Thursday, March 17, 2011

Poetry for St. Patrick’s Day; Poets for Peace III; SPC Spring Poetry Conference; Submission Calls and Contests

Lads and lassies, a glorious mish-mash of music and verse awaits you! Plus, submission calls and contests! It's your lucky day! Enjoy! –Kate


Lauren Norton & The Souterrain Perform at the John Natsoulas Gallery on March 17th at 8 P.M.

The Poetry Night Reading Series is proud to welcome poet and folk singer Lauren Norton and her band, The Souterrain, on Thursday, March 17th at 8 P.M. She will be performing at the John Natsoulas Gallery at 521 1st Street.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Davis poet and musician Lauren Norton will be reading a selection of poems, stories, and short essays that take Ireland as their setting or subject. Musical accompaniment will be provided by her band, The Souterrain – a folk trio based in Davis.

Lauren Norton is a poet in her second year of the UC Davis Master's Program in Creative Writing. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and an Irish native. Growing up in County Wicklow, Lauren learned Sean Nós (old style) singing and fiddle playing with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann. During her years at Trinity, she toured Europe with The Dublin University Chapel Choir as a first soprano. Her poetry and essays have appeared in The Attic, Bray Arts Journal, and Galway University's anthology of established and emerging writers, Ropes.

David Sachs, a junior English major and a member of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, will play double bass. Sam Shirley, a Dramatic Arts graduate of UC Davis, will exhibit his skills on guitar, ukulele, glockenspiel, and harmonica.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early at the John Natsoulas Gallery to secure a seat, and to sign up for a spot on the Open Mic list. The Poetry Night Reading Series, organized and hosted by Andy Jones and produced by Brad Henderson, occurs on the first Wednesday of the month at Bistro 33, and third Thursday of every month at the John Natsoulas Gallery.

Who: Lauren Norton & The Souterrain

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series

When: Thursday, March 17th, 8pm

Where: John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street

Media Contact: Andy Jones

The John Natsoulas Gallery – 756-3938

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Poets for Peace III

SATURDAY, MARCH 19 - 7-9 p.m. - "Poets for Peace III" at The Breathe Bldg, 12 & I, Sacramento. Featuring Lorna Dee Cervantez, Francisco Alarcon, Molly Fisk, Joshua McKinney, Dennis Hock, William O'Daly, Traci Gourdine, VS Chochezi, Emily Wright, Brandon Cesmat, Patrick Grizzell and band -- and music by Savannah Moor to start the evening. Hosted by Frank Dixon Graham.


Mark Your Calendar: Sacramento Poetry Center Spring Conference, April 8-9, 2011

This year's conference promises to be great! Featuring readings and workshops by Julia Connor, K. Silem Mohammad, Melissa Morphew, Jim Powell, Dean Rader and Tim Kahl. Visit the website for details and registration instructions. Advance registration is recommended.


Poetry Now Seeks Submissions from Young and Old

Sacramento Poetry Center's monthly publication, Poetry Now, seeks submissions from adult and from young writers, from the Sacramento area and beyond. For more information, email No deadline—but submit now!


Seeking Submissions: Third Annual Sacramento Poetry Center Book Contest

The Sacramento Poetry Center Press Presents its Third Annual Poetry Book Contest
2009 Winner: Richard Spilman
2009 Judge: Dennis Schmitz

2010 Winner: Melissa Morphew
2010 Judge: Indigo Moor

Winning book manuscript will be published by The Sacramento Poetry Center Press ۬Winner will also receive a prize of $500.00 and 15 free copies of their winning book.

Guidelines: Submit 48-70 numbered pages of original poetry in any style. Manuscript must contain 2 title pages: Name and contact information (including email address, if possible) should appear on first title page only. Name should not appear anywhere else. Manuscript should be typed, single-spaced, paginated, and bound with a clip. The Sacramento Poetry Center will consider publishing additional manuscripts from the contest. Check for $20.00 US per entry (multiple entries OK) should be made out to The Sacramento Poetry Center. Paid-up members of the Sacramento Poetry Center may enter the contest for a reduced fee of $15. Please note that members of SPC will not receive preferential treatment in the judging process. Include a table of contents page and an acknowledgments page for magazine or anthology publications. Will read entries postmarked between January 1, 2011 and
March 31, 2011. Enclose an SASE for announcement of the winner. Entries should be mailed to:
The Sacramento Poetry Center
Poetry Book Contest
P.O. Box 160406
Sacramento, CA 95816


Swan Scythe Press Poetry Chapbook Contest: Seeking Submissions

Swan Scythe Press, founded by poet Sandra McPherson, and now edited by James DenBoer, announces its 2011 Poetry Chapbook contest. Submissions will be accepted up to June 1st, 2011. Any poet writing in English is eligible to submit.

We require submissions in the following format:
Title page with author's name, address, phone number, and email address
Another title page without any identifying information; book title only
Table of contents
Acknowledgments page (optional)
20 to 36 pages of poems
All pages must be numbered
Submit manuscript bound only by a spring clamp
Please include with your manuscript:

Reading fee check for $16 made out to Paperwork (not to Swan Scythe Press)
Stamped SASE for announcement of winner(optional)
No SASE for manuscripts, which will be recycled
Send your manuscript to:

James DenBoer, Editor,
Swan Scythe Press
515 P Street, Apartment 804,
Sacramento CA 95814.

Email: <jimzbookz(at)> if you have further questions.

Failure to follow format rules as recommended, or postmark deadlines, will remove the manuscript from judging.

We do not accept submissions online.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as you inform us if your manuscript wins another prize or is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts must be postmarked no later than June 1st, 2011.

Contest rules and conduct will follow the CLMP Code of Ethics:

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