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About PSC
Who are we and how can you contact us?
Poetry Santa Cruz is dedicated to nurturing the poetry community and bringing poetry to the larger community in Santa Cruz County. We run the "second Tuesday" poetry readings at Bookshop Santa Cruz, as well as coordinating poetry-related events around the county.

Current Events

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. You can also call our Poetry Hotline at (831) 429-2399 anytime to hear up-to-date reading news and leave us your comments about our readings.
Sunday, September 8
2:00 p.m.
POET/SPEAK Open Reading with featured reader Patti Sirens.
At the Santa Cruz Main Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz.
Tuesday, September 10
7:30 p.m.
David Sullivan and Marilyn Robertson
At Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.
Tuesday, September 17
7:30 p.m.
Francisco X. Alarcòn and co-readers to be announced
At the Cabrillo Watsonville Center, 318 Union Street, Watsonville.
Tuesday, September 10
7:30 p.m.
Cornelius Eady and Meg Kearney
At Capitola Book Café, 1475 41st Avenue, Capitola.

PSC News

Ariadne's Poetry Web

Local poet Joan Zimmerman announces a website devoted to poetry, its appreciation and creation.  The site is under development, but so far it has recommendations of books on poetry reading and writing, a "recipe" for poetry writing, Phil Wagner's poem, "Stuff You Can Do At A Boring Poetry Reading," an essay on the ghazal form and a ghazal by Len Anderson.  Check it out now and come back periodically.  
See Ariadne's Web.

National Writers Union Poetry Contest 2002

The National Writers Union Local 7 Poetry Contest for 2002 will be judged by Adrienne Rich.  Submissions are due by November 30.   See the guidelines on the NWU website.

Santa Cruz now has an online Poetry Bulletin Board

Visit our new Poetry Santa Cruz Bulletin Board, where you can discuss all manner of subjects relating to poetry, post your own poems, comment on readings, or add to our wishlist of poets you'd like to see come to Santa Cruz.

Join Poetry Santa Cruz

You can support our poetry events by becoming a member of Poetry Santa Cruz with a tax-deductible donation.  See our  Membership Page for more information on how to become a member of Poetry Santa Cruz.

Cool Poetry Santa Cruz T-shirts! t-shirts!

You can now own a cool Poetry Santa Cruz t-shirt, understated and very hip for those who know. Bring $15 to one of our readings, or e-mail len@poetrysantacruz.org.


Poetry Santa Cruz needs your stuff! Poetry Santa Cruz needs you! As a new organization, we are in need of donations of goods and time. Please see our Wishlist Page to see how you can help. 

The Santa Cruz Good Times has announced that they will be running a poetry column. If you appreciate their support of poetry, remember to tell them so!


Poetry Santa Cruz is supported by grants from the Santa Cruz City Arts Commission and the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, and sponsored by the William James Association.  Its readings are sponsored by the National Writers Union Local 7 and Bookshop Santa Cruz.  We also wish to thank Sabieng Thai Cuisine, 1218 Mission St., Santa Cruz, for feeding our poets on October 9 and Lulu Carpenter's, 1545 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz,  for providing coffee for our Poetry Bash on November 30.

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Poetry Santa Cruz stays in touch with its extensive mailing list mostly by e-mail. Please e-mail us in order to receive e-mails about upcoming events. We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, so also let us know if there's anything you can do for us! 

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