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5 AUGUST 2021 — thursday

  • Green Apple Books presents poet Kaveh Akbar, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, reading from his new collection of poems, Pilgrim Bell, online via Zoom as well as in-person at Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register for the Zoom: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-kaveh-akbar)

6 AUGUST 2021 — friday

7 AUGUST 2021 — saturday

  • City Lights Books presents acclaimed musician Marc Ribot discussing his new book, Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist, a collection of stories and essays playfully exploring assumptions about music, life, and death, in conversation with musician and composer Elliot Sharp, IrRational Music, free, online, Noon PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)

8 AUGUST 2021 — sunday

  • Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents a reading featuring poet Kim Ly Bui, published in The Body Electric, Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing, and elsewhere, and playwright Cheryldee Huddleston, Who Loves You, Jimmie Orrio?, free, online via Zoom, 2:00 pm PDT (Email jfellguth@sbcglobal.net by 5:00 pm PDT, Saturday August 7, to receive the Zoom link)
  • The Marin Poetry Center presents the Traveling Show, a series of poetry readings featuring new and longtime members of MPC, this reading features poets Elise Kazanjian, Barbara Swift Bauer, Cathryn Shea, Ann Robinson, Kate Peper, and Karen Pierce Gonzalez, free, online, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.marinpoetrycenter.org/programs/trav-show)

9 AUGUST 2021 — monday

10 AUGUST 2021 — tuesday

  • Skylight Books presents best-selling novelist Megan Abbot, Give Me Your Hand, The Fever, reading from and discussing her new book, The Turnout, a captivating thriller set in a family-run ballet studio, in conversation with novelist Ivy Pochoda, These Women, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-megan-abbott-discusses-turnout-ivy-pochoda)
  • Vroman's Bookstore presents educator and writer Tracy Swinton Bailey discussing her new book, Forever Free: A True Story of Hope in the Fight for Child Literacy, which focuses on Bailey's nonprofit, Freedom Readers, and the importance of teaching reading and writing to children, particularly in low-income communities, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vromans-live-tracy-swinton-bailey-discusses-forever-free-true-story-hope-fight-child-literacy)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring poet and novelist Ryka Aoki, Seasonal Velocities, Light From Uncommon Stars, open mic reading to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • Coastside Poetry presents a reading featuring Kathleen McClung, A Juror Must Fold in on Herself, winner of the 2020 Rattle Chapbook Prize, Temporary Kin, and Almost the Rowboat, free, online via YouTube, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (For more information: coastsidepoetry.org/current-features)
  • The Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center presents a reading featuring poet Nicca Ray, Back Seat Baby, Ray by Ray: A Daughter's Take on the Legend of Nicholas Ray, and novelist Michelle Cernuto, You Used to Know Me, with open mic to follow, hosted by former Modesto Poet Laureate Stella Beratlis, Dust Bowl Venus, free, online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend/sign up for the open mic: www.mostpoetry.org/event/second-tuesday-poetry-reading)
  • City Lights Books presents short story writer Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Brief Encounters with the Enemy, reading from his new book, American Estrangement, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)
  • Poetry Center San Jose presents a reading featuring poet-activist ASHA and poet-educator Leonora Simonovis, Waiting for a Ripe Mango, open mic to follow, five minutes per reader, co-sponsored by Works/San Jose art and performance center, free, online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/events/315268370303517)
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents Jessamyn Stanley, nonfiction writer and founder of the inclusive wellness community and app, The Underbelly, discussing her new book, Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com)

11 AUGUST 2021 — wednesday

12 AUGUST 2021 — thursday

13 AUGUST 2021 — friday

14 AUGUST 2021 — saturday

  • San Francisco Public Library presents a poetry reading celebrating the life and work of Janice Mirikitani (1941-2021), passionate and revolutionary activist and poet, who served as Poet Laureate of San Francisco from 2000 to 2002, featuring readings from current San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, and previous San Francisco Poet Laureates Kim Shuck, Alejandro Murguía, Jack Hirschman, and devorah major, as well as numerous poets including Aileen Cassinetto, Genny Lim, Michael Warr, Maw Shein Win, Nelly Wong, and more, come join to honor the life of Janice Mirikitani through poetry, free, online, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT (More info here: sfpl.org/events/2021/08/14/celebration-poets-honor-janice-mirikitani)

