• Geoffrey Nutter and Crawdad Nelson
    Geoffrey Nutter and Crawdad Nelson
    Wed. Aug. 17 at 7:30 PM at SPC
  • 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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Joshua McKinney’s Summer Eco-Poetics Class


Stan Zumbiel taught English in middle and high school for thirty-five years and has had a hand in raising four children. He sat on the board of the Sacramento Poetry Center for twenty-five years. In 2008 he received his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Previously his poems have appeared in Poet NewsNimrodThe Suisun Valley Review, Primal Urge, Convergence, Word Soup, Late Peaches, Sacramento Voices, and Medusa’s Kitchen.

Bob Stanley has written poems and organized poetry events for over forty years. Active in SPC since 1997, Bob teaches English at Sac State and co-directs the Writing Center. He’s edited two poetry anthologies and published two chapbooks, plus his full-length poetry collection, Miracle Shine. With his son John Stanley, Bob also recorded an album of original music, Songs from Random Lane. Sacramento’s Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2012, Bob lives in Sacramento with his wife, Joyce Hsiao.

Rhony Bhopla was born in London, and raised in California. She enjoys volunteering for the Sacramento Poetry Center, the Education Team at the Crocker Art Museum, and as a judge for Poetry Out Loud.  This fall, she will teach a class called, “What if I AM a poet?” at the Crocker.

Rick Rayburn is a fourth generation Angelenan, raised in Pasadena, and graduated from UCLA during the Vietnam War. Rick and his wife, Marianne, lived in Arcata, Humboldt County for 15 years. As a forest ecologist, he worked for the California Coastal Commission; she taught third grade. Rick was hired by California State Parks to manage the natural and cultural resources of the park system. They have three children and have been in Arden Park, Sacramento for 30 years. Rick first exposure to poetry was our EcoPoetics class this summer

Melinda Rivasplata holds a BA in Environmental Biology and has worked in the fields of environmental education, resource management, land use planning, and environmental compliance. She began studying and writing poetry about 10 years ago. Her poems have been published in the Sacramento Poetry Center Anthology, Late Peaches and in the blog, yogastanza.org.. One of her poems has recently been accepted for publication in “The Biggest Valley: Poems from California’s Heartland”.

Heather Judy is a poet and artist living in Sacramento. She received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland in 2009. Her work has appeared in various publications such as the California Quarterly, Flatmancrooked’s Thin Volume of American Poetry, and the Tule Review. When not writing, painting, or teaching, she can be found eco-poetically climbing the treetops of Midtown.

Joyce Hsiao is an environmental engineer married to a poet. She took a poetry class from J. Kent Clark 44 years ago, and since then has attended scores of poetry readings, including readings by Allen Ginsberg, Galway Kinnell, Billy Collins, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, W.S. Merwin, and Bob Stanley. As an environmental engineer, she has published over 100 environmental documents.  This is her first foray into writing poetry.

Buddy Lamorey works at KVIE and is finishing at Sac State as an Economics Major, Creative Writing Minor. He’s also a musician and will be releasing two albums of solo piano and electronic music in Fall as Buddydigital.

Connie Gutowsky’s poems and essays have appeared in literary journals, a chapbook, and travel books. A Collection of her poetry, Play, was published in 2013 by Random Lane Press.  She was an associate editor of Tule Review in 2014 and 2015. She is a retired criminal defense attorney.


Geoffrey Nutter and Crawdad Nelson

August 15, 2016

Geoffrey Nutter and Crawdad Nelson Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Tim Kahl Geoffrey Nutter grew up in Sacramento and lives in New York City. His latest book, Cities at Dawn, will be out from Wave Books in the fall. His other books are A Summer Evening, Christopher Sunset, Water’s Leaves […]

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Sam Pierstorff – Hot Poetry in the Park! ||| Mon, Aug 15, 7:00 pm ||| Fremont Park, 16th & Q Street

August 11, 2016
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New Release – Red Indian Road West ||| Mon, Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm ||| SPC 1719 25th St

August 4, 2016

Linda Noel is of Koyoonk’auwi (Concow) descent and grew up in Mendocino County. She is Poet Laureate Emeritus of Ukiah, CA. Her work has been included in many anthologies and she has a chapbook titled Where You First Saw the Eyes of Coyote. She resides in Mendocino County. Winter Within Winter glimmers before me Lonely […]

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Sue Daly and Dan Brenner III Monday, August 1 @ 7:30 pm III SPC, 1719 25th Street

July 28, 2016

Sue Daly’s poetry has been published in “The Clinical Update,” “Survivorship,”  “The Literary Humanist,”  “When the Light Changes,”  “Brevities,” and “Poetry Now.”  Her work will be included in two anthologies due out in 2017. Sue facilitates a Poetry Workshop at Wellspring Women’s Center in Sacramento. She has an interest in empowering women to find their […]

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Jason Shapiro and Monika Rose ||| Monday, July 11, 7:30 pm ||| SPC 1719 25th St

July 7, 2016

Jason Stephen Shapiro rambled from the east coast, has a background in theater, photography, and radio. He currently resides in Sacramento. Like a fox on a hare, he is pursuing his master’s degree in creative writing at California State University, Sacramento. He was an editor to the American River Review at American River College before […]

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ASIAN DIASPORA Reading, July 2, 2016 at 2 pm, Sacramento Poetry Center

June 28, 2016

YUYUTSU SHARMA Yuyutsu Sharma is the recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator. He has published nine poetry collections […]

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Yuyutsu Sharma and Arturo Mantecón ||| Mon, June 27 @ 7:30 pm ||| 1719 25th St

June 9, 2016

Poem by Yuyutsu Sharma I see my world shaking… I see my world shaking— my floor, my bed, my table, my house my pen stumbling across the soggy span of my page the stanzas splintered from the kicks of a demon awake after a sleep of million years… I see my squares mangled from the […]

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