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16 APRIL 2017 — sunday

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  • KRCB-PBS TV broadcast of Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder, a documentary by filmmaker and photographer Christopher Felver on the best-selling poet of the modern era, featuring newsclips and interviews with writers and artists including Billy Collins, Michael McClure, and Dave Eggers, check your local listings, KRCB is based in Cotati/Rohnert Park but the broadcast is available throughout the Bay Area and North Bay on channel 22, 9:30 (www.krcb.org)
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  • Ridgeway Press presents fiction writer and author Brian Smith, reading and celebrating the release of his new book, Spent Saints & Other Stories, and a poetry reading by Peter Kline and Brittany Perham; eleven one-minute films based on each of Brian Smith's linked narratives will be screened along with the first episode of a web series based on the book, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/831-5620, www.bazaarcafe.com)
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17 APRIL 2017 — monday

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  • A National Poetry Month reading of Ekphrasis poetry inspired by visual art, featuring MK Chavez and Cassandra Dallet, open mic, hosted by Penny Kline, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 7:30 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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18 APRIL 2017 — tuesday

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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Andrena Zawinski and Adrian Arias, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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  • A rare Bay Area poetry reading by B.H. Fairchild, The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems, and Art of the Lathe, finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, Berkeley Public Library North Branch, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, 6:00-7:30 (510/981-6250, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org)
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  • Edie Meidav reads from and discusses her short story collection, Kingdom of the Young, dynamic characters searching for better chances, with Berkeley journalist Larry Bensky, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com/events/edie-meidav-conversation-larry-bensky)
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  • Artist, editor, graphic designer Barbara Alexandra Szerlip presents The Man Who Designed the Future: Norman Bel Geddes and the invention of Twentieth-Century America, on the life and work of Norman Bel Geddes, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • On the Road: Dana Gioia's 58-California County Tour: California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia reads from his poetry, with Johanna Ely, Benicia Poet Laureate, and high school students Julia Mercado and Brian Chou, Poetry Out Loud champions from Benicia and Fairfield, read their winning poems, Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia, 7:00 (707/746-4343, www.benicialibrary.org/poet/events)
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19 APRIL 2017 — wednesday

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  • Joan Frank reads from her new novel, All the News I Need, about a lonely, sharp-tongued widow and a painfully shy gay man, winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com/events/joan-frank)
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  • On the Road: Dana Gioia's 58-California County Tour: Reading and discussion by California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, 99 Poems: New and Selected, book sale and signing follows, joined by San Francisco County Poetry Out Loud champions, high school students Julieta Fuentes Roll and San Francisco County Poetry Out Loud Coordinator Margo Perin, Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, register online for tickets: free for members and free for Poetry Flash readers and friends if you register online under "Friends of Poetry Out Loud," $15 for general public, 6:30 (415/393-0101, www.milibrary.org/events/california-poet-laureate-dana-gioia-apr-19-2017)
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  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features a reading revolving around poets who translate or at times refure to translate, featuring Norma Cole, Javier O. Huerta, Araceli, Alex Cigale, and Terry Taplin, hosted by Mk Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • The Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by poet and editor Morgan Parker, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night, and more, open to the public, UC Berkeley, Hearst Field Annex D37, free, 6:30 (510/642-3467, hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com/about-2)
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20 APRIL 2017 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Jan Beatty, Ubermütter's Death Dance, and Kendra Tanacea, A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Award-winning journalist and author Omar El Akkad reads from his acclaimed novel, American War, in conversation with fiction writer Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, 99 Poems: New & Selected, reads with El Cerrito Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win, part of Dana Gioia's 58-County On the Road reading tour through California, El Cerrito Public Library, 6510 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito, free, 6:30 (510/526-7512, www.ccclib.org)
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  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features Charlie Getter, hosted by blake more, reading begins with live jazz by local musicians and an open mic with jazz accompaniment, 215 Main Pub, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, free, 7:00 (707/884-9189, blake@snakelyone.com, www.facebook.com/215Main)
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  • Marin Poetry Center presents a poetry reading by April Ossman, Event Boundaries, and former Livermore Poet Laureate Connie Post, Floodwater, Lyrebird Award-winner from Glass Lyre Press, light refreshments, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, $5 non-members/$3 members, students free, 7:30 (415/388-4033, events@marinpoetrycenter.org, marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php)
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  • Sacramento Poetry Center open reading, hosted by Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins, Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, noon (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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  • Poetry Night Reading Series presents poet Phillip Larrea, Our Patch, hosted by Poet Laureate of Davis, Dr. Andy Jones, open mic follows, bring poems, short stories, and songs, John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street, Davis, free, 8:00-10:00 (530/ 756-3938, www.natsoulas.com; www.poetryindavis.com)
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21 APRIL 2017 — friday

