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18 JULY 2013 — thursday

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  • Poet and a child of Holocaust survivors, Alan Kaufman reads from his memoir Drunken Angel, Badger Books, 401 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco 5:30 (415/648-5331, www.badgerbookssf.com)
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  • A reading by Kiese Laymon from his debut novel Long Division, coming of age in post-Katrina Mississippi, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents Marin Poetry Center's Summer Traveling Show, featuring poets Zara Raab, Susan Cohen, Connie Post, David Alpaugh, Adrienne Amundsen, Joan Stepp Smith, hosted by Rose Black and Richard Silberg, 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, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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  • Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series presents San Francisco Poet Laureate and short story writer Alejandro Murguía and poet Maketa Smith-Groves, hosted by poet Jack Hirschman, Reader's Bookstore, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, off Marina Blvd. at Buchanan Street, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/771-1076, www.friendssfpl.org)
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  • Pacifica Writers' Forum is open to all readers and writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, share your work or listen, third Thursday of each month, Florey's Book Company, 2129 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, 7:30 (650/355-8811, floreysbooks.blogspot.com)
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  • The Third Thursday Poetry Reading Series features Beat poet ruth weiss, with live jazz and open mic with jazz improv, 215 Main, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, 7:30 (blake more: blake@snakelyone.com)
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  • Poetry Center San José presents reading by poet and writer, songwriter, storyteller Tim J. Myers, Dear Beast Loveliness: Poems of the Body, open mic follows, Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, 7:00 (408/808-3045, or 408/266-1361, www.pcsj.org, willowglenpoetry.com)
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    EAST:
  • Poetry reading by JT Odochartaigh, winner of the 2012 Jack Kerouac Prize for Beat poetry, and Phillip Larrea, We the People, open mic follows, John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street, Davis, reading 8:00, open mic 9:00, after party 10:00 (415/482-0550, reboundbookstore.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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19 JULY 2013 — friday

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  • Matthew Booker presents his new book, Down by the Bay: San Francisco's History Between the Tides, a discussion of local history and ecology, reception follows, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 6:00-7:30 (510/548-0585, universitypressbooks.com)
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  • A reading by featured poets, with open mic, hosted by Steve Arntson, near Ashby BART, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, free, 7:00 (510/644-4930, www.expressionsgallery.org)
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20 JULY 2013 — saturday

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  • Mrs. Dalloway's presents a program for children three to eight years old, Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson read from Count the Monkeys, Rain, and Harlem's Little Blackbird, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, 11:00 a.m. (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Reading for Compline Press with poets David Brazil and Jackqueline Frost, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, at Gough, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/431-6800, www.thegreenarcade.com)
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  • California Writers Club Picnic & LitCake, food and fun, literary cake decorating contest, open mic, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, 1:00-4:00; if you can, stop by the Open House first, Joaquin Miller Park Ranger Station, 3590 Sanborn Drive, Oakland, near the gate that will be opened for picnic attendees needing to drive to the Fire Circle, rsvp for the open house: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 (rsvp: BrownCalifornia@aol.com, www.calwriters.org, www.cwc-berkeley.org)
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  • Poetry Readings in the Garden presents Brenda Hillman and Rusty Morrison, in the backyard of a private home, refreshments, parking is difficult, consider taking BART, 5548 Lawton Avenue, Oakland, free, 11:30 a.m.-2:30
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  • Foam at the Mouth presents a poetry reading by Shawn Aveningo and poet and environmental planner Shawn Pittard, hosted by Phillip Larrea, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 4:30-6:00 (415/431-6800, www.thegreenarcade.com)
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21 JULY 2013 — sunday

