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

Installation of new Poet Laureate

April 11, 2017 2:00 pm

Santa Barbara City Hall

[caption id="attachment_1094" align="alignright" width="214"] Enid Osborn (photo by Chryss Yost)[/caption] The public is invited to join the city in celebrating…

Concrete Poetry Workshop for Teens

April 13, 2017 4:00 pm-6:00 pm


Santa Barbara Public Library

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

POSTPONED! SBMA Inspiration Tour

April 13, 2017 5:00 pm-12:00 am


Santa Barbara Museum of Art

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. We reschedule soon. Gunpowder will be publishing a new Shoreline Voices Project this year.…

Poetry Night at Art from Scrap

April 14, 2017 6:00 pm-8:00 pm


Art from Scrap

Poetry - Vintage typewriters - Wine… Join us for a magical evening of inspired poetry writing and recitation in the style…


April 17, 2017 5:15 pm-6:30 pm

Open Mic


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

Inner Monkey by Barry Spacks (detail)

Preschool Poetrytime

April 18, 2017 10:30 am-11:00 am

Featured Readers

Santa Barbara Public Library

A special presentation of poems for preschoolers. Ideal for children between the ages of 3 & 5. Featuring poets Sojourner…

Heart on a Fence by Marcia Meier

Lisa Rizzo and Marcia Meier

April 21, 2017 5:30 pm

Featured Readers

Poetry reading by Bay area poet Lisa Rizzo and Santa Barbara poet Marcia Meier, Friday, April 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Rizzo…

SBCC Poetry Slam featuring Luis Rodriguez, Natalie Patterson, and others

April 21, 2017 6:00 pm

Featured Readers

BC Forum, SBCC West Campus

[caption id="attachment_1108" align="alignleft" width="214"] SBCC Poetry Slam Flyer[/caption] Join us on Friday April 21st from 6-8p.m. at the SBCC BC…

Santa Barbara Poets at Earth Day

April 22, 2017 11:00 am-April 23, 2017 6:00 pm

Earth Day at Alameda Park

Santa Barbara is the birthplace of Earth Day. Poets living in Santa Barbara County are invited to offer their books…

Kabir in Song

April 23, 2017 8:00 pm

MultiCultural Center

Kabir is an acclaimed fifteenth-century poet-saint of North India. The MultiCultural Center at UCSB is hosting a night of music…

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Ars Poetica: The Art of Poetry

April 25, 2017 7:00 pm

Open Mic

Carrillo Recreation Center (corner of Carrillo and Anacapa)

In honor of National Poetry Month, you are invited to read your “ars poetica”, or one written by someone else:…

Westmont Student Reading

April 26, 2017 8:30 pm

Featured Readers

Westmont College

Celebrating the release of the annual literary magazine, The Phoenix. The Phoenix is Westmont's literary, art, and music publication. Produced by students, The…

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