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

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

Featured Reader

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

Featured Readers, Open Mic

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

Featured Readers, Open Mic

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

Featured Readers

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…

Ekphrastic poetry inspired by David Crouch

April 4, 2018 5:30 pm

Featured Readers

Hospice of Santa Barbara

Ekphrastic reading to paintings in the David Crouch Memorial Exhibit with poetry by Maggie Crouch & Steve Braff. Invocation by…

Reading: Indigenous poets of Mexico and Basque country

April 5, 2018 12:30 pm

Featured Readers

UCSB Art, Architecture, & Design Museum

In a time where indigenous literatures are becoming more distinguishable, it is crucial to explore, challenge, and reformulate preexisting notions…

Montecito Poetry Club presents: Margaret Atwood

April 5, 2018 3:30 pm

Work by Others

Montecito Public Library

Bring your favorite poem by Margaret Atwood to share.

Reading & Book Signing: Rick Sawyer, Within the Shells

April 5, 2018 5:00 pm

Book Signing

The Book Den

Rick Sawyer signs and reads from his book, Within the Shells.

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