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1 JULY 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents Vallejo Poet Laureate D.L. Lang, hosted by Elaine Brown, open mic before and after feature reading, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • Open mic every Monday at the Octopus Literary Salon, sign up on their facebook page or show up a few minutes early, hosted by Alexander McAlister, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (510/844-4120, oaklandoctopus.org)
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2 JULY 2019 — tuesday

3 JULY 2019 — wednesday

4 JULY 2019 — thursday

5 JULY 2019 — friday

6 JULY 2019 — saturday

7 JULY 2019 — sunday

8 JULY 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a poetry reading by scientist, writer, and social organizer Barbara Atkinson, open mic, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • Open mic every Monday at the Octopus Literary Salon, sign up on their facebook page or show up a few minutes early, hosted by Alexander McAlister, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (510/844-4120, oaklandoctopus.org)
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9 JULY 2019 — tuesday

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  • Amy Mason Doan reads from her new novel Summer Hours, about a secret affair that could be one woman's happy ending or her biggest mistake, Meg Donohue reads from her suspense novel You, Me, and the Sea, love stories, Books Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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  • Writeous Writing Group welcomes writers seeking feedback on their children book manuscripts, children's book editor Summer Dawn Laurie moderates the hands-on critique group, bring six copies of your manuscript or up to ten pages of your middle grade/YA novel, class limited to six people, must sign up two days in advance online, Books Inc., 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, $40, 5:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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10 JULY 2019 — wednesday

11 JULY 2019 — thursday

12 JULY 2019 — friday

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  • Last Word Reading Series celebrates the new anthology, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, with a reading by co-editor and contributor Lucille Lang Day, and contributing poets Grace Marie Grafton and Judy Wells, plus open reading, Sleepy Cat Books, 2509 Telegraph Avenue, just south of Dwight, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (venue: 925/258-9076)
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13 JULY 2019 — saturday

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  • Writers With Drinks presents a featured reading with Gabby Rivera, Sarah Gailey, Troy Jollimore, Grace Lavery, Natasha Dennerstein, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, $5-$20, 7:00-9:30 (www.writerswithdrinks.com)
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14 JULY 2019 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Robin Behn, Quarry Cross, and Julie Bruck, How to Avoid Huge Ships, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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15 JULY 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents environmental scientist and poet Robert Coats, The Harsh Green World, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, open mic before and after featured reading, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • Jasmine Guillory celebrates the publication of her new novel, The Wedding Party, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (510/653-9965, www.ebbooksellers.com)
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16 JULY 2019 — tuesday

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  • Get-Lit #44-55 presents twelve to fifteen writers reading never-before-read material within a three-minute time limit, live music, beer made by Ale Industries on site, readers to be announced, Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue Oakland, $10-$15, 7:00-9:00 (www.nomadicpress.org)
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  • Essayist and psychotherapist Sarah C. Townsend discusses her lyrical work Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis, author Monica Wesolowska joins in conversation, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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17 JULY 2019 — wednesday

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  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features Judy Bebelaar, Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla, Fatima Policarpo, Camille Norton, and San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, hosted by Sharon Coleman, wine and light bites, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community in the Bay Area, hosted by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, pegasusbookstore.com)
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18 JULY 2019 — thursday

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  • Speaking Axolotl, a latinx poetry reading series and open mic, every third Thursday in "The Chapel" at Nomadic Press, featured readers will be announced, Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue Oakland, free, 8:00-10:00 (www.nomadicpress.org)
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19 JULY 2019 — friday

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  • Expressions Gallery presents a poetry reading featuring poet and environmentalist Kirk Lumpkin and mask-maker, philosopher and poet Richard Kane, open mic, refreshments served, Expresssions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, half block from the Ashby BART, 7:00-9:00 (www.expressionsgallery.org)
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  • National Book Award finalist Howard Norman reads from his new novel The Ghost Clause, two marriages, one in its afterlife and another newly charged, in the Vermont village life that sustains them, Point Reyes Books, 1315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, free but donations appreciated, 7:00 (415/663-1542, www.ptreyesbooks.com)
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  • Random Friday reading featuring Shaun Griffin and Tom Meschery, hosted by Bob Stanley, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 6:00 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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  • Shut Up and Write: Attending the Muse is a weekly writing workshop where writers of all levels meet up and focus write for one hour, no one will see what you have written or give out unsolicited advice, Noah's Bagels, 7423 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael, free, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (www.meetup.com/shutupandwritesacto)
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20 JULY 2019 — saturday

