Ventura/Santa Barbara Upcoming Poetry Events

Phil Taggart’s compilation of
Ventura / Santa Barbara Poetry Events April 2008
(There’s a LOT here so I highlighted a few that I’m trying to attend!)

Oxnard College
4000 S. Rose Oxnard
April 2: Shirley Geok-lin Lim
12:45 – 1:45 at The Clocktower Auditorium
Host: Shelley Savren

This Just In–Original Poetry
First Monday of the month 8pm
The Village Jester Restaurant & Pub
139 Ojai Ave.—Next to the Ojai Playhouse
April 7: Geoff Farr
Host: Tree Bernstein
open-mic 640-8001

Artists’ Union Gallery
Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm
Artists’ Union Gallery
330 South California Street, Ventura
Host: Roe Estep, (805)320-3524
April 1: Dorothea Grossman & Michael Vlatkavich
April 8: Diana Raab
April 15: Lois Klein
April 22: Sojourner Kincaid Rolle
also at the Artists’ Union Gallery:
April 5: Phil Taggart and Deepakalypse
April 10: Ending Homelessnes in 10 Years panel discussion
April 12: From the Margins poetry reading

Arcade Poetry Series
Oxnard Carnegie Art Museum
424 South C Street, Oxnard
Host: Jackson Wheeler
all reading start at 7pm
April 19: Adrianne Marcus and Carol V. Davis
May 17: Kathleen Lynch and Christina Pages
June 21: David Starkey and friday lubina

Bell Arts Factory (friday on Saturday)
432 N. Ventura Avenue – Ventura
last Saturday of the month 7:30pm
host: friday
canceled for April
The Poetry Zone
Second Saturday, 2–4 pm

Karpeles Manuscript Museum
21 W. Anapamu, Santa Barbara
Host: Suzanne Frost
April 12: Amalio Madueno and Jeanette Clough
May 10: Perie Longo
June 14: Kathy Roxby

Train of Thought at the ArtBarn
every Thursday at 6:30pm
856 East Thompson Blvd. Ventura
(between Ash and Kalorama, behind Kids and Families Together)
Open Mic

Favorite Poems Project
Third Monday from 5:15 – 6:30
The Blue Agave
20 E. Cota, Santa Barbara
Host: Lois Klein Open Mic:
All poets and non-poets invited to read a favorite poem (not their own) or two
Soap Box Poets
First Sunday of the month at 3pm
Borders in the Camino Real Shopping Center
(across from Home Depot/Staples), Goleta
Host: Kathleen Roxby
Ventura College Special Earth Day / Poetry Month readings
Host: Gwendolyn Alley
April 9 Amalio Madueno
12-12:45pm Poetry & discussion of poetics
2—3pm Poetry workshop

April 14 Laynie Browne
12-12:45pm Poetry & discussion of contemporary sonnets
1:30-230pm Poetry workshop
April 21 Al Young, CA Poet Laureate
12-12:45pm Poetry & discussion of poetics for change
130-230pm Poetry & Prose plus writing workshop
April 23 Earth Action Day
10-1:30pm poets & singer/songwriters
1:30-2:30pm Brad Monsma
Santa Barbara Special Poetry Month readings

April 2 “Meditations in Silver” Photography & Poetry
at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 3:30-5:00 pm.
Von Romberg Gallery.
Host: Enid Osborn

April 2 Barry Spacks reading in the College of Creative Studies Poetry Series, Old Little Theatre, CCS, UCSB

April 3 “They Keep It All Going: Celebrating Essential Workers in Photographs and Poems.” 6:30-7:30 pm. County Administration Bldg. Channing Peake Gallery 105 E. Anapamu.
Host: Barry Spacks

April 5 SB Poetry Series “Poetry, Print & Jazz” 7-9 pm
Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu.
Lois Klein, A.J.Ford, Jackson Wheeler, and Paul Portugé;
Sophia Astr calligraphy table, Fiona Spring of LettreSauvage
Colter Frazier on jazz sax.
Host, Carol DeCanio
April 9 David Starkey, host of “The Creative Community,” will do a live interview
of local politicians and some poets reading their favorite poems, Channel 21,
8-9 pm.

April 17 Winners of Teen Poetry Contest Santa Barbara Public Library; Faulkner Gallery. 7-8:30 pm.

April 20 A bilingual reading of Poems Inspired by or From Latin America.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Davidson Gallery 1:30-3 pm.
Host: Kelly Peinado.
April 25 Marti­n Espada. 8 p.m.
SBCC Bland Forum on the West Campus.
Host: David Starkey.

Kava Dume
Every Wednesday except the 1st at 7:30 pm
5653 Kana Road, Agoura
Host: Miss Marissa “Con Gusto”
(818) 865-8602
Open mic

Poetry Workshops, Classes and Panels

Contemporary Poets Class
3 Fridays, Mar. 28 – Apr. 11 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Ventura College, 71 Day Rd.
Instructor: Loren Haar
Fee: $59
Learn about three significant poets writing today—their style, their signature poems, the recurring themes in their work.
Week 1: Carolyn Forché, activist and human rights advocate, brings politics and poetry together in what she calls “poetry of witness.” Should poetry be political? We’ll consider this question as we explore her most explosive work.
Week 2: Yusef Komunyakaa, often incorporating jazz rhythms into his poetry, combines musical style with cultural commentary. We’ll look at how jazz and his experiences in Vietnam have influenced his work.
Week 3: Sharon Olds, with her characteristic “confessional” style and startling imagery will not disappoint. We will approach her work with a focus on theme and poetics. OPTIONAL $5.00 material is fee payable to instructor

