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For two years, the Poetry Box along with Petra Vineyards, had a great time presenting "Verse on the Vine",
a bi-monthly poetry series featuring talented and highly acclaimed poets from the Northern California Region.

But alas, all good things come to an end.
The Poetry Box relocated to Portland, OR and Petra Vineyards closed The Wine Gallery.
Hopefully once we're completely settled into Portland, we can once again start this series up again.
We look forward to celebrating the talents of the great Northwest.

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Dec 4, 2013

Dynamic Duo: Shawn Pittard & Clemon Charles

Show Starts at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)
The Wine Gallery at 627 Sutter Street, Folsom CA

It's our last show of the year and we're very proud to present two extremely talented and popular performers. Shawn Pittard's poetry is beautifully brought to life by his lyrical poetic voice along with the musical sounds of jazz/blues musician Clemon Charles. The two of them have been performing all over Northern California for years. We invite you to step inside the art covered walls of Petra Vineyard Wine Gallery, sip some award winning wine, and join us for an evening of poetry & music.

We also invite you to celebrate two years of community, poetry, art and wine with the release of the Verse on the Vine Anthology, where you'll find poetry from over 20 featured poets, including three Poets Laureate and several out-of-state poets, along with a photographic journey of all our performers and open-mic poets.

We will have a few copies of the anthology for sale at the show, but we encourage everyone to visit our book detail page to take advantage of special pre-order pricing and reserve your copy before Nov 10th.

Oct 2nd, 2013

Featuring Molly Fisk & Stanley Zumbiel

Show Starts at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)
The Wine Gallery at 627 Sutter Street, Folsom CA

Verse on the Vine presents two very talented poets: Molly Fisk & Stanley Zumbiel. We invite you to step inside the art covered walls of Petra Vineyard Tasting Room, cool off with a chilled glass of chardonnay, and join us for an evening of poetry & humor.

And perhaps if you’re brave enough, share your own poetic voice at the open mic.

To learn more about our featured performers, we invite you to visit their prospective websites:


Aug 7, 2013

Hot August Nights: Poetica-Erotica & NSAA

Hot Temperatures and Hot Poetry just naturally go together!

Verse on the Vine presents Hot August Nights featuring the steamy, sultry poetic voices of Poetica-Erotica and the equally sexy, fun, always entertaining Lawrence Dinkins, Jr (NSAA). We invite you to step inside the art covered walls of Petra Vineyard Tasting Room, cool off with a chilled glass of chardonnay, and join us for an evening of sensual musings, humor, and a little bit of naughtiness.

And perhaps if you’re brave enough, share your own poetic voice at the open mic. This night, we especially welcome your sensual and erotic verse.

To learn more about our featured performers, we invite you to visit their prospective websites:



June 5, 2013

Triple Play: Laura Martin, Catherine Fraga & Matthew Brouwer

What do you get when you combine Zombie Haiku, Gary The Mattress Salesman & The Gospel According to Men with Canes? One hell of a show for June, that’s what!

Laura Martin is a freelance writer/photographer whose features, essays, poetry and images have appeared in multiple publications. She was the grand prize recipient of the Second Annual Pat Schneider Poetry Contest in 2012 and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for poetry. As an Amherst Writers and Artists affiliate, Laura leads private writing workshops in the Sacramento area.

Catherine Fraga teaches writing at Sacramento State University. Her poems have been widely published in numerous journals and anthologies. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been the recipient of several poetry awards. Her book, Running away with Gary, the Mattress Salesman, is published by Poet's Corner Press.

Matthew Brouwer is the touring author of The Gospel According to Matthew and Men Who Walk with Canes. Matthew’s work bridges the worlds of spoken word and literary poetry to create a style that can be both evocative and subtle, enlivening and profound. He has performed in cities throughout the west. He teaches creative writing in Bellingham, WA public schools and facilitates a writing circle for people suffering chronic medical conditions.

April 3, 2013

Nationally Acclaimed Poet, Indigo Moor

Indigo Moor was born in 1964, in Charlotte, North Carolina and currently resides in Sacramento, California. His collection, Tap-Root, was published in 2006 as part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Select Poetry Series.

