January 2011

The Sacramento Poetry Center Press Presents 
its Third Annual Poetry Book Contest

2009 Winner: Richard Spilman

2009 Judge: Dennis Schmitz

2010 Winner: Melissa Morphew

2010 Judge: Indigo Moor

Winning book manuscript will be published by The Sacramento Poetry Center Press.
Winner will also receive a prize of $500.00 and 15 free copies of their winning book.

Guidelines: Submit 48-70 numbered pages of original poetry in any style. Manuscript must contain 2 title pages: Name and contact information (including email address, if possible) should appear on first title page only. Name should not appear anywhere else. Manuscript should be typed, single-spaced, paginated, and bound with a clip.

The Sacramento Poetry Center will consider publishing additional manuscripts from the contest. Check for $20.00 US per entry (multiple entries OK) should be made out to The Sacramento Poetry Center. Paid-up members of the Sacramento Poetry Center may enter the contest for a reduced fee of $15. Please note that members of SPC will not receive preferential treatment in the judging process. Include a table of contents page and an acknowledgments page for magazine or anthology publications. Will read entries postmarked between January 1, 2011 and March 31, 2011. Enclose an SASE for announcement of the winner.

Entries should be mailed to:

The Sacramento Poetry Center
Poetry Book Contest

P.O. Box 160406

Sacramento,  CA 95816


James Maughn and Judy Halebsky
Monday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 PM
1719 25th Street at Crossroads for the Arts
James Maughn lives in Santa Cruz, California, where he curates A New Cadence Poetry Series, a reading series dedicated to innovative poetries. He serves as the poetry co-editor of Ping•Pong, the international journal of arts and letters published by the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, CA. His first book, Kata, was published by BlazeVOX Books in 2008 His second book The Arakaki Permutations was published by Black Radish Books in 2010.

Following Bei Dao’s Insomnia

Answer to the classic out-of-body experience
by examining the scaffolding.

Austere and not really effective,
strip the telescope if stars offend.
Death’s not like that,
the cartography of belief’s not drawn to scale.

Look elsewhere for sources.
The chase at last surrounds you
pale and eyes drawn.
Look for a gesture that says happily alone.

It’s all topsy turvy on the balustrade.
Baudelaire worries the garden,
the animal’s lost to the hour.
The smile in fact’s the first feature to go, tail last.
Judy Halebsky moved to California to do an MFA in poetry at Mills College.  Her poems have been published in Runes, Five Fingers Review and Ping•Pong. Residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony have supported her work. She received her Ph.D. In Performance Studies at UC Davis. Her manuscript Sky=Empty won the 2009 New Issues Poetry Prize sponsored by Western Michigan University. She went to Tokyo on a MEXT scholarship studying Japanese Literature at Hosei University. She is a contributing editor and translator for the bilingual poetry journal Eki Mae. Residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony have supported her work. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she was recently in Japan studying noh theatre on a research scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT).

Pigs in a blanket
     to Laverne Frith

Marina lost her Rolex at the beach

another girl lost her bikini top

Laverne’s got his lotto tickets spread out all over the counter
I’ve got a short stack with blueberries and Cool Whip

tsuuka – an artist of clamshells
means a wealthy person

to swim in the Pacific I run into the waves and fall forward

the guy across the aisle lost teeth to highways
the night shift and bacon

beika – rice money
means American dollars

when Laverne was in school he counted
the packages of saltines that come free with a bowl of soup

I take out loans and buy red sandals
the mail comes with rows of numbers
from his apartment window my father is yelling
t’s money

they’re hoping for rain then sun then a late frost

the guy across the aisle wants to know who all is in my class
he says he wants to sleep with everyone

Jan 20 – Noon at Central Library – Brown Bag Poetry

Jan 24 – 7:30 at SPC   Judy Halebsky Reads

Jan 28 – 7:30 at SPC   Stories on Stage anniversary

Jan 31 – 7:30 at SPC    Benefit Reading for Autism

Feb 2 – 6pm at Sac Room – Central Library – Wayne Cook and jazz bassist Vincent Gomez present An Evening with Langston

Feb 7 – 7:30 at California Stage – Jazz and Poetry featuring Mario Ellis Hill, Eve West Bessier, Anna Marie, Bob Stanley, and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet

Bay poets on stage

By Kel Munger
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This article was published on 01.13.11.

The Sacramento Poetry Center will host three noted Bay Area poets next Monday, January 17: Art Beck, Neeli Cherkovski and David Meltzer. Beck’s most recent work is Summer With All Its Clothes Off. He has also translated the work of Rainer Maria Rilke. Cherkovski has written biographies of Charles Bukowski and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, won numerous awards, and is the author, most recently, of From the Canyon Outward. Meltzer is a beat generation/San Francisco Renaissance poet and the author of more than 50 books. He was a professor in humanities and graduate poetics programs at the New College of California in San Francisco for 30 years, is a jazz guitarist and has written an epic poem about the beat generation. Meltzer’s Selected Poems was published in 2005.

The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Poetry Center, which is in the California Stage complex at 25th and R streets. Seating is limited, so an early arrival is suggested. Donations are welcomed. For more information, visit the SPC website at http://www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org.