Barnes and Noble
Second and fourth Wednesdays, 7–9 pm
Barnes and Noble, Ventura

Ventura County Writers Club
Third Wednesday
For information, email: Cathryn Andresen,
Poemcrafters Guild
For more information send bio and sample of work to:
807 Camino Concordia – Camarillo 93010
(805) 491-3242

Veterans Writing Group
For veterans of all wars and their family members
April 13, May 4, June 8
all sessions are from 2:30 – 5:30
Unitarian Universalist Church
5654 Ralston Street Ventura
to reserve a space call 805/644-3898
or e-mail or
co-facilitators: Elijah Imlay and Jan Christian
workshop is free

In Print

Lois Klein’s new book of poetry, A Soldier’s Daughter, published by Turning Point Press

Bear Flag Republic, Prose Poems and Poetics from California
Editors: Christopher Buckley and Gary Young
Featuring 89 poets including Robert Bly, Maxine Chernoff, Richard Garcia,
Robert Hass, Philip Levine, Morton Marcus, Czelaw Milosoz, Diane Wakowski,
Jackson Wheeler, Marsha de la O, Perie Longo, Polly Bee,
Laurel Ann Bogen, Christopher Buckley, Gary Young, Glenna Luschei,
Bill Mohr, Scotty Creeley, Phil Taggart…
INCARNATE MUSE Press is seeking poems for its second atheist poetry anthology. Confront, question, or deny the god of your youth, the sacred text of your culture. Express your disbelief, disapproval, doubt, or dismay. Looking for honest, thought-provoking poetry daring to speak against the social norm of
belief and/or attempting to take the stigma from non-belief. Interested in nontheism expressed positively rather than solely in opposition to theism. Avoid gratuitous vulgarity and unfocused anger. We feel that atheism is often defined too narrowly and inaccurately.
Deadline: July 30. Up to 6 poems
INCARNATE MUSE Press is also seeking poems from adult survivors of childhood emotional and/or psychological abuse. We are looking for poems of high literary quality rather than poems that are simply cathartic. We are not wanting to see poems about physical or sexual abuse, but about the other abuse, the one that can be much harder to recognize. Parental bullying, neglect, disinterest, mental illness, personality disorders, etc., interest us. Possible topics: loneliness, self-blame, confusion, deep feelings of worthlessness, anger, recognition, acceptance, healing, forgiveness, distance, the impact on your adult relationships, etc. Deadline June 15. Up to 6 poems, SASE. Incarnate Muse, c/o Michelle Rhea, P.O. Box 5756, Santa Barbara, CA 93150 or e-mail
is a new poetry magazine launching itself monthly from Albuquerque,
New Mexico and Santa Barbara, California. We are looking for poets to submit their work.
Submissions of any quantity or inquiries about the magazine may be sent year-round to or 241A Willow Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87107. Copyrights revert to authors upon publication. Previously published work other than work already published in “Willow Street” and “Central Avenue” shall be considered. To be added to our mailing list, send an e-mail to
The present staff of the magazine includes the Editor, Suzanne Frost and the Advisory Editor, Cathryn McCracken. Subscriptions help to cover our printing costs. Please send your $10 yearly subscription to Sage Trail, 661 Del Parque Dr., Unit D, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Subscribers to the poetry journal, “Central Avenue,” will automatically receive the first issue of “Sage Trail” free in late January. Online access to “Sage Trail” shall be forthcoming.
Solo Café 3: “central coast poets say what needs to be said”
is out and available
with poems by: Dan Gerber, Perie Longo, Glenna Luschei, Marsha de la O,
David Starkey, Kevin Patrick Sullivan, Phil Taggart and Jackson Wheeler
with an introduction by Barry Spacks
ASKeW Poetry Journal
just out: the fourth issue features:
Laurel Ann Bogen, Hélène Cardona, José Manuel Cardona,
Louisa Castrodale, Carol V. Davis, John Gentry, Jeff Green,
Loren Haar, Michael Haight, Timothy Houghton,
Charlotte Innes, Douglas Kearney, Christine Kitano,
Mercedes Lawry, Lou Lipsitz, Gerald Locklin,
Adrian C. Louis, Maia, Virginia Mariposa, Jeffrey McDaniel,
Bill Mohr, Ruth Nolan, Margaret Rabb, Carlos Reyes,
Mary Kay Rummel, Patty Seyburn, Barry Spacks,
G. Murray Thomas, Tim Tipton, Doris C. Vernon, Gary Young
Editors: Marsha de la O and Phil Taggart
P.O. Box 559 Ventura 93002
Beyond Baroque in Venice is now carrying Askew #s 2, 3 & 4
631 Venice Boulevard Venice
Askew is also available at:
Bank of Books 748 Main Street – Ventura
Presses and Journals
Lettre Sauvage
Signed and numbered limited editions
Fourth Chorale Ode from Euripides’ Hippolytus translated by Anne Carson
In the Open Field by Steven Dunn
Chapbook forthcoming
Long Portrait by Mark Irwin
Community Studio
Learn about letterpress and book arts in a creative, fine art publishing center; lessons, workshops and studio rental available beneath the oaks in Santa Paula.
TreeHouse Press
limited edition books of poetry
home of the Rowsby Woof Memorial Broadside Award
Womb Poetry
Editor: Michelle Detorie
More Poetry Information
Poetry Matters in Santa Barbara Poetry
Language of the Soul &