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3 FEBRUARY 2024 — saturday

  • Left Margin LIT presents "Project Frankenstein," a fiction-writing seminar led by novelist Shanthi Sekaran, Lucky Boy, this class focuses on character building through interactive and generative writing exercises, Left Margin LIT, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B, Berkeley, $195, 10:00 am-3:00 pm PST, with a one-hour lunch break (Enroll here: www.leftmarginlit.org/project-frankenstein-2-sekaran)
  • Point Reyes Books presents a reading featuring poet Jesse Nathan, celebrating his debut collection, Eggtooth, joined by poets Karen Solie, The Living Option, and Forrest Gander, Be With, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Dance Palace Church Space, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station, free, 3:00 pm PST (More information here: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/jesse-nathan-and-karen-solie)

4 FEBRUARY 2024 — sunday

5 FEBRUARY 2024 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets presents a reading featuring Claire Drucker, The Life You Gave Me, and Ed Coletti, The Problem With Breathing, followed by an open mic, three-minutes per reader, fifteen-slots maximum, Aqus Café, 189 H Street, Petaluma, free, 6:15 pm PST (More information here: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays)

6 FEBRUARY 2024 — tuesday

  • Clio's presents a reading by poet and essayist Amy Glynn, celebrating the launch of her new book, Romance Language, winner of the 2022 Able Muse Book Award, poets Lisa Rosenberg, A Different Physics, and Caroline Goodwin, Custody of the Eyes, also read, Clio's Bookstore and Bar, 353 Grand Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 pm PST
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with featured poet Lenora Good, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)

7 FEBRUARY 2024 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents a benefit reading of Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza by Mosab Abu Toha, who will be joining the reading via Zoom, joined by a star-studded cast of poets for a group reading of his award-winning debut, all proceeds will benefit the Middle East Children's Alliance, which provides emergency assistance to displaced families in Gaza, as well as medical supplies to hospitals and clinics, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events/mosab-abu-toha-friends)
  • Vroman's Bookstore presents bestselling novelist Kemper Donovan, The Decent Proposal, celebrating his new book, The Busy Body, in conversation with Deborah Netburn, reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/kemper-donovan-discusses-busy-body)
  • Left Margin LIT presents "Fiction Writing: Prompts, Discussion, and Workshop," a four-week class led by novelist Angela Pneuman, Lay It on My Heart, come join for a fun way to generate new work through prompts and reading stories and short novel excerpts, all while creating a supportive online community, runs four Wednesdays, February 7-28, online via Zoom, $295, 5:30-7:30 pm PST (Enroll here: www.leftmarginlit.org/fiction-writing-pneuman)

8 FEBRUARY 2024 — thursday

  • San Francisco Public Library presents Poem Jam, a monthly reading every second Thursday of the month, featuring poet and musician Avotcja, poets Aileen Cassinetto, The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems, Clara Hsu, The First to Escape, and Mahnaz Badihian, Ask the Wind, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, What Unseen Thing Blows Wishes Across My Surface?, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PST (More information here: sfpl.org/events)
  • City Lights Books presents editor and essayist Adam Shatz, Writers and Missionaries: Essays on the Radical Imagination, discussing his new book, The Rebel's Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon, an elucidating biography of the writer-activist Frantz Fanon, whose writings remain influential today, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

9 FEBRUARY 2024 — friday

10 FEBRUARY 2024 — saturday

  • Nevada County Reads kicks off the new year with a poetry reading featuring former and current Nevada County Poets Laureate: Kirsten Casey, Ex Vivo: Out of the Living Body, Chris Olander, Twilight Roses, and Molly Fisk, Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City, free, 1:00-3:00 pm PST (More information here: nevadacounty.evanced.info/signup)
  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a reading with featured authors Frank Gioia, The Mercury Man: Remembering Brooklyn, and Beverly Parayno, Wildflowers: Stories, followed by an open mic, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, free, 4:00 pm PST (More information here: www.sacramentopoetryalliance.com)

