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Californians: Community Conversations About the Arts

In partnership with the Ventura County Arts Council and the California Center for the Book the library will host programs to explore the role of poetry in the community.


National Poetry Month Poetry Contest


Who are Californians? We all have our individual stories that tell the bigger picture of who we are whether we
were born here or have chosen to call California home.

Two Categories: Youth (12-18 years) & Adult (18+)

Prizes include an invitation to present at a public reading and 1st and 2nd place Visa gift cards. Judging by the
Ventura County Arts Council including widely published poets, publishers, and creative writing teachers.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions accepted March 15 - April 15.
You may submit up to 3 poems. Limit of 50 lines per poem.
Online: Submit your poem starting March 15.
In person: Submit hard copies to the Adult Reference Desk at either Library. Please submit poems fastened together, in a sealed envelope, with your name and contact information on a separate piece of paper.

Download National Poetry Month flyer



Upcoming public events

Poetry Workshops

You’re invited to a choice of four workshops to hone your work and your skills. Writers may bring up to three pieces for help and evaluation. Learn from published poets and creative writing teachers.

Tuesday, March 24
1:00-3:00 pm
Newbury Park Meeting Room
Sandra Hunter; Instructor, Moorpark College

Thursday, April 5
1:00-3:00 pm
Goebel Adult Community Center

Saturday, April 7
1:00-3:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room
Lin Rolens; Instructor, Moorpark College

Teen Poetry Workshop

Monday, April 2

3:00-4:30 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library, Technology Training Room

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California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.