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  • Avotcja's 72nd Birthday Bash with master percussionist Val Serrant, dancer Ava Square LeVias, poets Carolyn Brandy, Michaelle Goerlitz, Elizabeth Sayer-Batáleras, Nancy Hom, Kirk Lumpkin, Tureeda Mikell, Ian Dogole with Mariah Parker, Naomi Quiñonez, Michael Warr, Tres Santos (Chokwadi, Muteado, and Mark G), poets Kayhah Marin and Tasha Kame, Carlos Disdier, Maurisa Thompson, Augusta Lee Collins, and members of the poetry jazz-blues group Avotcja & Modupue, with The Bay Area Blues Society, Sandi Poindexter, Eugene Warren, Jon Jang, Pedro Rosales, and poet/percussionist Avotcja, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, at Prince, Berkeley, near Ashby BART, $10-$20 sliding scale, 7:00-10:30 (www.LaPena.org, www.Avotcja.org)
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  • Poetry reading by Angela Hume, The Middle, and Frances Richard, Anarch, hosted by Peter Burghardt, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 3:00 (510/548-0585, universitypressbooks.com)
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  • Sundays in Kerouac Alley presents "Poesia del Corazón," a reading by San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía and poet-friends Leticia Hernández-Linares, Tomás Riley, Diana Gameros, and Brenda Montano, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 2:00-4:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Poetry benefit for the SF Food Bank presents poets Jennifer Barone, Dee Allen, Art Beck, Justice Morrighan, Erik Noonan, Mahnaz Badihian, Patrick Dunagan, Dorothy Payne, Tate Swindell, Zabrina Zabrinky, Colleen McKee, hosted by Neeli Cherkovski, The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno Street, San Francisco, donation to benefit the SF Food Bank/ bring a non-perishable food item to donate, 6:00
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    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Santa Cruz presents Poet/Speak Open Reading with featured reader and spoken word advocate Kevin Devaney, all ages welcome, three to five-minute limit, hosted by Jim Russon, Santa Cruz Main Library Meeting Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, open reading sign up at 2:00 sharp, reading 2:00 (poetrysantacruz.org, kevindevaney.wordpress.com)
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  • Poetry reading by poet and historian Peter Neil Carroll, A Child Turns Back to Wave: Poetry of Lost Places and Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem, open mic follows, Know Knew Books, 415 California Avenue, Palo Alto, 8:00 (650/326-9355)
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  • Panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition "An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan and Their Circle," on the San Francisco poet Robert Duncan and his artist partner Jess, the first show to explore the couple's artistic production and relationship, the panel features poet Julia Connor and curators Christopher Wagstaff and Michael Duncan, the exhibit runs through September 1, Crocker Art Museum, 2216 O Street, Sacramento, panel 3:00 (916/808-7000, www.crockerartmuseum.org)
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22 JULY 2013 — monday

    EAST:
  • Poetry reading by Cynthia Atkins, In the Event of Full Disclosure, Geoffrey Nutter, The Rose of January, Stephanie Brown, hosted by Tim Kahl, refreshments, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (415/431-6800, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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23 JULY 2013 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • C.W. Gortner reads from The Tudor's Conspiracy (Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles #2), Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/564-8080, www.bookshopwestportal.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center's Summer Traveling Show features poets Lucille Lang Day, Richard Michael Levine, True Heitz, Stephanie Noble, Mary K. Sweeney, Paula Weinberger, hosted by Gabrielle Rilleau, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley, 7:00 (415/388-4033, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Write to the End Workshop for all writers and writing genres, meets every Tuesday except the first Tuesday, drop-in coffee shop workshop, Snake & Butterfly, 191 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 7:00-9:00 (www.writetotheend.com)
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24 JULY 2013 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Canessa Park Reading Series presents a reading by poet and fiction writer Maxine Chernoff, Without, poet and EtherDome Press editor Colleen Lookingbill, Icognita, and poet and book artist Jaime Robles, Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, at Columbus, San Francisco, $6, no one turned away for lack of funds, door open 7:00, reading 7:30 (aedburns@yahoo.com)
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  • Elwin Cotman and guest readers celebrate and launch his new book of short stories, Hard Times Blues, five fabulist fables, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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25 JULY 2013 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Andrew Sean Greer reads from his new novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, 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 poets Peter Sherburn-Zimmer and Jennifer Barone, hosted by poet Jack Hirschman, Reader's Bookstore, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, off Marina Blvd. at Buchanan Street, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/771-1076, www.friendssfpl.org)
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  • Poetry reading on the theme of the Petaluma River, featuring poets Susan Starbird, Patti Trimble, Rebecca Lawton, Jonah Raskin, Bill Vartnaw, Donna Emerson, and Dave Pokorn, in conjunction with the exhibition, "Changing Courses: The History and Future of the Petaluma River," Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth Street, Petaluma, 7:30 (707/778-4398, petalumamuseum.com)
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  • Marin Poetry Center's Summer Traveling Show features poets Judy Wells, Dale Jensen, Cathryn Shea, John O'Meara, Diana Lyster, Ethel Mays, hosted by Yvonne Postelle, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, 7:00 (415/485-3326, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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  • Writers Read presents an all open mic event, 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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26 JULY 2013 — friday

