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1 MAY 2013 — wednesday

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  • A reading by award-winning poet John Beaton and Casey FitzSimons, coordinator of Not Yet Dead Poet Society in Redwood City, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Avenue, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/525-1716)
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  • Judy Juanita reads from her debut novel, Virgin Soul, depicting the life of a young woman in the radical and political atmosphere of the 1960s, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, free, 7:30 (510/849-2087, moesbooks.com)
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2 MAY 2013 — thursday

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  • Josh Beemish hosts a weekly Thursday night open mic, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, come early to sign up, free, 7:00 (415/831-5620, www.bazaarcafe.com)
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  • Readings and discussion with Bill Berkson and Richard O. Moore, celebrating the newly re-released work of Frank O'Hara, Poems Retrieved, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Jennifer Elise Foerster and Andrew Schelling, wheelchair accessible, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from editor @poetryflash.org, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, moesbooks.com)
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  • Lunch Poems presents the annual student reading, featuring winners of the Academy of American Poets, Eisner, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang Prizes, with students nominated by Creative Writing faculty, and representatives from student publications, Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library, University of California campus, Berkeley, free, 12:10 (lunchpoems.berkeley.edu)
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  • Story Hour presents their annual student reading, featuring short excerpts of work by winners of the year's biggest prose prizes, Story Hour interns, and students nominated by Creative Writing faculty, including Allison Berke, Myles Osborne, Rosetta Young, Kelly Clancy, Dylan White, and Belinda Gu, Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library, University of California campus, Berkeley, free, 5:00 (storyhour.berkeley.edu)
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  • Sonoma County Poetry Slam presents their Grand Slam finale of the 2012-2013 poetry slam season, with prizes, emcee Tom J. Mariani, UUCSR Writers Poet Laureate and guest former slam winners, Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, free, sign up 6:45, show 7:00-9:00 (slam information: southforkboots @gmail.com)
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3 MAY 2013 — friday

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  • The SFSU Poetry Center and the DeYoung Museum co-present a reading and celebration for the second edition of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthololgy, edited by Paul Hoover, featuring readings by sixteen West Coast poet contributors: Will Alexander, Bill Berkson, Maxine Chernoff, Norma Cole, Gillian Conoley, Clark Coolidge, Andrew Joron, Joseph Lease, Michael McClure, K. Silem Mohammed, Laura Moriarty, Rusty Morrison, Michael Palmer, Stephen Ratcliffe, Elizabeth Robinson, and Aaron Shurin, Koret Auditorium, M.H. DeYoung Memorial Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, free, 6:30 (415/338-2227, sfsu.edu/~poetry)
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4 MAY 2013 — saturday

5 MAY 2013 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Kazim Ali, Tony Barnstone, and Willis Barnstone, wheelchair accessible, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from editor@poetryflash.org, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Kim Wong Keltner reads from Tiger Babies Strike Back, on the idiosyncrasies of American and Chinese traditions, Green Apple Books, 506 Clement Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/387-2272, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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  • Small Press Traffic presents poet Richard O. Moore, Writing the Silences; Brenda Hillman, Practical Water; Paul Ebenkamp, The Etiquette of Freedom: Gary Snyder and the Practice of the Wild; and Garrett Caples, The Garret Caples Reader, Artist Television Acess, 992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, event begins 5:00, reading 5:30 (smallpresstraffic.org)
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6 MAY 2013 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents featured poet Claire J. Baker and open mic, ten percent discount on dinner if you come for the reading, Priya Indian Cuisine, 2702 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (510/540-8516, www.facebook.com/poetryexpressberkeley)
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  • The Booksmith presents Northern California Book Award-winning author and journalist Michael Pollan reading from Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin at Geary Street, San Francisco, admission and one copy of Cooked, $35: two seats and one copy of Cooked $40, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Seventh Annual Small Press Distribution Spelling Bee benefits the only nonprofit distributor of small press books in the country, featuring poets and writers Lizzy Acker, Kazim Ali, Sam Barry, J.L. Bautisa, Paul Hoover, editor of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, Isaac Fitzgerald, editor of The Rumpus, Suzanne Kleid, co-editor of Created In Darkness By Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category, Daniel Levin Becker, Jacqueline E. Luckett, Passing Love, Kate Levinson, Kaya Oakes, Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church, and Laura Sydell, correspondent for NPR's All Things Considered, Cyrus Musiker, KQED News, Geoffrey Nunberg, NPR commentator, silent auction, Crown Point Gallery, Crown Point Press, 20 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, $75/$30/$125 couples, drinks/food/auction 6:30, spelling bee 7:30 (www.spdbooks.org)
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  • UUCSR/Unitarian Universalist Congregation Santa Rosa Writers
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  • A reading by novelist and short story writer T.C. Boyle, San Miquel, Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall, Knight Management Center, Stanford University campus, Stanford, free and open to the public, 8:00 (650/723-0011, a target="_blank" href="http://creativewriting.stanford.edu/">creativewriting.stanford.edu)
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7 MAY 2013 — tuesday

