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20 JUNE 2021 — sunday

  • City Lights Books presents an evening of readings from poets published by Black Ocean, an independent publisher based in Boston, featuring poets Carrie Olivia Adams, Intervening Absence, Zachary Schomburg, Scary, No Scary, poet and translator Hedgie Choi, and poet Nathan Hoks, Reveilles, The Narrow Circle, free, online via Zoom, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3814)
  • The Marin Poetry Center presents the Traveling Show, a series of poetry readings featuring new and longtime members of MPC, this reading features poet James Gronvold, Word and Mortar, poet and cellist Tova Green, dancer and poet Maxine Flasher-Düzgüneş, MPC's Inaugural Youth Poet Ambassador Harita Kalvai, poet Sharon Pretti, and poet Robin Lee, free, online, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.marinpoetrycenter.org/programs/trav-show)
  • Book Passage presents best-selling novelists Alka Joshi, The Henna Artist, and Sujata Massey, The Widows of Malabar Hill, discussing their new books, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur and The Bombay Prince, respectively, in conversation with actor and activist Freida Pinto, known for movies such as Slumdog Millionaire and Desert Dancer, free, online, 1:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/alka-joshi-secret-keeper-jaipur)
  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Norman Fischer, There was a clattering as…, and poememoirist Linda Norton, Wite Out: Love and Work, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

21 JUNE 2021 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Anita May and Ernesto Garay, Reverberating Voices, open mic to follow, three-minutes per reader, hosted by poet and artist Sande Anfang, Xylem Highway, held the first and third Mondays of the month, free, online via Zoom, 6:15 pm PDT (Register to attend/sign up for open mic: aqus.com/rivertownpoets)

22 JUNE 2021 — tuesday

  • Skylight Books presents professor and writer Moya Bailey discussing her new book, Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women's Digital Resistance, delving into misogynoir, a term Bailey coined to describe the anti-Black and misogynistic ways Black women are represented in digital spaces, in conversation with activist Mariame Kaba, We Do This 'Til We Free Us, free, online, 5:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-moya-bailey-discusses-misogynoir-transformed-mariame-kaba)
  • City Lights Books presents author and editor Benjamin Hedin, In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now, reading from and discussing his debut novel, Under the Spell, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3767)
  • 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, with special guest poet Diane Frank, Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines, free, with donations welcome, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: poeticlicensesonoma.com/events)

23 JUNE 2021 — wednesday

  • Point Reyes Books presents best-selling author Emily Rapp Black, Poster Child: A Memoir, discussing her new book Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg, about her relationship to her body and the compulsion to hide disabilities that is often encouraged by ableist society, through the lens of Frida Kahlo's art and life, in conversation with poet and essayist Matthew Zapruder, Sun Bear, Why Poetry, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/emily-rapp-black-and-matthew-zapruder)
  • Book Passage presents writer and performer M. Leona Godin, The Star of Happiness, The Spectator and the Blind Man, discussing her new book, There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness, examining the history of blindness, the myths that have grown around it, as well as scientific studies and developments in accessibility, including the author's perspective as someone who began losing her vision at age ten, free, online, 1:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/m-leona-godin-there-plant-eyes-personal-and-cultural-history-blindness-online-event)

24 JUNE 2021 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading to celebrate Fog and Light: San Francisco Through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here, a new anthology, with contributors Vince Gotera, Ken Haas, Jodi Hottel, Kathleen McClung, Gwynn O'Gara, and editor Diane Frank, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)
  • City Lights Books presents novelist Doug Henderson, discussing his new novel, The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club, in conversation with novelist K.M. Soehnlein, The World of Normal Boys, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)

25 JUNE 2021 — friday

  • Green Apple Books presents poet and essayist Jenny Bitner, reading from and discussing her debut novel, Here is a Game We Could Play, a story set in Pennsylvania in the 1990s that follows a woman who, stuck in the rundown industrial town where she grew up, turns to fantasy and books to escape the darker memories of her past, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/virtual-event-jenny-bitner)
  • Junior High, Not a Cult, and Skylight Books present poet and former Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles Rhiannon McGavin reading from and discussing her new book, Grocery List Poems, free, held at Junior High, Inc.'s outdoor venue at 603 South Brand Boulevard, Glendale, California, 6:30 pm PDT (More information here: juniorhighlosangeles.com/calendar/rhiannonmcgavin)

26 JUNE 2021 — saturday

27 JUNE 2021 — sunday

  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents "The Poems of Charles Bukowski," a workshop led by poet and owner of Vault Publishing, Sunny Rey, Quotes and Poems by a Nobody, and poet and spoken word artist Anthony Azzarito, $36 members, $42 nonmembers, online, 10:00 am-Noon PDT (Enroll here: www.sandiegowriters.org/poems-of-charles-bukowski-sunny-rey)
  • The Claremont Library presents a reading featuring poets Romaine Washington, Purgatory Has an Address and Sirens in Her Belly, and Anna Leahy, What Happened Was, Aperture, part of the Fourth Sundays reading series, free, online via Facebook Live, 2:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/fourthsundayspoetry)

28 JUNE 2021 — monday

29 JUNE 2021 — tuesday

  • Green Apple Books presents novelist Rivka Galchen, Atmospheric Disturbances and Little Labours, reading from and discussing her new novel, Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch, in conversation with novelist Paul La Forge, The Night Ocean, free, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/virtual-event-rivka-galchen-and-paul-la-farge)
  • City Lights Books presents poet and playwright Camille Roy discussing her new book, Honey Mine, a collection of short fiction exploring coming of age in Chicago's South Side and youth in the lesbian underground, in conversation with poet and writer Eileen Myles, Chelsea Girls, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Sharon Smith-Knight, Wine-Sip and Other Delicious Poems, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)

30 JUNE 2021 — wednesday

  • Point Reyes Books presents essayist Gillian Osborne reading from and discussing her new book, Green Green Green, a collection of essays exploring history, horticulture, and the green world, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/gillian-osborne)
  • City Lights Books presents novelist and essayist Kate Zambreno, Drifts, Appendix Project, discussing her new book To Write as if Already Dead, part novella, part study, exploring friendship, language, identity, and bodies against the backdrop of French writer Hervé Guibert's novel, To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life, in conversation with writer T Fleischmann, Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)

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