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

Santa Barbara Poetry Series: Carolie Parker, Rick Benjamin, Isabelle Tranner

February 19, 2017 7:00 pm-12:00 am

Featured Readers

Santa Barbara Public Library

Carolie Parker is a poet and visual artist with a background in foreign languages and world literature. She was recently…


February 20, 2017 5:15 pm-6:30 pm

Open Mic


Come one and all to the February edition of Santa Barbara's Favorite Poem reading! Bring a poem or two to…

Chella Courington

Chella Courington and Risa Denenberg

February 27, 2017 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Featured Readers

Atkinson Art Gallery, SBCC

[caption id="attachment_973" align="alignleft" width="277"] Risa Denenberg[/caption] [caption id="attachment_972" align="alignleft" width="199"] Chella Courington[/caption] The Creative Writing Program at SBCC presents Chella…

Yusef Komunyakaa

March 1, 2017 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Featured Reader

MultiCultural Center

Internationally renowned poet Yusef Komunyakaa is this year’s Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence, a program created to bring distinguished practitioners…

Atkinson Open Mic

Cole’s Big Fat Poetry Jam

March 9, 2017 7:00 pm

Open Mic

Atkinson Art Gallery, SBCC

This is an open mic poetry event hosted by Cole in association with the writing club! There will be pizza,…

Spirits in the Air

April 4, 2017 6:30 pm

Featured Readers

The Good Lion

From Bacchus to Berryman, from Li Po to Dorothy Parker, drink and lyric flights have danced a long, sometimes loving,…

Poetry Celebrating Immigration, Diversity, and Multilingualism

April 6, 2017 7:30 pm-8:30 pm

Featured Readers

Atkinson Art Gallery, SBCC

An evening of poetry with a view of the riviera from the Atkinson Gallery terrace featuring SBCC President Anthony Beebe,…

Reading: Ibrahim Ibn Salma

April 7, 2017 6:30 pm

Featured Reader

The Friendship Manor, Jamison Hall

“We may not be able to live in Utopia, but we could be near.” Ibrahim Ibn Salma Come and join the adventures with Ibrahim as he reads from his recently published book of poetry and aphorisms that explore the…

Santa Barbara Speaks: Student Poetry Slam

April 8, 2017 5:00 pm

Featured Readers

Breakfast Culture Club

A free evening of poetry, music, and art by Santa Barbara's student community. Santa Barbara Speaks is a local youth-run,…

Poetry Zone: Jan Steckel and Steve Braff

April 9, 2017 2:00 am

Featured Reader, Open Mic

Karpeles Manuscript Library

On Sunday, April 9th, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, the Poetry Zone at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in…

Found in Translation: Martha Ronk, Tom Wudl, and Jon Snyder

April 9, 2017 2:30 pm

Featured Reader

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Los Angeles-based poet Martha Ronk, whose last book, Transfer of Qualities, was long-listed for a National Book Award, reads from…

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Santa Barbara Poetry Series: ENID OSBORN, Nan Cohen, and Pablo Robles

April 9, 2017 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Featured Readers

Santa Barbara Public Library

Introducing the 7th Santa Barbara Poet Laureate [caption id="attachment_1094" align="alignleft" width="214"] Enid Osborn (photo by Chryss Yost)[/caption] Enid Osborn has…

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