Traditional, tribal, free verse or pastoral, Sacramento is the perfect place to celebrate the spoken word during National Poetry Month in April. Professionals and amateurs alike can share their love for this creative and expressive form of art at these five Sacramento locales.
Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th St.
Sacramento, CA, 95816
Hours: Mon, April 9 – 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Tule Review is the seminal publication for local poets, and the Sacramento Poetry Center is taking advantage of April’s celebration of their craft. This event will include a reading of selections from the just-released Tule Review for the winter of 2012. Guests are also encouraged to participate in open mic.
Midtown Out Loud
Midtown Village Café
1827 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
Hours: Wed, April 4 and 18 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate Poetry Month at the eclectic Midtown Village Café with “Midtown Out Loud,” a night of dynamic and provocative live performances. Happening the first and third Wednesday of each month, MOL is among the rare opportunities for uncensored poetry and acoustic music. Come to listen or sign up to share your own unique vision of the world.
Luna’s Café and Juice Bar
1414 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Price: $2.00 cover charge or one drink minimum
Hours: Thur, April 5, 12, 19 and 26 – 8 p.m.
Luna’s Café is a popular spot for spoken word and poetry on Thursday evenings in Sacramento. Guest hosts like the infamous Sho’Nuff will be your guide through the wonders that National Poetry Month has to offer.
Petra Vineyards presents Verse on the Vine
The Wine Gallery
627 Sutter Street
Folsom, CA 95630-2544
Price: Free; wine tasting available at $3.00 for 2 wines; wine is also available by the glass
Hours: Wed, April 11 – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy the spoken word performances of highly acclaimed Northern California poets, and then share some of your own work during the open mic portion of the evening. Petra Vineyards, sponsor of the event, will offer wine tasting for a small fee. Guests can have their hearts, souls and palates satisfied at the same time.
Poets Club of Lincoln Poetry Reading
Friends of the Lincoln Library
485 Twelve Bridges Drive
Lincoln, CA 95648
Hours: Sun April 8 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Poets Club of Lincoln proves that the size of the city or of the venue mean nothing when it comes to the poetry in your soul. Featured poets will read their work and visitors can participate in the hospitable and welcoming open mic environment. Refreshments are included.
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