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1 AUGUST 2013 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Hugh Behm-Steinberg and Larry O. Dean, 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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  • Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series presents poets Jessica Loos and Robert Anbian, 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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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center's Summer Traveling Show features poets Charselle Hooper, John Krajewski, Cynthia Sims, Donna Mussato, Louise Yost, hosted by Paula Weinberger, Novato Library, 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato, 7:00 (415/897-1142, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Brown Bag Poetry Workshop to read and share your poetry, bring ten copies of your poem, drop-in, hosted by Los Gatos Poet Laureate Erica Goss, Los Gatos Library, 100 Villa Avenue, Los Gatos, noon-1:00 (www.losgatosca.gov)
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2 AUGUST 2013 — friday

3 AUGUST 2013 — saturday

    EAST:
  • Ramos Barrington Entertainment presents "For the Love of Books" Inaugural Literary Conference, with Beginning Writer's Workshop, Publishing Workshop, Author Panel Q&A and book signing, with fiction, romance, mystery, and nonfiction authors Donna Michele Ramos (Essence.com), Curtis L. Alcutt, Brooklen Borne, South Natomas Community Center, 2921 Truxel Road, Sacramento, $5/$4 college students, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 (916/271-7837, donnamramos@aol.com; tickets: http://fortheloveofbooksconference.eventbrite.com)
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4 AUGUST 2013 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Alice Jones and Sharon Coleman, 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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  • San Francisco Poetry Theater presents a reading on the theme of Stigma and Disability, featuring poets Eileen Malone, Mary Rudge, Gary Turchin, hosted by John Rhodes, Westside Art House, 540 Balboa Street, San Francisco, 6:00-9:00 (415/440-3509, j6rhodes@gmail.com)
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  • Poets' Picnic features readings by California poet laureates, share food, fun, and poetry, book sales and signing, open to the public, First Street Park, Benicia, noon-4:00 (information: Lois Requist: lois@requist.com, Juanita J. Martin: freelance@jmartinpoetwriter.com)
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  • Poetry Unbound Reading Series presents a memorial reading for Bay Area poet Tom Quontamatteo (1944-2012), poems and memories read by poets Larry Beresford, Sally Bolger, Gail Ford, Clive Matson, Adam David Miller, and Judy Wells, with a brief open mic for new readers of Quontamatteo's poems, hosted by Clive Matson, Karla Brundage, and Richard Loranger, catered, Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, close to Ashby BART, free, no one turned away, open sign up 5:00, event 5:15 (clive@matsonpoet.com)
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5 AUGUST 2013 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Quiet Lightning presents The Greenhouse Effect, fiction, poetry, performance without intros or banter, each show is a book made up of work by the readers, by Carleen Tibbetts, Paul Corman-Roberts, Peter Bullen, Tory Adkisson, Kara Vernor, Melissa Graeber, Linette Escobar, Tracey Knapp, Molly Giles, Miquila Alejandre, and Patrick O'Neil, readers applied for a reading spot by submitting their work in advance, hosted by Evan Karp, draft beer $3, San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, $5-$10 sliding scale, admission comes with book for the first 100 people, doors open 6:45, show 7:30 (evan@quietlightning.org, quietlightning.org)
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  • Poetry Express presents featured poet Maria Rosales and open mic, note new venue with mic and parking, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 ( www.facebook.com/poetryexpressberkeley)
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  • Rivertown Poets: A Muse-ing Mondays features a reading by Sherri Rose-Walker and Iris Jamahl Dunkle, hosted by Sandra Anfang, open mic follows, the series presents amateur and seasoned poets together, Aqus Café, 189 H Street, Petaluma, free, open sign up 6:30, reading 6:45 (650/888-7875, Wrdpntr51@gmail.com)
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    EAST:
  • Poetry book launch reading by Lawrence "NSAA" Dinkins, Open Mic Sketchbook, hosted by Wendy Williams, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (415/431-6800, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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6 AUGUST 2013 — tuesday

