• Monday May 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM
  • Fundraiser for Real Poets June 30 at SPC AT 7:30 PM
    Sacramento Poetry Center's Real Poets program pairs trained poet mentors with at-risk youth to write original poems about their lives.
  • Michael Kelly-DeWitt reception — 9/13/2014
    A native of Sacramento, CA, Michael Kelly DeWitt has been working with photography for over ten years. He focuses primarily on objects and elements found in the natural world, though of late he has begun to hone his portraiture skills and to explore street photography.


Mary Mackey and Lee Rossi

Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM
1719 25th Street
Host: Tim Kahl



Mary Mackey is a Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, Sacramento. She is the author of 13 novels and 7 collections of poetry including Travelers With No Ticket Home (Marsh Hawk Press 2014) and Sugar Zone,winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Her ground-breaking, poetic novel Immersion has just been reprinted by the Authors Guild. Mary’s poems have been praised by Wendell Berry, Jane Hirshfield, Dennis Nurkse, Ron Hansen, Dennis Schmitz, and Marge Piercy for their beauty, precision, originality, and extraordinary range. Four times Garrison Keillor has featured her poetry on his program The Writer’s Almanac. Her novels have made The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller lists, been translated into twelve languages, and sold over a million and a half copies. Mary’s novels and poetry are available as Audible books, in hard copy, and as e-books available in all formats. You can connect with her, sample her work, and read her interview series People Who Make Books Happen at marymackey.com and contact her on Facebook at facebook.com/marymackeywriter.

The People of Brazil Discover the Portuguese

Easter, April 1, 1500

Vast blue bleeding into a gray horizon
surf choking on the rocks
something has broken through the storm clouds
that line up in the afternoon like bundles of piassava

for thousands of years we have had our canoes,
our fishing nets circling in the air
the taste of mangos in our mouths
the rocking of our hammocks
the scent of jacaranda

what is it that comes out of the east
like a tower of bones
white    with fluttering wings
larger than the largest bird we have ever seen

what new plague is the wind
blowing toward us

From Travelers With No Ticket Home: Poems By Mary Mackey
Marsh Hawk Press 2014


Lee Rossi has published hundreds of poems and dozens of reviews and interviews.  He draws inspiration from poets living and dead, and in the past twenty years has attempted to meet as many fine and superfine not yet dead poets as he can, even the jerks.  His ultimate concerns as a poet can best be gauged by an excerpt from a posthumous interview with the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke.
Q: Angels and art are all well and good but what about an age like this one that only cares about self-aggrandizement?
Rilke: Only after the Self has been abraded by Ridicule and Catastrophe can it begin to welcome the Truly Momentous.
Incidentally, for tonight only Rossi is offering a Friends of Poetry discount on his two books, Ghost Diary and Wheelchair Samurai.

The Road to Emmaus

How many feet have scuffed this track
to such a polish?  My brother and I
wince when we look down. The burnt recesses
of hills, even the scumbled roadside
makes us squint in the all-present glare.
Inward, I long to go there, a cool
cave where the mind eases like a trickle
of water along the deepest wall.  What are we
fleeing?  And who is this man who insists
on joining us?  A spy? How watchful he is.
And yet if I tried to describe him, I could not.
He seems the double of this unyielding country.
Friends await us.  But will we reach them?
Some terror, still hidden, mimics our steps.

(Originally published in Poetry Northwest)


Quill and Sable Writers

August 14, 2014

Quill and Sable Writers including Kimberly White, Jennifer O’ Neill Pickering, Sandy Thomas, Tim McHargue and Mike Pickering (Hot Poetry in the Park, Fremont Park, 16th & P, 7:00 PM) Host: Rebecca Morrison The Sable & Quill writers are a group of writers who are also visual artists and contributors to the Sable and Quill […]

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Shaun T. Griffin and William O’ Daly

August 13, 2014


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Dan Rounds and Andrew Joron

August 7, 2014

Dan Rounds and Andrew Joron Monday, August 11 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Bethanie Humphries Dan Rounds spent the better part of a decade in UCLA’s graduate political science and sociology programs studying political economy, social theory, and social movements before abandoning graduate school to become a labor activist. He has worked for […]

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California Navigations/Navegações a California:Portuguese-American Poets and Writers

July 31, 2014
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Cassandra Dallett, SB Stokes and Hollie Hardy

July 24, 2014

Cassandra Dallett, SB Stokes, Hollie Hardy   Monday, July 28 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Tim Kahl Cassandra Dallett lives in Oakland, CA. Cassandra writes of a counter culture childhood in Vermont and her never ending adolescence in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been published widely online and in print magazines […]

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Rob Lozano, Stan Bilgomitz and Litany

July 17, 2014

Rob Lozano, Stan Bilgomitz and LITANY Monday, July 21 at 7:00 PM Fremont Park, between 15th and 16th and P and Q Host: Rebecca Morrison Rob Lozano was born in Quezon City, Philippines, edificated at University of Utah, with a BS in Anthropology.  He cawwed poems as a crow and was very active in the […]

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Danyen Powell and Friends

July 13, 2014

Danyen Powell and Friends from the Tuesday Night Workshop at the Hart Center Monday July 14 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Bethanie Humphries  

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Javier Zamora and Cynthia Linville

July 2, 2014

Javier Zamora and Cynthia Linville Monday July 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Wendy Williams Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador. At the age of nine he migrated to the United States. He is the 2014-15 Olive B. O’Connor fellow at Colgate University, a CantoMundo fellow, and a Breadloaf […]

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Real Poets Fundraiser: Linda Jackson Collins and Caroline Swanson

June 27, 2014

Real Poets Fundraiser   Linda Jackson Collins and Caroline Swanson with a special presentation of the students’ work read by Alex Russell Sacramento Poetry Center’s Real Poets program pairs trained poet mentors with at-risk youth to write original poems about their lives. The project uses poetry to advance emotional recovery from trauma, to instill a sense […]

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