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English 5 Event Page

General Information

You are required to attend and critique three events this semester:
  • one poetry reading
  • one event related to the novel we are reading
  • and
  • one event related to your (possible) major or career.
These event critiques may be completed in any order, but you must plan ahead. "I couldn't find an event" is not an acceptable excuse.

Below is a list of suggested events. If you don't attend these, you will be required to find your own events. Unless noted otherwise, these must be live events (not films, videos, or podcasts). If you are not sure if an event qualifies, email me.

While at each event, you will need to take notes in your WBK. These WBK pages are due as scheduled on the Online Calendar. WBK Event Critique pages are: 59-62, 139-142, and 173-176. You are encouraged to complete these as early in the semester as possible.

Toward the end of the semester, you will choose one of these Event Critiques to expand and revise for your Final Portfolio. Note that you will not pass the class if you fail to include this critique in your portfolio. Also note that complete, accurate information is required. "I didn't know," "I couldn't find out," or "the host left before I could ask" are not acceptable excuses and will result in a failing paper.

Suggested Events


NOTE: Any poetry reading is acceptable. (Although you are not required to stay for open mic readers, you must be present for all featured readers.)

Monday Nights

Sacramento Poetry Center
Every Monday, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
1719 25th Street, Sacramento

Wednesday Nights

Mahogany Urban Poetry
Every Wednesday, 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant
1704 Broadway, Sacramento
$5 Cover

Thursday Nights

Joe Montoya's Poetry Unplugged
Every Thursday, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Luna's Cafe and Juice Bar
1414 16th Street, Sacramento
Beverage purchase or $2 Cover

One-time Event

Calaveras Station Reading & Open Mic
Featuring Prof. Ann Michaels
Wednesday, November 15, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Special Collections Room
Arrive at 2:30pm to sign up for open mic

Poetry-Related Art Exhibit

Last Words: An Installation
September 7 - December 5
Tuesday - Sunday
10:00am - 1:00pm & 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Gallery
NOTE: This is not specifically "poetry";
these are people's last words before they die.
However, I am counting this as a poetry event.
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NOTE: Any lecture on:
  • immigration to the US
  • poverty or hunger in the US
  • sweatshop* or child labor in the US
  • "DREAMers"**
  • or
  • first-generation college students in the US
is acceptable. Any novelist reading from his or her work is also acceptable.

Prof. Torsa Ghosal reads from her novel
Thursday, November 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Gallery

*A "sweatshop" is defined by the US Department of Labor as "a factory that violates two or more labor laws." Activists further refine the definition as follows: "Sweatshops often have poor working conditions, unfair wages, unreasonable hours, child labor, and a lack of benefits for workers."

**According to the federal Initial DREAM Act, "DREAMers include illegal immigrants who claim they came into the country before the age of 16, have been here continuously for five years, and are currently under 35 years old."


NOTE: Any event related to:
  • your future career or professional field
  • job-seeker skills
  • your (possible) major
  • or
  • student skills in general
is acceptable.

Evaluating News: Credible or Clickbait?
Tuesday, November 14, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Library 3520

Professional Strategies: Resumes and CVs
Thursday, November 16, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Library 2023

How to Graduate in Four
Thursday, November 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Library 2023

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Cynthia Linville takes full responsibility for the information posted. The information on this page represents that of Cynthia Linville and not that of California State University, Sacramento .
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