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20 MAY 2017 — saturday

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  • The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis presents "Trauma, Poetry, and the Emerging Word," a two-day immersion; poet and memoirist Gregory Orr discusses his poetry, trauma, and the role of the unconscious in his imagery and language, in conversation with Susan Kolodny, poet and chair of the SFCP Poetry and Psychoanalysis program; then Alice Jones, poet and member of the SFCP Poetry and Psychoanalysis program, discusses his work from a psychoanalytic perspective, Q&A, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco, register through website, $75, $20 optional lunch, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 (415/563-5815, www.sf-cp.org/poetry)
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21 MAY 2017 — sunday

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  • The Oakland Book Festival is a one-day, annual literary event dedicated to books, ideas, and the pleasures of literacy, aiming to serve the reading public, to encourage debate, and celebrate the City of Oakland while presenting more than ninety writers; City Hall hearing rooms host panels in which journalists, fiction writers, poets, editors, critics, and memoirists discuss challenges of gentrification, cosmopolitan, diversity, tolerance, conflict, education, more, audience participation is encouraged; live performances for all ages as well as a dedicated children's area featuring readings hosted by the Oakland Public Library, book-making projects sponsored by Oakland's Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA), and interactive programs courtesy of Fairyland, book vendors and publishers exhibit [Visit our booth! Come see the latest books on pop culture from Manic D Press and pick up Poetry Flash poem bookmarks, find out more about the Northern California Book Awards!], Oakland City Hall and Frank Ogawa Plaza, downtown Oakland, free, 10:30 a.m.-6:00 (www.oaklandbookfestival.org)
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  • The 14th Annual Judith Lee Stronach Memorial Lecture on the Teaching of Poetry presents, "Dada, Dido, Dodo, Du Du Or, Who's Afraid of Wisdom Verse?" a lecture by acclaimed poet Peter Cole, Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and Translations, the introduction to Peter Cole's lecture, by poet/translator Forrest Gander, Alice Iris Red Horse: Poems by Yoshimasu Gozo, will be read by Albany poet Nate Klug, Anyone, reception follows, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, free, 3:00 (510/643-2526, www.magnes.org)
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22 MAY 2017 — monday

23 MAY 2017 — tuesday

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  • China Miéville, The City and the City, multi-award-winning author of many works of fiction and non-fiction, discusses the subject of his new book, October: The Story of the Russian Revolution, the story of the extraordinary months between Russia's last monarchy and becoming the first socialist state in world history, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Jami Proctor-Xu and Bob Booker, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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24 MAY 2017 — wednesday

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  • Poet, translator, and novelist David Brazil, The Ordinary and Antisocial Patience, celebrates the release of his third full-length collection of poetry, Holy Ghost (City Lights Spotlight No. 15), with co-founder of Ugly Ducking Presse and poet Julien Poirier, Way Too West, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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25 MAY 2017 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Dan Bellm, Deep Well, and Ann Pelletier, Letter That Never, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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26 MAY 2017 — friday

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28 MAY 2017 — sunday

29 MAY 2017 — monday

30 MAY 2017 — tuesday

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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Virginia Barrett and Q.R. Hand, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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31 MAY 2017 — wednesday


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