UPCOMING NORCAL EVENTS


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UPCOMING NORCAL EVENTS

Don't see your poetry event listed in Medusa? That's probably because you didn't send it in! It's such a shame to invite poets to read for you, and then fail to advertise them. 
So try to get your message out in a timely manner—and that includes
sending it to kathykieth@hotmail.com! 
 
Here's what's coming up in our area.
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UPCOMING POETRY READINGS & WORKSHOPS:
 
Scroll down to the bottom of this column for 
on-going weekly readings, open mics,
monthly workshops and read-arounds.

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The February issue of Sacramento Poetry Center's Poet News is now available at https://www.sacpoetrycenter.org/poetnews/. Check it out for area poetry events (including the Bay Area), poetry, submissions, workshops and more!

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•••Wed. (2/21): Loud Mouths Spoken Word and Stand-Up Comedy will return 3/20 w/comedy, poetry, poetic comedy, and comedic poetry. Stab Comedy Theater, 1710 Broadway, Sacramento.  Tickets $10. Host: CharRon Resolution.

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•••Thurs. (2/22), 8-10:30pm: Joe Montoya's Poetry Unplugged features Patrick Grizzell plus open mic. Silver Lining Cocktail Bar (formerly Luna's Cafe), 1414 16th St., Sacramento. Host: Daniel Kemper.

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•••Fri. (2/23), 6-7pm: Mills Station Art and Culture Center (The MACC) presents Straight Out Scribes (VS Chochezi and Staajabu) with Poetry about Race and Stereotypes. MACC, 10191 Mills Station Rd., Rancho Cordova, CA. Free.

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•••Sat. (2/24), 2pm: MoSt Poetry on Saturday featuring Susan Kelly-DeWitt & Mary Mackey plus open mic. Carnegie Arts Center of Turlock, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA. Host: Gary Thomas. Free. Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/3682711435344440/?ref=newsfeed/.

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•••Sat. (2/24), 4pm: Sacramento Poetry Alliance features Frank Gioia and Beverly Parayno plus open mic. 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, CA. Info: http://www.sacramentopoetryalliance.com/.
 
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Taylor Graham and Steve Talbert

•••Sun. (2/25), 2pm: Poets and Writers of the Sierra Foothills features Taylor Graham and Steve Talbert plus open mic. Chateau Davell, 3020 Vista Tierra Dr, Camino, CA (right off Hwy 50, 4 mi. from Placerville), 530-644-2016. $10 purchase or donation is requested. Host: Lara Gularte.

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•••Mon. (2/26), 7:30pm: Sac. Poetry Center presents Dr. Jeremy Greene plus open mic. 25th & R Sts., Sacramento, CA. Info for this and for SPC weekly workshops at https://www.facebook.com/sacpoetrycenter AND/OR www.sacpoetrycenter.org/.
 
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•••Tues. (2/27), 6pm: Twin Lotus Thai Fourth Tuesdays presents Mario Ellis Hill, Ann Michaels and Frank Dixon Graham plus open mic. Twin Lotus Thai, 8345 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA. Reservations and pre-ordering strongly recommended: go to  https://www.twinlotusthai.com/. Host: Bob Stanley.
 
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•••Sat. (3/2), 8am-5:30pm: Nevada County Arts Council presents its third annual The Business of Art Symposium, w/speakers, panelists, and workshops on the subjects of marketing and media workshops, business planning, tax advice for artists, partnerships, legal advice, community building sessions, special interest sessions and mentoring. Sierra College Grass Valley Campus, 250 Sierra College Dr., Grass Valley, CA, Multi-Purpose Rm. (N12). Info/reg: https://www.facebook.com/NevadaCountyArts/.
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•••Mon. (3/4), 7:30pm: Sac. Poetry Center presents 2nd Annual Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here reading plus open mic. 25th & R Sts., Sacramento, CA. Info for this and for SPC weekly workshops at https://www.facebook.com/sacpoetrycenter AND/OR www.sacpoetrycenter.org/.
 
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•••Sun. (3/10), 3-5pm: The Poets Club of Lincoln's Open Mic Sunday will feature Loch Henson plus open mic (up to 3 poems each) at The Salt Mine, 590 Lincoln Blvd. (on the southeast corner of Sixth St. and Lincoln Blvd.) in Lincoln, CA. Free. Host: David Anderson. Info: dcjla80@gmail.com/. 

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•••Thurs. (3/21), 7pm: Poetry Night Reading Series in Davis presents Maceo Montoya and Leon Salvatierra at John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st St., Davis, CA. Open mic after the readers (two chosen texts or four minutes). Host: Dr. Andy Jones.

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•••Sat. (4/13): Nevada County Arts Council presents the 8th Annual Sierra Poetry Festival at Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, CA, preceded by a month-long POP-UP POETRY FESTIVAL taking place in venues across Nevada County and beyond. Watch for details at sierrapoetryfestival.org and/or https://www.facebook.com/sierrapoetryfestival/.
 
