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”).

53 Event(s) Found

Blue Whale Poetry Series: Gudrun Bortman and Mary Brown

April 7, 2018 2:00 pm

Featured Readers, Open Mic

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Farrand Hall

Mary L. Brown is the author of “Drought”, winner of the Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award. Her poems have appeared…

Poetry Zone: Linda Saccoccio and Paul Portuges

April 8, 2018 2:00 pm

Featured Readers, Open Mic

Karpeles Manuscript Library

UCSB Film/Creative Writing Professor Paul Portuges, a Renaissance man whose accomplishments include impressive books of poetry and films as well…

Santa Barbara Poetry Series: David Starkey, Pamela Davis, Kate Morgan

April 8, 2018 7:00 pm

Featured Readers

Santa Barbara Public Library

  [caption id="attachment_1124" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pamela Davis, author of Lunette[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1127" align="alignleft" width="243"] Lunette: Poems by Pamela Davis[/caption] Pamela…

Reading: Nachoem M. Wijnberg

April 12, 2018 4:00 pm

Book Signing, Featured Reader

UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC)

The poems in Of Great Importance discuss taxes and debts, stocks and flows, citizenship and labor contracts, notaries and accountants,…

Typewriter Poetry Workshop for Teens

April 12, 2018 5:30 pm

Workshop, Writing

Santa Barbara Public Library

We will create poetry on typewriters in the style of Concrete Poetry (or Visual Poetry) - where how the words…

Poetry in the Presidio

April 14, 2018 1:00 pm

Featured Readers

Alhecama Theater

Poetry Out Loud finalists recite + Chryss Yost, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Carol DeCanio, Steve Braff, Perie Longo, Enid Osborn. Hosted…

Parallel Stories Lecture: Adam Zagajewski, Poetry as Portraiture

April 15, 2018 2:30 pm

Book Signing, Featured Reader

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Prize-winning, globally-admired poet Adam Zagajewski writes with precision and wonder about the calm and courage of ordinary life. He says…

Reading & Book Signing: Mary Freericks, Blue Watermelon

April 16, 2018 7:00 pm

Book Signing, Featured Reader

Chaucer’s Bookstore

Mary, a prize wining poet, " bristles on the heels of courage" in her honest images growing up as a…


April 17, 2018 5:15 pm

Open Mic, Work by Others

Santa Barbara Public Library

A community favorite, hosted by Lois Klein on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a poem or two, not your…

Versus: Jewish Poets at the Margin (class): Gertrude Stein

April 19, 2018 2:00 pm


Jewish Federation of Santa Barbara

Gertrude Stein: Jewish yet an Anti-Semite? Lesbian but a Feminist? Innovator OR Obfuscator? Come join us to discuss one of…

Friday Matinee: “Dead Poets Society”

April 20, 2018 1:00 pm

Santa Barbara Public Library

The Santa Barbara Public Library's family movie matinee will be Dead Poets Society. Movie shown in Faulkner Gallery.

California Poets in the Schools Annual Student Reading

April 22, 2018 1:00 pm

Featured Readers

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Students from area elementary schools present poems written with CalPoets. Hosts Christine Kravetz, Ron Alexander, Steve Braff.

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