Indigo is a 2003 recipient of Cave Canem’s Writing fellowship in poetry. He has also received fellowships for the Napa Valley Writer's Conference and the Idyllwild Summer Arts Academy. He is the vice president of the Sacramento Poetry Center, and editor for the Tule Review.

He is the winner of the 2005 Vesle Fenstermaker Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers. Indigo's work has appeared in the Xavier Review, LA Review, Mochila Review, Boston University’s The Comment, The Ringing Ear, the NCPS 2006 Anthology, and Gathering Ground.

Other honors include: finalist for the T.S. Eliot Prize, finalist for the Naomi Long Madgett Award, Saturnalia Book Award finalist, and finalist for the Crab Orchard First Book Prize.

February 6, 2013

Poet Laureate of Sacramento, Jeff Knorr!

Jeff Knorr is the author of the three books of poetry, The Third Body (Cherry Grove Collections), Keeper (Mammoth Books), and Standing Up to the Day (Pecan Grove Press). His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Chelsea, Connecticut Review, The Journal, North American Review, Red Rock Review, Barrow Street, and Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in America (University of Iowa).

Jeff has edited, judged, and been a visiting writer for various conferences and festivals. He was the founding co-editor and poetry editor of the Clackamas Literary Review. He has also been an invited judge for contests such as the DeNovo First Book Contest, the Willamette Award in Poetry and the Red Rock Poetry Award. He has appeared as a visiting writer at such venues and festivals as Wordstock, University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writer’s House, The Des Moines Festival of Literary Arts, and CSU Sacramento’s Summer Writers Conference. He currently directs the River City Writer’s Series at Sacramento City College. Jeff has been the Chair of the English department at Sacramento City College and he has also served on the Sacramento County Office of Education Arts Advisory Board.

Jeff Knorr lives in Sacramento, California and is Professor of literature and creative writing at Sacramento City College.

November 14, 2012

Our Final Show of the Year
Todd Cirillo & Phillip Larrea

Todd Cirillo was born of bastard lineage in the dark waters outside New Orleans. To this day, he retreats there – whenever heartbreak or hangover hit him. He is a co-founder, editor and publisher of the notorious Six Ft. Swells Press and one of the originators of the After-Hours Poetry movement. Cirillo is the author of five chapbooks of poetry and is a co-author of the infamous book, Roxy. Cirillo is another legendary poet who has been a featured reader all over the United States and an alleyway in Paris. Cirillo’s new book, Sucker’s Paradise, was released in October. You can find him on at afterhourspoetry.com, or underneath the neons...somewhere.

Phillip Larrea is a syndicated columnist and wealth adviser in Sacramento, CA., U.S.A His poems have recently appeared internationally in Outburst Magazine, The Poetry Bus Magazine and thefirstcut #7 from Issuu.. In the U.S., Phillip has been recently published in Decade Review, FourPlay, Nostrovia To Writing, and the Brooklyn Voice.

October 10, 2012

Love & Lust Times Three

As cooler weather approaches, we're heating things up a bit.

Breathe in the sensual poetry of these three women known as "Poetica Erotica". Cynthia Linville, Lytton Bell and Shawn Aveningo have been sharing the stories of love, lust, and naughty humor throughout Northern California.

Come enjoy musings that stir the soul & the libido.

September 12, 2012

Double Feature
Brigit Truex & Dave Boles

Brigit Truex has lived in the four quarters of the States since beginning her writing career. In each locale she has also established workshops to help others hone their prose and poetry as well, but her primary focus is on poetry. Her mixed ethnic background (French Canadian-Abenak/Cree and Irish) has been a theme she continues to explore in her work, approaching it from various angles. She has been published in various international literary journals and anthologies. Her latest book, Strong as Silk: The Story of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony, was just released in 2012 by Lummox Press. She is a board member of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and Native Writers Circle of the Americas.

Dave Boles (bodhi), has worked as an itinerant Publisher, Writer and Designer since 1981 in a wide variety of positions. Founder of the magazine Primal Urge, he also created The Sacramento Free Press, Cruisin' Magazine, Foothill Focus, Neural Impulse Publications, Cold River Press and Bodhidharma Publishing. His publications, editorials, writing, graphic design and artwork have won numerous awards in a thirty plus year career in publishing.

