Sebastopol Center for the Arts (SCA) is committed to offering a wide range of literary arts programming. Poetry readings, writers workshops, performances reflecting a standard of excellence and recognition for this timeless art form are offered at various times throughout the year.
For more information about our Literary Arts Program, contact Cynthi Stefenoni, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sebastopol Center for the Arts: (707) 829-4797.
The Sebastopol Center for the Arts will once again host a Favorite Poem Community Reading. Modeled on the readings initiated by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, and hosted locally by Jodi Hottel and Larry Robinson, this event will bring together a wide range of people and poems into one memorable event.
You are invited to submit a copy of your single favorite poem, famous or otherwise, one that is not written by you, a friend or relative, but one that you have read, perhaps many times, or learned by heart, and to which you feel a personal attachment, along with a brief statement about the poem’s significance in your life. The poem and introductory statement should take no more than 3 minutes for you to read or recite.
Please send an email to Gwynn O’Gara at email@example.com.
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. Be sure to include the name of the author of the poem. There is no entry fee, and entries should be received no later than March 8.
This is our 17th annual event. The event is free, and refreshments will be served. Whether you submit a poem to share or not, we invite you to come to what is sure to be a wonderful celebration of the community’s love of language and poetry.
The Sebastopol Center for the Arts was instrumental in the formation of the Sonoma County Poet Laureate program and is still home to its selection committee.
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 Sonoma County. The Poet Laureate often participates in official ceremonies and readings and serves a two-year term. Beginning in 2018, s/he will receive a $1,000.00 stipend in addition to the title.
The Poet Laureate Selection Committee consists of representatives from each of the five County Supervisory Districts, as well as from Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma County Library, the Literary Arts Guild, Sebastopol Center for the Arts and the previous Poet Laureate. Each member of this panel has demonstrated knowledge of, and an active commitment to, the life of poetry in our county.