• Sable & Quill Reading and Exhibit
    Sable & Quill Reading and Exhibit
    Join us for an art event and reading of writers who are also visual artists.
  • Real Poets
    Real Poets
    Sacramento Poetry Center's Real Poets program pairs trained poet mentors with at-risk youth to write original poems about their lives.
  • Robert Hass reads at The Crocker Art Museum
    Robert Hass reads at The Crocker Art Museum
    Sacramento Poetry Center was an organizer and sponsor of the Squaw Valley Benefit Reading

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I got a bus tattooed to my arm.
it will take me to that hallowed place
off the track someday.
my nephew drew the picture.
I took it to the tattoo shop
and the guy said
then he dug in like they
it cost $90
plus a $50 tip.
you best pay up when someone scars you for life.
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The Magazine

I run my thumb over the scab on the inside of your elbow you flinch it’s only a few days healed
and say I know that urge to flush like a swollen river I want to know what brought it on for you
when I was a kid I remember seeing the magazines on the floor of our garage yes those kinds of
magazines I was alone read with the same urge I didn’t know to be ashamed to fear the succulent
rush hungers you see they’re not unlike other magazines the skin I saw and touched with
imagined tonguetips fingers and appetite could have been a ruin a distant planet a cell or a star.

-published on The Fem

Genelle Chaconas is hard at work on what they hope may be their first complete cross-genre
book tentatively titled Plague City; they’re unclear whether that makes it a novel, a book of
poetry, an art project, or an act of innate insanity. Their chapbook Fallout, Saints, and Dirty
Pictures (little m press, 2011) is currently out of print. They’re also hard at work on a nonfiction
book with their mentor B.L. Kennedy, and have also been involved with a collaboration with
Musiclandria in a performance at ArtStreet.



Black History Month Reading: Angela James & Takeitha Buford ||| Mon, Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm ||| SPC 1719 25th St

February 10, 2017

Angela James is a local poet and storyteller who has featured many times over the years at a variety of venues. A true performance artist, she weaves music, movement and storytelling into her poetic performances in an eclectic fusion that appeals to all audiences. Angela is a certified multidisciplined teaching artist with Sacramento Metropolitan Arts […]

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Sean King and JoAnn Anglin ||| Monday, February 6 @ 7:30 pm ||| SPC 1719 25th Street

February 1, 2017

Sean King is a 43 year old Computer Engineer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Published Author, Youth Editor for Sacramento Newsletter, Mentor, Father, Husband, and active in conducting workshops and discussions ranging from Black Lives Matter to Hip-Hop to Job Interview Skills to Writing. He has been writing and performing poetry for 22 years, has graced […]

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Forrest Gander ||| Monday, January 30 @ 7:00 pm ||| 1000 Mariposa Hall, California State University, Sacramento

January 25, 2017

  Born in the Mojave Desert in Barstow, California, Forrest Gander grew up in Virginia and spent significant years in San Francisco, where he met the poet CD Wright. They lived in Dolores Hidalgo (Mexico) and in Eureka Springs, Arkansas before moving to Rhode Island. Gander holds degrees in both English literature and geology. The […]

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Marcelo Hernandez Castillo and Rosa A. Martinez ||| Monday, Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm ||| SPC 1719 25th

January 18, 2017

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and crossed the border through Tijuana at the age of five with his family. He is a Canto Mundo fellow and the first undocumented student to graduate from the University of Michigan’s MFA program. He teaches summers as the resident artist at the Atlantic Center for the […]

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Straight Out Scribes, NSAA, Sean King, and Michael Ellis ||| Monday, Jan 16 @ 7:30 pm ||| SPC 1719 25th

January 16, 2017

Straight Out Scribes, Dr. V.S. Chochezi and Staajabu, Sacramento’s unique mother/daughter dynamic poetry duo is still in full effect as they enbrace the New Year. They will feature at the following Sacramento venues during the month of January. If you want to get the year off to an uplifting, inspiring, start come share some positive […]

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Steven Sanchez and Heather Judy ||| Sunday, Jan 15 @ 2pm ||| Avid Reader, 1600 Broadway

January 12, 2017

Host Nancy Aidé González

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LAVERNE FRITH Book Launch and Carol Frith Reading ||| Mon, Jan 9 @ 7:30 pm ||| SPC 1719 25th St

January 5, 2017

Laverne Frith is a regular member of the Reviewer Panel of the New York Journal of Books and Co-editor and founder of Ekphrasis: A Poetry Journal, which features poetry about works of art. Ekphrasis just celebrated its twentieth year of publication. In addition, Laverne was, for nineteen years, a monthly poetry columnist for the widely […]

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