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Poetry in Orange County, California

A Place for Art - Santa Ana 
"Museums, science centers, historic neighborhoods. Gift and sophistication and culture. Artists. Poets. Musicians. Cafes and conversations. Funky stores. Boutique restaurants. Orange County's urban experience. Santa Ana - A place for art."  
Gypsy Den 
If you find yourself at The Lab ("The Anti-Mall") or in the Downtown Santa Ana Arts District, you MUST find your way to the Gypsy Den! Healthy food, stimulating surroundings and interesting people are just a few of the reasons to stop and enjoy. On Mondays & Thursdays, catch their "Open Mic" Night at Santa Ana. On the Second Saturday of most months, the Santa Ana restaurant hosts Riff Raff Vintage Swing Band from 8 to 11 p.m. Riff Raff also does a jam the First Wednesay of the month. Live Magazine hosts a showcase every Tuesday at 8 p.m.  Costa Mesa, Santa Ana
OC Poetry Festival 
Held in May. 2003: "For years, Orange County has been an unintentional maelstrom of poetic activity. You can spend a week in OC poetry and find samplings of Modernism, Beat, Slam, and Hip Hop. After a successful first year, with unprecedented media coverage and packed houses across the county, the Orange County Poetry Festival returns for a second year. We invite everyone to join us for 35 days of eclectic styles and poetry environments, including featured and open readers."  Huntington Beach
Pale Ale Poets Series (Far Star Fire Press) 
"FarStarFire Press is devoted to providing a forum for sophisticated and uniquely talented poetic voices. The Pale Ale Poets Series: A compilation of featured readers at the Laguna Beach Brewing Company.... Readings are held at 8PM on the third Thursday of the month. Contact for more information on how to be a featured reader."  
SolArt Gallery Café 
"SolArt Gallery is a community space dedicated to hosting music, visual art, independent film, poetry as well as the vibes from some of the best DJ’s in Orange and L.A.County.... SolArt has welcomed more than 150 musicians including Enjambre, Pastilla, The Intelligista, Chase Frank, Vladimir Castillo and about 100 other beautiful musicians since opening in April 2004. We feature acoustic guitar, jazz, son jarocho, trova, and indie rock musicians as well as local DJ's spinning the best dance and chill music ever! 4th Saturday of the month: La Pena del Sapo Cancionero is happening! Acoustic guitar Latin American Folk music. Join us every month for special guests!!!"  Santa Ana
Tebot Bach, Inc. 
"Tebot Bach is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to strengthening community, promoting literacy, and broadening the audience for poetry through Community Outreach Programs and Publishing, and to demonstrating the power of poetry to transform one's life experiences through readings, workshops, and publications Tebot Bach is Welsh for little teapot. Tebot Bach publishes the on-line newspaper Southern California Poetix at"  Huntington Beach
Two Idiots Peddling Poetry 
Steve Ramirez & Ben Trigg bring poetry to the masses via their weekly readings at The Ugly Mug, their CD and their online store. "Two Idiots Peddling Poetry is a weekly reading held at the Ugly Mug Caffé in Orange, California on Wednesdays at 8 pm. The reading generally has one or two featured poets reading for 20-30 minutes each, plus an open mic." Questions sent to the e-mail address listed "might be answered with the aid of a Magic 8 Ball, but it can't hurt to ask."  
Writing in Orange 
"Writing in Orange is a virtual community for showcasing information, resources, and talent held by writers living in Orange County, California. All works published here or linked here are the property of the creators unless otherwise noted. We do not sell email addresses." writinginorange.gif  
© Keith Weber
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