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26 OCTOBER 2019 — saturday

  • 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,
  • Marin Poetry Center reading by Deborah Landau, Soft Targets, director of the Creative Writing Program at New York University, and Matthew Zapruder, Sun Bear and Why Poetry, Tara Hall Pittman South Branch Berkeley Public Library, 1901 Russell Street, Berkeley, free, 4:00 (
  • Fariba Bogzaran of Lucid Art Foundation discusses the life and work of Inverness painter Gordon Onslow Ford: A Man on a Green Island, the first volume that reflects on his life and work, Point Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, free, 4:00 (415/663-1542,

27 OCTOBER 2019 — sunday

  • CANCELED (BOOKSTORE CLOSED DUE TO POWER OUTAGE) - Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Barbara Berman, Currents, and poet and translator Zack Rogow, Irreverent Litanies, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965,
  • Live Poets Society poetry reading features Thomas Stanton and David Rosenthal, plus open mic, hosted by Orinda/Lafayette Poet Laureate Amy Glynn, sponsored by Lamorinda Arts Council on the last Sunday of each month, Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda, free parking, 1:00 (Amy Glynn,

28 OCTOBER 2019 — monday

  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Grace Marie Grafton, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (

29 OCTOBER 2019 — tuesday

  • Novelist Jarett Kobek reads from Only Americans Burn in Hell, set in 2019, a billionaire philanthropist called Dennis is president and basic human rights are being stripped away—but everything is fine, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193,

30 OCTOBER 2019 — wednesday

  • Hand to Mouth/Words Spoken Out #104 presents Linda Watanabe McFerrin reading from her new multi-genre book, Navigating the Divide, poetry, essays, and fiction, with novelist Joanna Biggar, Melanie's Song, open mic follows, 5-minute maximum, refreshments, Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, 7:00-9:00 (

31 OCTOBER 2019 — thursday

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