Poet Resource List

Resources for Poets in Solano County, California and surrounding areas.

Poetry Open Mics in Solano County

Below are ongoing Solano County open mics for poets and spoken word artists. Be aware that some may not meet on major holidays, so it’s best to google their individual pages.

  • Poetry by The Bay: Poetry by the Bay meets at 51 Daniels Street on the 4th Wednesdays from 7 to 9:30 PM For more information visit www.facebook.com/PoetryByTheBay
  • Benicia First Tuesday Poets: 6 to 8 PM at the Benicia Library on the first Tuesday of the month. 150 East L Street. Dona Benicia Room. https://benicialibrary.org/services/adults/poet-laureate 
  • Speakeasy Expressions: Poetry Night at Chris’ Club. 656 Benicia Road 21+ Select Mondays 6:30 PM Hosted by Remo See Chris’ Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chrisclubvallejo
  • Tea House Poetry meets second Sundays 2-4PM. Hosted by Vallejo’s Poets Laureate Kathleen Herrmann and Jacalyn Eyvonne. 717 Marin Street.

Visit a listing of global online poetry open mics here: https://www.drdan.solutions/The_Global_Open_Mic2.htm

Hear Poetry on the Radio

  • OZCAT radio 89.5 FM: The Art Beat Show on Thursdays. OZCAT re-airs Nina Serrano’s Literary Dialogues on the 2nd Thursday of the month. We have a open mic style live show ART BEAT Poetry Hour hosted by DJ LALA on the 4th Thursday of the month. Participants must be vaxxed and masked. Arrive at 1026 Georgia Street by 10:15 AM on the 4th Thursday. Schedule may change during winter holiday months. Email skipperwicky@gmail.com AND mullet.laura@gmail.com for more information.
  • KPFA radio 94.1: Cover to Cover hosted by Jack Foley and Nina Serrano airs on the first and second Tuesdays at 2 PM.
  • KALW has a program called Bay Poets that airs poetry – https://www.kalw.org/show/bay-poets

Local Publications and Contests

County Fairs

If you’re thinking of entering, check each website in early spring for deadlines, as some fairs start early. Ribbons and cash premiums are available to win at each fair listed below. Follow directions carefully.

  • The California State Fair does not currently have a poetry competition.
  • Solano County Fair in Vallejo accepts poetry submissions from outside of the county, multiple categories, offers complimentary fair tickets. See website for specific submission details: http://www.scfair.com/
  • Marin County Fair in San Rafael accepts poetry submissions from all over the United States, multiple categories. See website for specific submission details: https://www.marinfair.org/
  • Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton accepts poetry submissions from outside of the county, offers performance opportunity, complimentary book of all exhibited poetry, complimentary fair tickets for Poetry Day. See website for specific submission details: http://alamedacountyfair.com
  • San Mateo County Fair in San Mateo closed their literary arts program in 2022. It used to have an anthology, performances, workshops, and handsome payouts.

Resources for Youth and Young Poets

View even more resources on our publishing links page.

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