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12 AUGUST 2017 — saturday

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  • Writers With Drinks, presented by Other magazine, features novelist Gabe Hudson Gork, the Teenage Dragon, writer and linguist Nick Farmer, creator of Belter language in The Expanse, and poet/playwright Indigo Moor, Through the Stonecutter's Window, Charlie Jane Anders emcees and vamps, The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, $5 to $20, no one turned away, all proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture doors 6:30, show 7:30-9:30 (writerswithdrinks.com)
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  • "A Box Is…": art show party and second opening, featuring art work by poet-artists Susan Kelly-Witt, Helen Plenert, and Gwen Amos, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 5:00-8:00 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org)
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13 AUGUST 2017 — sunday

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  • Ekphrastic poetry reading of poems inspired by "The Art of Kathy Oja," exhibition, The Benicia First Tuesday Poets reading at the artist's reception include Suzanne Bruce, Dan Ryken, Gina Guzzo, Myra Nissen, Tom Stanton, Benicia Poet Laureate Johanna Ely, Diana Lang, and more, Gallery 621, in the courtyard, 309 First Street, Benicia, reception 3:00-5:00, reading 4:00 (www.Beniciafirsttuesdaypoets.com, www.kathyoka.com)
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  • The Bay Area Writing Project presents a poetry reading by Katharine Harer Jazz and Other Hot Subjects, and BAWP poet Judy Bebelaar, Walking Across the Pacific, open mic follows, light refreshments available, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, free, 3:00-4:30 (510/644-4930, judy@judybebelaar.com, www.expressionsgallery.org)
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14 AUGUST 2017 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents reading by Avotcja, open reading, need a prompt for your poem for the open? "Walk around your block"; hosted by Jim, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Poetry reading by Patricia Wentzel and Allegra Silberstein, first Poet Laureate of Davis, California, hosted by Wendy Williams, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 7:30 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org)
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15 AUGUST 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 Mahnaz Badihian and Jorge Molina, 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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  • The WordParty Poetry & Jazz Series returns and features sonera/poeta/percussionist Maria Medina Serafin aka MM The Word-Weave Rumbera!, with musicians Henry Amor Mobley on bass and Marc Antony LeGrand on jazz guitar, plus open mic, three-minute limit, every third Tuesday, hosted by Jennifer Barone, guest host E.K. Keith, live jazz with Daniel Heffez, Geordie Van Der Bosch, and friends, PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street, between Turk and Eddy, San Francisco, free, sign up 6:45, reading 7:00-9:30 (thewordparty.wordpress.com)
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16 AUGUST 2017 — wednesday

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  • Lyrics & Dirges monthly reading series celebrates its seventh anniversary, featuring Vernon Keeve III, Julie Thi Underhill, Julian Mithra, Arisa White, Joshua Escobar, Thea Matthews, and Lark Omura, bubbly and special goodies, hosted by Mk Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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17 AUGUST 2017 — thursday

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  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features Albert Flynn DeSilver, hosted by blake more, reading begins with live jazz by local musicians and an open mic with jazz improv, 215 Main Pub, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, free, 7:00 (707/884-9189, blake@snakelyone.com, www.facebook.com/215Main)
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  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features poet to be announced, hosted by blake more, reading begins with live jazz by local musicians and an open mic with jazz improv, 215 Main Pub, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, free, 7:00 (707/884-9189, blake@snakelyone.com, www.facebook.com/215Main)
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18 AUGUST 2017 — friday

19 AUGUST 2017 — saturday

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  • "An Evening in Support of the Rehabilitation of Venus(or, What You Wanted All Along), readers include Toreadah Mikell, Nazelah Jamison, Richard Loranger, Victor James Smith, Julian Mithra, Alison Luterman, Tom Stolmar, James Cagney, Allie Marini, Christine No, with jazz vocals by Karen Sudjian and Jim Davidson on keyboards, hosted by Steve Arntson, refreshments, free, East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley, 7:00-10:00 (www.facebook.com/events/120492488595678)
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  • A night of poetry with Cedar Sigo reading new works from his new books, Peter Burghardt launches his new chapbook, and Anne McGuire presents a mix of music and poetry, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/824-1761, www.alleycatbookshop.com)
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20 AUGUST 2017 — sunday

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  • Teatro Mistral presents Guiuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore, poet and writer Clara Hsu will narrate the plot in English and Cantonese before each scene, combining music, theater, art, and poetry, Clarion Music Performing Arts Center, 816 Sacramento Street, Chinatown, San Francisco, 3:00 (415/504-2490, www.teatromistral.org)
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21 AUGUST 2017 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents reading by Cassandra Dallett, open reading—need a prompt? "Skin," hosted by Bruce, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • Hot Poetry in the Park featuring readings by CharRon Smith and Marvia Xia, hosted by Bethanie Humphreys, sponsored by the Sacramento Poetry Center, Fremont Park, 16th and Q Streets, Sacramento, 7:00 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org)
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22 AUGUST 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 Laura Kyriazis and Zaid Shlah, 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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23 AUGUST 2017 — wednesday

24 AUGUST 2017 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by California Poet Laureate emeritus Al Young, poet and biographer Melba Joyce Boyd, poet M.L. Liebler, I Want to Be Once, and short story writer Brian Jabas Smith, Spent Saints & Other Stories, 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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25 AUGUST 2017 — friday

26 AUGUST 2017 — saturday

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  • La Palabra Musical featuring Kim Shuck, Jennifer Barone, Tongo Eisen-Martin, and Kirk Lumpkin, hosted by Avotcja Jiltonilro, Cesar E. Chavez Branch, Oakland Public Library, 3301 East 12th Street, Oakland, free, 3:00-5:00 (510/535-5620, www.oaklandlibrary.org/locations/cesar-e-chavez-branch)
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  • The 15th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival features readings by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Leticia Hernández-Linares, Cassandra Dallett, Tiff Dressen, Nancy Aidé González, Juba Kalamka, Marguerite Munoz, Greer Nakadegawa-Lee, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, René Vaz, Shelley Wong, and Milvia Street literary journal contributors Youssef Ahalla, Jalyce Fairley, Fungai Gora, Julian Mithra, and Julie Southworth, Invocation of the Muse by John Oliver Simon, hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Lifetime Achievement Awardee: Naomi Helena Quiñonez, co-directed by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, sponsored by the City of Berkeley and Berkeley City College, plus open mic, book fair, Berkeley City College Student Lounge, Fifth Floor, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, free, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 (sharoncoleman@comcast.net, www.facebook.com/Berkeley-Poetry-Festival-155792814582187)
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27 AUGUST 2017 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a celebration and launch reading for Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-hop and Beyond, with contributors Greil Marcus, Al Young, Melba Joyce Boyd, Brian Jabas Smith, George Moseman, Joel Martin, and Pat Thomas, with editor M.L. Liebler, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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28 AUGUST 2017 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents reading by Georgette Howington; open reading follows, need a prompt for the open reading? "Long Hair," hosted by J.D., Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Poetry reading by Sixteen Rivers Press poets Gillian Wegener and Erin Rodoni, hosted by Tim Kahl, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 7:30 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org)
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29 AUGUST 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 Jennifer Barone and James Cagney, 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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30 AUGUST 2017 — wednesday

31 AUGUST 2017 — thursday

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  • The Holloway Series in Poetry presents the Annual Faculty Reading, featuring C.S. Giscombe, Robert Hass, Lyn Hejinian, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, and John Shoptaw, joined by giovanni singleton, this year's Holloway Lecturer in Poetry and Poetics, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, Third Floor, University of California campus, Berkeley, free and open to the public, 6:30 (hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com)
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