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10 MAY 2022 — tuesday

  • Coastside Poetry presents a reading featuring Indigo Moor, Poet Laureate emeritus of Sacramento, author of Everybody's Jonesin' for Something, Through the Stonecutter's Window, followed by an open mic, spoken poetry only, three-minutes per reader, online via Zoom, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: coastsidepoetry.org/current-features)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring acclaimed apoet and spoken word artist Patricia Smith, Incendiary Art, Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)

11 MAY 2022 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents fiction writer and poet Barry Gifford, Roy's World, Wild At Heart, celebrating the launch of his new collection, How Chet Baker Died: Poems, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events/barry-gifford)
  • An evening of afrofuturism and afrosurreal poetry and prose, featuring Oakland Poet Laureate Ayodele Nzinga, SorrowLand Oracle, and poets James Cagney, Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory, Audrey Williams, Alijah Leach, Karla Brundage, Swallowing Watermelons, Tureeda Mikell, Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine, and adrienne danyelle oliver, the body has memories, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

12 MAY 2022 — thursday

  • Wet Cement Press presents poet Merle Bachman, reading and discussing her new memoir, Thank You For Being, a nuanced and warm account of the journey of being a poet and a woman, Live Worms Gallery, 1345 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.facebook.com/events/734897881252893)
  • The Mechanics' Institute presents Greg Sarris, novelist and Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, discussing his new memoir, Becoming Story: A Journey among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors, in conversation with short story writer Jane Ciabattari, Stealing the Fire, co-sponsored by Heyday Books and California Institute of Culture, Art & Nature, in the 4th Floor Meeting Room at Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, free for members/public sliding scale of $5-$10, 5:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.milibrary.org/events/becoming-story-journey-among-seasons-places-trees-and-ancestors-onsite-mechanics-institute)
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents Kim Shuck's Poem Jam, a monthly reading led by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, Exile Heart, this month features poet and editor Bobby Coleman, reading from Light on the Walls of Life, his forthcoming tribute anthology to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in person, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:15 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2022/05/12/performance-kim-shucks-poem-jam)

13 MAY 2022 — friday

  • Community of Writers presents the weekend intensive workshop "Point of View," led by best-selling novelist Janet Fitch, White Oleander, The Revolution of Marina M., attendees will explore writing from various points of view and how it affects the story, online via Zoom, $330, early bird tuition $280 (register by April 30), five two-hour sessions: 5:00-7:00 pm PDT on Friday; twice on Saturday, 10:00 am-Noon PDT and 5:00-7:00 pm PDT; and twice on Sunday, 10:00 am-Noon PDT and 5:00-7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: communityofwriters.org/events/event/point-of-view)
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents a reading in celebration of The Stan Poems: Indictments & Amendments by Linda Ravenswood, who will be joined by poets and musicians, including Mike Sonksen, Cassandra Dallet, Collapse, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Natasha Dennerstein, Cassandra Rockwood Ghanem, Bernadette McComish, Colleen McKee, My Hot Little Tomato, and Rick Lupert, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-10:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)

14 MAY 2022 — saturday

  • Writers With Drinks presents a reading featuring fiction writer and essayist Jaime Cortez, Gordo, novelist Shanthi Sekaran, Lucky Boy, poet Josiah Luis Alderete, Baby Axolotl & Old Pochos, and more readers TBA, all proceeds will benefit the campaign against recalling San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin, The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, $5 to $20 sliding scale, 7:30-9:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.writerswithdrinks.com)
  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a reading with poets Jon Davis, An Amiable Reception for the Acrobat, and Greg Glazner, Singularity, From the Iron Chair, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.sacramentopoetryalliance.com)
  • The Poetry Center presents a memorial reading celebrating the life and work of poet, essayist, and visual artist Etel Adnan (1925-2021), featuring six guest artists and writers, both those who knew her personally and others who were influenced by her work, Zaina Alsous, David Buuck, Naz Cuguoğlu, Fady Joudah, Stefania Pandolfo, and Camille Roy, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, Noon-2:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: poetry.sfsu.edu/etel-adnan-memorial-tribute-zaina-alsous-david-buuck-naz-cuguoglu-fady-joudah-stefania-pandolfo)
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents poet Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, reading from and discussing her new book, Look at This Blue, in conversation with poet and literary activist Shonda Buchanan, Black Indian, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents a poetry performance workshop led by Mary Lou Newmark, attendees will learn tips and tricks for performing their own poetry and reading their work aloud, bring your own poems to practice and receive feedback, please submit one poem to info@beyondbaroque.org for the reading notes, $65 for members, $75 general admission, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, 11:00 am-2:30 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/poetry-performance-with-mary-lou-newmark-tickets-313779812867?aff=ebdsoporgprofile)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink, presents a monthly poetry reading and critique, led by poet Tania Pryputniewicz, November Butterfly; attendees will write together at the beginning of the session, and offer feedback to one another on the poems they bring in, a workshop to improve your writing and gently hold one another accountable for continuing your craft, meets on the second Saturday of each month, online, $36 for members, $42 for nonmembers, 10:00 am-Noon PDT (Register to attend: www.sandiegowriters.org/second-saturdays-poetry-draft-craft-submit)

