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4 OCTOBER 2019 — friday

    SOUTH:
  • VeteransWrite monthly writing group is offered to veterans of any age and any military experience, and to family members of veterans, beginners to experienced welcomed, maximum of twelve participants, hosted by Nick Butterfield, Jeffrey Leonard and Amy Meier, please email VeteransWrite@yahoo.com to register, Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, free, 1:00-4:00 (rsvp: VeteransWrite@yahoo.com, www.pcsj.org)
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5 OCTOBER 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Strawberry Creek Walk, part of the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, poetry, talk, and an easy walk along beautiful Strawberry Creek through UC Berkeley and its underground path through downtown Berkeley to the Watershed Festival at Civic Center Park, led by Nevada County Poet Laureate Chris Olander, River Light, with poetry readings and nature commentary; sponsored by Poetry Flash and the Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market, 100 Thousand Poets for Change event, gather at the southeast corner of Oxford at Center, near the sculpture of the World Globe as you enter the UC campus, free, meet at 10:00 a.m. (510/525-5476, info@poetryflash.org)
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  • 24th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, "Stand Up for the Earth" with dynamic readings of over thirty poets and writers, We Are Nature Open Mic, (to read, enter drawing at noon); Kirk Lumpkin and Richard Silberg emcee, music; River Village exhibits and tables, include Pegasus Downtown book tent with books for sale and signing; 100 Thousand Poets for Change event, sponsored by Poetry Flash, Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market, Pegasus Books Downtown, Moe's Books; wheelchair accessible, Civic Center Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Center Street, downtown Berkeley, noon-4:30 (510/525-5476, 510/612-3958, to table or exhibit, e-mail: info@poetryflash.org)
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6 OCTOBER 2019 — sunday

7 OCTOBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after, hosted by Elaine Brown, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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8 OCTOBER 2019 — tuesday

9 OCTOBER 2019 — wednesday

10 OCTOBER 2019 — thursday

    NORTH:
  • The 2019 Marin Poetry Center Anthology Launch features local poets reading their work from the new Marin Poetry Center anthology; the theme is "The Wild," Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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11 OCTOBER 2019 — friday

12 OCTOBER 2019 — saturday

13 OCTOBER 2019 — sunday

14 OCTOBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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15 OCTOBER 2019 — tuesday

16 OCTOBER 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community in the Bay Area, hosted by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, pegasusbookstore.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center reading by Margaret Gibson, Not Hearing the Wood Thrush, Poet Laureate of Connecticut, and poet and fine letterpress printer Lisa Rappoport, Penumbra, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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17 OCTOBER 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Lola Haskins, Asylum: Improvisations on John Clare, and Colby Gillette, Hymn Underground, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Center San Jose presents Third Thursdays at Willow Glen Library, featuring a poetry reading by Darrell Dela Cruz, Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, free and open to the public, 7:00 (408/808-3045, 408/266-1361, www.pcsj.org)
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18 OCTOBER 2019 — friday

    NORTH:
  • Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift, reads from his new book of scholarship, autobiography, and social criticism, A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past, on the question of forgetfulness as a pathway to rebirth and peace via art and writing from ancient times to our present moment, Point Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, free, 7:00 (415/663-1542, www.ptreyesbooks.com)
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19 OCTOBER 2019 — saturday

20 OCTOBER 2019 — sunday

21 OCTOBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Georgette Howington, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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22 OCTOBER 2019 — tuesday

23 OCTOBER 2019 — wednesday

24 OCTOBER 2019 — thursday

25 OCTOBER 2019 — friday

26 OCTOBER 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Saturday Night Special presents featured poets, hosted by Holly Hardy, three-minute maximum open mic on the theme of exploring boundaries between public and private, all creative work welcomed, must be twenty-one, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, free but one drink minimum, 7:00-9:30 (510/652-6425, nickslounge.com)
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  • Marin Poetry Center reading by Deborah Landau, Soft Targets, director of the Creative Writing Program at New York University, and Matthew Zapruder, Sun Bear and Why Poetry, Tara Hall Pittman South Branch Berkeley Public Library, 1901 Russell Street, Berkeley, free, 4:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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27 OCTOBER 2019 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Barbara Berman, Currents, and poet and translator Zack Rogow, Irreverent Litanies, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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28 OCTOBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Grace Marie Grafton, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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29 OCTOBER 2019 — tuesday

30 OCTOBER 2019 — wednesday

31 OCTOBER 2019 — thursday


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