Resources for Poets in Solano County and surrounding areas.

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Open mics

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: [ ten minutes of quiet free write time followed by open mic, no features, 4 minutes per artist, multiple rounds per show, open mic, occasional guest hosts, list stays open for latecomers] Hosted by Vallejo Poet Laureate Jeremy Snyder. Meeting via zoom every Thursday at 9 PM For more information visit

Benicia First Tuesday Poets: 7-9 PM, meeting via zoom First Tuesdays, [open mic\read-around with occasional mystery feature] Hosted by Mary Susan Gast. For more information go to 

Visit a listing of global online poetry open mics here:

Hear Poetry on the Radio

OZCAT radio 89.5 FM: The Art Beat Show on Thursdays at 10 AM. We have features on the 1st Thursday of the month. (Talk to Benicia PL Tom Stanton about that: ) OZCAT re-airs Nina Serrano’s Literary Dialogues on the 2nd Thursday of the month. There is a prose show on the 3rd Thursday of the month:  We have a more open mic style show on the 4th Thursday of the month, DJ vacations and holidays excluded. Poets can submit .mp3s for airplay by emailing AND Record a brief intro plus 3 minutes of poetry and submit by the 3rd Wednesday of the month. 

KPFA radio 94.1: Cover to Cover hosted by Jack Foley and Nina Serrano airs on the first and second Tuesdays at 2 PM.


If you have an annual contest, or regular publication opportunity open to poets in Solano County please comment below with brief details.

The Benicia First Tuesday Poets host an annual Love Poetry Contest. Submission details appear in the fall. Ceremony in February. Winners receive a cash prize, their name on a trophy, and are published in the Benicia Herald as well as in a chapbook. For more information go to 

Poetry Centers

The Marin Poetry Center is open for membership to poets that reside outside of Marin County. When you join, a $35 annual fee, you receive your own page on their website on which you may submit one poem to be published. They also have performance, publication, and learning opportunities.

The Sacramento Poetry Center membership is $30. They have two publications: Tule Review and Poetry Now.

The San Jose Poetry Center has a publication called Cæsura.

Visit Vallejo Poetry Society for events in Vallejo:

County Fairs

If your county fair has poetry opportunities open to residents of Solano County, California please comment below. Please try to match the format of previous listings. 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.

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:

Marin County Fair in San Rafael accepts poetry submissions from all over the United States, multiple categories. See website for specific submission details:

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:

San Mateo County Fair in San Mateo has a long running literary arts program with performance opportunities at the fair, anthology publication, website publication. Generous monetary prizes. See website for specific submission details:

Resources for Youth and Young Poets

Solano County has a Poetry Out Loud program where high school students can memorize a famous poem from a previously provided collection, and compete in city, county, state, and ultimately national competitions.

California Poets in the Schools offers the services of poets in the classroom:

Poetry Resource Websites

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