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  • Pandemonium Press presents Hiroshima/Nagasaki Poetry Reading to mark the sixty-eight anniversary and to promote peace, with poet and activist Rafael Jesús González; Sharon Coleman, Half Circle; Joyce E. Young, founder of the Write in Peace workshops; and poet and performer Kirk Lumpkin, Casa Latina, 1805 San Pablo Avenue, near Delaware, Berkeley 7:00-10:00
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  • Beyond Concrete presents Collective Creative Open Mic, ThunderGround Collective will provide acoustic music and sound, hosted by Diamond Dave Whitaker, Adobe Books, 3130 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:00
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  • Peace for Keeps presents the Second Annual True Midsummer's Night Poetry Mouthing presents poets of the lower Fourth Council District (Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to Sacramento, Dwight Way to University) including Randy Fingland, Julia Vinograd, Nancy Schimmel, John Oliver Simon, Gary Turchin, Arnie Passman, J.J. Noire, Larry White, dancer-poet Patricia Bulitt, hosted by Arnie Pasman, Presentation Mini-Park, northeast corner of Allston Way at California, Berkeley 6:00-8:00 (510/845-5481; Arnie Pasman: pazmopa@yahoo.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center's Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show features poets Yvonne Cannon, J.L. Nichols, Eldon Beck, Gloria North, Katherine Crawford, Kim Hamilton, hosted by Mark Meierding, Book Depot, 87 Throckmorton, Mill Valley, 7:00 (415/383-2665, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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  • Cecile Pineda, Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step, marks Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Vasco and Patterson Pass Roads, Livermore, 7:00 a.m. (devilstangobook.blogspot.com)
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7 AUGUST 2013 — wednesday

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  • Canessa Park Reading Series presents Jennifer Firestone, Dana Teen Lomax, and Sarah Rosenthal, Canessa Park Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, $6, no one turned away for lack of funds, 7:30
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8 AUGUST 2013 — thursday

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  • Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series presents poets Devereaux Baker and Thanasis Maskaleris, The Terrestrial Gospel of Nikos Kazantzakis, 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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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center's Summer Traveling Show features poets Patricia Nelson, Terry Lucas, Joe Zaccardi, Mark Meierding, Rafaella Del Bourgo, Budd Winston, hosted by Susan Terris, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, 7:00 (415/485-3326, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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9 AUGUST 2013 — friday

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  • Lip Service West presents "True Stories," with readers to be announced and host Joe Clifford, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Littoral Press Author Event celebrating the first dozen poets and writers whose books were designed and/or printed at Littoral Press, including Susan Gangel, William A. Henkin, Karen Lee Hones, Rick Kempa, Kit Kennedy, Stephen Kessler, Joe Lamb, Bill Mayer, Meryl Natchez, Steven Rood, San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, at 16th Street, San Francisco, donation, 7:00 (SFCB: 415/565-0545; Lisa Rappoport, cutvelvet@earthlink.net, 510/225-9753)
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  • Last Word Reading Series presents a poetry reading by Vince Storti, Free Places, Salvaged Spaces, and David Erdreich, Mr. E's Mystery, open reading follows, co-hosts Dale Jensen, Ralph Dranow, John Rowe, Grace Grafton, one drink or one plate minimum, Nefeli Caffé, 1854 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (Caffé: 510/841-6374)
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10 AUGUST 2013 — saturday