August 8, 2012

Popular Poet: Lytton Bell

Lytton’s poetry resonates with audiences everywhere, her stories providing a feast of emotion with a dose of humor sprinkled in for flavor. She has a very special show planned for us, covering the journey of life: childbirth and motherhood, growing up, exploring the body, exploring sexuality, love, spirituality, marriage, the working world, heartbreak, divorce, writing, aging and death.

Lytton Bell has published three books, won five poetry contests and performed at many Northern California venues. Her work has appeared in over three dozen publications. Lytton’s latest book Nectar can be found on Amazon.com. She is a proud founding member of the poetry performance troupe Poetica Erotica. Ms. Bell earned a poetry scholarship to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts in 1988 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1993. She is a civil servant by day.

July 11, 2012

A Night of Poetry & Humor with Telemachos Greanias

Dr. Telemachos Greanias is psychologist, researcher, author, and lecturer.  His work in the exploration of the human entity is effortlessly woven into his poetry.  Upon reading his book “A Naked Greek” (originally published in 1972), we are taken on a journey of the human spirit and gently nudged to look inside our universal truths and perhaps ask ourselves the difficult questions in life.

Dr. Greanias has shared his poetry and stories with audiences at universities in Chicago and Northern California as well as more intimate venues of the Greater Sacramento Area.  His articles and poetry have appeared in countless publications. His lifework is driven by “intellectual curiosity, the need to know, and wanting to serve, propelling [his] search for [him]self”.

June 13, 2012


Our featured performer for June is Jack Donaldson, sharing not only his poetry, but his music as well. Jack Donaldson is by profession a Registered Nurse, by heart a poet, essayist, and writer of lyrics and prose. His works are influenced by quantum physics, a lust for life, and the irony of the arrogance of man. Weaving the spoken word with guitar accompaniment he hopes to bring to the audience a pleasurable experience of cognitive contemplation and visceral harmony.

It is Mr. Donaldson's habit to generously design limited edition books for his shows and give copies to the attendees for donations to a selected charity. For this show, The Sacramento Ballet will be the recipient of all proceeds he collects at the show.

May 9, 2012


Two dynamic and talented ladies bring their poetry to Folsom. Patricia Hickerson, whose colorful life stories are unveiled with such provocativeness, she will have everyone on the edge of their seat craving her next line and the equally mesmerizing Allegra Silberstein, whose graceful, lyrical verse and contribution to our poetic world made her the obvious choice for the first ever Poet Laureate of Davis, CA.


April 11, 2012

Cynthia Linville

We're proud to announce that our featured poet for April 11th is Cynthia Linville. Cynthia teaches writing at California State University at Sacramento and frequently hosts and reads at poetry events both on her own and with Poetica Erotica. Her book of collected poems, The Lost Thing, is forthcoming from Cold River Press. A music aficionado with a theater background, she is usually out and about supporting the arts in Sacramento and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 14, 2012

Poet Laureate, Bob Stanley

We're proud to announce that our featured poet for March is Bob Stanley, Poet Laureate of Sacramento. Bob Stanley hosts readings at the Sacramento Poetry Center, at Sacramento public libraries, and many venues in the Capital area. His poetry has won numerous awards, including the California Focus on Writers prize in 2006. Bob edited the anthology Sometimes in the Open, and published a chapbook, Walt Whitman Orders a Cheeseburger, in 2009. He was named Sacramento Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2012. His second chapbook, Eleven Blue Strings, will be published in 2012.

Feb 8, 2012

Shawn Aveningo

The inaugural event on Wed Feb 8th will feature one of Sacramento's favorite spoken word performers, Shawn Aveningo. Shawn was voted by Sacramento News & Review as of the BEST POETS in 2009 and has four published books, as well as being published in several anthologies both nationally and internationally.

“She is ripe fruit, tasteful and colorful in her language, leading you on her poetic trail…and towards the end, exploding in your ear with tasteful simple eloquence. “ ... Gene Bloom ( Poet/Editor)

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