This is a listing of some poetry events in the Santa Barbara area. If you would like to submit your event to be included on this page, please email information to sbpoetryseries [at]

There is also a Santa Barbara Poetry Google Calendar. To add this calendar:

  1. Open Google Calendar:
  2. Under Other calendars,  find the Add a friend’s calendar box. Copy this Calendar ID:, paste it into the box, and press Enter.
  3. The calendar will then show up in your Other calendars list.

Information of recurring reading series and open mics is also under the Poets & Readings Directory (choose the category “Readings”).

32 Event(s) Found

California Poets in the Schools Student Reading

April 30, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Hosted by Christine Kravetz, this annual favorite features local students who share their best poems.

(Photo from the Santa Barbara Independent)

Poetry Book Swap & Celebration

April 30, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Mesa Bookstore

Join us at the diminutive and delightful Mesa Bookstore for cookies, end of April celebration, and a poetry book swap!…

HeART Work: Poetically Political Spoken Word with Nikkita Oliver

May 23, 2017 7:30 pm

MultiCultural Center

James Baldwin says, “The poet or the revolutionary is there to articulate the necessity, but until the people themselves apprehend…

Poetry Zone

June 11, 2017 2:00 pm

Karpeles Manuscript Library

Rick Lupert, whose Poetry Superhighway invigorates the Internet with very current poetry, will read, followed by an Open Mic. Hosted…

Santa Barbara Writers Conference

June 18, 2017 - June 23, 2017

Hyatt Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Writers Conference will feature workshops by Perie Longo and Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Conference registration required. From the Writers…

Poetry Zone

July 9, 2017 2:00 pm

Karpeles Manuscript Library

Friday Gretchen and Fernando Alberto Salinas! Poetry Zone happens the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Karpeles Manuscript Library…

17th Annual Santa Barbara Summer Poetry Workshop with Perie Longo

August 12, 2017 - August 13, 2017

Mt. Calvary Monastery and Retreat House

Perie Longo's enduringly popular summer workshop, with break-out sessions by David Starkey and Chryss Yost. Time will be spent on…

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Santa Barbara Poetry Series: Peter Karoff’s PARABLE and Shoreline Voices TO GIVE LIFE A SHAPE

October 15, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Santa Barbara Public Library

The Santa Barbara Poetry Series will present its first reading of the 2017-18 season 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in…

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