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  • A contributors reading for Milvia Street, Berkeley City College's art and literary journal, featuring Tomas Moniz, Fred Dodsworth, Dale Jensen, Alexa Elise Partridge, Shanna Hullaby, Gay Sweet Scott, hosted by Sharon Coleman, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, moesbooks.com)
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  • Nathaniel Rich reads from his novel Odds Against Tomorrow, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • The Twenty-Fourth Annual High School Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony featuring readings of the forty winning poems by the student poets, with judge, Marin County Poet Laureate Joseph Zaccardi, refreshments and the poetry anthology will be on sale, all finalists will read and receive two complimentary copies, Mill Valley Golf Clubhouse, 267 Buena Vista Avenue, follow signs off of Est Blithedale, Mill Valley, 6:30-8:30 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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  • A colloquium with novelist and short story writer T.C. Boyle, San Miquel, Terrace Room, Fourth Floor, Margaret Jacks Hall, Building 460, Stanford University campus, Stanford, free and open to the public, 11:00 a.m. (650/723-0011, creativewriting.stanford.edu)
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8 MAY 2013 — wednesday

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  • Kevin Powers reads from The Yellow Birds, a novel about mothers and families who have loved ones in active military duty, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Book launch for Arturo Mantecón's translation of Like an Eye in the Hand of a Beggar, selected poems by Leopoldo María Panero, with Arturo Mantecón and Gilberto Rodriquez reading from the new translation, with music by Dylan Morgan and Russell Brown, video interviews of Panero, wine and refreshments, Bonnafont Gallery, 946-A Greenwich Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/441-4182)
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  • Sunset Poetry by the Bay presents a reading by former San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, The Arcanes, poet, painter and international educator Dorothy (Dottie) Payne, and poets Sarah Page and Steven Gray, both editors of Out of Our, the San Francisco-based quarterly poetry magazine, Studio 333 Art Gallery, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, 7:00 (415/331-8272, poetnews @sonic.net, http://isledesk.com/islepress/SunsetPoetry.html)
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  • The Not Yet Dead Poets Society presents a reading by Erica Gross, Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, and Kelly Cressio-Moeller, with host Casey FitzSimons, The Main Gallery, 1018 Main Street, Redwood City, donation, free, 7:00 (650/701-1018)
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9 MAY 2013 — thursday

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  • Josh Beemish hosts a weekly Thursday night open mic, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, come early to sign up, free, 7:00 (415/831-5620, www.bazaarcafe.com)
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  • Greg Bellow reads from his memoir of growing up with a literary icon, Saul Bellow's Heart, with novelist Peter Orner, Love and Shame and Love, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series presents a reading by Martin Hickel and Maria Medina, Readers Bookstore, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, free, 6:30 (415/771-1011, www.friendssfpl.org)
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  • Fiamma Montezemolo and Josh Kun celebrate the release of Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border, on the arts, culture, politics, and economics of contemporary Tijuana, Mexico, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Kehilla Community Synagogue presents a poetry reading by Lenore Weiss, Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island, and Lucille Lang Day, whose memoir, Married at Fourteen, is a Northern California Book Award finalist in Creative Nonfiction, Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont, Oakland, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/547-2424)
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  • The Winemaker's Pour House, as part of Art Happens, features an Open Mic hosted by Connie Post, Poet Laureate Emerita of Livermore, event held in the garden behind the wine bar, food available, The Pour House, 2241 First Street, Livermore, free, 6:00-9:00 (Cher Wollard: 925/824-2824, cherw@ livermorelit.com)
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10 MAY 2013 — friday

