Poets from San Mateo County & Beyond

Located on the ancestral homeland of many distinct Native peoples, San Mateo County is “all of California in one county,” and straddles most of the San Francisco Peninsula. More than half of the population identifies as female, and more than a third is foreign-born. It is home to global technology centers, cultural hubs, and to descendants of the first inhabitants who continue to be caretakers of the land.

Poetry near you

First Tuesdays

First Tuesday Poets Night

Hosted by Lisa Rosenberg & Monica Korde

Second Tuesdays

Coastside Poetry

Hosted by Diane Lee Moomey & Steve Long

Third Tuesdays

Belmont Poetry Night

Hosted by Monica Korde

Last Wednesday of every month

La Honda Lit Nite

Hosted by Joe Cottonwood & Terry Adams

First Thursdays, April to November

Make It Main Street Open Mic

Hosted by Clifford Hunt & Louis Castoria

Third Thursdays

Haiku Club

Hosted by Jerry Bolick

Third Thursdays

Pacifica Writers’ Forum

Hosted by Florey’s Book Co.


SMCOE’s National Poetry Month

Hosted by the San Mateo County Office of Education’s Environmental Literacy and Sustainability


Soul-Making Keats Competition

Hosted by the California Writers Founded by Eileen Malone


Poetry Out Loud

Organized by the San Mateo County Office of Arts & Culture


Wordslam Youth Poetry Competition

Founded by Poetess Kalamu Chache


Peninsula Bookfest

Founded by Aileen Cassinetto

Various dates

Skyline Poetry

Hosted by Skyline College

San Mateo County

County of San Mateo | Atherton | Belmont | Brisbane | Burlingame | Colma | Daly City | East Palo Alto | Foster City | Half Moon Bay | Hillsborough | Menlo Park | Millbrae | Pacifica | Portola Valley | Redwood City | San Bruno | San Carlos | San Mateo | South San Francisco | Woodside | Midcoast Communities | Pescadero | North Fair Oaks

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