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.


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TEEN POET LAUREATES WANTED! – Accepting applications NOW through Tuesday, August 2nd 2016!

The City of Pleasanton is looking for talented teens who like to write, grow their leadership skills, and contribute to their community.  Teen Poet Laureates can help to foster an appreciation for composing, reading, reciting, and listening to poetry by organizing casual poetry readings and events.  These can be held on school campuses, City facilities, etc.  To submit an application, qualified teens must be enrolled as a junior or senior in good standing at one of the Pleasanton High Schools.  City of Pleasanton Civic Arts staff provides support and a limited budget in order to assist in implementing events.  Teen Poet Laureates may work in conjunction with each other and/or with an adult Poet Laureate to create and facilitate events.  Eligible for community service hours.

For more information and to fill out a Teen Poet Laureate Application – 2016-17.  Forms are also available at school sites, the Firehouse Arts Center, and Pleasanton Library.  Application packets are due by 5:00 pm Tuesday, August 3rd, and can be either hand delivered to Community Services, 200 Old Bernal Avenue across from the library parking lot, or mailed to:

Julie Finegan
City of Pleasanton
Firehouse Arts Center
P.O. Box 520
Pleasanton, CA   94566

Applicants must take part in a brief interview, which will take place one evening in late August or early September, actual date to be determined.



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Apr 26 Epiphany Event 4
The PUSD-wide poetry anthology contest “EPIPHANY” was a great success. Check out the Pleasanton Poetry Facebook page for more photos from the evening. Congratulations to all the winners. Hard copies of the anthology will be available at each middle school library, Pleasanton Public Library, and Towne Center Books for viewing. The online version of Epiphany is available here, it’s best viewed in Chrome.



Poetry Soiree with City of Pleasanton Teen Poet Laureates
Our Teen Poet Laureates, Kyler Juarez and Frances Tang, have been busy. One of Kyler’s goals as Teen Poet Laureate was to reach out to Pleasanton’s senior community. These are recent photos of an event they organized at Ridgeview Commons, a senior living complex here in Pleasanton. Students from Amador and Foothill gathered to read poetry with Ridgeview residents, talk with residents about their lives growing up and their experiences with poetry, while enjoying student musicians.


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 Julie Finegan Visual & Literary Arts Coordinator for the City of Pleasanton