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



If so, now is your chance to apply for the honorary post of Pleasanton Poet Laureate.  In addition to enhancing civic events, dedications, and public events with appropriate poetry, the Poet Laureate may design or facilitate poetry readings and literary arts workshops for adults and/or youth, provide support and encouragement in the City’s teen poet laureate program, and develop creative programs with the support of  City staff.  Though the position is pro bono, there is a limited budget to cover expenses.

To Qualify You Must Be:

  •  A Pleasanton resident
  • A published poet or possess leadership experience in promoting poetry/literature
  • Affiliated with organizations associated with the advancement of literary arts

To Apply, You Must Submit, in hard copy:

  • Four poems
  • A one-page letter of interest
  • A letter of support from two other poets
  • A resume indicating active participation in promoting the literary arts in the community
  •  An outline of your vision – goals, projects, activities – for the Poet Laureate Program during your tenure,  October 2015—June 2017

Selected finalists will be invited to present their poems and visions personally to a Selection Committee in August. Poet Laureate Posting 2015-17

Deadline for Application is July 1, 2015                 

Deliver your application packet to:

Michele Crose, Civic Arts Manager

Department of Community Services

City of Pleasanton

200 Old Bernal Avenue

Or Mail toP.O. Box 520, Pleasanton, CA 94566

For more information, contact Michele Crose at



Pleasanton Teen Poet Laureates

Teen Poets Community Poem_at the Big DrawPleasanton Poetry Project!

Teen Poet Laureates, Maya Lyubomirsky and Nicole Tsuno, invited all of Pleasanton to participate in their Pleasanton Poetry Project. The poem made it’s debut Saturday, May 9th at the Big Draw in downtown Pleasanton. Did you get to read it?



The City of Pleasanton is looking for Talented Teens!



If this sounds like you, complete the application and you may be selected at the next PLEASANTON TEEN POET LAUREATE.

One Teen Poet Laureate will be selected from each high school to serve during the 2015-16 academic year. Community service credit hours apply.

Accepting applications NOW through the DEADLINE: 5pm Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The purpose of this program is to promote writing among today’s youth and help to develop and foster an appreciation for composing, reading, reciting, and listening to poetry. The Teen Poet Laureate will coordinate casual poetry readings and gatherings on the school campus, and accompany an Adult Pleasanton Poet Laureate during occasional visits to schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District. The Teen Poet Laureate may also wish to organize and hold his/her own poetry event.

To be considered for the program, an applicant must be a junior or senior, enrolled, and in good standing, in a Pleasanton high school.

The Teen Poet Laureate will serve in conjunction with, and under the supervision of the current adult Poet Laureate and City Staff. The Poet Laureate Program is a program of the City of Pleasanton’s Civic Arts division.


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