15 MAY 2022 — sunday

  • Omnidawn Publishing, along with The Booksmith and The Bindery, present their 2022 Spring Book Launch, celebrating new titles published by Omnidawn, each author will read from their new work, featuring Steven Seidenberg, Anon, Mary G. Wilson, Both, Apollo, Sylvain Gallais and Cynthia Hogue, translators of Distantly by Nicole Brossard, Brandan Griffin, Impastoral, Steven Rood, Naming the Wind, and Martha Ronk, The Place One Is, online, free, 1:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: app.gopassage.com/events/omnidawn-spring-2022/event_times/1080201)
  • Second Sundays Reading Series presents a reading by Barbara Quick, What Disappears, George Lober, A Bridge to There, and Raegen Pietrucha, Head of a Gorgon, online, free, 3:00 pm PDT (secondsundayreadings.com)
  • Come join the Summer Writing Walk on Sonoma State University's 3,570-acre Galbreath Wildlands Preserve, led by artist and poet Patti Trimble, participants will walk and write short pieces, with a focus on responding to observations in nature, Galbreath Wildlands Preserve, Sonoma, free, 10:00 am-2:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: cei.sonoma.edu/summer-writing-walk)

16 MAY 2022 — monday

17 MAY 2022 — tuesday

18 MAY 2022 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist Gabriela Alemán, La muerte silba un blues, Poso Wells, reading from her latest collection of short stories, Family Album, published by City Lights Books, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

19 MAY 2022 — thursday

  • Point Arena Third Thursday Poetry presents a reading featuring poet Dan Brady, Strange Children, Subtexts, with open mic to follow, hosted by blake more, Poet Laureate of Point Arena, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Email blake@snakelyone.com for the Zoom link, or to sign up for the open mic)
  • Come join the Poetry Night Reading Series at John Natsoulas Gallery, held every first and third Thursday of the month, with readings by featured authors, followed by an open mic, bring your poems, short stories, and songs to share, or come to listen, limit five-minutes per performance, hosted by Davis Poet Laureate Dr. Andy Jones, John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street, Davis, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.natsoulas.com/poetry-night)
  • City Lights Books presents poets Barbara Jane Reyes and Rajiv Mohabir, reading and discussing their new books, Wanna Peak Into My Notebook?: Notes on Pinay Liminality and Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir, respectively, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events/hybrid-liminal-diaspore-barbara-jane-reyes-and-rajiv-mohabir)

20 MAY 2022 — friday

  • Medicine for Nightmares celebrates the release of the Nomadic Press tarot deck, Tarot En Pandemia Y Revolution, with readings and performances by poet and musician Anais Azul, poets MK Chavez, Dear Animal, and Alejandro Murguía, Stray Poems, painter Malik Seneferu, and artist and poet Adrian Arias, the creator of the tarot, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:55 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

21 MAY 2022 — saturday

  • Tía Chucha's Centro Cultural and Bookstore presents the 17th annual Celebrating Words Festival, a free event of live music and poetry, art workshops, and book giveaways, celebrating creativity and literacy in an accessible and dynamic space, Vaughn G3 Academy, 11200 Herrick Avenue, Pacoima, free, 2:00-7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.tiachucha.org/celebrating_words_festival)
  • The Ina Coolbrith Circle presents a talk on the life and work of medieval poet Marie de France, led by translator and poet Dorothy Gilbert, Marie de France: Poetry, translations, Fox Woman, poems, followed by an open mic reading, first come, first read, online via Zoom, free, 2:00 pm PDT (Email: deborahbschmidt@gmail.com to sign up for the open mic; RSVP to attend: www.coolpoetry.org/meetings.html)

22 MAY 2022 — sunday

  • Book Passage presents a reading in celebration of the best student poets in Marin County, hosted by California Poets in the Schools and poets Meg Hamill and Michele Rivers, in person, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, outdoor seating for 100 people, free, 2:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.bookpassage.com/event/marin-poets-schools-reading-corte-madera-store-0)
  • Skylight Books celebrates new publications from Red Hen Press, featuring poet Jenny Qi, Focal Point, novelist Lily Hoang, Underneath, and short story writer Pete Hsu, If I Were the Ocean, I'd Carry You Home, in person, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 5:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-red-hen-press-presents-jenny-qi-lily-hoang-and-pete-hsu)
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by D. Nurkse, A Country of Strangers: New and Selected Poems, and Erin Rodoni, And If the Woods Carry You, 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)

