• 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



Sarah Pape teaches English and works as the Managing Editor of Watershed Review at Chico State. Her poetry and prose has recently been published in: Passages NorthEcotone, Crab Orchard Review, Bluestem, The PinchSmartish PaceHayden’s Ferry Review, and others. Her chapbook, Ruination Atlas, was published this year (dancing girl press). She curates community literary programming and is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

Between Spaces

Smell the deep funk of the orchard overwatered in high heat:

Walnut, almond, olive—rows stuttering in the periphery


between our two dark towns.


The men, given to taking things apart, showed you

the molten solder, a sense of wires.


Ten squares made the town that made you. Mine, green hills.

My molars ached to taste the callous, the origin sweat.


You held a flag for crop dusters, running diagonal

to mark invisible lines. Whir of propeller called you.


I tried hard, but couldn’t imagine the tilled earth patterns

you traced over my stomach, your finger wings hovering.


We thought ourselves pure, felt the sun and poison rising up.


(Prick of the Spindle, Issue 6)


Michael Spring, of southern Oregon, will be reading primarily from his fourth poetry book Unfolding the Field. His other books are: blue crow, Mudsong, and Root of Lightning (Finalist for the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award). He has won several awards for his poetry, including The Robert Graves Award, the Turtle Island Poetry Award, and most recently a 2016 Luso-American Fellowship from DISQUIET InternationalHe is featured reading a poem about cockroaches, in collaboration with composer-musician Martin Birke, on the CD Your Sleekest Engine by Genre Peak (Gonzo Multimedia, 2016). Michael is a natural builder, a martial art instructor, and a poetry editor for the Pedestal Magazine.
walking away
the neighborhood dogs didn’t hear me
when I climbed over the fence
and passed the yellow plastic Buddha
and the smashed grocery cart tangled in ivy
I walked around the brambles
and the hobo camps
where hotdogs burned on garbage can lids 
when I found the red clay banks
I followed the river
looking for rainbows on the surface of fish
I walked under the tree
where Regino hanged himself    
beyond the brown scum of river shallows  
and the muck gripping tin cans
and broken bottles
I walked over mildewed clothes
to avoid stepping on the dead gull
I’m lucky the neighborhood dogs didn’t hear me
as I followed the river
over boulders and fallen trees
into a field of tall grass
(from Unfolding the Field)


Pilar R. Aranda and Joe Montoya Jr. ||| Mon, Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm ||| SPC 1719 25th St

October 12, 2016

  Pilar Rodríguez Aranda is a poet, video artist, and translator. She was born in Mexico City, but lived in California, Texas, and New Mexico, for a total of 13 years; currently she resides in Tijuana, BC. She has published in dozens of magazines and anthologies like Voices of Mexico, Poets in Nigeria, Mujeres de […]

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Tim McKee ||| Monday, October 10 @ 7:30 pm ||| SPC 1719 25th St

October 5, 2016

Tim McKee is an editor, writer, and teacher. He studied history at Princeton University and has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He is the author of the book No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa, which was an honor book for the Jane Addams Book Award. […]

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Joshua McKinney’s Summer Eco-Poetics Class III Monday, August 22 @ 7:30 III SPC

August 19, 2016

Joshua McKinney’s Summer Eco-Poetics Class FEATURING: 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 […]

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