President’s Message

After a month away from SPC, I attended the wonderful reading by Patrick Grizzell and Mary B. Moore on August 7. Thanks to Mary Zeppa for making this great evening happen!

I hope you can join Penny Kline and me for the release of the new collection by Mike Owens from Random Lane Press on October 16th at SPC. I’ve been working with Mike for the last two years to finish The Way Back, and we’re proud of this thoughtful book of poems. Mike, who grew up in the Sacramento region, is serving a life sentence in prison, and while he can’t attend, many of his family and friends will be on hand to read from the book and celebrate this new collection of his poems. Profits from the book will help to support Mike’s wife, Maurita, and their three sons. In addition, a percentage of book sales will go to support the Find Your Voice program, a creative writing program for incarcerated youth run by 916 INK. Come and hear the poems, and if you like them, buy the book. I think you’ll find it a strong collection of work. If you’re interested in helping with the marketing of The Way Back, let me know at

Also don’t miss the irrepressible CHARRON SMITH, an MC, DJ, writer, slam poet, spoken word artist, blogger, and a media mogul, along with Marvin Xia, a first generation ABC (American Born Chinese) and aspiring writer and relative newcomer to the Sac poetry slam community will be heating up Hot Poetry in the Park at Fremont Park on August 21, at 7 pm, with open mic to follow. Thanks to Bethanie Humphreys for hosting Hot Poetry in the Park again this summer!

Monday, Sept. 4, Labor Day, 7:30 pm, Jennifer O’Neill Pickering and Pat L. Nichol read their poems focused on labor and more. Come hear poems about jobs and unions. Wear your union t-shirts. Big open mic on theme. Hosted by Wendy Williams.

If you are both a poet and a visual artist, submit to Jennifer Pickering for this year’s Sable and Quill art show and reading. Sable and Quill’s 9th Anniversary is in Jan 2018 at SPC. Send submissions to or get details at



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