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2 NOVEMBER 2019 — saturday

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  • Poetry reading by Meryl Natchez and Amanda Moore, Gearbox Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Suite B, Oakland, 2:00 (gearboxgallery.com )
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  • Author and artist Eric Karpeles reads from his book on Polish artist and writer Józef Czapski: An Apprenticeship of Looking, a monograph that critically appraises Czapski work within the art community, Mark Danner joins in for a discussion, Point Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, free, 7:00 (415/663-1542, www.ptreyesbooks.com)
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3 NOVEMBER 2019 — sunday

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  • Ramesh Srinivasan reads from his new book, Beyond the Valley: How Innovators Around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow, on how designers and users can repair their disconnected relationships as well as the relationship between tech elites and us, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 5:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com/bookstore)
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  • Sixteen Rivers Press, a Northern California Publishing Collective, celebrates its 20th anniversary with an afternoon of celebration, a reading by Sixteen Rivers poets, refreshments, and a silent auction, Mill Valley Golf Clubhouse, 267 Buena Vista Avenue, Mill Valley, free/donations optional but welcome, 2:00-5:00 (RSVP required: sixteenrivers.bpt.me)
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4 NOVEMBER 2019 — monday

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  • A Writers' Evening with visual artist and poet Kathleen Frumkin reading from her works with improvisation and reading by musician and poet Kevin Ck Lo, Vanne Bistro Café, formerly the French Hotel Café, 1538 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, no cover, 7:30 (Bob Levin, adelbob@comcast.net)
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  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Elaine Brown, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • Visual artist and fiction writer Kit Vanbuskirk reads from her coffee-table style book The Elmwood Cafes, a collection of colorful reproductions of paper collages and fictional stories that were inspired by nineteen cafes that were in Berkeley's Elmwood district, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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5 NOVEMBER 2019 — tuesday

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  • Poets Reading the News presents a reading by Bay Area-based poets Josiah Luis Alderete, Alan Pelaez Lopez, and Kim Harvey, open mic follows, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room, lower level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (poetsreadingthenews.com)
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  • Book release party and reading with contributing poets and prose writers to celebrate great weather for MEDIA's new anthology, Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea, featuring Neeli Cherkovski, Joan Gelfand, Matthew Hupert, Deborah Kennedy, Mira Martin-Parker, Richard Loranger, and SB Stokes, plus a brief open mic, hosted by great weather editor Jane Ormerod, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (birdbeckett.com)
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  • Slam Jam at the March presents poetry with a live jazz band, readers are Royal Kent, Tureeda Mikell, Tony Aldarondo, and Cassandra Dallett, hosted by Nina Sacco, The Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, $5-$10 suggested donation, 7:00-10:00 (themarsh.org)
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6 NOVEMBER 2019 — wednesday

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  • Facets of Spirituality presents a reading by poet and visual artist Marcia Falk, with a slideshow of artwork from her new book, Inner East: Illuminated Poems and Blessings, which contains her own artwork side-by-side with her poetry and new blessings in English and Hebrew, with a reading by Richard Silberg who will also host, refreshments, Temple Sinai, Albers Chapel, entrance is on Webster Street, just north of 28th Street beside the parking lot, "2808 Summit" is written above the door, several blocks east of Telegraph Avenue, no driving entry from Broadway, Oakland, free, 7:00 (Phil Rubin, 510/547-8080; www.oaklandsinai.org)
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  • Patricia Holt's Book Club meets to discuss Tommy Orange's novel, There, There, the book club looks at books that are called "instant classics" to take a close look at them, Point Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, $20 for individual session, $90 for five-book series, 6:30 (415/663-1542, www.ptreyesbooks.com)
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7 NOVEMBER 2019 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Maxine Chernoff, Under the Music: Collected Prose Poems, and Gillian Conoley, A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New & Selected Poems, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetic Series featuring Cardboard House Press/Cartonera Collective: Giancarlo Huapaya, Omar Pimienta, and José Antonio Villarán, The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/338-2227, poetry.sfsu.edu)
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  • Poem Jam presents San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and special poet guests Dean Rader, Jennifer Foerster, and more in a poetry reading in honor of the late Native American author and scholar Janie Gould, San Francisco Public Library, Learning Studio-Fifth Floor, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (sfpl.org)
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  • Lunch Poems series presents a poetry reading by Monica Youn, Blackacre, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America, Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library, University of California campus, Berkeley, free, 12:10-12:50 (lunchpoems.berkeley.edu)
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  • Center For Literary Arts of San Jose presents poets Tyehimba Jess and Harmony Holiday reading from their collections of poetry, prose and essays; Tshaka Campbell conducts an onstage interview after the reading, book signing and sales, Forager, 420 South 1st Street, San Jose, free, 7:00 (www.litart.org)
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8 NOVEMBER 2019 — friday

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  • Portland poet and collage text writer David Abel with Chris Daniels, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • The Poetry Center at SFSU presents Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetic Series featuring Cardboard House Press/Cartonera Collective: Giancarlo Huapaya, Omar Pimienta, and José Antonio Villarán, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, at Gough, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/338-2227, poetry.sfsu.edu)
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  • Book release party and reading with contributing poets and prose writers to celebrate great weather for MEDIA's new anthology, Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea, featuring Mary Mackey, Julian Mithra, Guy Biederman, Carol Dorf, Kit Kennedy, Cathyann Cusimano, Richard Loranger, and Jane Ormerod, plus a brief open mic, hosted by Richard Loranger, Perch Coffee House, 440 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 6:30-9:00 (hello@richard loranger.com)
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  • Poetry Connection reading series presents Kat Crawford and David Watts, hosted by Terry Lucas, Marin County Poet Laureate, open mic to follow, light refreshments, The Fireside Room, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.terrylucas.com/schedule.html)
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9 NOVEMBER 2019 — saturday

