2015 Sacramento Benefit Poetry Reading

Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry Benefit Reading
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Friday, June 19, 2015
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

General Admission
Setzer Auditorium, Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street, Sacramento, CA

On Friday, June 19, 2015 acclaimed poets Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman,
J. Michael Martinez, Sharon Olds, and Evie Shockley will read from their poetry in the Setzer Auditorium at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

This gathering of the tribe—all staff poets from this year’s Community of Writers’ Summer Poetry Workshop in Squaw Valley—will raise money for the Poetry Program’s financial aid and scholarships. Books by the poets will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, call toll free: (877) 537-8073 or email squawpoet@ureach.com.

Tickets are $20 advance/$25 at the door for general admission and $12 advance/$15 at the door for students (with current student ID). Group discounts are available. The Crocker Art Museum will NOT be selling tickets. Please do not contact them regarding ticket sales.

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The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street in Sacramento. For location map and directions, please visit the Crocker Art Musuem’s website.


On-street parking meters bordering the Museum and Crocker Park accept coins and credit cards (free after 6 PM). A small parking lot (Lot Y) is available on 2nd Street and costs $1.50 per hour. A larger parking lot (Lot X) is located at the corner of 2nd and N Streets and is $10 for all-day parking ($5 after 4 PM on weekdays or all day on weekends). Both parking lots are operated by the City of Sacramento and are enforced 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

Parking for visitors with disabilities can be found in the City parking lots and at meters on 2nd Street. Disabled Person Parking Placards do not receive free parking in the City parking lots.

Additional parking is available in nearby parking garages, located a short walk from the Museum.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.


This Event is Underwritten by Deborah Dashow Ruth — Deborah is a poet, playwright, alum and long-time supporter of the Community of Writers. She is sponsoring the event to help poets who, without the financial aid this even provides, would be unable to attend the summer program.


The Community of Writers would like to thank our sponsors for their support!

Sacramento Poetry Center—Since 1979, the Sacramento Poetry Center has been a major force for literary artists in Northern California. Though primarily serving as the literary center for the greater Sacramento metropolitan area, SPC’s publications are recognized nationally for their quality and literary content and its annual writers’ conference has featured some of the most important poets of our time. sacramentopoetrycenter.org

Beers Books — For over seventy years, Beers Book has served Sacramento and Northern California. beersbooks.com

Stories on Stage — Sacramento’s award-winning reading series features short fiction by established and emerging writers from Sacramento and surrounding areas, introduced by their authors and read by actors. The series runs on the Final Friday of every month at the Sacramento Poetry Center. storiesonstagesacramento.wordpress.com

Verge Center for the Arts — Verge Center for the Arts seeks to expose the Sacramento art region to internationally recognized contemporary art, while providing vital resources to local career and emerging artists. vergeart.com
Thanks also to The Sterling Hotel for providing discounted accommodations for our readers.

Special thanks to the following publishers for donating books for the benefit:

  • Counterpoint Press
  • New Directions Publishing
  • University of Arizona Press
  • Bellevue Literary Press
  • Carolina Wren Press

Get Involved!

Become a Sponsor or Give to the Poetry Scholarship Fund

We are looking for volunteers! We need help with:

  • Promoting the event during the months of April and May.
  • Crowd-wrangling on the evening of June 19.

If you are interested in helping (and in a free ticket to the event), please contact us.