On December 4, 2015, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Dana Gioia as California poet laureate. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and books of literary criticism. He will serve a two-year term.

Alejandro Murguía is San Francisco’s sixth poet laureate and the first Latino poet to hold the position. An editor, translator, literary organizer, and prose writer, he is the author of the poetry collections Stray Poems (City Lights Books, 2014) and Native Tongue (CC. Marimbo Press, 2012), among others.

upcoming events

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May 14 2017
Cholla Needles Poets Read

Featured readers:

  • Ruth Nolan
  • noreen lawlor
  • Caryn Davidson
  • Ellen Baird
  • Evelyn Christensen
  • Steve Braff
  • Kurt Schauppner
  • Giovanni Garcia
  • Jean-Paul L. Garnier
  • Dave Maresh
  • Doug Nichols
  • Debra Walworth
  • r soos
61871 Twentynine Palms Highway
92252 Joshua Tree, California
Apr 29 2017
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Poetry

Flintridge Bookstore celebrates Independent Bookstore Day with poetry for all ages!

Schedule of events:

10:00 to 11:30 AM: Visit Cedar the reading therapy dog, and read him a poem from our children's selections

12:00 to 4:00 PM: RENT POET offers poetry-on-the-spot for your pet. Bring a photo (or not), and RENT POET Brian Sonia-Wallace will write a poem using his manual typewriter. Brian will also bring his own dog, a Shiba Inu, and his book, I Sold These Poems Now I Want Them Back. The session will end with a book signing

1:30 to 3:00 PM: 2nd grade students from Paradise Canyon Elementary School recite their original poetry and display their inspired Lego creations

3:00 to 5:00 PM: Poetry open mic for adults. Come early to sign up



1:00pm to 8:00pm
1010 Foothill Blvd.
91214 La Canada Flintridge, California
Apr 23 2017
Poetry: Lin Nelson Benedek, Elline Lipkin, Lynne Thomas

In her debut collection, I Was Going to Be a Cowgirl, Benedek writes poems with the reckless joy of someone who knows she has been loved and is still being loved, such that memory becomes a tender place to reclaim pleasures forgotten or lost and to heal wounds. Bees, cowgirls, rock and roll, motherhood, booze, juicy steaks, riotous women and the myths of American western history all come together in this woman’s leaping imaginings.

Lin Nelson Benedek is a psychotherapist, well-being coach, writing teacher. She has her MFA in poetry from Pacific University, Oregon, where she studied with Kwame Dawes, Dorianne Laux, Vievee Francis, Anna Journey, and others.

Through the use of nuanced observation, rich language, and an original voice, Elline Lipkin explores contemporary womanhood, cross-cultural themes and family legacy. Recalling the feminist themes of Adrienne Rich, the steely resolve of Sylvia Plath, and the feeling for loss and spliced cultural heritage that Eavan Boland expresses, The Errant Thread serves as the next link in a lineage of women poets.

Ellline Lipkin is currently Poet Laureate of Altadena and the author of The Errant Thread and Girls' Studies. She teaches for Writing Workshops Los Angeles and is a Research Scholar with UCLA's Center for the Study of Women.

"Lynne Thompson's Start with a Small Guitar is a dazzling collection of love poems, wickedly wise and stitched with the darkest nuances of desire. These poems are rich in childhood play and the adult pleasure of consolation, yet even at their most reflective and speculative these poems are fleshed by the carnal. These new collection is either a handbook to bliss or the abyss, and she insists that the reader - each one of us - decide." - David St. John

Lynne Thompson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, by parents born in the Windward Islands, West Indies. She received her B.A. from Scipps College and a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. She currently serves as the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at the University of California, Los Angeles. An active member of the Los Angeles literary scene and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry has been widely published and  anthologized.


1010 Foothill Blvd.
91214 La Canada Flintridge, California
Poetry in California
Dana Gioia
California poet laureate

Dana Gioia

Born in Hawthorne, California, in 1950, Dana Gioia is the author of several poetry collections, including Interrogations at Noon (Graywolf Press,...


Among the blight-killed eucalypts, among
trees and bushes rusted by Christmas frosts,
the yards and hillsides exhausted by five years of drought,

certain airy white blossoms punctually
reappeared, and dense clusters of pale pink, dark pink—
a delicate abundance. They seemed

like guests arriving joyfully on the
The only thing I miss about Los Angeles

is the Hollywood Freeway at midnight, windows down and
radio blaring
bearing right into the center of the city, the Capitol Tower
on the right, and beyond it, Hollywood Boulevard

—pimps, surplus stores, footprints of the stars

—descending through the city
  What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon.
  In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!
  What peaches and what penumbras