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  • Writers with Drinks presents poet Matt Shears, science fiction novelist Hannu Rajaniemi, fiction writer Aimee Phan, poet and fiction writer Natalie Serber, barber, author, and martial arts practitioner Mike the Boxer, blogger and poet Susan Calvillo, with host Charlie Jane Anders, The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, $5-$10, no one turned away for lack of funds, doors open 7:00, show 7:30 (www.writerswithdrinks.com)
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    NORTH:
  • The thirteenth annual Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading and Pot Luck Lunch welcomes poetry in all languages, preferably accompanied by an English translation or description, Redwood Empire Chinese Association Cultural Center, 3455 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, noon-4:00 (Judy Cheung: jhcheung@comcast.net, www.recacener.org, www.dancingpoetry.org)
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    EAST:
  • Spoken Word open mic featuring Miss Spoken, hosted by Brother Hypnotic, bring your own poetry or music, second Saturdays monthly, Brickhouse Art Gallery, 2837 36th Street, Sacramento, $5, sign ups begin 6:00, show 8:00 (916/475-1240, www.thebrickhousegallery.net)
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11 AUGUST 2013 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Music of the Word/La Palabra Musical presents featured poets, 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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  • Valona Deli presents poets Ed Coletti, When Hearts Outlive Minds, and poet, physician, and NPR commentator David Watts, open mic follows, with host Connie Post, Terry Henry Jazz Trio performs after poetry, Valona Deli, 1323 Pomona, Crockett, reading 4:00, open mic 5:00 (510/787-2022, connie@poetrypost.com)
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  • Acción Latina presents the Mixed Poetry Series Poesía Revuelta with poets Nancy Aidé González and Betty Sanchez, music, food, wine, Acción Latina, 2958 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00-7:00 (415/648-1045, accionlatina.org)
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12 AUGUST 2013 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents featured poet Sharon Coleman, Half Circle, and open mic, note new venue with mic and parking, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 ( www.facebook.com/poetryexpressberkeley)
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  • Shakespeare's Sonnets, a participatory reading led by Joel Altman, author of multiple books on Shakespeare and Elizabethan drama, supper and libations, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 6:00-7:30 (rsvp required: outreach@universitypressbooks.com; 510/548-0585, www.universitypressbooks.com)
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13 AUGUST 2013 — tuesday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center's Summer Traveling Show features poets Sandra Cross, Katherine Hastings, Deborah Ruth, Renata Santerre, Francesca Bell, hosted by Barbara Martin, Stinson Beach Library, 3521 Shoreline Highway, 7:00 (415/868-0252, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Center San José's Well-RED Reading Series presents featured poets Max Goodwin, Patricia Pinedo, Yaccaira Salvatierra, Works/San José, 365 South Market Street, near the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, 7:00, $2, no one turned away for lack of funds, 7:00 (www.pcsj.org)
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  • Favorite Poem Reading Pop Up Museum sponsored by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and Poetry Santa Cruz, following guidelines from former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, each reader will have five minutes to read a favorite poem by someone else and to talk about its significance for them, readers will bring a copy of the poem for display and are encouraged to make the copy into a broadside by selecting the paper, font and layout, and decorative elements, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, $3, 7:30 (poetrysantacruz.org)
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  • 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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14 AUGUST 2013 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • M.L. Stedman reads from Light Between Oceans, a novel, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Sunset Poetry by the Bay presents a reading by poet and neurologist Dawn McGuire, The Aphasia Café, winner of the 2013 Indie Book Prize for Poetry, poet Patrick G. Houck, and poet and prose writer Lisa Robertson, her forthcoming Sixteen Rivers Press book is The Orbit of Known Objects, 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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    SOUTH:
  • Not Yet Dead Poets Society presents Judy Halebsky, Space/Gap/Interval/Distance, open reading follows, hosted by Wulf Losee, The Main Gallery, 1018 Main Street, near Middlefield and Main, Redwood City, donation, 7:00 (650/701-1018, www.themaingallery.org)
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15 AUGUST 2013 — thursday