15 AUGUST 2021 — sunday

  • The Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center presents a reading featuring Stella Beratlis, Dust Bowl Venus, and Dane Cervine, Earth Is a Fickle Dancer, followed by an open mic, hosted by Gary Thomas, part of the Poetry on Sundays Series, free, online via Zoom, 2:00 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.mostpoetry.org/event/carnegieaugust2021)
  • Sixteen Rivers Press presents a poetry reading featuring poets Stella Beratlis, Dust Bowl Venus, and Dane Cervine, Earth Is a Fickle Dancer, hosted by Gary Thomas, with open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 2:00 pm PDT (Zoom link here: sixteenrivers.org/spring-readings-for-2021-authors)
  • San Francisco Public Library presents a reading featuring Taurean Horn Press poets, including poet and publisher of Taurean Horn Press Bill Vartnaw, Suburbs of My Childhood; poet and musician Avotcja; poets Gail Mitchell, Root Tracings, Bone Songs, and Jeanne Powell, February Voices, Tom Sharp, Spectacles: A Sampler of Poems and Prose, and San Francisco Poet Laureate emeritus Kim Shuck, Clouds Running In, online, free, 2:00-3:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2021/08/15/performance-poets-taurean-horn-press)

16 AUGUST 2021 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets presents an open mic poetry reading, 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)

17 AUGUST 2021 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Salvatore Roseo, open mic reading to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights Books presents graphic novelist Jaime Cortez, discussing his debut short fiction collection, Gordo, in conversation with writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, winner of the Northern California Book Award for Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)

18 AUGUST 2021 — wednesday

  • Green Apple Books presents novelist and short story writer Kyle Beachy, The Slide, discussing his new memoir, The Most Fun Thing: Dispatches from a Skateboard Life, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/virtual-event-kyle-beachy)
  • Book Passage presents novelist Laura Munson, This Is Not the Story You Think It Is, founder of the Haven Writing Retreats and Workshops, reading from and discussing her new novel, Willa's Grove, the story of four women at difficult crossroads in their lives, who come together to Willa's Montana homestead to find solace and companionship, free, online, 5:30 pm PDT (Watch here: www.bookpassage.com/event/laura-munson-willas-grove-online-event)

19 AUGUST 2021 — thursday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist Maurice Carlos Ruffin, We Cast a Shadow, reading from his new collection of stories, The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You, in conversation with best-selling novelist Zakiya Dalila Harris, The Other Black Girl, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)

20 AUGUST 2021 — friday

21 AUGUST 2021 — saturday

  • CalPoets presents the 2021 Poetry Symposium, a weekend-long, virtual event with poetry readings, workshops, and presentations by and for poet-consultants who teach in the schools, featuring San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, Someone's Dead Already, and Shonda Buchanan, Black Indian, poet and editor of Harriet Tubman Press, the symposium also features workshops taught by CalPoets teachers, runs Saturday, August 21-Sunday, August 22, free, donations welcome, online via Zoom, 9:00 am PDT (Register to attend: www.californiapoets.org/events/calpoets-2021-virtual-poetry-symposium-2)

