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14 JANUARY 2023 — saturday

15 JANUARY 2023 — sunday

16 JANUARY 2023 — monday

17 JANUARY 2023 — tuesday

18 JANUARY 2023 — wednesday

19 JANUARY 2023 — thursday

  • Books Inc. Berkeley presents poet Heather Bourbeau, reading and discussing her new collection, Some Days The Bird, a poetry conversation with Irish-Australian poet Anne Casey, creating fifty-two poems in fifty-two weeks, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: www.booksinc.net/event/heather-bourbeau-books-inc-berkeley)
  • Left Margin LIT presents "Writing Through Grief," led by former San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin, Old Snow, White Sun, attendees will have a safe space to write through their grief towards healing, six Thursdays, January 19-February 23, Left Margin LIT, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B, Berkeley, $395, 7:00-9:00 pm PST (Enroll here: www.leftmarginlit.org/writing-through-grief-4-goodwin)
  • City Lights Books presents nonfiction writer and activist Kavita Das, Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar, discussing her new book, Craft and Conscience: How to Write About Social Issues, exploring ways in which writers can better engage with socio-political issues, the book also includes essays from numerous authors including James Baldwin, Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz, George Orwell, and more, co-presented with the Asian American Writers' Workshop, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • The Mechanics' Institute presents editor and writer Kim Bancroft discussing her new book, Writing Themselves Into History: Emily and Matilda Bancroft in Journals and Letters, an insightful look into the lives of Emily Brist Ketchum Bancroft (1834-1869) and Matilda Corey Griffing Bancroft (1848-1910), first and second wives to the famous California historian Hubert Howe Bancroft, Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, free for members, public sliding scale $5-$10, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.milibrary.org/events/events-activities)
  • Speaking Axolotl, the monthly Latinx/Chicanx reading series, this event features printmaker and poet Fernando Martí and poet Manuel Rocha Jr., The Pain of a Warrior: Flower Poems Inspired by Prayer, the Ancestors, and Traditional Indigenous Flower Songs, followed by an open mic, ten open slots, this hybrid event is in person at Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco and online via Zoom, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

20 JANUARY 2023 — friday

21 JANUARY 2023 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents award-winning poet, novelist, and musician Will Alexander reading from and discussing his new collection, Divine Blue Light (For John Coltrane), published by City Lights Books, in conversation with poet and activist Kamau Daáood, Artistic Director and co-founder of The World Stage Performance Gallery, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
  • Beyond Baroque presents Richard Modiano, poet and former Executive Director of Beyond Baroque, celebrating his new collection, Forbidden Lunchbox, joined in a reading by poet and founder of Punk Hostage Press Iris Berry, The Daughters of Bastards, poet and playwright Michael C. Ford, Emergency Exits, poet and performance artist S.A. Griffin, Dreams Gone Mad With Hope, and K.R. Morrison, Cauldrons, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 2:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)

22 JANUARY 2023 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Joan Baranow, A Slight Thing, Happiness, and Tayve Neese, evolution psalms, 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)

23 JANUARY 2023 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist and critic Curtis White, Memories of My Father Watching TV, celebrating his new book, Transcendent: Art and Dharma in a Time of Collapse, in conversation with author and photographer Cheston Knapp, Up Up, Down Down, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

24 JANUARY 2023 — tuesday

  • Left Margin LIT presents "The Making of a Poet," a workshop led by poet Mia Ayumi Malhotra, Isako Isako, a California Book Award finalist and winner of the Alice James Award, this workshop looks at "mothering" as a radical practice and examines elements of craft in the work of women and nonbinary poets, six Tuesdays, January 24-February 28, online via Zoom, $395, 6:30-8:30 pm PST (Enroll here: www.leftmarginlit.org/the-making-of-a-poet-malhotra)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet and spoken word artist Red O'Hare, Seaglass Strange, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • Left Margin LIT presents " The Arc of Picture Book Writing," a workshop led by children's book author Meera Sriram, A Gift for Amma, winner of the 2021 South Asia Book Award, this course teaches all about writing picture books, including topics of story arcs, voice, and emotional resonance, as well as the industry itself and submission processes, four Tuesdays, January 24-February 21, with no class on February 14, Left Margin LIT, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B, Berkeley, $275, 6:30-9:00 pm PST (Enroll here: www.leftmarginlit.org/the-arc-of-picture-book-writing-2-sriram)

25 JANUARY 2023 — wednesday

  • The Mechanics' Institute presents a celebration of French writer and actor Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954), featuring translator and publisher Paul Eprile, with two new translations of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette's novels Chéri (1920) and The End of Chéri (1926), in conversation with biographer Judith Thurman, Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, moderated by playwright and poet Zack Rogow, members free, public sliding scale $5 to $10, online via Zoom, Noon PST (Register to attend: www.milibrary.org/events/f%C3%AAte-de-colette-intimate-worlds-colette-virtual-event-zoom-jan-25-2023)
  • City Lights Books celebrates three new poetry books, with readings by LaTasha Nevada-Diggs, Village, Eleni Sikelianos, Your Kingdom, and Anne Waldman, Bard, Kinetic, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

26 JANUARY 2023 — thursday

27 JANUARY 2023 — friday

  • Come join a reading and conversation on ecopoetics, featuring Tonya M. Foster, A Swarm of Bees in High Court; CS Giscombe, Similarly; Judy Grahn, Hanging On Our Own Bones; former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Time and Materials, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize; Brenda Hillman, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days; Gillian Osborne, Green Green Green; and Evelyn Reilly, Echolocation, Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street, Oakland, free, donations welcome, 6:00 pm PST
  • Beyond Baroque presents a reading by Pasadena Poet Laureate Ron Koertge, Olympusville, and Eloise Klein Healy, the first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles in 2012, and author of several collections, including A Brilliant Loss, both authors will read new and selected works, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)

28 JANUARY 2023 — saturday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents Poetry from the Pandemic, a reading of San Francisco poets highlighting how they discovered their inner resources and resilience during the pandemic, featuring Karen Melander-Magoon, John Curl, Rainbow Weather, and Mahnaz Badihian, Ask the Wind, North Beach Library Community Room, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:00 pm PST (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2023/01/28/performance-poetry-pandemic)
  • Point Reyes Books presents novelist Selby Wynn Schwartz, The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, celebrating her new book, After Sappho, longlisted for the Booker Prize, in conversation with bookstore co-owner Molly Parent, Dance Palace Church Space, Point Reyes Station, free, donations welcome, 4:00 pm PST (More information here: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/selby-wynn-schwartz)

29 JANUARY 2023 — sunday

  • Skylight Books presents poet and performance artist Linda Ravenswood, The Stan Poems, reading and discussing her new book, Cantadora: Letters from California, a collection of forty-four hybrid texts that read as maps, diary entries, dream fragments, and lists, spanning the 500+ years from the Spanish Conquest of Mexico to the present day, Skylight Books,1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 pm PST (More information here: www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-linda-ravenswood-presents-cantadora)

30 JANUARY 2023 — monday

31 JANUARY 2023 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet and essayist Darius Atefat-Peckham, How Many Love Poems, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights Books presents nonfiction writer Thomas Crow, The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design, 1930-1995, discussing his new book, The Artist in the Counterculture: Bruce Conner to Mike Kelley and Other Tales from the Edge, examining the influence of West Coast artists on California's counterculture of the 1960s to 1980s, in conversation with art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

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