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  • Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series presents poets Soheyl Dahi and Chris Carosi, 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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  • Third Thursdays in the Central Library, open reading of your favorite poems, preferably by someone else, hosted by Lawrence Dinkins and Mary Zeppa, Sacramento Poetry Center, Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, free, noon-1:00 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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  • Poetry reading and launch celebration for the anthology Between the Fault Lines: Eight East Bay Poets, with contributors Marianne Betterly, Nalini Davison, Martha DeWitt, Jannie Dresser, Evie Groch, Judy Maher, Anita May, Carolyn Yale, hosted by the editor, Jannie Dresser, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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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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  • Mark R. Reiff presents Exploitation and Economic Justice in the Liberal Capitalist State, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 6:00-7:30 (rsvp required: outreach@universitypressbooks.com; www.universitypressbooks.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Writers Forum presents "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: How to Perk Up Your Prose," a seminar with editor and writer Constance Hale, Vex, Hex, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Prose, Sin and Syntax, and Wired Style, summer special admission $5 at door, Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, 7:00-9:00 (www.thewritespot.us)
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  • The Third Thursday Poetry Reading Series features Neo-Beat poet Marc Olmsted, What Use Am I a Hungry Ghost? Poems from a Three Year Retreat, with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg, with live jazz and open mic with jazz improv, 215 Main, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, 7:30 (blake more: 707/884-9189, blake@snakelyone.com)
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  • Marin Poetry Center's Summer Traveling Show features poets Catlyn Fendler, Susan Zerner, Peter Hensel, Lily Iona MacKenzie, Gabrielle Rilleau, Helen Bruner, hosted by Calvin Ahlgren, Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive, Corte Madera, 7:00 (415/924-6444, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Center San José presents reading by Christine Richardson, 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:
  • Third Thursdays in the Central Library, open reading of your favorite poems, preferably by someone else, hosted by Lawrence Dinkins and Mary Zeppa, Sacramento Poetry Center, Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, free, noon-1:00 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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16 AUGUST 2013 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • A poetry reading by Judy Wells and Dale Jensen, 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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17 AUGUST 2013 — saturday

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  • "Feeling to Form: A One-Day Memoir Workshop," with memoirist Marilyn Abildskov, The Men In My Country, limited space, sign up by August 13, Saint Mary's College, Delphine Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, San Francisco, $100, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 (to register: 925/631-4762, www.stmarys-ca.edu)
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18 AUGUST 2013 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Sundays in Kerouac Alley presents a group poetry reading to celebrate the City Lights Spotlight Series, hosted by Garrett Caples and featuring Micah Ballard, Norma Cole, Andrew Joron, Cedar Sigo, and others, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 2:00-4:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Santa Cruz presents Poet/Speak Open Reading with featured reader Mary Addems Carr, 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)
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  • Poetry reading by Sherri Rose-Walker, open mic follows, Know Knew Books, 415 California Avenue, Palo Alto, 8:00-10:00 (650/326-9355, knowknewbooks.com)
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19 AUGUST 2013 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Amy Block Joy presents Retaliation on speaking out in the workplace, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 6:00-7:30 (rsvp required: outreach@universitypressbooks.com; 510/548-0585, www.universitypressbooks.com)
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  • Poetry reading by Joan Beth Clair from Creature/Creator and poems published in Street Spirit, proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the homeless and animals, Kensington Public Library, 61 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, 7:00 (510/524-3043, cclib.org/locations/kensington.html)
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    EAST:
  • Sacramento Poetry Center presents Hot Poetry in the Park featuring John Bell, David Iribarne with music by Narwhal, Fremont Park, 1515 Q Street, between 15th and 16th and P and Q Streets, Sacramento, free, 7:00 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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20 AUGUST 2013 — tuesday

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  • The Word Party Poetry & Jazz Open Mic, every third Tuesday of the month, live jazz with Nova Jazz, Daniel Heffrez on sax, Geordie Van Der Bosch percussion, and Leslie Thorne, hosted by Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir, Viracocha, 998 Valencia Street, at 21st Street, San Francisco, $5, open mic sign up 8:00 sharp, show 8:00 (www.thewordparty.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Writers Read presents a reading by poet, fiction writer, and Kelly's Cove Press publisher Bart Schneider, Morning Opera, 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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  • Marin Poetry Center's Summer Traveling Show features poets David Beckman, Maggie Morley, Dave Seter, Terri Glass, Jodi L. Hottel, Bonnie Long, hosted by Donna Emerson, Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, 7:00 (707/762-5600, 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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21 AUGUST 2013 — wednesday

