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Watershed Festival: Robert Hass, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Kim Shuck, more

7 OCTOBER 2017 — saturday

22nd Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, "Stand Up for the Earth" with dynamic readings of over thirty poets and writers, including Robert Hass, Maxine Hong Kingston; Tongo Eisen-Martin; Tess Taylor; San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck; Alison Luterman; invocation and reading by Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González with Gerardo Omar Marín on conch and flute, more featured poets and speakers to be announced; California Poets in the Schools students reading led by poet-teachers John Oliver Simon and Maureen Hurley; Chapter 510 Oakland students read from The Biography of Water; more readings by poets Kirk Lumpkin, Tiffany Higgins, Raphael Block, Jahan Khalighi, and Maw Shein Win, Poet Laureate of El Cerrito, with Nevada City eco-poet Chris Olander; We Are Nature Open Mic, (to read, enter drawing at noon); hosts Richard Silberg and Kirk Lumpkin, music by The Barry Finnerty Trio; River Village exhibits by literary and environmental organizations; Pegasus Downtown book tent with books for sale and signing; a 100 Thousand Poets for Change event, sponsored by Poetry Flash, Ecology Center, Pegasus Books Downtown, Moe's Books; wheelchair accessible, Civic Center Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Center Street, downtown Berkeley, noon-4:30 (510/525-5476; to table or exhibit, e-mail: info@poetryflash.org)




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Northern California

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18 AUGUST 2019 — sunday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Margaret Wagner, Jeremy Pugh, Judith Yamamoto, and Jennifer Nichols in a poetry reading, hosted by Lisa Rubio, Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, free, 2:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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19 AUGUST 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Open Mic with Alexander McAlister, sign up through Facebook or just show up, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/870788299728965, oaklandoctopus.org)
    event page
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Laura Schulkind, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, open mic, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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    EAST:
  • 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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20 AUGUST 2019 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • 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)
    event page
    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Nancy Cherry, Leta Bushyhead, Bonnie Carasso, and poets to be announced, hosted by Suz Lipman, Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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21 AUGUST 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • 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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22 AUGUST 2019 — thursday

    SOUTH:
  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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23 AUGUST 2019 — friday

24 AUGUST 2019 — saturday

25 AUGUST 2019 — sunday

26 AUGUST 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents poet, novelist, and memorist Jerry Ratch, 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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  • Open Mic with Alexander McAlister, sign up through Facebook or just show up, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/870788299728965, oaklandoctopus.org)
    event page
    EAST:
  • 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)
    event page

27 AUGUST 2019 — tuesday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Susan Gunter, Catharine Clark-Sayles, Marvin R. Hiemstra, Jeanne Rana, and Sandra Anfang in a poetry reading, hosted by Julia Vose, Rebound Books, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, free, 7:00 (415/482-0550, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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28 AUGUST 2019 — wednesday

29 AUGUST 2019 — thursday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Kathleen McClung, Diane Kirsten Martin, Sandy Cross, David Glick, and Shelley Chesley in a poetry reading, hosted by Amanda Moore, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00 (415/389-4292, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
    event page
    SOUTH:
  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
    event page

30 AUGUST 2019 — friday

31 AUGUST 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • 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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