Literary Arts

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



Who Will Be Sonoma County’s 10th Poet Laureate?

Nominations are open for Sonoma County's 10th Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate is a Sonoma County resident whose poetry manifests a high degree of excellence, who has produced a critically acclaimed body of work, and who has demonstrated a commitment to the literary arts in the County. The Poet Laureate often participates in official ceremonies and readings and will serve for two years (2018-2019).

The Poet Laureate Selection Committee is pleased to announce that starting this year, the Poet Laureate will be awarded a $1,000 stipend in addition to their title.

Deadline for nominations is November 7, 2017 and the new Poet Laureate will be announced in December.

Consistent with tradition, the Sonoma County Poet Laureate will not have a formal job description but will be encouraged to develop an agenda promoting poetry and the literary arts in Sonoma County. Organizers of various community events in Sonoma County may invite the poet laureate to participate in their events. 

Download the submission requirements and application form from here, contact Cynthi Stefenoni at or call the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 707-829-4797.


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

Word Temple 2018: Performance at 7 PM, end time around 8 PM.

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November 3

Favorite Poem Community Reading

Sunday 15th, 2:00 PM

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts will host a Favorite Poem Community Reading. Modeled on the readings initiated by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, this event will bring together a wide range of people and poems into one memorable event.
Please send an email to Jodi Hottel at Include the subject “Favorite Poem Reading” in the subject heading. Send your name, phone # and email address, and submit your selection in either Word or a web link.

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