About Us

Second Sunday Readings is a live reading series dedicated to providing poets with a platform and poetry lovers with a place to hear what they crave.

About Second Sunday: History

Second Sunday Readings originated in 2017 at Britt Marie’s restaurant on Solano Avenue in Albany, California. Restaurant owner Timo Rodriguez asked friend & poet Barb Reynolds to create a poetry reading for one Sunday in June. Barb grabbed fellow poets Kathryn Jordan & Penelope Barnes Thompson and the three of them gave a reading, which was packed. Timo turned to Barb and asked, “Will you create a regular series??” And Barb said yes.

2nd Sunday flourished, featuring a wide array of emerging and established poets. The cozy & intimate setting of a restaurant/bar during off-hours, along with our warm & welcoming audience, have combined to make it a rich experience for both reader and listener. Barb retired from the series in 2019 and selected Siân Killingsworth as the next poet to lead the series.


Siân Killingsworth (she/her) has been published in Roi Fainéant Press, Typehouse Literary JournalStonecoast ReviewGlass: A Journal of Poetry (Poets Resist), & other journals and anthologies including When There Are Nine, a Ruth Bader Ginsburg tribute anthology. She holds an MFA in poetry from The New School and is the host/curator of the Second Sunday Readings series. Find her on Facebook.

Glenn Sauber (he/him) is the technology supervisor and digital bouncer for Second Sunday Readings. He spent many years producing, shooting, and editing videos, and it happily married with three great kids and a dog named Peanut. He is just happy to be here.