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The Sacramento Poetry Center hosts a variety of events, including our weekly Monday Night Reading Series, special events, and other readings. They are detailed in the current issue of  Poet News.  






A 5-Week In-Person Workshop

Thursdays June 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18 2024, 6 - 7:30 p.m.


This new, five session workshop will be led by Daniel Kemper and will demystify some of the fundamentals of what is meant by meter in poetry, and learn it by doing it.


If you’d like to enroll in this FREE course, please send an email to with the subject “Meter” to confirm a seat.


Course Description and Scope


Meter is the foundation of formal poetry and comes from ancient Greek roots. Flow is a modern approach to explaining meter in a more concise and easily navigated way. Both will be taught through examples and practice.

In these sessions, participants will explore the four classic meters as well as rhyme.

Sophisticated concepts will be distilled to useful (and surprisingly familiar) essentials.

Exercises that build intuition will add fun to the work as techniques are explored.


A new form, the fantasia, will be introduced.


Common sound patterns that trick the ear or stumble the tongue will be demonstrated.


Handouts with examples to illustrate various meters/flows will include selections from various authors ranging from Shakespeare to Lauryn Hill, from Big Pun to Edna St. Vincent Millay.


By the end of the sessions, attendees will have a set of tools from which they can select (some, all, or none) whenever they create a poem.


Expectations for Participants


Participants are expected to have fun. Teaching technique is fun, fast, frequent.

Participants are expected to do the in-class exercises.

Participants will be encouraged to speak and share their work in class.

Participants will have homework. It should actually be fun, too!


Session Details & Goals


Each session will include writing to do prior to the next. This will be detailed at the first session.


Session 1: Participants will understand double-meters/two-beat flows and will be able to write flowing verse in that beat. Participants learn to recognize and smooth out rough places in their work.


In preparation for the next session, participants will be challenged to write one page of two-beat flow every day.


SESSION 2: Review of the first session with a brief discussion of the line — how to begin it, how to end it. Participants will understand and be able to use rhyme in verse with double-meter/two-beat flows. Participants will be able to write full, fun, satisfying fantasias.


In preparation for the next session, we will have the goal of writing one page of two-beat flow either in the form as the previous week, or as a fantasia, every day.


SESSION 3: Participants will understand triple-meters/three-beat flows and will be able to write flowing verse in that beat. Participants learn to recognize and smooth out rough places.


In preparation for the next session, participants will be challenged to write one page of three-beat flow every day,


NOTE: The group will resume in two weeks instead of one because of the July 4 holiday. A week’s worth would meet the challenge. More would be wonderfully over the top.


Session 4: Review of the third session, with a brief discussion of the line, its beginnings, and endings. Participants will understand and be able to use rhyme in verse with triple-meter/three-beat flows. Participants will be able to write full, fun, satisfying fantasias.


In preparation for the next session, participants will be dared, prodded, teased, invited, induced to write one page of three-beat flow either in the form as the previous week, or as a fantasia every day.


Session 5: A catch-all night: participants will receive a review of the course and any specifics warranted, and will practice with any remaining issues. Classic fixed forms will be touched on: Blank verse, sonnet, rondeau, villanelle. Deep dives into prosody, metrical theory, history, Greek will be discussed as desired.


As a finale, participants will play to their fullest heart’s content on the specialized topics, be encouraged to start on a classic fixed form and provide feedback on instructional techniques and potential follow-on classes, either repeats of this one or a class in classic forms. An alternative, option system of metrical notation will be introduced.


Facilitator’s bio: Daniel Kemper, holds a BA in English, and an MBA. He is nearing completion of California State University, Sacramento’s Master’s program for creative writing and poetry. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received a second place award for poetry in the CSUS Bazzanella Literary Awards. He was an invited speaker at the 2023 national Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) conference, where he presented on the foundation of formal meter. He will preside over the Poetics Panel at PAMLA 2024. He has had works accepted for publication at The Blue Unicorn, The Lyric,, The Creativity Webzine, Amethyst Review, Peacock Journal, Utmost Christian Writers, Rat’s Ass Review, Windhover Magazine,  Formalverse, The Literary Hatchet, the Society for Classical Poets, Calaveras Station, and Ekphrastic Review. He’s currently an associate editor for Calaveras Station Literary Journal and the Bazzanella awards program. His books in manuscript include Friends and Lovers, a novel in verse, Another Poetry, prose and poetry, Polyphonic Sonnets, poetry, and On Dactyls, a survey of poetic forms, written in meter and rhyme, with an essay on dactyls.He is also a former tournament-winning wrestler, and has a black belt in traditional Shotokan Karate.





After a brief hiatus the Coast-to-Coast Poetry critique workshop returns. A critique group dedicated to working through the process that brings poetry to the printed page, we meet once a week, Sunday’s at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom.  This is a serious group of writers that will stretch your levels through kind and constructive questioning. The questions are always about the work and never about the poet. Each participant brings a poem (1) to be read followed by a round robin discussion that takes approximately ten minutes per poem. The group is curated by Len Germinara. If this interests you, contact Len directly at



TUESDAYS AT 7:30 p.m.