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•••Sun. (4/14), 10am-12pm: Capturing Wakamatsu: A Poetry Walk/Workshop led by Taylor Graham and Katy Brown. Wakamatsu Farm, 941 Cold Springs Rd., Placerville, CA. Children 8+ welcome with adult supervision. Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members.
Info/registration link: www.arconservancy.org/event/capturing-wakamatsu-a-poetry-walk-workshop/. For more info about past and future Wakamatsu workshops and other El Dorado County poetry events, go to Western Slope El Dorado on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElDoradoCountyPoetry/.


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Every Wednesday! 
 
 

•••Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour airs live on KDVS 90.3 every Wednesday evening from 5-6 p.m. On the air since 2000, DAPATH features interviews with poets, writers, actors, innovative thinkers, and important members of both the national and international artistic community, including professionals of theatre, music, and writing across new media. They are also sharing content via podcast! See also https://www.facebook.com/poetrytechnology AND/OR https://www.poetrytechnology.com/. 
 

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WEEKLY READINGS AND OPEN MICS*: 
 
*Events from here down may be cancelled some weeks; who knows? It's best to check before heading off to them.
 
 

•••Thursdays, 7-9pm: Classy Hippie Tea Co. presents Resilience Jam Sessions w/music and poetry featuring Vince Kobelt. Broadway Coffee, 3200 Broadway, Sacramento, CA. 
 
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•••Thursdays, 8-10-30pm: Joe Montoya's Poetry Unplugged returns, now to Silver Lining Cocktail Bar (formerly Luna's Cafe), 1414 16th St., Sacramento. Open mic, no cover.

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•••Thursdays, 7 pm: Two Rivers Jam and Poetry Jam. Two Rivers Cider Company, 4311 Attawa Ave, Sacramento, featuring jazz jam and poetry. Host: Kent Lacin. Info: https://www.tworiverscider.com/.
 
 
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WEEKLY WORKSHOPS:

From Sac. Poetry Center:

 

The above are weekly workshops at Sac. Poetry Center
for info on these, click poster to enlarge
 
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Also: 

•••Tuesdays, 2-3:30pm: City of Sacramento Hart Center Workshop for adults 50+ years and older at the Ethyl McLeod Hart Senior Center, 915 27th St., Sacramento, CA (916-808-7908). Meetings provide a workshop consisting of sharing of poetry information and discussion, followed by readings, positive commentary, and thoughtful critique on each person's poem. Select work is publish annually in a group anthology. No advance registration is required. Info: chulabrowne@gmail.com/.
 
•••First Tuesdays and Third Thursdays of each month, 5:30pm: El Dorado County Library Poets and Writers Workshop for adults, led by Lara Gularte and Beverly Barayno, Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park, CA on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month. Bring copies for 7 of one or two poems, or up to 6 pages of prose, double-spaced. Free. Beginners welcome.
 
•••Tuesdays at Two Poetry Group led by Taylor Graham, El Dorado County Library,  345 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA.
 

 
•••Thursdays at Two Poetry Group (1st & 3rd Thursdays) led by Taylor Graham, Georgetown Library, 6680 Orleans St., Georgetown, CA. 
 
•••Write Free Fridays, 6-9pm, Sac. Poetry Center, 25th & R Sts. Come read, write or study; free coffee, snacks, water.


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Check these out for more happenings:
 
•••Sacramento Poetry Center members receive Poet News online each month, with its calendar of readings and poetry events, local and otherwise. Poet News is also available online through SPC's website: www.sacpoetrycenter.org/.
 
•••For more info about El Dorado County poetry events, go to Taylor Graham's Western Slope El Dorado poetry on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElDoradoCountyPoetry/. 
 
•••El Dorado County's Lara Gularte also has a Facebook page to announce poetry events and all things poetic in the county. See www.facebook.com/groups/382234029968077/. 

•••Find out more about the Poetry Night Reading Series in Davis, California by visiting http://www.poetryindavis.com. Invite your friends to sign up for the mailing list. To learn more about Dr. Andy’s tiny media fiefdom, check out his weekly podcast at https://poetrytechnology.buzzsprout.com/. Find his other musings at https://andyjones.substack.com/.

•••For info about MoSt events (Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center), go to www.mostpoetry.org/.  
 
•••Another newsletter resource, this one for the East Bay, is Deborah Fruchey’s monthly Strictly East (www.strictly-east.org). Check it out for a calendar, groups on Zoom and in person, special events and submission calls.
 
•••Jan Haag has generative, creative workshops in person and online using Amherst Writers & Artists method. Groups limited to 10 in person, 12 online. $30/session. In-person meets at Jan’s space in the R25 Theater complex. Info: janishaag@gmail.com/.
 
•••Bethanie Humphreys holds online workshops: see https://bethaniehumphreys.com/upcoming-workshops/.


 

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