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


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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

poet_background_graphics_with_fun_fontThank you to everyone who participated in the Pleasanton Elementary Poetry Contest. Check out our Pleastanton Poetry Facebook page soon for a photo of our winners with School Superintendent Ms. Ahmadi.

The winning poems will be on display at the Library during National Poetry Month, April 7-May 1, in the Teen Display Case.



“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

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