Poetry Series

March 17, 2019



Meeting the third Sunday of the month at 2pm, The Davis Arts Center Poetry Series typically features two readers. Admission is free but donations are always appreciated and all proceeds benefit Davis Arts Center!  The Series is hosted by James Lee Jobe. Audio archives of previous readings can be found here.



Mary Mackey, New York Times best-selling author, became a poet by running high fevers, tramping through tropical jungles, dodging machine gun fire, being caught in volcanic eruptions, swarmed by army ants, stalked by vampire bats, threatened by poisonous snakes, making catastrophic decisions with regard to men and reading.  She is the author of 14 novels and 8 collections of poetry including Sugar Zone, which won an Oakland PEN Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence, and The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams, which won a CIIS Women’s Spirituality Book Award.  Mary’s poems have been praised by Maxine Hong Kingston, Wendell Berry, Jane Hirshfield, Marge Piercy, D. Nurkse, and Al Young for their beauty, precision, originality, lush energy and extraordinary range.  You can contact her on her web site at and hear her read 26 of the poems from Jaguars (including the ever-popular L. Tells All) on the Voetica web site.

In addition to Mary’s reading, there will be an open-mic opportunity if you would like to share your favorite poem.  After all, how often do you get to share the stage with a New York Times best-selling author?