Truly miscellaneous: Farallon Review reading, Davis May 11; May 16 blues and reading by Greg Glazner and Pam Houston; Pat Schneider (AWA founder) summer workshop; Swan Scythe chapbook deadline June 1; Specter calls for hip-hop; & more!

Friends, here’s a post of true miscellany: events, a poetry chapbook contest and a call for hip-hop submissions, workshop info (including a workshop with AWA founder Pat Schneider), SPC’s new online Poetry Now, a list of lovely resources from one of my informants…a mix of spring literary lushness! Enjoy! ~Kate


Friday, May 11: Farallon Review hosts reading in Davis


Join Farallon Review on Friday, May 11, at 7:00 pm to celebrate art, literature, and springtime.  Coinciding with a showing of Sondra Olson’s evocative paintings, the Farallon Review will host a reception and reading at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F Street at Covell.  Prose readings by Elena Mauli Shapiro and Sue Staats; poetry reading by Dorine Jennette.  Copies of the new issue of Farallon Review for sale cheap.  Lots of artwork.  Maybe even cookies.  Free admission and free parking in the big lot off Covell. You will have a wonderful and memorable time.




Wednesday, May 16: A literary and music crossover event:

Professor Len & the Big Night w/ Greg Glazner & Pam Houston


Shine Cafe, Sacramento CA. 8 p.m. Cover $5

1400 E Street


Readings by Greg Glazner, author of Singularity and Opening the World, and Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness and Contents May Have Shifted.

Live performance by Professor Len and the Big Night.


The blues says hello to the literary. The literary says hello to the blues.  Heat generated.  Debauchery possible.  All manner of Shine.

See you at the Shine Café!


More information:




Swan Scythe Press Poetry Chapbook Contest, deadline June 1


Swan Scythe does wonderful work, friends—I have several books from this press started by Sandra McPherson and now fearlessly led by James DenBoer. Submit and/or support today!


From the website:

“Swan Scythe Press began publishing in 2000, and over the last decade has published 32 chapbooks. Its authors have won many national and local grants, awards and fellowships, and have distinguished themselves as artists and educators throughout the U.S. and in foreign countries. Now launching its second decade under the direction of James DenBoer, Swan Scythe Press is committed to discovering and publishing the best new poets in America today, and to featuring poets of diverse ethnicities/races, ages, sexual preferences, and genders — though our emphasis is on the quality of the writing, not on any particular demographic.”



Pat Schneider, founder of the AWA method, teaches in Berkeley this summer: July 16 – 20


Five-day intensive workshop sponsored by Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA. on their beautiful campus overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. For Registration and Information see contact the Office of Community & Continuing Education at 510-849-8202 (




Check out Sacramento Poetry Center’s new Poetry Now—online!


POETRY NOW, the Sacramento region’s literary review and calendar, is published by the Sacramento Poetry Center (SPC), and is funded in part with grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Submissions of poems, artwork, reviews, and other work of interest to the Sacramento poetry community are welcome. Note that work submitted may also appear on the SPC website.




Call for hip-hop: Specter Magazine


Submissions for Specter’s first themed issue, The Hip-Hop Issue, have been extended to May 15, 2012. We’re looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art/photography which embodies a hip-hop aesthetic.


The Hip-Hop issue is scheduled for a June 4th, 2012 release (subject to change).


Submissions will be selected by guest editor Rion Amilcar Scott, who appeared in previous issues of Specter, including his Pushcart Prize nominated story, “A Friendly Game.” Rion has contributed to PANK, Fiction International and Confrontation, among others. Raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, he earned an MFA at George Mason University and presently teaches English at Bowie State University.


We are accepting submissions at our submission manager until May 15, 2012:


Founded in July, 2011, Specter Magazine publishes, among other things, new, previously-unpublished literary works (contemporary & experimental).


Periodic updates about the Hip-Hop issue can be found at Specter’s blog:




Friends, each month I get a lovely update of info to post from a hard-working writer in our midst. Here are some selections from that newsletter:



• May 9-July 25- CNF workshop, Sac. Poetry Center,$350.


• May 12-, 10-12pm,Market Place, Rancho Cordova, free, AWA

method, John Crandall

• May 12&13- Master Teacher Workshop with Peter Ho

Davies, one slot left. Contact:

• May 14 and 28- Writers Unlimited, 6:30pm, San Andreas

Arts Gallery, 22 N. Main St

• May 19- Sacramento Writers Workshop, 12:30-4:30, Sac.

Poetry Center, 25th and R, $40. Contact:

• May 25-Stories On Stage, 7:30pm, $5, Sac Poetry Center,

25th and R, Erica Scheidt, Zoe Ferraris, Kara Levy.

• I Street Press- writing classes at libraries throughout

Sacramento, various subjects and start times.

• July 14- ebook publishing, formatting, marketing, 9-3pm,

$95, Lou Gonzales. San Andreas. Contact:


• listen online only outside of Jackson, 9am

every Sunday, interviews with writers, artists, publishers


• May 25-Under the Gum Tree digital literary magazine, CNF

only. Contact:


• new for events and classes

• events, workshops, publishing


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