Resources for Poets in Solano County and surrounding areas.

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Open mics

Below are ongoing area open mics for poets and spoken word artists. Solano county centered, but other listings are more than welcome. Be aware that some may not meet on major holidays, so it’s best to google their individual pages. Please note that many of these are not meeting in person due to the pandemic. Please google them to find out zoom information. 

Please comment below with title, time, address, date, frequency, price, format, and time limit. Try to match format of other listings. For individual poetry events, contests, artist features, please comment on UpBay Poetry Facebook page with a flyer so it can be widely shared to everyone. This is just a list for ongoing poetry open mics.


Poetry by The Bay: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, 2nd Thursdays, @ Odd Fellows Hall 342 Georgia Street, 2nd Floor, Vallejo (Free.) 4th Thursdays @ Empress Lounge 324 Virginia Street  [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.

Poetry in Notion: 6 PM – 7:30 PM, 3rd Mondays, @ JFK Library, 505 Santa Clara, Vallejo (Free.) [read around with occasional guest speaker, 5 minutes per poet, multiple rounds] Hosted by Vallejo Poet Laureate Jeremy Snyder.

Benicia First Tuesday Poets: 6:45-8:45 PM, First Tuesdays, @ Dona Benicia Room, Benicia Library, 150 L Street, Benicia (Free.) [open mic\read-around with mystery feature]

Poetry Inside Out: 5-7 PM, 1st Sundays [feature followed by open mic] Bookshop Benicia 636 1st Street Hosted by Johanna Ely.

My Word Open Mic: 7:00PM, 2nd Fridays, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley Hosted by Poet Espoken and Kelliane Parker. (Free. Cafe patronage encouraged.) [feature followed by open mic. 2 minutes per poet.]

Live Poet’s Society: 2-4 PM Last Sundays @ Cafe Papillon, 67 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, CA [Feature followed by open mic] Hosted by Amy Glynn

Cafe Zoë Poetry Open Mic Night: 1st Tuesdays at 6:45 PM @ Cafe Zoë 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
Hosted by Poetess Kalamu Chaché and Lisa Rosenberg. [Feature followed by open mic. Arrive 10 minutes early to get on the list. 2 poems or 10 minutes per poet.]

Whistlestop Writers Open Mic occurs on the 4th Wednesday of every month (except December) at Swirl on the Square, 21 So. Livermore Avenue, in downtown Livermore. Starts at 7 p.m. Free. All genres welcome. Cynthia Patton hosts.
Ravenswood Poetry Series occurs quarterly in January, April, July, and October on Sunday at the Ravenswood historic site, 2657 Arroyo Road, Livermore, from 5-7 p.m. Two features followed by open mic. $5 admission. Light refreshments served. Cynthia Patton hosts.
Pints and Poetry (open mic) occurs on the third Thursday from February to October at McKay’s Taphouse, 252 Main Street, downtown Pleasanton, in the upstairs room. Starts at 7, but arrive early to select beer or wine. Free. Daniela Fritter hosts.

Rivertown Poets: Amuseing Mondays: 1st Mondays at 6:15 PM @ Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma, CA

Britt-Marie: 2nd Sunday Poetry Series: 1369 Solano Ave. Albany, CA 3:30 PM

Joe Montoya’s Poetry Unplugged: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Luna’s Cafe & Juice Bar, 1414 16th St., Sacramento. $2 cover or one drink minimum

Sacramento Poetry Center, Every Monday at 7:30 PM
1719 25th St. at R Street, Sacramento, Featured poets and open mic.

The Moody Blues Poetry Series @ Every Monday at 8 PM @ 9080 Laguna Main, Elk Grove, $5

The Poetry Night Reading Series: Every first and third Thursday of the month at 8 pm @ The John Natsoulas Gallery at 521 1st Street in Davis

Frank Bette Poetry and Prose: 2nd Saturdays 7 PM @ 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, CA 94501

Poetry Express: Mondays 7pm @ Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Ave, Berkeley. (Does not meet on major holidays. 3-5 minutes per poet. 20 minutes of open mic, followed by feature, and then more open mic.)

Main Avent Cafe Spoken Word Open Mic: 4th Fridays, 7:30-10 PM, 628 Parker Rd. Fairfield, CA 94533, ($7 fee paid online at, $10 at the door )

Open Mic at The Townhouse, 8PM-12AM, Every Wednesday, The Townhouse Cocktail Lounge, 401A Georgia Street, Vallejo (Bar patronage encouraged.) [Music centered. Poets and other artists welcome. 15 minutes per artist)

For additional opportunities, join these Facebook groups:

Poetry Super Highway:
Bay Area Open Mic / Slam Update Facebook Group:

Event listings: , ,

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.

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 or

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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