The Sacramento Poetry Center has been hosting the Tuesday Night Poetry Workshop for over 30 years, Facilitated by Danyen Powell, it’s both in person at the Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th St., and on Zoom. Designed to elicit constructive feedback, the workshop involves a critique of presented work. It begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Writers can participate in the workshop by emailing one poem on a standard sized sheet of paper (81/2 x 11, 12 point, 1 page) to: by 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays so all the poems are screen-shared from one place. For more info, contact




MarieWriters was founded in honor of Marie Reynolds, a Sacramento poet whom many were lucky to know. Before Marie died of breast cancer in fall 2018, we started a weekly writing group in her name. MarieWriters is a generative workshop–one person brings a prompt; and we all write for 30 minutes. Then we share what we’ve written and provide positive feedback–commenting on the strong points in each other’s writing. The workshop is facilitated by Bob Stanley. Marie meets Wednesday nights, online, starting at 6:30 pm, and always welcomes new writers!





Writing From The Inside Out is a weekly prompt writing course facilitated by Nick LeForce, attended by a group of your fellow writers, poets, and those wishing to use writing for personal growth and expression.  You get a prompt at the beginning of the week, and then have a read-around on zoom at the end of the week. It’s free, fun, a great way to share, and reading a poem is optional. Please register to participate. You will receive a writing prompt every Monday morning by email to use as a catalyst (or use your own inspiration) to write your original work. We meet on Thursday afternoons at 5 p.m. via zoom to read our work to each other, and use the basic AWA format for commenting on shared work. Once you have registered, you do not need to register again, simply use the link sent to you in your confirmation email. More info: → Inside Out. Register Here:






The Sacramento Storytellers Guild meets at the Poetry Center, 1719 25th St., on the third Saturday of each month from 2:00-3:30 p.m. for storytelling and poetry, and provides light refreshments. For further information, contact Andrew Laufer at





The Hart Center Workshop is facilitated by Olga Browne and  Aiesha Jones, and meets at Hart Senior Center, 915 27th Street in Marshall Park. The group meets weekly on Tuesday from 2-3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Olga at


black blue red and yellow umbrellas


For an exhibition, “black blue red and yellow umbrellas” (taken from Mary Ruefle’s poem “Trollope”), send us your visual poems: your calligrams, concrete poetry, asemic writing — your best work that, in the words of Kenneth Goldsmith “can be read by all — regardless of what language (you speak)”. A visual poem might use graphics, images or visual form to convey meaning that supersedes, transcends or accompanies text — a work that supplants a common language we take for granted. Sometimes a visual poem is relevant, if abstracted, text written in the shape of the object it describes. It might emphasize a single word or letter. It can take many forms. We're looking for work that challenges visual perception, is playful, poignant or ironic and stretches the imagination. It may be created with just images, or text or

both in synthesis.

For a comprehensive definition of visual poetry go to https:// poetry.


The poems can take any form: works on paper, a broadside, a painting, a handmade book, or a sculpture, and should be your own, original work.

Two-dimensional work should not exceed 2 feet wide or 3 feet tall.

3D work cannot be more than 2x3 feet, and 3 inches in depth, and must be able to hang on a wall.

We cannot accept free-standing 3D work.

Any works on paper must be framed and under glass/plexi unless the creator assumes responsibility for any possible damage in our active space.

To have your work considered, please submit a maximum of three digital images in high resolution (at least 72 dpi/ppi), and include a description of the images in your email, stating title, media and dimensions.

Email submissions to Submissions outside the guidelines will not be considered.

Up to 30 pieces will be selected, possibly including multiple choices form submitting artists/poets.


Selections and notifications will be made by August 31 for an installation date of October 4. The exhibit will run until November 15. Upon acceptance, you will be notified of the delivery date (to SPC).

Work must arrive fully assembled and ready to install or hang, including wire of ample strength secured to the back of the piece (preferably using D rings, which sit flat), for hanging.

The exhibit will be curated by Michelle Lynn Dyrness.

Michelle Lynn Dyrness is a visual artist born in France, raised in the Philippines, and recently relocated to Sacramento from the Los Angeles area. She has exhibited nationally and her work has appeared in publications by Tangerine Press, UK; Overground Underground magazine, UK; The Blasted Tree, Canada; and Princeton Architectural Press, among others. Recent publications include a limited edition visual poetry chapbook, Square Confits, Overground Underground Books, UK, 2022, and Midnight Grotesques, a collaborative book with Australian writer Tristan Foster, Sublunary Editions, 2024. She works across mediums, and frequently explores the ways different methods of making inform one another within the same work.

Works shown: Dezider Tóth, Bon Voyage, 1976; d.a. levy, Scarab Poem, 1967; Vera Molnar, Letter of My Mother, 1990.

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