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 culminated her term with an event designed to highlight the work, inspirations, and accomplishments of past Pleasanton poet laureates.  On Wednesday, April 8, at the Firehouse Arts Center Theater, Sandra launched her film, “8 Shots of Ink.” The film features interviews with Deborah Grossman and Kirk Ridgeway, among others.  The evening also included readings of poetry by past poet laureates.  The film is a collaborative effort by Sandra, Jane Berry, Filmmaker and Consultant, and Casey Boyden, a talented local youth who did the filming and editing. To close out the night, Deborah Jordan Bernal, president of the California Writers Club: Tri-Valley Branch,  discussed local literary groups and opportunities, and hosting an open mic poetry reading.



Pleasanton Teen Poet Laureates

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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!

Do you like to write?

Would you like to contribute to your community?

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