• Real Poets
    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.
  • MATTHEW ZAPRUDER reads SCHWINN

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Lauren Camp and Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Monday, September 29 at 7:30 PM
SPC at 1719 25th Street
Host: Tim Kahl

LaurenCamp

Lauren Camp is the author of two volumes of poetry, most recently The Dailiness (Edwin E. Smith, 2013), winner of the National Federation of Presswomen 2014 Poetry Book Prize and a World Literature Today “Editor’s Pick.” Her third book, One Hundred Hungers, was selected by David Wojahn for the Dorset Prize, and will be published by Tupelo Press. Her poems have appeared in Brilliant Corners, Beloit Poetry Journal, Linebreak, Nimrod, J Journal, and elsewhere. She hosts “Audio Saucepan,” a global music/poetry program on Santa Fe Public Radio, and writes the blog Which Silk Shirt. http://www.laurencamp.com

Out Walking

Out walking as I have each night this week
— 20 minutes to dusk

it’s coming on summer
chamisa not yet in flower but the heat rising 84 degrees

the beginning of night fueled by last moments of day

time is calmer
fringed with heat and the first wordless promise
of breeze

the sun still pricks my skin but the mountain stands by
ready to catch it

and now I understand how you can tell me stage 4 inoperable cancer
without choking on fear

because dark will come on as it does

every night

so let it

Stonestreet

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet’s The Greenhouse was awarded the 2014 Frost Place Prize and published by Bull City Press in August 2014. Her first book, Tulips, Water, Ash, was selected for the Morse Poetry Prize and published by University Press of New England. Her poems have been awarded a Javits fellowship and a Phelan Award, and have appeared in journals including The Kenyon Review, Cream City Review, At Length, Quarterly West, Blackbird, The Iowa Review, 32 Poems, and Third Coast and in the anthologies Best New Poets and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She writes, edits, and teaches in Oakland, California. http://www.lisagluskinstonestreet.com

CHIMERA

Microchimerism is the persistent presence of a few genetically distinct cells in
an organism… cells containing the male Y chromosome were found circulating
in the blood of women after pregnancy.

I want them out. I want
to be myself, my self
again. My old untethered,

young untied. I lie: I want

nothing more—or want
no more the point.
Dendritic, en-

twined, signed on
for the duration. Bright
tangle, snaking line

of fire. The crucible

does not ask
for want. Is. Tied in,
shot through. Fired.

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Josh Weil and Valerie Fioravanti

September 18, 2014

Josh Weil and Valerie Fioravanti Monday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 PM SPC at 1719 25th Street Host: Tim Kahl Josh Weil is the author of the novel The Great Glass Sea, from Grove Atlantic, and the novella collection The New Valley (Grove Atlantic, 2009). A New York Times Editors Choice, The New Valley won the […]

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McKinley Park Poets: Andy Anderson, Robin Aurelius, Mary McGrath, Michele Beyer

September 12, 2014

  McKinley Park Poets featuring Andy Anderson, Robin Aurelius, Mary McGrath and Michele Beyer Monday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street at Sacramento Poetry Center Host: Rebecca Morrison   Robin Aurelius: Love Boat entertainer with Mary, tongue in cheek, crack-up humor, hoarder but has every imaginable tool as a great neighbor, cleans everyone’s […]

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Carol Louise Moon, Cathy Love Murphy, and Patricia L. Nichol

September 5, 2014

Carol Louise Moon, Cathy Love Murphy, and Patricia L. Nichol Monday Sept. 8 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Bethanie Humphries Carol Louise Moon, award-winning poet and Simulated Client Actor has been published in Convergence Online, Late Peaches, Suisun Valley Review, Song of the San Joaquin and is a regular contributor to MEDUSA’s KITCHEN […]

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Contemporary Poetry Class Moves to Alliance Française (next door to SPC)

September 2, 2014

Frank Graham’s Contemporary Poetry Class, which normally meets at the SPC, will be meeting next door in Alliance Française during the month of September. If you wish to drop in for a class, request a seat from Frank by Sunday evening. Although space is limited and the class is an ongoing class of regulars, you […]

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JenJustJen and Jenilynn Davison

August 28, 2014
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Mary Mackey and Lee Rossi

August 21, 2014

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 […]

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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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