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  • Nuclear Impact Anthology Reading hosted by Alexandra Kostoulas, poet, fiction writer, journalist and founder of the SF Creative Writing Institute, featuring readings by poet, fiction writer, journalist Heather Bourbeau, Daily Palm Castings, poet Sharon Coleman, Half Circle, poet, co-editor, and children's book author Lucille Lang Day Becoming an Ancestor, poet Miriam Bird Greenberg, In the Volcano's Mouth, poet Richard Jarrette, Beso the Donkey, poet and writer Paul Lobo Portugés, Sorrow and Hope, and poet Aline Soules, Meditation on Woman, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/824-1761, info@alleycatbookshop.com, www.alleycatbookshop.com)
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22 APRIL 2017 — saturday

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  • Earth Day celebration hosted by Kirk Lumpkin presents contributing poets reading their work from the anthology Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California, featuring poet and the anthology's co-editor Kurt Schweigman, Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets, poet and the anthology's co-editor Lucille Lang Day, Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems, Stephen Meadows, Releasing the Days, Linda Noel, and Kim Shuck, Clouds Running; musician Mignon Geli performs on the native wood flute, Berkeley Public Library, Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, free, 2:00-4:00 (more info, contact Isobel: 510/981-6150, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org)
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  • Sixteen Rivers Press presents a poetry reading by Gillian Wegener reading from her new book, This Sweet Haphazard, and Erin Rodoni reading from her new book, Body, In Good Light, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 4:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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23 APRIL 2017 — sunday

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  • Bird & Beckett presents Poetry Extravaganza to honor French poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), featuring a reading by poet Neeli Cherkovski, The Crow and I, poet and translator Art Beck (Dennis Dybeck), Aspects of Robinson, and poet and essayist Aaron Shurin, King of Shadows, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park neighborhood, San Francisco, free, 2:00-4:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • West Marin Review, Volume 7, showcasing the work of writers and artists, features a reading by poet Claire Blotter, Moment in the Moment House, nonfiction writer Elaine Elinson, Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, painter, photographer, publisher, and author Kathleen Goodwin, Visions of Marin, poet and Bay Area-based consultant Anuja Mendiratta, poet Larry Ruth, fiction writer Vicki DeArmon, and classical and jazz pianist Gabriel Schillinger-Hyman, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 3:00-4:00 (510/653-9965, www.westmarinreview.org, www.dieselbookstore.com)
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24 APRIL 2017 — monday

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  • A National Poetry Month reading of Ekphrasis poetry inspired by visual art, featuring April Ossmann and Camille Norton, open mic, hosted by Tim Kahl, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 7:30 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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25 APRIL 2017 — tuesday

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  • Oakland Noir, a new California noir quotient, crime fiction anthology from Akashic Books, celebrates their latest addition to the anthology with a reading of new stories by poet and fiction writer Kim Addonizio, Nick Petrulakis, Jamie DeWolf, and Joe Loya,moderated by and much more, moderated by noir novelist Eddie Muller, The Distance, and violinist, playwright, and poet Jerry Thompson, co-author of Black Artists in Oakland, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Barbara Paschke and Neeli Cherekovski, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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  • Jacqueline Winspear reads from her latest Maisie Dobbs novel, In This Grave Hour, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com/events/jacqueline-winspear-0)
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26 APRIL 2017 — wednesday

27 APRIL 2017 — thursday

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  • David Shapiro reads from and celebrates his new poetry collection, In Memory of an Angel, packed with art history, architecture, literature, and Jewish identity themes, 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 poetry reading by Deema K. Shehabi, author of an email collaboration, DIASPOR/RENGA, with the poet Marilyn Hacker, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Walter & Salt, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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28 APRIL 2017 — friday

29 APRIL 2017 — saturday

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  • SF Swagslam open mic and poetry slam every last Saturday of the month, all ages welcome, Two Jacks Nik's Place, 401 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, event runs 5:00-8:00, sign up at 5:30, show 6:00 (415/431-6290, www.twojacksniksplace.com)
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  • Sacramento Poetry Center Writers' Conference 2017, featuring Indigo Moor, Poet Laureate of Sacramento; and poets Iris Dunkle, Kathleen Winter, Marsha de la O, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Paul Hoover, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, $40/$30 members, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org)
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30 APRIL 2017 — sunday

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  • Two Jacks Denim presents "In the Tradition of the Two Jacks: Kerouac & London: Guts, Grit & Glory Poetry Night" featuring readings by Stanford Wallace Stegner Fellows Edgar Kunz, Kai Carlson-Wee, RAIL, co-director of poetry film Riding the Highline, and Grady Chambers, his work has appeared in New Ohio Review, Diode Poetry Journal, Two Jacks Denim, 2355 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, free, 5:00 (510/788-5832, www.facebook.com/events/1413463852030344)
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