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  • Book release for Everything Must Go by Kevin Coval, with readings by poets Cyrus Armajani, Cassandra Dallett, Rohan DaCosta, Kevin Coval, Nomadic Press/Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland, 7:00 (themarsh.org)
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10 NOVEMBER 2019 — sunday

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  • Social Justice: Poets Laureate Converge presents poets laureate reading from their work and addressing issues of social justice, featuring D.L. Lang, Vallejo Poet Laureate 2017-2019; Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate, 2016-present; Dani Gabriel, El Cerrito Poet Laureate 2018-present; Rafael Jesús González, Berkeley Poet Laureate 2017-present; and Cris Olander, Nevada County Poet Laureate 2019-present, with host Ron Riekki, co-editor of Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00 (415/586-3733, birdbeckett.com)
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11 NOVEMBER 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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12 NOVEMBER 2019 — tuesday

13 NOVEMBER 2019 — wednesday

14 NOVEMBER 2019 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Wendy Taylor Carlisle, The Mercy of Traffic, and Kimi Sugioka, Wile & Wing, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Poem Jam presents San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and special poet guests Linda Noel, Duane Big Eagle, Kitty Costello, and more in a poetry reading in honor of the late Native American poet and storyteller Mary TallMountain, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room, lower level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (sfpl.org)
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  • Babar in Exile #21, Till Death Do We Part, presents a revival of the historic Café Babar, Paradise Lounge, and Club Chameleon readings series, now in a new venue after the closing of The Octopus, featuring a Chris Trian, Deirdre Trian, and celebrating the work of Vampyre Mike Kassel (1953-2008), with the release of Bat Flower, a new compliation of Kassel's mixed-genre work by Deborah Fruchey and Last Laugh Productions, hosted by Richard Loranger and Paul Corman-Roberts, plus open mic, which for this occasion will ask participants to read one poem from a departed Babarian along with their own (books will be available to read from), Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 sharp (hello@richardloranger.com)
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  • Marin Poetry Center reading by Maurya Simon, The Wilderness: New and Selected Poems, and Amber Flora Thomas, Red Channel in the Rupture, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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15 NOVEMBER 2019 — friday

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  • Poetry reading by Judy Wells, Dear Phebe: The Dickinson Sisters Go West, Ralph Dranow, Sunday Ritual, and Dale Jensen, Amateur Mythology, plus an open mic and refreshments, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, a little east of Adeline, Berkeley, parking lot next door (510/644-4930)
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16 NOVEMBER 2019 — saturday

17 NOVEMBER 2019 — sunday

18 NOVEMBER 2019 — monday

19 NOVEMBER 2019 — tuesday

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  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Joyce Young, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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20 NOVEMBER 2019 — wednesday

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  • Poetry Flash and PEN West co-present a poetry reading by Marilyn Chin, A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems, and Genny Lim, KRA!, note different day of the week for this special event, refreshments, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community in the Bay Area, featured readers: Jalyce Fairley, poet and translator Jeffrey Thomas Leong Wild Geese Sorrow, winner of the Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation, Nia McAllister, Katherine Vaz, Casey Walker, 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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  • 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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21 NOVEMBER 2019 — thursday

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  • Poem Jam presents San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and special guests in a poetry reading in honor of the late Native American poet, essayist, and visual artist Carol Lee Sanchez, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room, lower level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (sfpl.org)
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  • Center For Literary Arts of San Jose presents poets and writers Marilyn Chin, A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems, Lawson Fusao Inada, and Sean Wong reading selected poems and short stories to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Aiiieeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers, Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225/229, 150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, free, 6:30 (www.litart.org)
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22 NOVEMBER 2019 — friday

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  • In Common Writers Series presents poets Vanessa Angélica Villareal, Beast Meridian, and Puerto Rican poet Raquel Salas Rivera reading and in conversation, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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23 NOVEMBER 2019 — saturday

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  • Bahamas Hurricane Relief fundraiser event, with excellent food, poetry, exciting music, and raffle, poets reading include Emeryville Poet Laureate Sarah Kobrinsky, Amos White, and more to be announced, Watergate, The Clipper Club, 5 Captain Drive, Emeryville, $100, $70 senior, $25 student, donations tax deductible, 7:00 (For tickets, contact Joyce Gordon at Joyce Gordon Gallery, downtown Oakland, or John Whitehead, 510/658-1360)
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24 NOVEMBER 2019 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading and powerpoint presentation of artwork by Marcia Falk, Inner East: Illuminated Poems and Blessings, Steven Rood, I Say Your Name, also reads, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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25 NOVEMBER 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Dave Holt, 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 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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26 NOVEMBER 2019 — tuesday

27 NOVEMBER 2019 — wednesday

28 NOVEMBER 2019 — thursday

29 NOVEMBER 2019 — friday

30 NOVEMBER 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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