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8 SEPTEMBER 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • The 16th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival features readings by ToReadah Mikell, San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Josiahluis Alderete, Jennifer Barone, Nick Johnson, Kali Kalikalikali, Arturo Mantecon, Thea Matthews, Jess Medina, Brad Penner, and Audrey T. Williams; Milvia Street literary journal contributors reading include Jasper Ezekiel, Will Preston, Anne-Marie Ross, and Angel Sunlight; Invocation of the Muse by Naomi Quiñonez, hosted by Maw Shein Win, Lifetime Achievement Awardee: Al Young, co-directed by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, sponsored by the City of Berkeley and Berkeley City College, plus open mic, book fair (Poetry Flash and other literary organizations exhibit), Berkeley City College Student Lounge, Fifth Floor, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, free, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 (sharoncoleman@comcast.net, www.facebook.com/events/210595419633803)
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  • Poetry reading by Diane Frank, Erik Levins, and Mary Kay Rummel, 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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    NORTH:
  • Word Temple Poetry Series presents a reading by Brenda Hillman, poet and translator Stephen Kessler, and David Beckman, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, donations accepted, 7:00 (510/523-6957, sebarts.org)
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9 SEPTEMBER 2018 — sunday

10 SEPTEMBER 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • "Atlantic Drift," with UK poets James Byrne, from Lancashire, England, and Zoe Skoulding, from Bangor, Wales, and US poets Forrest Gander, Be With, and Bhanu Kapil, in a reading and discussion about interrelationships between innovative poets in both nations, hosted by Lyn Hejinian, with support from Robert Hass, reception follows in the English Department Lounge, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, University of California, Berkeley, free and open to the public, 5:00-7:00 (hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com)
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  • Poetry Express presents a featured reading to be announced and open mic, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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11 SEPTEMBER 2018 — tuesday

    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Santa Cruz presents a reading to celebrate the completion of Robert Sward's tenure as Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, and welcome Danusha Laméris as the new Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 7:30 (www.poetrysantacruz.org)
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12 SEPTEMBER 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Governor General's Award-winning poet Julie Bruck reads from and launches her new collection, How to Avoid Huge Ships, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, 7:30 (www.juliebruck.com)
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13 SEPTEMBER 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Red Pine (the pen name of Bill Porter) reads from and discusses his many acclaimed translations of Chinese poetry and sutras, primarily Taoist and Buddhist, many of his books are published by Copper Canyon Press and Counterpoint; he will be interviewed onstage by poet Robert Hass, Graduate Student Lounge, Third Floor, Room 300, Wheeler Hall, University of California campus, Berkeley, open to the public, free, 4:00
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    NORTH:
  • Why There Are Words presents poetry and prose reading, featuring six accomplished poets and/or fiction writers, featuring novelist Scott Shibuya Brown, The Traders, fiction writer Nona Caspers, The Fifth Woman, flash fiction writer Jacqueline Doyle, The Missing Girl, poet Dean Rader, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, poet Sarah Suzor, The Principle Agent, and novelist Genanne Walsh, Twister, Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, $10 door (cash or check to Studio 333), cash bar, doors open 7:00, reading 7:15 (whytherearewords@gmail.com, www.whytherearewords.com)
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    EAST:
  • Mary Mackey reads from her new collection, The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1974-2018, for the Sacramento launch party, Time Tested Books, 1114 21st Street, Sacramento, (916/447-5696, marymackey.com/events, www.timetestedbooks.net)
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14 SEPTEMBER 2018 — friday

15 SEPTEMBER 2018 — saturday

16 SEPTEMBER 2018 — sunday

    NORTH:
  • The 23rd Annual Petaluma Poetry walk presents a full day of readings in a walk from venue to venue in downtown Petaluma: 11:00 a.m.: Fran Claggett-Holland, Moments with Madge: Lux Aeterna, Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla, Unknown World on Fire, and Beth Spencer, The Cloud Museum, Hotel Petaluma Ballroom, 205 Kentucky Street; Noon: Sashana Kane Proctor, Cave of the Casting Bones, Chris Olander, River Light, Kate Peper, Dipped in Black Water (New Women's Voices #134), Bump City Bakery, 122 American Alley, B; 1:00: Donna L. Emerson, The Place of Our Meeting, Jackie Huss Hallerberg, Along Poetic Lines, Carolyn Miller Light, Moving, River Front Café, 224 B Street; 2:00: Avotcja With Every Step I Take, Rafael Jesús González, La musa lunática/The Lunatic Muse, and former Ukiah Poet Laureate Jabez (Bill) Churchill, North Bay Café, 25 Petaluma Blvd., South; 3:00: Jodi Hottel, Voyeur, Prartho Sereno, Indian Rope Trick, Andrena Zawinski, Landings, Copperfield's Bookstore, 140 Kentucky Street; 4:00: Dave Holt, Voyages to Ancestral Islands, Linda Noel, Where You First Saw the Eyes of Coyote, Kurt Schweigman, Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California, Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington Street; 5:00: Phyllis Meshulam, Land of My Father's War, and Sonoma County Poetry in the Schools students, Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth Street; 6:00: Q.R. Hand, Jr., Whose Really Blues: New & Selected Poems, E.K. Keith, Ordinary Villians, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Clouds Running In, Aqus Café, Foundry Wharf, 189 H Street (this venue is far from the other venues, prepare for a longer walk or drive to this one); Petaluma, free, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 (www.petalumapoetrywalk.org)
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17 SEPTEMBER 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Clyde Always, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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18 SEPTEMBER 2018 — tuesday

19 SEPTEMBER 2018 — wednesday

20 SEPTEMBER 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Holloway Series and the English Department present a poetry reading by Roberto Harrison, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, University of California, Berkeley, free and open to the public, 6:30 (hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com)
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21 SEPTEMBER 2018 — friday

22 SEPTEMBER 2018 — saturday

23 SEPTEMBER 2018 — sunday

24 SEPTEMBER 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Missy Church, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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25 SEPTEMBER 2018 — tuesday

26 SEPTEMBER 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Holloway Series and the English Department present a poetry reading by Sara Nicholson, the 2018-19 UC Berkeley Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, University of California, Berkeley, free and open to the public, 6:30 (hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com)
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27 SEPTEMBER 2018 — thursday

    SOUTH:
  • Poet, writer, and cultural theorist Judy Grahn, A Simple Revolution: the Making of an Activist Poet, The Common Woman Poems, and other titles, reads from her work, reception follows, Wiegand Gallery, Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, 7:30 (English Department, Jackie Berger: jberger@ndnu.edu)
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28 SEPTEMBER 2018 — friday

29 SEPTEMBER 2018 — saturday

30 SEPTEMBER 2018 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a book launch reading by Mary Mackey, The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1974-2018, with Maurya Simon, The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems 1980-2016, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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