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3 MAY 2018 — thursday

4 MAY 2018 — friday

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  • Tessa Fontaine reads from her new book, The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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5 MAY 2018 — saturday

6 MAY 2018 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a Sixteen Rivers Press Double Book Launch for Lynne Knight, The Language of Forgetting and Beth Spencer, The Cloud Museum, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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  • Fifteenth Annual Judith Lee Stronach Memorial Lecture on the Teaching of Poetry, "Writing a Homeland," will be delivered by poet and translator Salman Masalha, Ishq Mu'ajjal (Deferred Love), who writes and translates in both Arabic and Hebrew; distinguished poetry translator Chana Kronfeld, The Full Severity of Compassion: the Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, will introduce him, a reception follows the lecture, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, free, 3:00 (magnes.berkeley.edu)
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7 MAY 2018 — monday

8 MAY 2018 — tuesday

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  • Fiction writer Rita Bullwinkel celebrates the release of Belly Up: Stories and illustrator Lisa Brown presents a sneak preview of an upcoming new graphic novel forthcoming in late 2018, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore)
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9 MAY 2018 — wednesday

10 MAY 2018 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Jacqueline Berger, The Day You Miss Your Exit, and Michael Brooks Cryer, Selected Proverbs, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Goethe-Institut San Francisco and City Lights Books present a reading and discussion on the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of Karl Marx's birthday, with guest appearances by Jale Yoldas, Alan Black, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Richard Walker, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Street, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3171)
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11 MAY 2018 — friday

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  • Last Word Poetry Series presents a reading featuring poet and art writer Ramsay Bell Breslin and poet and short fiction writer Tobey Hiller, with open mic, Nefeli Caffe, 1854 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (café: 510/841-6374)
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12 MAY 2018 — saturday

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  • Poetry reading by Lynne Barnes and Kerry Campbell, followed by an open mic, hosted by Jeanne Lupton every second Saturday monthly, Frank Bette and Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 7:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reads from her newest work, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, necessary context about the persistence of the national gun crisis, Book Passage-Sausalito, 100 Bay Street, Sausalito, 4:00 (www.bookpassage.com/category/event-classes-categories/sausalit -events)
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  • The Ecopoetry Festival features Sacramento Poet Laureate Indigo Moor, In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers, and poets John Shoptaw, Times Beach, winner of the Northern California Book Award in Poetry, Gillian Wegener, This Sweet Haphazard, and special guests, The John Muir House, John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, free but reservations required, 5:00-8:00 (rsvp: Eliot Schain, eschain@martinez.k12.ca.us, or James McDonald, John Muir House, 925/228-8860x6431)
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13 MAY 2018 — sunday

14 MAY 2018 — monday

15 MAY 2018 — tuesday

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  • Carmen Giménez Smith celebrates the release of her new book of poetry Cruel Futures, Barbara Jane Reyes, Invocation to Daughters, also reads, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3172)
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  • Poetry reading by Genny Lim, Kitty Tsui, and Nellie Wong with Bill Crossman on piano, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 (www.birdbeckett.com)
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16 MAY 2018 — wednesday

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  • Poetry reading featuring visual poet giovanni singleton, AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper, and Carmen Giménez Smith, Cruel Futures, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Michelle Tea celebrates the release of her new book Against Memoir: Complaints, Questions & Criticisms, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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17 MAY 2018 — thursday

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  • William Middleton discusses his new book Double Vision:The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3173)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Melissa Stein, Terrible Blooms, and poet C. Dale Young, The Affliction, reading from his new collection of linked fiction, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Marin Poetry Center Third Thursdays series presents poet Dorianne Laux, Only As the Day is Long, and Joshua Mensch, Because: A Lyric Memoir, founding editor of the online literary journal B O D Y, Falkirk Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, free, 7:30-9:30 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php)
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18 MAY 2018 — friday

