What we're about

Writers On the Air is a local Sacramento spoken word and word artist community which supports and encourages all writers to continue and expand their creative efforts and to express their word art in as many ways as possible, from traditional to innovative.

WOA also hosts a monthly open mic reading as well as other writing events. Our monthly reading is on the fourth Saturday at the Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th St, 9:30am-1:00pm. There is usually a Feature Word Artist or two or three and always an Open Mic. Open Mics are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend, listen, read, meet other writers at this event. Open micer's are limited to 5-7 minutes for their piece(s).

Poetry, radio plays, interviews, essays, spoken word, and song, all created by local word artists is the focus of this meetup.

Recordings are placed on a website, Writers On the Air (http://writersontheair.com) or by subscription to iTunes Podcast-The Writers On the Air Show. If you're interested in reading your original work and/or meeting other writers then join us.

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Writing for Open Mic

Creekside Café

This is a new weekly writing event for those who want to read at open mic venues, whether poetry, stories, music, spoken word. Usually there is a time restriction at open mics so this venue will focus on preparing an open mic length (usually 5-7 minutes) piece or performance. At the end of each writing session there will be a short, positive critique upon request. For those who just want to write for one hour, this venue is for you too. So come and join us,

WOA Open Mic Carol Lynn, Jennifer, Taylor and Sue

Sacramento Poetry Center

Come and enjoy readings from some of Sacramento's finest poets and upcoming/ongoing writing talents. Come and read your own poetry or story or just sit back with a mimosa, sandwich, coffee, pastry (all supplied by great voluntary poet minded contributors) and be inspired. If you want to be assured of reading please RSVP. Reading limit 5min. Open to the public. WOA does accept donations. Here is some bio information on the Featured Readers. Authors may have books for sale or donations so keep that in mind. Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas lives in the Sierra Foothills. She is a nine-time Pushcart nominee and a seven-time Best of the Net nominee. In 2012 she was the winner on the Red Ochre Chapbook Contest, with her manuscript, ‘Before I Go to Sleep.’ She is the author of numerous books and has had hundreds of poems published in\print journals and online, including War, Literature and the Arts, and The Yale Journal of Humanities and Medicine. In 2018 her poem ‘A Mall in California’ took 2nd place for the Jack Kerouac Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in international publications as well as several anthologies across the U.S. In 2019 her chapbook An Ode to Hope in the Midst of Pandemonium was a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. She was recently the guest speaker at the California Writer’s Club, Sacramento chapter. She is the Editor-in-Chief for The Orchards Poetry Journal and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Tule Review. She is a member of the Sacramento Poetry Center Board of Directors, Saratoga Author’s Hall of Fame and according to family lore, she is a direct descendant of Robert Louis Stevenson. www.clgrellaspoetry.com Jennifer O’Neill Pickering is a literary and visual artist living in California who loves to paint with words. Find her poems and prose featured in publications, literary journals and podcasts. Some of these include Writer’s on the Air, Sacramento Voices, Earth’s Daughters, Yellow Silk, Paddock Review, Restore and Restory, The Dog With the Old Soul and Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry. ” Her poem, I Am the Creek” is included in the Sacramento site-specific sculpture, Open Circle. A collection of her poetry, Blooming In Winter is illustrated with ten color plates of her visual art and available on Amazon aNd elsewhere. She is editor of the Sable and Quill: writers who are also visual artists. Shepaintsandwrites.com Taylor Graham With her husband, Hatch, Taylor Graham has been a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler for many years. Retired now from callout, they still train their dogs every week. Taylor served as El Dorado County’s first poet laureate [masked]), and continues to help coordinate workshops and readings. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, New York Quarterly, Poetry Now, Sacramento Voices, Tule Review, and elsewhere. She’s included in the anthologies Villanelles (Everyman’s Library) and California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa Clara University/Heyday Books). Her latest book is Windows of Time and Place (Cold River Press, 2019), a collection of poems written during her tenure as Poet Laureate. Sue Crisp Sue Crisp is originally from Bakersfield, California, now a resident of El Dorado County since 1951. Sue currently resides in Shingle Springs, California. Sue retired from 25 years of customer service and began writing at age 50, and is still writing.

Writing for Open Mic

Creekside Café

This is a new weekly writing event for those who want to read at open mic venues, whether poetry, stories, music, spoken word. Usually there is a time restriction at open mics so this venue will focus on preparing an open mic length (usually 5-7 minutes) piece or performance. At the end of each writing session there will be a short, positive critique upon request. For those who just want to write for one hour, this venue is for you too. So come and join us,

Writing for Open Mic

Creekside Café

This is a new weekly writing event for those who want to read at open mic venues, whether poetry, stories, music, spoken word. Usually there is a time restriction at open mics so this venue will focus on preparing an open mic length (usually 5-7 minutes) piece or performance. At the end of each writing session there will be a short, positive critique upon request. For those who just want to write for one hour, this venue is for you too. So come and join us,

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Writing for Open Mic

Creekside Café

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