21 JULY 2019 — sunday

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  • OCTOPUS DAY, A Benefit for The Octopus Literary Salon, 12 HOURS, 100 POETS, 12 MUSIC ACTS!, readers include writers from the Octopus's regular series Babar in Exile, Naked Bulb, Liberate the Caged Voices, Asian Talk Story, There, Pandemonium Press Presents, and Dirty Old Women, along with dozens of others from the community, including Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González and so many more, plus a multi-voice performance on trauma at 1:00 by the writers of Liminal; two open mic slots per hour, time permitting, along with ten readers and one musician per hour until 8:00, then two hours of bands, Preening and Marbled Eye, Octopus has given much to the East Bay literary and music communities and is facing an enormous rent increase; they need your support, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, $20 donation, no one turned away, 10:00 a.m.-10:00 (full schedule: tiny.cc/OctopusDay)
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  • Shut Up and Write: Attending the Muse is a weekly writing workshop where writers of all levels meet up and focus write for one hour, no one will see what you have written or give out unsolicited advice, La Bou, 8694 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, free, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (www.meetup.com/shutupandwritesacto)
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  • Shut Up and Write: Attending the Muse is a weekly writing workshop where writers of all levels meet up and focus write for one hour, no one will see what you have written or give out unsolicited advice, Identity Coffees, 1430 28th Street, Sacramento, free, 1:00-2:30 (www.meetup.com/shutupandwritesacto)
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22 JULY 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents poet and drama therapist John Argue, hosted by Gary Turchin, open mic before and after featured reading, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Jerry Ratch, hosted by Gary Turchin, open mic, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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  • SPC presents a poetry reading by Patricia Killelea and El Dorado Poet Laureate Taylor Graham, hosted by Penny Kline, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30-9:00 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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23 JULY 2019 — tuesday

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  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Prartho Sereno, Kat Crawford, Lynn Axelrod, and Julia Vose in a poetry reading, hosted by Sián Killingsworth, Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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  • Shut Up and Write: Attending the Muse is a weekly writing workshop where writers of all levels meet up and focus write for one hour, no one will see what you have written or give out unsolicited advice, Baked and Brewed Coffee Shop, 958 Lincoln Way, Auburn, free, 10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. (www.meetup.com/shutupandwritesacto)
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  • Shut Up and Write: Attending the Muse is a weekly writing workshop where writers of all levels meet up and focus write for one hour, no one will see what you have written or give out unsolicited advice, La Bou, 8694 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, free, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (www.meetup.com/shutupandwritesacto)
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24 JULY 2019 — wednesday

25 JULY 2019 — thursday

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  • Chef and holistic nutritionist Mareya Ibrahim discusses her new cookbook Eat Like You Give a Fork: the Real Dish On Eating to Thrive, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Diana Lang, Carol Griffin, Susan Zerner, Marilyn King, and Linda Enders in a poetry reading, hosted by Lisa Rubio, Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr. #414, San Rafael, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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26 JULY 2019 — friday

27 JULY 2019 — saturday

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  • Saturday Night Special presents featured poets, hosted by Holly Hardy, three-minute maximum open mic on the theme of exploring boundaries between public and private, all creative work welcomed, must be twenty-one, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, free but one drink minimum, 7:00-9:30 (510/652-6425, nickslounge.com)
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  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a local Sacramento spoken word and word artists community which supports and encourages all writers, features poets Bethanie Humphreys, Heather Judy, Jeanine Stevens, and Reneè Marie, hosted by Todd Boyd, plus an open mic, up to six-minutes limit, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 9:30 a.m.-12:30, open mic 10:00 a.m. (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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28 JULY 2019 — sunday

29 JULY 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a Birthday Celebration for Avotcja, beloved and celebrated poet/playwright/multi-percussionist, hosted by Jim Barnard, open mic before and after feature reading, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • SPC presents Cassandra Dallett in a poetry reading, hosted by Frank Graham, for the River City Food Bank food drive, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30-9:00 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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30 JULY 2019 — tuesday

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  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Sherrie Lovler, Jon Jackson, Mary Kay Sweeney, Deborah Schmidt, and Jayne McPherson in a poetry reading, hosted by Sandy Cross, Marin City Library, 164 Donahue Street, Marin City, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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  • The Hart Center presents Tuesday Night Workshops with Danyen Powell, all ages welcome, Hart Senior Center, 915 27th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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31 JULY 2019 — wednesday

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  • MarieWriters, a free writing workshop led by Bob Stanley, all writers of different experience are welcome, respond to prompts and share writing processes and polish current pieces, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 6:00-8:00 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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