19 MAY 2018 — saturday

20 MAY 2018 — sunday

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  • Britt-Marie's Second Sunday Poetry Series (moved to this date this month only because of Mother's Day) features Donna Emerson, Cathryn Shea, and Susan Suntree, hosted by Barb Reynolds, Britt-Marie's Wine Bar and Restaurant, 1369 Solano Avenue, Albany, 3:30 (brittmariesolano.com)
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  • Poetry & Place | El Cerrito, a celebratory reading and fund raiser with Maw Shein Win, El Cerrito Poet Laureate; Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate; Rafael Jesús González, Berkeley Poet Laureate; and Indigo Moor, Sacramento Poet Laureate; live music by Dan Plonsey, Ethan Port, and Thomas Scandura, in their debut as Moeser, performing music created for this event; all-ages open mic; this event is in conjunction with Poetry Flash, now celebrating their 45th anniversary, local literary presses, magazines, and art organizations will table, including Poetry Flash, Sixteen Rivers Press, Manic D Press, Nomadic Press, Work and Conversations, Left Margin Lit, Bay Area Generations, and others, silent auction and raffle will benefit Poetry Flash, refreshments, El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, free admission, 1:30-5:00 (Maw Shein Win: elcerritopoet@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/events/155754105130147)
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21 MAY 2018 — monday

22 MAY 2018 — tuesday

23 MAY 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Daegan Miller discusses his new book This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 ( www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3175)
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  • Poetry reading by Wendy Trevino, whose first full-length book of poetry, Cruel Fiction, is forthcoming in fall 2018, Jane Gregory, and Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Experience in Groups, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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24 MAY 2018 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Carol Muske-Dukes, Blue Rose, and Jane Mead, World of Made and Unmade, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Goethe Institut San Francisco, in conjunction with City Lights Books and New York Review Books, presents Weimar Mirror: Revisiting Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), re-explores the classic work of German writer Alfred Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz, the great novel of Berlin and the doomed Weimar Republic, on the publication of the new translation by Michael Hoffmann, opening statement by National Book Award-winner William T. Vollmann, presentations and roundtable participation by Adrian Daub, Thomas O. Haakenson, Mel Gordon, Deniz Göktürk, and William T. Vollmann, hosted by Peter Maravelis, Goethe Institut San Francisco, 530 Bush Street, Suite 204, San Francisco, free, 7:00 ( www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3176)
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25 MAY 2018 — friday

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  • Brenda Hillman reads from and discusses her new book of poetry, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00 (www.cafesociety.coffee/events)
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    EAST:
  • The Art of Storytelling and Poetry presents a performance evening with the theme "Making a Home," The Avid Reader, 1945 Broadway, Sacramento, free, 7:00-8:30 (www.avidreaderonbroadway.com)
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26 MAY 2018 — saturday

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  • San Francisco International Arts Festival presents the world premiere of DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE Requiem for a King, an instrumental and vocal multi-movement jazz and spoken word work, featuring spoken word written for this performance by educator, scholar, activist and author Angela Davis, music composed by Anthony Brown and performed by the Asian American Orchestra and Voices Of A Dream vocal ensemble; DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy of the civil rights movement; the evening length concert includes Anthony Brown's seminal work GO FOR BROKE!, composed for the 75th anniversary of the February 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066, which forced over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry into interment camps during World War II, the performance features a reading by former San Francisco Poet Laureate and community activist Janice Mirikitani, Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, $25-$65 reserved seating, 8:00 (www. sfiaf.org/2018_anthony_brown_and_angela_davis)
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27 MAY 2018 — sunday

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  • Poet and writer Patti Trimble leads a two-day writing retreat, Sunday, May 27 to Monday, May 28, with workshops for new poetry and prose, and time for writing and walking, there are options to stay extra nights before or after to write on your own, $160 includes Sunday overnight, shared rooms, nice old redwood retreat center, potluck dinner, St. Columba's Retreat on the Inverness Mesa, West Marin (pmtrim@gmail.com for information or to register)
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28 MAY 2018 — monday

    NORTH:
  • Poet and writer Patti Trimble leads a two-day writing retreat, Sunday, May 27 to Monday, May 28, with workshops for new poetry and prose, and time for writing and walking, there are options to stay extra nights before or after to write on your own, $160 includes Sunday overnight, shared rooms, nice old redwood retreat center, potluck dinner, St. Columba's Retreat on the Inverness Mesa, West Marin (pmtrim@gmail.com for information or to register)
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29 MAY 2018 — tuesday

30 MAY 2018 — wednesday

31 MAY 2018 — thursday


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