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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 literary events in and around Santa Cruz County.
 
Poetry Santa Cruz Events
Saturday
April 19
7:00
PM

sabado
19 de abril
7:00
PM

Flor y Canto / Flower and Song Poetry Reading with Music and Dance with Special Guest California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and featuring Lalo Alvarez, Mavel Armijo, Aquiles Borges, Herminia Borge, Dina El Dessouky, Rebecca Garcia, Julie Guerrero, Helene Simkin Jara, Geneffa Popatia Jonker, Joanna Martin, Joe Navarro, Maggie Paul, Lisa Simon, and Ruby Vasquez. Four open mic spots are available for members of the community on a first-come, first-served basis for poetry or song.
Erica Schilling Forum 450, Cabrillo College Aptos Campus, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos 95003.  [ map / mapa ]
Erica Schilling Forum 450 is on the northwest part of the campus, above Soquel Drive. Parking lots D, E, and H are the closest to Forum 450.  [ Download the Cabrillo Aptos campus map ]
Free / Gratis.  Presented by the Cabrillo College English Department and Poetry Santa Cruz.  Hosted by Adela Najarro.
[ More about this event ]
Sunday
April 20
2:00
–4:00 PM
Poet/Speak Open Reading with featured reader Jim Russo.
(Scheduled feature Eric Schneider has had to cancel and will feature later in the year.)
Open reading signup at 1:50, 3-to-5-minute limit.  Hosted by Jim Russo.
Main Library upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz.  [ map ]  Free.
Tuesday
May 20
7:30
PM
Martín Espada and Adela Najarro.
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz.
[ map ]  Suggested donation $3.  [ Read more about this event ]
Events Co-sponsored by Poetry Santa Cruz
Saturday,
April 26
6:30
PM Reception, 7:30 Reading
Stephen Kessler, Alan Soldofsky and Richard Silberg reading from their work. Reception 6:30 Reading 7:30.
Felix Kulpa Gallery, 107 Elm St., Santa Cruz.  [ map ]
Free.  Presented by A New Cadence Poetry Series.
See the A New Cadence blog for details


Poetry Santa Cruz events are supported, in part, by a grant from the 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.

 

PSC News

Ellen Bass is the 2014–2015 Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate

Ellen Bass is the new County Poet Laureate. At her reading with Danusha Laméris on March 11 at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Neal Coonerty, Chairperson of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors thanked David Swanger for his service as Laureate in 2012 and 2013 and formally inaugurated her term. Two of her poems are featured in the March 20 Good Times.

Gary Young Awarded the George Bogin Memorial Award

Gary Young has been awarded the 2014 George Bogin Memorial Award by the Poetry Society of America, the fifth award he has received from the Society. The award is for a sequence of five prose poems regarding memories of veterans of WWII and pays $500. Read about the award here.

Stephen Kessler’s Article about Wanda Coleman in Poetry Flash

• Read Stephen Kessler’s article in Poetry Flash on the life of Wanda Coleman.

The Santa Cruz County High School Poetry Competition

• The 21st Annual Santa Cruz County High School Poetry Competition deadline for submissions was Saturday, March 15. Learn more here.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare

• Information and tickets for the 2014 season of Santa Cruz Shakespeare are now available.

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.

Poetry On The Radio

The Writer’s 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, Lesley-Anne Taylor or Sarah Cruse.
You can listen to past shows on The Poetry Show Blog and podcast on kusp.org. On December 8, Dennis Morton interviewed David Swanger.
Out Of Our Minds on KKUP 91.5 FM. Hosted by J.P. Dancing Bear, 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.

Poetry in Local Media

The Good Times prints a monthly Poetry Corner, currently featuring County Laureate Ellen Bass in the March 20 issue.  Articles about poetry events, authors and books also appear in Good Times, Santa Cruz Weekly and the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Adela Najarro has a blog on Santa Cruz Patch commenting on local events and issues in poetry and literature. www.HillTromper.com has a poetry column posted on Wednesdays, “The Outdoor Poet,” edited by Robert Sward with contributions by invitation.  Copies of Redwood Coast Review (edited by Stephen Kessler with Contributing Editor Daniela Hurezanu) are distributed in the Library Main Branch lobby and in Bookshop Santa Cruz and regularly feature poetry, book reviews and other articles of literary interest.

