Sacramento Benefit A Grand Success!

2016-Writer-Benefit-gridNatalie Baszile, Meg Waite ClaytonFrances Dinkelspiel, Marian Palaia, and Josh Weil joined us for the Community of Writers Benefit Reading in Sacramento last week.

Natalie, Josh, Meg, Frances and Marian

These authors — alums and staff — read from new work, and and introduced the Sacramento area to the Writers Workshops and the Community of Writers.

The event was in good hands with our emcee, Capital Public Radio’s Beth Ruyak. Her perspective on each of writer’s work effectively framed each reading for the audience.

After the readings, with roughly 170 people in attendance, Executive Director Brett Hall Jones auctioned off a complete set of signed books (the winning bid was $325,) followed by a wine and cookie reception along with book sales and signings.

Attendees browse the pop-up bookstore
Attendees browse the pop-up bookstore

Many thanks to the authors and Beth Ruyak for participating in this event. We are also grateful to our volunteers and Board members, who helped out tremendously.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Beers Books, Stories on Stage – Sacramento, and Verge Center for the Arts.

Announcing the Benefit Poetry Reading in Sacramento June 16th


Forrest Gander • Robert Hass • Brenda Hillman • J. Michael Martinez • Sharon Olds • Evie Shockley

7:00 p.m. Friday, June 19th, Sacramento

Join us for a reading honoring Galway Kinnell with Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, J. Michael Martinez, Sharon Olds, and Evie Shockley at the Setzer Auditorium of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, with emcee Bob Stanley.

All proceeds will benefit the Poetry Workshop Scholarship Fund, enabling talented writers to attend the week-long poetry writing workshop held each year in Squaw Valley, California. It is the goal of this program to support both established and emerging writers of talent who would benefit from working with their peers at the Poetry Week at Squaw Valley.

Books donated by the poets and their publishers will be available for purchase (cash or check only) before and after the reading. The poets will be available to sign books after the reading.


General Admission tickets are $20/advance, $25/door
Students tickets are $12/advance, $15/door (with current student ID)

PLEASE NOTE: This event is sponsored by the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. The Crocker Art Museum will NOT be selling tickets to the event. Tickets are ONLY available online at BrownPaperTickets.

For more information, call: 877-298-3799 or email Please do not contact the Crocker Art Museum directly.

Venue Information

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 “O” Street in Sacramento.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is unassigned. The venue is wheelchair accessible. For more information on the venue, its location, and directions, visit: For more informaiton, please go visit the Poetry Benefit Reading website, or contact the Community of Writers at 877-298-3799 or email Please do not phone or email the Crocker Art Museum directly.


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.

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

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.

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.
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