Plan 4 Poetry

Just re’d thisinfo about upcoming poetry events and news via email from Phil Taggart…

and wanted to add that for students still looking for extra credit or cultural/literary events, or to read a poem at an open mic and not write 2 essays for the final, I encourage you to attend Robert Peake’s reading Monday in Ojai and/or Donna Lynn Caskey’s reading at the Artists Union Gallery in Ventura; I intend to attend both. Other readings I plan to attend are also in bold.

Ventura / Santa Barbara Poetry Events May 2008


This Just In–Original Poetry
First Monday of the month (except this month) – 8pm
The Village Jester Restaurant & Pub
139 Ojai Ave.—Next to the Ojai Playhouse

May 12: Robert Peake
Host: Tree Bernstein
open-mic 640-8001

May 22 – U.S. poet laureatte, Charles Simic
8pm Campbell Hall

Artists’ Union Gallery
Every Tuesday at 7:30pm
Artists’ Union Gallery
330 South California Street, Ventura
Host: Roe Estep, (805)320-3524

May 13 – Donna Lynn Caskey
May 27 – Paul Guthrie
June 10 – Nicholas Karavatos
June 24 – Wayne Levine
July 8 – Steve Aguilar
July 22 – Suzanne Roberts
July 29 – Sarah MacLay
August 5 – Kevin Patrick Sullivan

August 26 – Mary Pat Nally

Ventura County Government Center
800 S. Victoria – Ventura

May 15 at 6pm – Gauvin, Amy Jones, Tree Bernstein,
Carol Decanio & Phil Taggart

as a part of the Wrrrd & Image exhibition

Arcade Poetry Series
Oxnard’s Carnegie Art Museum
424 South ‘C’ Street, Oxnard
Host: Jackson Wheeler
all reading start at 7pm

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

May 31: Tim Tipton
June 28: Larry Colker
July 26: Ryan Gillenwater
August 30: Kimberly Young
September27: Sherman Pearl
October25: John Gentry

The Poetry Zone
Second Saturday, 2–4 pm
Karpeles Manuscript Museum
21 W. Anapamu, Santa Barbara
Host: Suzanne Frost

June 14: Kathy Roxby

Train of Thought
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

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

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
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

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.
Online access to “Sage Trail” shall be forthcoming.

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