Literary Arts

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

History of Sonoma County Poetry Contest

SCA announces a poetry contest, entitled "The History of Sonoma County" which invites local writers to submit poems about the history of Sonoma County.  Poems selected from this contest will be displayed at Sebastopol Center for the Arts and winners will be invited to attend and read their winning poem at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts on June 10. The contest juror is Sonoma County Poet Laureate, Iris Jamahl Dunkle.  Dunkle is the author of two poetry collections, Gold Passage (2013) and There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air (2015). 

The entry deadline is Monday, May 1, 2017. Youth, teens and adults are invited to submit their work and may submit up to three entries per contestant. The fee for adults is $8 for members of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, $10 for non-members, and $5 for youth entries age 18 and under.  For complete contest guidelines visit History of Sonoma County Poetry Contest. Questions? Email,

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Favorite Poem Community Reading

Sunday, April 9 from 2-3:30pm

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 9 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. 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



Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm Saturday & Sunday 1 - 4pm