22 AUGUST 2021 — sunday

23 AUGUST 2021 — monday

24 AUGUST 2021 — tuesday

  • City Lights Books presents activist and writer Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, discussing her new book, Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion, examining the pervasive myth that America was founded by and for immigrants, and this harmful ideology used to disguise the country's history of slavery, genocide, and white supremacy, in conversation with poet and fiction writer Alejandro Murguía, Southern Front, This War Called Love, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Kendall Hoeft, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • Join Poetic License Sonoma every fourth Tuesday for an evening of poetry readings, featuring the eight poets that make up Poetic License Sonoma: Susanne Arrhenius, Joseph Cutler, Paul DeMarco, Kusum Jain, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, and Jaime Zukowski, with special guest poet Naomi Ruth Lowinsky, The Little House on Stilts Remembers, The Faust Woman Poems, sponsored by Sebastopol Center for the Arts, $5, donations welcome, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/poetic-license-sonoma-magic)
  • Skylight Books, Marin County Office of Equity, and Dominican University of California present Dr. john a. powell, Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute and author of Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society, part of the Community at Table Speaker Series, a series about anti-racism and social justice, free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/community-table-speaker-series-dr-john-powell-online-event)

25 AUGUST 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents poet Iván Argüelles, "That" Goddess, Happax Legomenon, and poet and playwright Solomon Rino, Deity Men, Reb gong Tibetan Trance Mediums in Transition, discussing their new book of poetry, Field Hollars, a collaboration interweaving two voices from opposite sides of the Bay, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)
  • Red Hen Press presents The Hen House at Home: The Cli-Fi Special, featuring two writers of environmental fiction, Thea Prieto, From the Caves, winner of the 2019 Red Hen Press Novella Award, and Cai Emmons, Weather Woman and its standalone sequel, Sinking Islands, free, online on YouTube and Facebook, 4:00 pm PDT (For more information: redhen.org/virtual)
  • Green Apple Books presents novelist Marc Anthony Richardson, Year of the Rat, American Book Award-winner, reading from and discussing his new novel, Messiahs, in conversation with novelist and translator Carolina de Robertis, Cantoras, The Gods of Tango, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-marc-anthony-richardson-and-carolina-de-robertis)

26 AUGUST 2021 — thursday

27 AUGUST 2021 — friday

28 AUGUST 2021 — saturday

  • Join poet Stella Beratlis, Dust Bowl Venus, Alkali Sink, for the free, one-time workshop "Writing Your Poetry Manifesto: The Ars Poetica Poem"; attendees will learn about ars poetica poems that explore the act of writing and the poet's relationship with the poem, and write through a few prompts in a relaxed environment, open to all writing levels, free, online via Zoom, 1:00 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.mostpoetry.org/event/writing-your-poetry-manifesto-the-ars-poetica-poem)
  • Poets Anastasia Vassos, Nike Adjusting Her Sandal, and Eileen Cleary, 2 a.m. with Keats, read from and discuss their work, part of the Poets in Conversation series, hosted by Phyllis Klein, free, online via Zoom, 4:00 pm PDT (RSVP to poetry@phyllispoetry.com for the Zoom link)

29 AUGUST 2021 — sunday

  • Sixteen Rivers Press presents a poetry reading featuring poets Dane Cervine, Earth Is a Fickle Dancer, The Gateless Gate: Polishing the Moon Sword, and Stella Beratlis, Dust Bowl Venus, Alkali Sink, free, Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley, 3:00 pm PDT (For more information: sixteenrivers.org/spring-readings-for-2021-authors)

30 AUGUST 2021 — monday

  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents journalist Kat Chow, founding member of NPR's Code Switch, reading from and discussing her new book, Seeing Ghosts, a deeply moving memoir about grief and family in the wake of her mother's death, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/kat-chow)
  • Vroman's Bookstore presents Local Authors Day, featuring three local authors discussing their new work: David W. Reed, Uphill and Into the Wind, a memoir about Reed's odyssey across the United States by bicycle, during the political turmoil of the 1970s; Lin Nelson Benedek with her latest poetry collection, Singing Lessons; and Louise Wannier, Tree Spirits, an interactive picture book illustrated by April Tatiana Jackson; free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman%E2%80%99s-live-presents-local-author-day-featuring-david-w-reed-lin-nelson-benedek-and-louise)

31 AUGUST 2021 — tuesday


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