27 JULY 2013 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Cathy Barber and Richard Linker, open mic follows, Florey's Book Company, 2129 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, 7:30-9:30 (650/355-8811, floreysbooks.blogspot.com)
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  • Poetry Readings in the Garden presents Maxine Chernoff, Amanda Nadelberg, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, and Alice Jones, in the backyard of a private home, refreshments, parking is difficult, consider taking BART, 5548 Lawton Avenue, Oakland, free, 11:30 a.m.-2:30
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  • Journalist Gordon Young reads from Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City, about his hometown, Flint, Michigan, Badger Books, 401 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco 3:00 (415/648-5331, www.badgerbookssf.com)
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  • Katie Hafner reads from her new memoir Mother Daughter Me, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 4:00 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Unrequited Records presents American literature scholar Hilary Holladay, founder of the Kerouac Conference on Beat Literature, reading from and signing her biography of the Times Square hustler who was an inspiration for the Beat movement, American Hipster: The Life of Herbert Huncke, with a screening of rare film clips, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, at Harrison, San Francisco, 6:00 (dogearedbooks.com)
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  • Bay Area Poetry Marathon 2013 features Ivy Johnson, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Ronald Palmer, Nico Peck, Karen Penley, Jai Arun Ravine, Janey Smith, Pamela Z, guest curator Tom Comitta, The Public School, 2141 Broadway, Oakland, doors open 7:00, event begins 7:30 (BayPoMa@zoho.com, www.bayareapoetrymarathon.net)
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  • Launch party for Jim Nisbet's new noir novel Snitch World and the re-release of his underground classic Prelude to a Scream, with music by Lars Mars and Durand Begault (Lars Mars and His Men), The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, at Gough, San Francisco, 8:00 (415/431-6800, www.thegreenarcade.com)
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  • Hand to Mouth series presents a poetry reading by Terry Lucas, who work appeared in Best New Poets 2012, and Iris Dunkle, Gold Passage, open mic follows, refreshments, Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, 4:00-6:00 (415/482-0550, reboundbookstore.com)
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28 JULY 2013 — sunday

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  • Dolores Deluce reads from her memoir My Life, A Four Letter Word: Confessions of a Counter Culture Diva, she claims to be the illegitimate daughter of Divine, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, at Gough, San Francisco, 5:00 (415/431-6800, www.thegreenarcade.com)
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  • The Music of the Word/La Palabra Musical features poet Nancy Aidé González, and the duo Piet Bereal with L. Abdul Keyatta, hosted by Avotcja, bring your congas, Casa Latina Café, 1805 San Pablo Avenue, at Delaware, Berkeley, two blocks west of North Berkeley BART, no cover, 3:30-5:30 (LaVerdadMusical@yahoo.com, www.Avotcja.org)
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  • Terry Shames reads from her debut mystery A Killing at Cotton Hill, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 4:00 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Sundays in Kerouac Alley presents the legendary literary roadshow Sister Spit, hosted by poet and writer Michelle Tea, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 2:00-4:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Poetry and prose reading with poet and psychologist Karen Motan and short story writer Kaitlyn Gallagher, Point Me in the Right Direction, reading from her modern Gothic novel, 181, which she has serialized and is reading in monthly installments, a summary of previous events in the novel will be given, MINE gallery, 1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax, free, 3:00 (415/755-4472, www.gallerymine.com)
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29 JULY 2013 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Caveat Lector Salon presents a reading by poet and translator Keith Ekiss from his translations of the poetry of Eunice Odio, El tránsito de fuego/The Fire's Journey, open mic follows, ArtInternationale Gallery and Art Lounge, 963 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, $3 covers snacks and beverages, salon 7:00, feature 8:00 (650/355-8811, floreysbooks.blogspot.com)
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  • Poetry Express presents an open mic, bring a poem and someone else at the event will read it, 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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    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Workshop led by Los Gatos Poet Laureate Erica Goss, bring ten copies of your poem, drop-in, meets the last Monday of the month, Los Gatos Library, 100 Villa Avenue, Los Gatos, 6:00 (www.losgatosca.gov)
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    EAST:
  • Poetry reading by Phillip Larrea and Karin Erickson, hosted by Dennis Hock, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (415/431-6800, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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30 JULY 2013 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Renowned Britist environmentalist Tony Jupiter reads What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, at Gough, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/431-6800, www.thegreenarcade.com)
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  • A reading by middle graders by Anne Nesbet, A Box of Gargoyles, Kristen Kittscher, The Wig in the Window, and Elisabeth Dahl, Genie Wishes, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 5:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center's Summer Traveling Show features poets Rose Black, Donna Emerson, Janet Jennings, Calvin Ahlgren, Patricia Garfield, Yvonne Postelle, hosted by Jean Hawkins Sublett, Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon, (415/788-7649, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Write to the End Workshop for all writers and writing genres, meets every Tuesday except the first Tuesday, drop-in coffee shop workshop, Snake & Butterfly, 191 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 7:00-9:00 (www.writetotheend.com)
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31 JULY 2013 — wednesday


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