Local Periodical Poetry Publications

Alehouse Narratives is a literary magazine and a six-week reading series at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. Learn more on their website.

Ryan Masters is back in town and is reviving The Bathyspheric Review.

• The Winter 2014 issue of Catamaran Literary Reader is available from the website and at Bookshop Santa Cruz. The Winter issue of phren-Z features poetry, fiction, and nonfiction written by Catamaran editorial staff. The phren-Z live reading was held on Sunday, March 2 at Bookshop Santa Cruz, featuring the Catamaran editorial staff.
• See the News page for more details and news.
• See the Catamaran Writing Conference page for information on the August 13 to 17 Conference. Save $250 by registering by May 15.
• See the Submissions page for guidelines and to submit your work.

• The 2013 issue of Homestead Review is available.

• The March 2014 issue of Monterey Poetry Review posted on the website with poems by sixteen poets, collages by T. Mike Walker and and interview of John Laude by John Dotson.
Submissions may be sent via email with deadline of June 15, 2014.

• 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 Winter 2014 issue of phren-Z features poets Candace Calsoyas, Molly Doyle, and Zack Rogow, along with fiction authors Mary Allen, Elizabeth McKenzie, Catherine Segurson, and Eric Weinblatt, nonfiction authors Andrew Beierle, Tom Christensen, and Alyson Lie, plus artwork by Daniel S. Friedman, all available online at the website. The Live Reading will be 7:00 to 8:45pm on Sunday, March 2 at Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz.

• The deadline for submissions for the 2014 issue of Porter Gulch Review was December 1. David Sullivan is in China this year on a Fulbright, however the Porter Gulch Review will carry on with the guidance of other Cabrillo faculty.

• The 2014 Red Wheelbarrow National Edition submission deadline was February 15, 2014.

Swan Scythe Press 2013 chapbook contest deadline was June 1, 2013. For more, visit www.swanscythe.com.

The Yuki Teikei Haiku Society sponsors the annual Kiyoshi & Kiyoko Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest deadline was May 31, 2013

Breaking into Print: Poetry Books by Local Authors

Carolyn Brigit Flynn’s collection of poems, Communion: In Praise of the Sacred Earth, is due April 20, 2014 from White Cloud Press in Ashland, OR. There will a book launch with reading, accompaniment by Shelley Phillips on harp, and celebration on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, with suggested donation $10.
Erica Goss’ latest book is Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets from Pushpen Press, to be released in April 2014.
J.P. Dancing Bear’s latest books are Love Is a Burning Building, (FutureCycle Press, 2013) and The Abandoned Eye (FutureCycle Press, 2012) is available online at Amazon.com.
Robin Lysne
is the author of Poems for the Lost Deer (Blue Bone Books, 2014).
Douglas McClellan’s 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 will have a new collection of poems, Like a Beggar, published by Copper Canyon Press, is being released in February 2014. She will read with Danusha Laméris on March 11.
Kyle Shanebeck is the author of Awake the Reflections, available from Amazon.com His website is kyleshanebeck.com/
Charles Atkinson’s 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 will be 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 2007–2012, published via On Demand Books on the Espresso Book Machine at Bookshop Santa Cruz.
Pamela O’Shaughnessy has published Figments and Other Poems (Laika Press, 2013), a comprehensive collection of her poetry to date.
John Laue’s 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 Ortiz’s 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 from Amazon.com.
Joanna Martin’s 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 Cervine’s 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 Heinrich’s 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. Sage’s latest book is Open House.
Patrice Vecchione’s book The Knot Untied, is available at Bookshop Santa Cruz and through the book’s 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 Safajek’s collection of poems is In Deep Time, published in 2012. She passed away on November 10, 2012.
James Maughn’s 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 Sullivan’s 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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