and Munras). $5 admission.
For future events see the Looking Ahead listing.
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Every day
9:01 AM and 8:01 PM
The Writer’s 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.
Every Wednesday
3:00 to 3:30 PM
Cover to Cover on KPFA 94.1 FM. Hosted by Jack Foley.
Every Wednesday
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 Ellen’s 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.
Esalen, Big Sur, CA. Learn more on the Esalen website. To register, visit www.esalen.org or call 831-667-3005.

• May 26 to 31: Truth and Beauty. SOLD OUT with Marie Howe and Ellen Bass.
Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, NM. To be added to the wait list, please write Jen at jpeachtree@yahoo.com and let her know if you are interested in a single or double.

• June 18 to 28: Writing Residency.
Pacific University, Seaside, OR. (open to those who are not MFA students, as well as those who are)

• July 5 to 10: The World Split Open: Writing New Poems.
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.

• July 13 to 26: The Poet’s 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:
A Poets’ Workshop, featuring Ellen Bass.
Tieton, WA

• November 8-13, 2015:
Into the Heart of Poetry, with Kim Rosen and Ellen Bass. Details TBD
Mayacamas Ranch, Calistoga, CA

• December 6 to 11: The Life of Poetry, a Poetry Workshop with Ellen Bass.
Esalen, Big Sur, CA. Learn more on the Ellen Bass website.
To register, visit www.esalen.org or call 831-667-3005.

 Angie Boissevain Writing 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.
We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” –Albert Einstein

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. Patria’s 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.
Ongoing sessions are limited to eight participants and are offered first-come, first-serve.  Initial session is free.  Suggested donation thereafter is $20.
Reserve your place now by calling 831-425-5332 or emailing patria@outinthewoods.com.
Bring a notebook, a pen, and an open heart. Be prepared to change your life!

Saturday Mornings With the Muse
Meets most Saturday mornings from 10 to 12.
Together we shall write and read based on collaboratively chosen pieces of poetry.

Women and Poetry
Meets Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.  Together we study and write women's poetry.
Women read, study, and write poetry in community.

Mothers and Poetry
Meets Saturdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 pm
Mothers of growing children often feel there is never a moment for intellectual or creative pursuit.
We read short pieces (not more than one hour per week), come together, discuss, and write in community about issues surrounding the experience of mothering in all its facets.

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 patria@outinthewoods.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 Couturier’s 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 offers
• a variety of 1-day Workshops
Weekly Classes, including Writing Practice classes and classes with Feedback, Critique, and Revision Toward Finished Pieces
Writing Retreats
• 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.

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 necessary—and it’s 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 management—or all of the above. Submissions are posted online in Catalyst and are judged anonymously, fairly, and kindly—so like any student, you’ll 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.64Z–Literary 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 weisnerken@fhda.edu. And please tell your friends.

Best wishes and look forward to meeting many of you in April, I hope.

Ken Weisner
English Department
Creative Writing Committee
Faculty Advisor, Red Wheelbarrow

Esalen Institute The following poetry workshops are offered at Esalen Institute, 55000 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920, (831) 667-3005, info@esalen.org.
Carolyn Brigit Flynn Carolyn offers regular writing groups, called Writing to Feed the Soul.  Carolyn’s 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 myth—all 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).
During teaching weeks, there will be three writing groups meeting regularly:
   - Tuesday, 2:00-5:30 pm
   - Wednesday, 6:00-9:30 pm
   - Thursday, 2:00-5:30 pm

Monthly Group.  One group meets monthly the second Saturday of the month (except for October, when they will meet on Oct 24)

More information at her website www.carolynbrigitflynn.com
For questions or to sign up, please email carolynflynn@cruzio.com

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 Laméris’s 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 lameris@yahoo.com

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 Artist’s 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 Writer’s 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
Magdalena Montagne The 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
On Tuesday evenings, February 21, March 21, May 16, July 18, September 19, November 21, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Watsonville Library in the upstairs Meeting Room.

Magdalena is available for private editing and book coaching.
See her website for more information at http://www.poetrycirclewithmagdalena.com/

Maggie Paul Poetry of Praise Two Day Workshop 1pm-5:30pm: Saturday and Sunday, April 1st and 2nd, 2017. Hosted by Catamaran Literary Reader.

Poems of Praise
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? That’s what Poets@Play is all about. We alternate between writing and sharing our works in progress. This is not a workshop, but rather a playhouse—some starter ideas and a comfortable place to play with words. Registration is encouraged, but not required, at poetsatplay@pcsj.org (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,
Sarah Rabkin

 Amber Coverdale Sumrall Amber Coverdale Sumrall offers Writing Workshops.  See Amber’s website for more details.  Call 477-4375 or email Amber for her current schedule and to reserve a place.

In addition, Amber offers Writing Retreats at the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur.
An atmosphere of silence is maintained during the retreat except for workshop meetings. If you find that you haven’t enough time for writing, if you have pieces you can’t seem to get started on, or if you just want to join a group of retreatants who are putting thoughts and feelings to paper, this is a spectacularly beautiful and nourishing place in which to do so.

Retreat costs include a room and meals.

 Patrice Vecchione

For information on Patrice Vecchione and her rich events calendar, see her website, www.patricevecchione.com.

Contact Patrice at patrice@patricevecchione.com, or 831-206-2475.

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