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Literary Arts

Our literary arts program has been created to provide enthusiasts of the written word a listing of City sponsored literary events throughout the Tri-Valley.

Pleasanton Poetry Events









Pleasanton Poet Laureate Sandra Harrison Kay is culminating her term with an event designed to highlight the work, inspirations, and accomplishments of past Pleasanton poet laureates.  Scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Firehouse Arts Center Theater, the evening will feature the launching of a film, "8 Shots of Ink," she has been creating which features interviews with Deborah Grossman and Kirk Ridgeway, among others, as well as readings of poetry by past poet laureates that will be participating in the evening’s events.  The film is a collaborative effort by Sandra, Jane Berry, Filmmaker and Consultant, and Casey Boyden, a talented local youth who has been filming and editing.  After a short intermission, honored guest Deborah Jordan Bernal, president of the California Writers Club: Tri-Valley Branch, will discuss local literary groups and opportunities, and there will be a time for open mic poetry readings before the evening’s conclusion.

 "8 Shots of Ink "

  • Where: Firehouse Arts Center
  • When: Wednesday, April 8, 2015   6-8pm
  • Sign-ups for the open mic portion of the program will take place at 5:45-6pm
  • Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Students, and can be paid at the door.  



Pleasanton Poetry Project!

Teen Poet Laureates, Maya Lyubomirsky and Nicole Tsuno, invite you to participate in their Pleasanton Poetry Project! Their goal is to create a long poem that encompasses all of the audiences present in our city, Pleasanton. Follow this link to their Pleasanton Poetry Project to add a few of your own lines of poetry.

Pleasanton Elementary Poetry Contest







Pleasanton’s elementary school students, grades 1-5, are invited to take part in the first district-wide Elementary School Poetry Contest. Submissions will be judged and winners selected by the Teen Poet Laureates; each participant will receive a certificate, and one 1st place winner from each school will receive a special prize and have their work displayed in the library. First place winners will be invited to an awards reception at the Firehouse Arts Center on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

Starting on January 6th, sudents may submit their poem by e-mail to pleasantonteenpoets@gmail.com, or turn in their poem at the front desk of their school office in the plastic envelope marked “Pleasanton Elementary Poetry Contest”. Submissions are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, March 6. *Be sure to include student’s name, email, school, grade, and teacher’s name on the document. This information must be included in order to qualify. *Poems will not be returned, so parents, please submit copies if you wish to retain the original!

Sumbissions will be accepted starting January 6th.

Other Important Dates to Remember:

  • Deadline for submissions: 4:00 pm Friday, March 6
  • Notification of winners: Monday, March 16, via e-mail
  • Reception for Poetry Contest Winners: 7:00 pm Thursday, March 26 Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton
  • Winners’ Poetry Display in Library: April 7-May 1, 2015
  • Contest Questions: Contact Sarah Logan 925-931-4839




"Words From the Heart" Poetry Contest

Middle and High School kids, express your creative spirit with PTown Life's Poetry Contest,  this year's theme is "Words From the Heart."

Two Divisions:

  • Middle School
  • High School

Prizes Per Division:

  • 1st Place $15 Gift Card of Choice
  • 2nd Place $10 Gift Card of Choice

Deadline for Entry: March 6th, 2015

For more information visit http://ptownlife.org/play/contests

Poetry Groups Meeting Information

All gatherings are free and open to the public.
All levels are welcome, from novice to experienced.

OPEN MIC NIGHT with My Friends
Raise your voices in Poetry, Prose, and Song
When:  2nd Monday of the month, 6 to 8pm
Where:  Pleasanton Library in the large meeting room

Share your latest work with a supportive audience, or come to listen.
Sign up for your 5 minute time slot between 5:45-6pm.

Please Note: Some material may not be suitable for ages under 16

For more information visit the Pleasanton Library Adult Program Calendar


Have a poetry related meeting/group/event you would like added to this list?
Contact Pleasanton Poet Laureate Sandra kay     925 337 2320
Pleasanton Poet Laureate 2013-2015