The Poetry Night Reading Series is a twice-monthly poetry reading in Davis that features readings by established poets and performers, many of them local. It occurs on the first and third Thursday of every month at the John Natsoulas Art Gallery, located at 521 1st Street. Dr. Andy Jones, who worked conjunctively with former producer, Brad Henderson, hosts the event. Local poet and recent UC Davis graduate, Briony Gylgayton was also a primary organizer for the reading series until her departure for the Iowa Writer's Workshop in Fall 2011.

The featured reader begins at 8:00 PM, followed by an Open Microphone segment at 9:00 PM.

Featured readers have included Random Abiladeze, Kim Addonizio, Francisco Alarcon, John Boe, Joshua Clover, Paul Hoover, James Lee Jobe, Julia Levin. e, Clarence Major, Sandra McPherson, Indigo Moor, James Ragan, Allegra Silberstein, Joe Wenderoth, and Alan Williamson. Open Mic participants have included Heidi Bekebrede, Sharon Campbell, Rondu Gantt, Rob Roy, Wesley Sughrue, and Elyssa White.

More information on upcoming performances can be found at


THIS WEEK: Thursday, May 2, 2013 The Poetry Night Reading Series is proud to welcome Monterey Writer and and Poet Patrice Vecchione. Vecchione will be reading from her latest book of poetry, The Knot Untied, on Thursday, May 2nd at 8:00 P.M. at the John Natsoulas Gallery at 521 1st Street.

In addition to The Knot Untied, Vecchione is the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life: Finding Your Voice by Looking Within, which the San Francisco Chronicle called “refreshingly simple and thought-provoking.” Vecchione is also the editor of many anthologies, including Truth and Lies, The Body Eclectic, Revenge and Forgiveness, for and Whisper and Shout: Poems to Memorize. A Woman's Life in Pieces, a one-woman play, was performed to full houses throughout the Monterey Bay Area.

Patrice Vecchione has taught poetry along California’s central coast for more than 25 years. Her visit to Davis on May 2nd is one in more than a dozen stops on a California book tour supporting The Knot Untied. We hope you will help us welcome this poet and author to Davis!

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early at the John Natsoulas Gallery to secure a seat, and to sign up for a spot on the Open Mic list. The Poetry Night Reading Series, hosted and produced by Andy Jones, occurs on the first and third Thursday of every month at the John Natsoulas Gallery.

Who: Patrice Vecchione What: The Poetry Night Reading Series When: Thursday, May 2nd at 8 P.M. Where: John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street, 530-756-3938 Media Contact: Andy Jones

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2013-05-01 00:25:35   Two weeks ago, on April 18th, I attended the Poetry Night Reading Series for the first time. The Poet Laureate of Sacramento, Jeff Knorr, read some poetry from his books and also from an unpublished manuscript that he has been working on recently. It was really cool to go and hear him read, because how often do you get to hear the inflections and tone of voice in which the poem is meant to be read, by the author himself? There was ample time to meet him and have the opportunity to discuss his poetry and career at Sacramento City College. The number of people who came exceeded my expectations and showed me just how important celebrating the arts is to the residents of Davis. Attending the Poetry Night Reading Series really is an enriching cultural and artistic event which everyone who lives in Davis should experience! And the open mic after the guest poet finished reading was so fun! It gave me the opportunity to see and hear from poets and artists in our own city of Davis and appreciate their talents in an intimate setting. You never know, the guy you sit next to in class or the girl behind you in line at the Coho might be an amazing poet and you might never know unless you to go Poetry Night on the first and third Thursdays of the month!! Or maybe you are a closet poet yourself; Poetry Night is the perfect setting to hear from experienced and successful poets and respond by putting your own poetry out there. It's an awesome event, be sure not to miss it! —LeanneWatkins

Went to my first poetry reading last night. Since I have almost no exposure to modern poetry, I thought it would be boring - just a lot of uninspired drivel about babbling brooks, etc. I was wrong! Modern poetry here is raw, honest, and sometimes provocative. I highly recommend attending; as I left, I felt inspired and proud of these strong yet vulnerable voices in our community. Although I also appreciated the visiting poet, the real treat was the open mic portion. —ScottMeehleib