23 MAY 2022 — monday

24 MAY 2022 — tuesday

  • Kepler's Literary Foundation presents Greg Sarris, novelist and Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, discussing his new memoir, Becoming Story: A Journey among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors, an intimate look at personal and collective trauma and what it means to connect with the place where you live, in conversation with novelist Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, donations welcome, online, free, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.keplers.org/upcoming-events-internal/greg-sarris)

25 MAY 2022 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books celebrates the publication of The Letters of Thom Gunn, by poet August Kleinzahler, the first complete portrait of the life and work of the legendary British-Berkeley poet Thom Gunn (1929-2004), author of Boss Cupid, The Man with Night Sweats, and more, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • Green Apple Books presents poet and short story writer Toni Mirosevich, Pink Harvest, celebrating her new collection, Spell Heaven, in conversation with poet Frances Phillips, Up at Two, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-toni-mirosevich-frances-phillips)

26 MAY 2022 — thursday

  • Rivertown Poets presents a special pop-up reading featuring poets Edward Mycue, Because We Speak the Same Language, Antoinette Vella Payne, Amos White, The Sound of the Web, and Phynne~Belle, followed by an open mic reading, three-minutes per reader, first come, first to read, hosted by poet Sande Anfang, online via Zoom, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays)
  • You're Going to Die presents the open mic "Poetry, Prose, and Everything Goes," a communal offering to explore the conversation about death, to honor those we've lost, and celebrate being alive; come to perform or to listen, featuring poetry and prose readings, musical performances, and more, The Lost Church, 427 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, $12/donations welcome, doors at 7:30 pm, event runs 8:15-10:30 pm PDT (More informattion here: www.facebook.com/events/599764114683451)
  • Books and Letters Bookstore presents Roberta Llewellyn, reading from her memoir, Lost Angels Coming Home, a rich telling of her life, living in Northern California for many decades, Books and Letters Bookstore, 1405 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, free, 11:00 am PDT
  • The UCSC Literature Department and Creative Writing Program present artist and poet Gina Athena Ulysse, Because When God is Too Busy: Haiti, Me, & the World, part of the Living Writers Series Spring 2022: Celebrant: Sound Actions, a showcase of interdisciplinary writers exploring the relationship of sound and verbal language, co-sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz, at the Humanities Lecture Hall, UC Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, free, 5:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: creativewriting.ucsc.edu/news-events/living-writers-series/index.html)
  • Writers Read presents poet Michael Riedell, The Way of Water, Small Talk & Long Silences, followed by an open mic reading, Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.gracehudsonmuseum.org/new-events)

27 MAY 2022 — friday

28 MAY 2022 — saturday

  • Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library presents a reading with editor and poet Elena Karina Byrne, If This Makes You Nervous, No Don't, and poet Daniel Romo, Moonlighting as an Avalanche, Apologies in Reverse, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue N., Claremont, free, 2:00-3:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.facebook.com/fourthsundayspoetry)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents a reading with poet Roberto Tinoco Duran, Darkspark, Maximum in Minimum, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30-9:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

29 MAY 2022 — sunday

  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents the workshop "Navigating With(out) Instruments," led by author and performer traci kato-kiriyama, based on their book of the same name, the workshop focuses on themes of memory and belonging, and the soul-baring that comes with the creative process, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, $65 for members, $75 general admission, Noon-4:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/navigating-without-instruments-a-workshop-with-traci-kato-kiriyama-tickets-313785921137?aff=ebdsoporgprofile)
  • Come join Sonoma County Poets for a reading, featuring Phyllis Meshulam, Doll, Moon, Larry Robinson, Roll Away the Stone, Vilma Ginzberg, Colors of Glass, David Seter, Don't Sing to Me of Electric Fences, Marvin Hiemstra, Poet Wrangler, and Brian Martens, Three Raven Gate, with Steve Shain on bass, hosted by poet Ed Coletti, in person, Café Frida, 300 S. A Street, Santa Rosa, free, 3:00-5:00 pm PDT
  • Small Press Traffic presents a talk about the life and work of poet Joanne Kyger (1934-2017), a prolific writer of poetry and prose associated with the San Francisco Renaissance and the Beat Generation, the talk will be led by poet Cedar Sigo, All This Time, reading from Kyger's poetry and letters, and discussing their collaborative work in editing There You Are. Interviews, Journals & Ephemera, and ending with an open discussion of her work, online via Zoom, free, 11:00 am PDT (RSVP to attend: www.smallpresstraffic.org/upcomingevents/joanne-kyger-cedar-sigo)

30 MAY 2022 — monday

31 MAY 2022 — tuesday


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