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  • Last Word Reading Series presents a poetry reading by Carla Heins and Cheja, co-hosts Dale Jensen, Ralph Dranow, John Rowe, Grace Grafton, Nefeli Caffé, 1854 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (Caffé: 510/841-6374)
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  • Elizabeth Graver reads from her novel The End of the Point, dramatic change in the lives of three generations of one remarkable family, Diesel Books, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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  • The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University and The Green Arcade present How to Live on the Planet Earth, a celebration for the collected poems of the late Japanese poet Nanao Sakaki, the reading features Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger, Michael McClure, Malcolm Margolin, and publisher Gary Lawless, with guest emcee, Patricia Wakida, McRoskey Mattress Company, 1687 Market Street, San Francisco, $10/$5 low-income admission, SFSU students and Poetry Center members free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, sfsu.edu/~poetry)
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  • Architect John Malick reads from his new book, A Lyric Architecture: Selected Works of John Malick, magnificent photography and insights about various styles of architecture, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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11 MAY 2013 — saturday

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  • Andie Thrams reads presents two kinds of original art journals, Field Studies and In Forest Field Studies, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 4:00 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • The Bazaar Writers' Salon presents featured writers and musicians of all genres and styles, hosted by Peter Kline, Bazaar Café, 5927 California, Street, limited seating so come early, free, 6:00 (415/831-5620, www.bazaarcafe.com)
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  • Eleventh annual Berkeley Poetry Festival presents their seventh Lifetime Achievement Award to Alameda Poet Laureate and teacher Mary Rudge, with readings by John Oliver Simon, Judy Juanita, Milani Pelley, John Rowe, Sayre Quevedo, Juanita Martin, Paul Corman Roberts, Yuko Leong, Jim Barnard, Carla Kandinsky, Mary Dacorro, Patricia France, Barbara Campbell, Odelia Galvan Rodriguez, Owen Hill, Cyrus Armajani, giovanni singleton, Terry Taplin, Oscar Bermeo, Kimberly Satterfield, Adelle and Jack Foley, this year's festival is coordinated by Sharon Coleman and Mk Chavez, Poetry Flash associate editor Richard Silberg emcees the day, Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley, free, 1:00-4:30
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  • Diesel Books presents novelist James Kelman who will be signing and discussing his new novel, Mo Said She Was Quirky, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Frank Bette Center presents a contributors reading from the new anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, edited by Laura Madeline Wiseman, reading features poets Dawn McGuire, Elleraine Lockie, Pat Westphal, and Rebecca Foust, Frank Bette Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 7:00-9:00 (Book Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bR4OzblqAFA, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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12 MAY 2013 — sunday

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  • Acción Latina and Talleres de Poesía present, as part of the Mixed Poetry Series Poesía Revuelta, ¡VIVA Roque Dalton! readings by members of the Roque Dalton Cultural Brigade, San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, Francisco X. Alarcón, Adrian Arias, Jorge Argueta, Magda Cordova, Chito Cuellar, Carlos Disdier, Rafael Dubon, Patricia Fernandez, Nacy Aidé González, Leticia Hernández, Jack Hirschman, Mario Lopez, Sarah Menefee, Barbara Paschke, Dottie Payne, Miguel Robles, Betty Sanchez, Nicole Savage, Nina Serrano, Alfonso Texidor, and David Volpendesta, music by Francisco Herrera, Jerry Ferraz, and Camilo Landau, food, sponsored by Luna's Press and Piñata Art, in the backyard at Acción Latina, 2958 24th Street, 4:00 (accionlatina.org/poesia-revuelta-mixed-poetry-series)
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13 MAY 2013 — monday

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  • Diesel Books presents a discussion on the 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction work of Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Poetry Express presents featured poet Jeannie Lupton and open mic, ten percent discount on dinner if you come for the reading, Priya Indian Cuisine, 2702 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (510/540-8516, www.facebook.com/poetryexpressberkeley)
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14 MAY 2013 — tuesday

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  • Poetry at the Albany Library presents a poetry reading by Joseph Lease, Testify, and Richard Silberg, The Horses: New and Selected Poems, open mic follows, hosted by Catherine Taylor, Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, 7:00 (510/526-3720, albanylibrary.wordpress.com)
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15 MAY 2013 — wednesday

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  • Presentation and reception for Eric Blasen and Silvina Blasen's book, Living Land: The Gardens of Blasen Landscape Architecture, with introduction by poet Hazel White and photography from the book by Marion Brenner, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Reading by Arturo Mantecón, from his translation of selected poems by Leopoldo María Panero, Like an Eye in the Hand of a Beggar, also reading is Northern California Book Award-winning translator Andrea Lingenfelter, from her bilingual translation, The Changing Room, by contemporary Chinese poet Zhai Yongming, Green Arcade Books, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/431-6800, www.thegreenarcade.com)
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  • Dr. Yanis Toussilis presents Sufism and the Way of Blame: The Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology, the development of Western and Eastern Sufism and egoist psychology, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/849-2087, moesbooks.com)
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16 MAY 2013 — thursday

