Literary Arts

SCA presents poetry readings, contests, performances and a wide range of other activities for poets and writers, both adults and children.

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Favorite Poem Community Reading

Sunday, April 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts will once again be hosting the annual Favorite Poems event on Sunday, April 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the SCA’s Galletta Gallery. If you would like to read or recite your favorite poem, please send me a copy of the poem and a brief statement of why it is your favorite by April 10. The only rule is that the poems may not be your own or by a family member. I will let you know by April 17 if you have been selected. I will try to include everyone if we have enough time. Of course, you don’t have to share a poem to join us for the afternoon. It is always a rich and lovely gathering of poets beauty.

WordTemple Poetry Series at Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Word Temple is Sonoma County's first long-term, ongoing poetry reading series.  Founded and hosted by poet Katherine Hastings, the series kicked off  in February of 2006 with readings by Jane Hirshfield and David St. John to a standing-room only audience. Also, the first ten minutes of each evening is devoted to a local poet with a good body of work who has not yet published a book. For information on all upcoming readings, visit

A Special Evening of Poetry and Music with  Andrew Joron and Joseph Noble

Tickets: Donations Requested
When: Saturday, April 23, 2016, 7 p.m.
Where: Sebastopol Center for the Arts Brent Auditorium

Andrew Joron, who plays the theremin in various experimental and free-jazz ensembles, is the author of Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems (City Lights, 2010). Joron’s previous poetry collections include The Removes (Hard Press, 1999), Fathom (Black Square Editions, 2003), and The Sound Mirror (Flood Editions, 2008). The Cry at Zero, a selection of his prose poems and critical essays, was published by Counterpath Press in 2007. From the German, he has translated the Literary Essays of Marxist-Utopian philosopher Ernst Bloch (Stanford University Press, 1998) and The Perpetual Motion Machine by the proto-Dada fantasist Paul Scheerbart (Wakefield Press, 2011). Joron teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.

Joseph Noble plays flutes and saxophones in the quartets Ouroboros and Cloud Shepherd.  His poetry has appeared in Hambone, OR, New American Writing, Five Fingers Review, The New Review of Literature, Eleven Eleven, and other journals.  Three of his essays on the poet George Oppen have appeared in Talisman, Aufgabe, and Sagetrieb.  His book of poetry, Antiphonal Airs, was published in 2013 by Skylight Press. Another book of poetry, An Ives Set, was published in 2006 by lyric& Press.  His chapbook, Homage to the Gods, was published in 2012 by Berkeley Neo-Baroque.

Ada Limòn and Greg Mahrer

Tickets: Donations Requested
When: Saturday, Saturday, May, 21, 2016  7p.m.
Where: Sebastopol Center for the Arts Brent Auditorium

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.

Sonoma County poet Gregory Mahrer is celebrating his first collection, A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent.  His work has been published in The New England Review, The Indiana Review, Green Mountains Review, Volt, Colorado Review, Haden’s Ferry Review and elsewhere as well as the web sites Poetry Daily and Verse Daily.  Several of his poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.   In 2014 one of those poems, Refrain, received a Pushcart Special Mention. 
Meet Elizabeth (Liz) Peyton

Liz has just been brought in to help make our in gallery store even more vibrant than before. Thanks to the many years of dedication from  Jean McGlothlin who has stepped away from her previous duties in the store to become the President of our organization.




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