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  • Andrew Lam reads from his story collection, Birds of Paradise Lost, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly series presents their "Third Anniversary Special: 3 years, 3 minutes, 3 hosts!," featuring readings by poets and writers Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, Melissa Stein, Cassandra Dallett, Michelle Gonzales, Denise Jolly, John Panzer, Kwan Booth, Justin Chin, Meliza Banales, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Terry Taplin, hosted by MK Chavez, Sharon Coleman, and Tomas Moniz, who will also read, refreshments, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Kenneth Worthy presents Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Environment, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 6:00-7:30 (rsvp required: outreach@universitypressbooks.com; 510/548-0585, www.universitypressbooks.com)
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22 AUGUST 2013 — thursday

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  • Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series presents poets Gary Hicks and Doreen Stock, 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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  • Thomas Farber reads from The End of My Wits, a collection of his epigrams, including an essay on the epigram by poet and fiction writer Laura Glen Louis, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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23 AUGUST 2013 — friday

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  • Under the Influence presents Heather Bourbeau, Ariana Weckstein, Nathan Kelle Springer, Liz Worthy, and Zoe Tuck, five artists performing work by one of their major influences, followed by original work created for the show that channels that influence, artists have fifteen minutes and select the following month's performers so each show is inspired by the one before, hosted by Evan Karp, food and drink available, The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno Street, San Francisco, $5, doors open 6:45, show 7:30 (415/500-2323, emtab.org/event/under-the-influence-aug-23-2013)
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24 AUGUST 2013 — saturday

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  • Radiolarian Press presents a bilingual reading from California Psalms, by author/artist Tatyana Apraksina (Russian), translator James Manteith, and Radiolarian Press publisher Greg Darms, founding editor of Convolvulus magazine; an exhibit of Tatyana Apraksina's art work, including the book's illustrations, will be on display during the event, Tatyana Apraksina's Studio, 27A Embarcadero Cove, Oakland, free, 7:00 (510/326-6500, www.apraksinblues.com/ca-psalms-oak-201308)
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25 AUGUST 2013 — sunday

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  • The Music of the Word/La Palabra Musical presents featured poets, 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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26 AUGUST 2013 — monday

27 AUGUST 2013 — tuesday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center's Summer Traveling Show features poets Joan Baranow, Karen Benke, David Watts, Terry Phelan, Julia Vose, Melanie Maier, hosted by Roy Mash, 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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28 AUGUST 2013 — wednesday

29 AUGUST 2013 — thursday

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  • Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series presents poets Justice Morrighan and Jorge Molina, 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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  • Sylvie Simmons reads from her biography, now in paperback, I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Sarah Stevenson reads from her new Young Adult novel, Underneath, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Writing Without Walls: Second Chances presents six readers and one musician reading and performing to the theme, to be considered, submit your work online by midnight August 1, books for purchase at event, hosted by Jeff Von Ward, Café de Soleil, 200 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, 7:00 (writingwithoutwalls.submittable.com/submit)
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30 AUGUST 2013 — friday

31 AUGUST 2013 — saturday

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  • Bay Area Poetry Marathon 2013 features Lucy Corin, Steffi Drewes, Edward Foster, Caroline Goodwin, Maggie Heaps, Bill Hughes, Francois Luong, Louise Mathias, Michael Nicoloff, Steven Seidenberg, and Carleen Tibbetts, curator Donna de la Perrière, California College of Arts Writers' Studio, 195 De Haro, San Francisco, doors open 7:00, event begins 7:30 (BayPoMa@zoho.com, www.bayareapoetrymarathon.net)
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  • Poetry reading by Kit Kennedy and Nancy Wakeman, 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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    EAST:
  • The Self Expression Show with Lateef, featuring Themba, Duce, K.I.E., Esso P., DJ Hustle, Spoken word, hip hop, and rap, black and white attire, Brickhouse Art Gallery, 2837 36th Street, Sacramento, $5/$7 door, 8:00 (916/475-1240, www.thebrickhousegallery.net)
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