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  • Children's books panel of experts, including Katherine Applegate, author of the 2013 Newberry Winner, The One and Only Ivan, Mary Ann Scheuer, librarian and kid book reviewer at greatkidbooks.blogspot.com, Julia Bourland Chambers, librarian at Berkwood Hedge School Berkeley, and Mrs. Dalloway's kids' book specialists, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, $5 admission per adult applicable towards any purchase through 6/16/13, free for kids, 6:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Josh Beemish hosts a weekly Thursday night open mic, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, come early to sign up, free, 7:00 (415/831-5620, www.bazaarcafe.com)
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  • Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society launch party, the "history of the most influential underground cabal you've never heard of," with editors Kevin Evans, Carrie Galbraith, John Law, and friends, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series presents a reading by Jonathan Richman and Randy Fingland, Readers Bookstore, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, free, 6:30 (415/771-1011, www.friendssfpl.org )
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  • Marin Poetry Center presents a reading by poet and translator Cole Swensen after a reception in honor of MPC's founders, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, at E, San Rafael, $5/$3 members, reception for Marin Poetry Center Founders 6:30, reading 7:30 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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  • Reading by Arturo Mantecón, from his translation of selected poems by Leopoldo María Panero, Like an Eye in the Hand of a Beggar, also reading is Northern California Book Award-winning translator Andrea Lingenfelter, from her bilingual translation, The Changing Room, by contemporary Chinese poet Zhai Yongming, Time Tested Books, 1114 21st Street, Sacramento, free, 7:00 (916/447-5696, http://timetestedbooks.blogspot.com)
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  • Third Thursdays in the Central Library with Lawrence Dinkins and Mary Zeppa; Sacramento Public Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, noon (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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17 MAY 2013 — friday

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  • Canessa Park Reading Series presents Stephen Vincent, After Language: Letters to Jack Spicer, Della Watson and Jessica Wickens, co-authors of Everything Refused in the Sea: The Crow & Benjamin Letters, and Valerie Witte, The History of Mining, Canessa Park Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, $6, no one turned away for lack of funds, 7:30
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  • Expressions Gallery presents a poetry reading by Lenore Weiss from her new book, Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island, and Florence Miller, reading from her new book Upriver, plus open mic, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/644-4930, www.expressionsgallery.org)
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  • Release party for ZYZZYVA's spring/summer issue, with readings by contributors to the West Coast literary journal, including novelist and short story writer Molly Giles, Rough Translations, poet Alexandra Teague, Mortal Geography, and fiction writer Aaron Jae-Ho Shin, and erotica writer Marianna Cherry, hosted by editors Laura Cogan and Oscar Villalon, wine and snacks, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 7:00 (510/653-9965, www.dieselbookstore.com)
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18 MAY 2013 — saturday

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  • The Poetry Center presents a rare San Francisco reading by acclaimed National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney, Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, $10/$5 low-income admission, SFSU students and Poetry Center members free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, sfsu.edu/~poetry)
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  • A New Cadence Poetry series features a poetry reading and Femshi (Feminist Neo-Benshi) perfomance by Jennifer Firestone, Flashes, Dana Teen Lomax, Disclosure, and Sarah Rosenthal, Manhattan, hosted by James Maughn, Felix Kulpa Gallery, 107 Elm Street, Santa Cruz, free, 7:30
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19 MAY 2013 — sunday

