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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



Sandra Harrison Kaye is currently working on a series of filmed interviews featuring past Pleasanton Poet Laureates and hopes to launch a viewing in the Spring. More details forthcoming.


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








Poetry Groups Meeting Information

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

You & Me & Friends
When:  2nd Monday night of each month, year round 6pm
Where:  Pleasanton Library in the large meeting room
Host:  Fred Norman
Contact:  925 462 7495


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