Meet Authors AND a Poetry Slam!

Am I dreaming?  BOTH these events in the same place on the same day?!  YES WAY, TED!  These two awesome events are both taking place at this year's Sonoma County Book Festival!

First:  Meet the Authors at a special Teen Author Panel

This is your chance to get up close and personal with three exciting authors of teen fiction!  The Teen Author Panel will be at Cafe Azul in Santa Rosa, from 2:00-3:00pm on Saturday, September 25.  A panel discussion is fun because it's usually a pretty informal presentation, not a canned speech;  the authors can relax and joke with the audience.  They might talk about things like how they got started writing, or how they come up with their stories — things you want to know if you are an aspiring writer yourself!

Sounds good, right?  Well, if that wasn't enough reason to mosey your way to downtown Santa Rosa, then THIS will be!  Immediately after the Author Panel will be a TEEN POETRY SLAM with cash prizes for the winners!!

The Teen Poetry Slam starts at 3:00pm, but participants must check in by 2:30pm.  Participation is open to teens ages 13-19.  Blah, blah, blah, there are a few rules to follow, but that's only to be expected for a serious competition.  Not a poet, and you know it?  That's ok — come anyway to cheer them on!  Judges are selected from the audience, and plus it'll be fun to see how creative your fellow Sonoma County teens can be.  See below for links to the Registration Form and Rules.

Hope to see you there!

Teen Poetry Slams!

In honor of Teen Read Week 2009 Sonoma County Library is hosting Teen Poetry Slams @ your local library!  We hope to see you at one or more slams.

Wednesday, October 21st @ 3 pm @ Cloverdale Regional Library
Thursday, October 22nd @ 4 pm @ Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library
Friday, October 23rd @ 6:30 pm @ Northwest Regional Library
Friday, October 23rd @ 6:30 pm @ Petaluma Regional Library
Wednesday, October 28th @ 3:30 pm @ Central Santa Rosa Library
Wednesday, October 28th @ 7 pm @ Sonoma Valley Regional Library

There are prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place!
1st place:  $25 gift card
2nd place:  $15 gift card
3rd place:  $10 gift card


  • The Teen Poetry Slam is a solo event.  There will be no accompaniment of any kind.  Each performance is judged on content and performance.
  • Poems read for the Teen Poetry Slam competition must be the original work of the performer.  Contestants should bring 3 original poems.
  • Each slam will have any open microphone session prior to the Teen Poetry Slam competition.  At the open mic, 1 poem, by any poet, may be read with a time limit of 3 minutes.
  • Contestants may participate in both the open microphone and the Teen Poetry Slam competition.
  • Contestants may participate in more than one Teen Poetry Slam competition.
  • Contestants must be in 7th to 12th grade.

If you have any questions please contact your local branch!


If you don’t want to perform, no problem, come watch and support other teens!