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  • Eduardo Galeano, one of Latin America's most distinguished writers, reads from Children Of The Days: A Calendar of Human History, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo present The Flower Recipe Book, floral design, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, tickets $27.20 (book + tax), limited to forty participants, 4:00 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • 32nd Annual Northern California Book Awards, Northern California authors are honored in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Translation, and Children's Literature with brief readings and remarks, reception and book signing follows; Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate 2008-2010; Poetry nominees are City of Rivers by Zubair Ahmed, A Penance by CJ Evans, The Book of a Thousand Eyes, Lyn Hejinian, Plunge by Alice Jones, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, D.A. Powell, Citizen by Aaron Shurin; Fiction nominees are A River Closely Watched by Jon Boilard, Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon, A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer DuBois, A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers, The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson; NCBR Recognition Award goes to Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5, 2007, Bombing of Baghdad's "Street of the Booksellers"; presented by Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash, Center for the Art of Translation, San Francisco Public Library/Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Red Room (redroom.com), PEN West, and Mechanics' Institute, public reception with book signing follows, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin, enter at Grove, SF, next to Civic Center BART, free, 1:00 (510/525-5476, NCBR @poetryflash.org, poetryflash.org/programs/?p=ncba_2013)
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  • The annual Leslie Scalapino Lecture in 21st Century Poetics presents sculptor and photographer Petah Coyne, Timken Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 8th Street, San Francisco, $6-$10, event begins 5:00, lecture 5:30 (smallpresstraffic.org)
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  • A reading by novelist Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs, Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.bookshopwestportal.com)
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  • Poetry at Ravenswood presents a poetry reading by Barbara Swift Bauer, At Ease in the Borrowed World, and Susan Kelly-Dewitt, The Fortunate Islands, open mic follows, refreshments, Ravenswood Historic Site, 2657 Arroyo Road, Livermore, $5, 2:00-4:00 (925/824-4824; Cher Wollard, cherw @livermorelit.com)
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20 MAY 2013 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents featured poet Alice Jones, Plunge, and open mic, ten percent discount on dinner if you come for the reading, Priya Indian Cuisine, 2702 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (510/540-8516, www.facebook.com/poetryexpressberkeley)
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21 MAY 2013 — tuesday

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  • Digital media pioneer and musician Jaron Lanier discusses his book, Who Owns the Future? City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show presents Cesar Love, Kathleen Winter, Ida VSW Red, Claire J. Baker, Charles Glaser, Daniel Polikoff, hosted by Rebecca Foust, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley, 7:00 (415/388-4033, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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22 MAY 2013 — wednesday

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  • Elizabeth Fishel presents When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up? Loving and Understanding Your Emerging Adult, Fishel and co-author Jeffrey Jensen Arnett provide practical advice for parents frustrated with their older children, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • A reading by poet and scholar Susan Gevirtz, Coming Events (Collected Writings), and Benjamin Hollander, In the House Un-American, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/849-2087, moesbooks.com)
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  • Santa Clara Review presents a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Hass, U.S. Poet Laureate 1995-97, to celebrate the launch of their spring issue Volume 100, Issue 2, check out the digital e-reader format of the review, refreshments, Santa Clara University, Locatelli Activity Center, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, free, 4:00-6:00 (santaclarareview.com)
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  • Center for the Art of Translation celebrates the launch of their new publishing venture, Two Lines Press, with a reception and staged readings by Bay Area actors Delia MacDougall and Juan Amador, performing work from the new titles, All My Friends, stories by Marie NDiaye, youngest person ever to be shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, translated by Jordan Stump, and, Hi, This is Conchita, a novella by Santiago Roncagliolo, translated by Edith Grossman, Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco, $10/$15 admission plus one of the new books/admission plus both books $20,
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23 MAY 2013 — thursday

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  • Josh Beemish hosts a weekly Thursday night open mic, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, come early to sign up, free, 7:00 (415/831-5620, www.bazaarcafe.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Alex Dimitrov and Genine Lentine, wheelchair accessible, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from editor @poetryflash.org, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, moesbooks.com)
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  • Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts presents a celebration for the launch of Michael Pollan's new book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Pollan will be in conversation with Davia Nelson, from NPR's "The Kitchen Sisters," off site at Saint George Spirit Distillery, Alameda, admission free with purchase of book from Mrs. Dalloway's, 7:00 (for required ticket and reservations: http://cookedeventmdb.eventbrite.com; information: 510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series presents a reading by Julie Rogers and Latif Harris, Readers Bookstore, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, free, 6:30 (415/771-1011, www.friendssfpl.org)
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  • Scott Johnson reads from his memoir, The Wolf and the Watchman, retelling the story of his father as a trusted spy of the CIA, and their journey to Afghanistan after 9/11, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 7:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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  • A evening of poetry reading by David Shaddock, winner of the International Peace Poem Prize, and Yiskah Rosenfeld, winner of the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize for poems on the Jewish experience, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (yiskahrose @gmail.com)
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  • Marin Poetry Center will be hosting the annual Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show, readers include Vincent DeMaio, Lonner Holden, Robert Huotari, Patti Trimble, Paul Watsky, Juanita J. Martin, hosted by Catlyn Fendler, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, 7:00 (415/485-3326, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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24 MAY 2013 — friday

