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21 FEBRUARY 2021 — sunday

  • California Writers Club presents the Speaker Series, this month titled "Focus + Finish the Writing that Matters," featuring poet and nonfiction writer Sage Cohen, about setting and fulfilling writing goals, and building good practices when it comes to writing, $5 members, $10 nonmembers, online, 1:00-3:00 pm PST (Purchase tickets here: www.ticketsource.us/california-writers-club-berkeley-branch/cwc-speaker-series-sage-cohen-focus-finish-the-writing-that-matters/e-krmlom)
  • The San Francisco Public Library, in conjunction with the San Francisco Creative Writing Institute, presents "Dispatches from Quarantine," a reading of work that reflect on the present moment and the struggles of living during a global pandemic, featuring readings by Paul Corman-Roberts, Hollie Hardy, Alexandra Kostoulas, Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, and more, free, online, 2:00 pm PST (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2021/02/21/performance-dispatches-quarantine)
  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Connie Post, Prime Meridian, Margo Taft Stever, Cracked Piano, and Stephanie Strickland, How the Universe is Made: Poems New & Selected, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

22 FEBRUARY 2021 — monday

23 FEBRUARY 2021 — tuesday

  • Join hosts Amos White and Kimi Sugioka, Poet Laureate of the City of Alameda, for part II of the fourth annual Alameda Black History Month Black Authors and Poets Reading, featuring a panel of Bay Area poets: Anna Allen, Monique Jonath, Norm Mattox, Vernon Keeve, and Dr. Raina Leon discussing their work and the Black voice in poetry, free, with donations welcome, online, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.booksinc.net/event/black-history-month-panel-part-ii)
  • Jack Foley, along with Nina Serrano, Jovelyn Richards, and Jennifer Stone, hosts Cover to Cover, a radio show celebrating poetry and prose of all sorts, Tuesdays on KPFA in Berkeley, free, online, 2:00 pm PST (For more information: kpfa.org/program/cover-to-cover)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Trish Hopkinson, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PST (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • The Museum of the African Diaspora, in conjunction with Litquake, celebrates the launch of Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity and the Truth About Where I Belong by journalist Georgina Lawton, in conversation with journalist and model Jess Cole, free, with a pay-what-you-can option, online, 12:00-1:00 pm PST (Register to attend: : www.moadsf.org/event/book-launch-raceless-georgina-lawton-in-conversation-with-jess-cole/?instance_id=15912)
  • Join Poetic License Sonoma every fourth Tuesday for an evening of poetry readings featuring the nine poets that make up Poetic License Sonoma, Susanne Arrhenius, Jeffrey Bartfeld, Joseph Cutler, Paul DeMarco, Kusum Irene Jain, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, and Jaime Zukowski, this reading featuring special guest Prartho Sereno, Poet Laureate emeritus of Marin County, emceed by Joe Cutler, free, with additional donations welcome, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/finding-form-through-poetry-feb23)

24 FEBRUARY 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents a discussion of music critic Daphne A. Brooks' latest book, Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound, an examination of Black women in music and how these figures, despite their popularity, are often overlooked and placed on the outskirts of the music industry, in conversation with Ann Powers, music critic and correspondent for NPR, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3743)
  • Point Reyes Books celebrates the paperback release of Lydia Millet's novel A Children's Bible, finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, free, donations welcome, online, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/lydia-millet)
  • The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives presents a reading and discussion featuring poet Vi Khi Nao (Human Tetris) and artist and poet Dao Strom (Instrument), emceed by Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, co-presented with the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network at San Francisco State University, free, online, 2:00 pm PST (Register to attend: poetry.sfsu.edu/events/29185-vi-khi-nao-and-dao-strom-reading-and-conversation)

25 FEBRUARY 2021 — thursday

  • The Center for Literary Arts of San Jose presents a reading and discussion of Trust Exercise, by novelist Susan Choi, winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, in conversation with Noelle Brada-Williams, founder of the journal Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.clasanjose.org/susanchoi)
  • Mechanics' Institute presents a reading and discussion of In the Company of Men, a novel by Véronique Tadjo, which uses real accounts of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa within the story, in conversation with memoirist Faith Adiele, co-sponsored by Museum of the African Diaspora, free for members, $5-$10 for nonmembers, online, Noon PST (Register to attend: www.milibrary.org/events/company-men-novel-zoom-feb-25-2021)
  • Copperfield's Books presents journalist Gina Wilkinson, reading from her latest novel When the Apricots Bloom, a poignant story of two families' politics and sacrifices in Baghdad, free, online, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/gina-wilkinson-online)
  • City Lights Books presents a reading of new work with novelists Lidia Yuknavich, reading from Verge: Stories, and Lance Olsen, reading from My Red Heaven, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3755)

26 FEBRUARY 2021 — friday

  • Small Press Traffic presents the High Dawn Reading Series, this month featuring readings from Stephon Lawrence, artist and writer, and Muriel Leung, poet and author of Bone Confetti, introduced by poet Angie Sijun Lou, with music performed by Beast Nest, a performing project by Sharmi Basu, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: smallpresstraffic.org/upcomingevents/stephon-lawrence-muriel-leung)

27 FEBRUARY 2021 — saturday

  • Aqus presents the series Poets in Conversation, featuring poets Kathleen McClung and Sande Anfang reading their work and answering questions from the audience, free, online, 4:00 pm PST (Email: poetry@phyllispoetry.com for the Zoom link)

28 FEBRUARY 2021 — sunday

  • Les Figues Press and the Echo Theater Company present Mrs. Porter's Salon, an art and literary salon featuring a diverse array of creative performance, including poetry, visual arts, music, and dance, if attending please bring something to share with the group, each attendee is given two to five minutes to perform, co-hosted by Teresa Carmody and Johanna Blakely, founders of Les Figues Press, free, online, 3:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.echotheatercompany.com/mrs-porters)
  • Sixteen Rivers Press presents a poetry reading featuring José Luis Gutiérrez (The Motel Entropy and Other Sorrows) and Ricardo Pau-Llosa (The Turning), part of the Sixteen Rivers Presents reading series, free, online via Zoom, 3:00 pm PST (Zoom link: us02web.zoom.us/j/84755044899?pwd=R1BsajF6aWQ2ZjhCSHhYbTJxdm5VQT09; for more information: sixteenrivers.org/category/readings-events/)
  • Friends of the Claremont Library poetry reading features Jennifer K. Sweeney (Foxlogic, Fireweed) and Diana Marie Delgado (Tracing the Horse, part of the Fourth Sundays reading series, free, online via Facebook Live, 2:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/fourthsundayspoetry)
  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Nathalie Anderson, Stain, and Terry Tierney, The Poet's Garage, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)
  • Harriet A. Washington, author of the acclaimed book Medical Apartheid, discusses her newest work, Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Medical Consent, about the violations when it comes to consent to medical research, and how these violations disproportionately affect people of color, hosted by Revolution Books in Berkeley and New York, free, online, 2:00 pm PST/5:00 pm EST (Register to attend: facebook.com/events/172268234400910)

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