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1 MAY 2017 — monday

    NORTH:
  • Rivertown Poets Amuse-ing Mondays poetry reading with featured readers, open mic follows, three-minute spots, Aqus Café, 189 H Street, Petaluma, free, sign up at 5:45, reading 6:15-8:30 (707/778-6060, www.aqusnews.com)
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2 MAY 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Trang Cao and Byron Spooner, 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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3 MAY 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Fiction writer, poet, essayist, and translator James Nolan, Higher Ground, celebrates the release of his book, Flight Risk: Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • SJSU Annual Legacy of Poetry Day celebrates Asian American poetry, featuring readings by an all-star cast of Bay Area-based Asian American poets, spoken-word artists, and musicians including poet, novelist, and memoirist Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior, To Be the Poet, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Arlene Biala, her beckoning hands, California Poet Laureate emeritus Al Young, Something About the Blues , poet Barbara Jane Reyes, To Love as Aswang, Metro columnist and poet Gary Singh, Green Tea Ice Cream Stockings, poet Genny Lim, Child of War, accompanied by pianist Jon Jang, percussionist Jimmy Biala, saxophonist Francis Wong of the Pan-Asian Arkestra; San Jose spoken word artists and poets ASHA, Lorenz Dumuk, and Quyhn Nguyen, with musicians and founders of SJ Taiko, P.J. and Roy Hirabayashi, San Jose State University, Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, free, kick off at 5:00, main stage program 7:00 (408/924-8501, lpdsjsufest.com)
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4 MAY 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Babar in Exile #8, a quarterly commemoration and revival of two high energy San Francisco reading series of the 1990s, Café Babar and Paradise Lounge, featuring readings by fiction writer Jon Longhi, San Francisco Noir; Dawn Oberg, a musician who is currently writing and recording songs from and for the Dystopia, and poet Joel Landmine, hosted by Paul Corman-Roberts and Richard Loranger, Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 7:00 sharp (hello@richardloranger.com, oaklandoctopus.org)
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  • Lunch Poems presents the lively Annual Student Reading, featuring winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley's creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications, Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library, University of California, Berkeley, free, 12:10-12:50 (poems@library.berkeley.edu, lunchpoems.berkeley.edu)
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5 MAY 2017 — friday

6 MAY 2017 — saturday

7 MAY 2017 — sunday

8 MAY 2017 — monday

9 MAY 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Carol Denney and Michael Warr, 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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    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Center San José's Well-RED Reading Series presents Tania Martin and Caesar Kent, open mic follows, Works/San José, 365 South Market Street, San Jose, $2, doors open 6:30, reading 7:00 (< a target="_blank" href="http://www.pcsj.org/">www.pcsj.org)
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10 MAY 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Digital Cultures Lab founder Ramesh Srinivasan, celebrates and discusses his new book, Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World, NYU Assistant Professor and co-author Finn Burton discusses his critically acclaimed book, Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest, moderated by Shahid Buttar, Director of Grassroots Advocacy for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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    NORTH:
  • On the Road: Dana Gioia's 58-California County Tour: "Stump the Laureate: A Poetry Recitation Event with California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, 99 Poems: New & Selected, book sales and signing follow, the audience is welcome to participate and recite favorite memorized poems, registration online is recommended especially for recitations, adults/high school students only, Mill Valley Public Library, Creekside Room, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00 (415/389-4292, www.millvalleylibrary.org)
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11 MAY 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Prose writer Dodie Bellamy, When the Sick Rule the World, and poet, editor, and playwright Kevin Killian, Impossible Princess, celebrate the release of their co-edited book, Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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12 MAY 2017 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Last Word Reading Series presents a reading by poet and fiction writer Adele Mendelson and poet Leah Steinberg, author of a memoir with interviews and poetry, Raised in the Shadow of the Bomb: Children of the Manhattan Project, plus open reading, support the series by ordering dinner or a drink, Nefeli Caffe, 1854 Euclid Avenue, near Hearst, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (venue: 510/841-6374)
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13 MAY 2017 — saturday

    NORTH:
  • Novelist and personal essayist writer Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, in an onstage interview, lecture, and Q&A, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $160 per person, register in advance for event, 1:00-4:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com/event/class-anne-lamott-writing)
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14 MAY 2017 — sunday

15 MAY 2017 — monday

16 MAY 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Gary Hicks and Martin Hickel, 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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17 MAY 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gordon Ball, poet, photographer, filmmaker, and master storyteller, reads from his new short story collection, On Tokyo's Edge, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area, hosted by Mk Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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18 MAY 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Dawn McGuire, American Dream with Exit Wound, and David Watts, Having and Keeping, 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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  • Adam Morris, recipient of the 2012 Susan Sontag Foundation Prize in literary translation, celebrates and discusses the release of his latest translation of Brazilian author Joáo Gilberto Noll, Atlantic Hotel, with Scott Esposito, critic, author, and editor-in-chief of The Quarterly Conversation, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features Brian Kirven, hosted by blake more, reading begins with live jazz by local musicians and an open mic with jazz improv, 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 an evening of Poetry & Music with San Francisco troubadour-poet Brian Laidlaw, The Stuntman, along with Alaskan fiddler-poet Ken Waldman whose CD, All Originals, All Traditionals, includes Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry, 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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19 MAY 2017 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis presents "Trauma, Poetry, and the Emerging Word," a two-day immersion; this evening features a poetry reading by poet and memoirist Gregory Orr, Poetry As Survival, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco, register through website, $15, no one turned away for lack of funds, 7:00 (415/563-5815, www.sf-cp.org/poetry)
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20 MAY 2017 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis presents "Trauma, Poetry, and the Emerging Word," a two-day immersion; poet and memoirist Gregory Orr discusses his poetry, trauma, and the role of the unconscious in his imagery and language, in conversation with Susan Kolodny, poet and chair of the SFCP Poetry and Psychoanalysis program; then Alice Jones, poet and member of the SFCP Poetry and Psychoanalysis program, discusses his work from a psychoanalytic perspective, Q&A, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco, register through website, $75, $20 optional lunch, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 (415/563-5815, www.sf-cp.org/poetry)
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21 MAY 2017 — sunday

22 MAY 2017 — monday

23 MAY 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • China Miéville, The City and the City, multi-award-winning author of many works of fiction and non-fiction, discusses the subject of his new book, October: The Story of the Russian Revolution, the story of the extraordinary months between Russia's last monarchy and becoming the first socialist state in world history, City Lights Booksellers, 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 Jami Proctor-Xu and Bob Booker, 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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24 MAY 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poet, translator, and novelist David Brazil, The Ordinary and Antisocial Patience, celebrates the release of his third full-length collection of poetry, Holy Ghost (City Lights Spotlight No. 15), with co-founder of Ugly Ducking Presse and poet Julien Poirier, Way Too West, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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25 MAY 2017 — thursday

26 MAY 2017 — friday

27 MAY 2017 — saturday

28 MAY 2017 — sunday

29 MAY 2017 — monday

30 MAY 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Virginia Barrett and Q.R. Hand, 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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31 MAY 2017 — wednesday


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