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  • East Bay Poetry Summit hosts a house party, featuring Uyen Hua, Douglas, Rothschild, Melissa Buzzeo, Jen Hofer, David Wolach, at private home, 2127 Blake Street, Berkeley, 7:00 (facebook.com/eastbaypoetrysummit)
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  • David Reid hosts a poetry reading with Jerry Ratch, The Six Second Rule, and R.M. Ryan, The Book Of All There Is, refreshments, Mythos Fine Art & Artifacts, 930 Dwight Way #10, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (mythosfineart.com)
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25 MAY 2013 — saturday

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  • East Bay Poetry Summit hosts a poetry potluck, private house (in back), 1628 Woolsey Street, Berkeley, 6:00 (facebook.com/eastbaypoetrysummit)
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  • Poetry reading by Dana Negev, CB Follett, Doreen Stock, Nitza Agam, Hannah Stein, and other contributors to the anthology Before There Is Nowhere To Stand: Palestine/Israel: Poets Respond To The Struggle, plus Middle Eastern musical performances, La Peña Cultural Center Lounge, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $5/$10, 3:00 (510/417-5743, lapena.org)
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  • East Bay Poetry Summit hosts a house party reading, Bhanu Kapil, Andrew Durbin, John Coletti, Jared Stanley, Dolores Dorantes, Jen McCreary, house in back, 1628 Woolsey Street, Berkeley, 8:00 (facebook.com/eastbaypoetrysummit)
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  • Reading by Arturo Mantecón, from his translation of selected poems by Leopoldo María Panero, Like an Eye in the Hand of a Beggar, also reading is Northern California Book Award-winning translator Andrea Lingenfelter, from her bilingual translation, The Changing Room, by contemporary Chinese poet Zhai Yongming, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/824-1761)
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  • East Bay Poetry Summit hosts a house party reading, featuring Cassie Smith, Sue Landers, Matthew Timmons, Katy Bohinc, Frank Sherlock, Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 4:00 (facebook.com/eastbaypoetrysummit)
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26 MAY 2013 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • East Bay Poetry Summit hosts a house party reading, Anne Boyer, Anna Vitale, Laura Henriksen, Sophie Sills, Frank Montesonti, The Public School, 2141 Broadway, Oakland, 3:00 (facebook.com/eastbaypoetrysummit)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Tim Kahl and Joshua McKinney, wheelchair accessible, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from editor@poetryflash.org, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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  • East Bay Poetry Summit hosts a house party reading, Maged Zaher, Matt Longabucco, Dawn Lundy Martin, Tender Oracle, 531 22nd Street, Oakland, 7:00 (facebook.com/eastbaypoetrysummit)
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27 MAY 2013 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents an open mic devoted to the theme of "clotheslines," ten percent discount on dinner if you come for the reading, Priya Indian Cuisine, 2702 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 ( www.facebook.com/poetryexpressberkeley)
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28 MAY 2013 — tuesday

29 MAY 2013 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • David Reid hosts poet Jeremy Larner and artist Ariel Parkinson, plus the short film Inner Wilderness, refreshments, Mythos Fine Art & Artifacts, 930 Dwight Way #10, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (mythosfineart.com)
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30 MAY 2013 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Josh Beemish hosts a weekly Thursday night open mic, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, come early to sign up, free, 7:00 (415/831-5620, www.bazaarcafe.com)
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  • A poetry reading by Hugh Martin, The Stick Soldiers, Brandon Shimoda, Portuguese, and Greg Wrenn, Centaur, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series features readings by Garrett Murphy and Barbara Paschke, Readers Bookstore, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, free, 6:30 (415/771-1011, www.friendssfpl.org)
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    NORTH:
  • Writers Read presents award-winning performance poet, playwright and screen writer Lin Marie deVincent, Sky Fishing, poems, open mic session follows, refreshments, Art Center Ukiah's Corner Gallery, 201 S. State Street, Ukiah, donation requested, 7:00 (707/463-6989, 707/462-4557, coloredhorse.wordpress.com/category/calendar/mendocino-poetry)
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31 MAY 2013 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Benefit for Adobe Books, Ingrid Keir hosts a reading with poets and writers Marina Lazzara, Micah Ballard, Jennifer Barone, Rod Roland, Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, Adobe Bookshop, 3166 16th Street, San Francisco, 7:00 (richardloranger/events)
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