11 FEBRUARY 2024 — sunday

  • Poetry at The Cobalt presents a reading featuring Kirk Lumpkin, In Deep, and David Partch, The Hard and the Soft of It, followed by an open mic, three to five-minutes per reader, signup sheet at the reading, part of a reading series held every second Sunday of the month, Cobalt Gallery, 430 Main Street, Fort Bragg, free, 4:00-6:00 pm PST

12 FEBRUARY 2024 — monday

13 FEBRUARY 2024 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with featured poet Garland Thompson, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • Coastside Poetry presents a featured reading by former Poet Laureate of Benicia Johanna Ely, What Still Matters, followed by an open mic, three-minutes per reader, online via Zoom, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: coastsidepoetry.org)
  • City Lights Books and MCD Books present Brontez Purnell, 100 Boyfriends, winner of the 2022 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Fiction, celebrating the launch of his new book, Ten Bridges I've Burnt: A Memoir in Verse, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • The Library Foundation of Los Angeles presents novelist Sheila Heti, Pure Color, reading and discussing her new book, Alphabetical Diaries, an experimental memoir comprised of sentences arranged from A to Z, written over a ten-year period, co-presented with Skylight Books, part of the ALOUD Winter 2024 Season, Mark Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles Central Library, 620 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: lfla.org/event/alphabetical-diaries)
  • Books Inc. presents bestselling novelist Yangsze Choo, The Ghost Bride, reading and discussing her latest book, The Fox Wife, Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: www.booksinc.net/event/yangsze-choo-books-inc-palo-alto)

14 FEBRUARY 2024 — wednesday

  • The Thousand Oaks Library and the Ventura County Poetry Project jointly present a poetry open mic, held every second Wednesday of the month, featuring readings with local poets and special guests, come share your work and listen to others, hosted by Ron Fullerton, Newbury Park Library Meeting Room, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: libcal.tolibrary.org/event/10554134?f=h)

15 FEBRUARY 2024 — thursday

  • Alameda Poets presents Alameda Island Poets Workshop, led by Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana, My Dad Believed in Love, come for a session of poetry writing and revision in a supportive community environment, runs every second Thursday of the month, online via Zoom, free, donations welcome, 7:00-9:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.frankbettecenter.org/alameda-island-poets-workshop.html)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents Speaking Axolotl, the monthly Latinx/Chicanx reading series, held every third Thursday, ten-slot open mic, hosted by poet Josiah Luis Alderete, Baby Axolotls & Old Pochos, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, as well as online via Zoom, open mic sign up at the event begin at 6:45 pm, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • The Center for Literary Arts of San Jose presents novelist Percival Everett, recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and author of The Trees, shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize, reading his recent work, followed by a discussion with novelist Keenan Norris, The Confession of Copeland Cane, winner of the Northern California Book Award, copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at the event, Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, free, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: hammertheatre.com)
  • Point Arena Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz presents featured poets Larry Felson and Joe Smith, Sappho's Island, the reading will feature live improv jazz and an open mic, poets, storytellers, and musicians are welcome, Think Visual, 240 Main Street, Point Arena, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: www.facebook.com/thirdthursdaypoetry)
  • Left Margin LIT presents "The Memoir of Childhood," a memoir class led by writer and writing coach Tommy Mouton, this four-week extensive workshop will explore the use of childhood memories as a creative foundation for storytelling, runs four Thursdays, February 15-March 7, online via Zoom, $295, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (Enroll here: www.leftmarginlit.org/the-memoir-of-childhood-4-mouton)
  • The Museum of the African Diaspora presents an open mic reading, with featured poet CieraJevae Gorgon, Unto Ivy's Rib, hosted by poet Nia McAllister, come participate in a community of poetry either by performing your own work or watching in the audience, online via Zoom, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend/sign up for the open mic: www.moadsf.org/event/open-mic-night-featuring-cierajevae-gorgon)
  • Poetry Night Reading Series presents featured readers Cami Rothmuller and special guest TBA, followed by an open mic, five minutes per reader, hosted by Davis Poet Laureate Dr. Andy Jones, John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street, Davis, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: www.natsoulas.com/poetry-night)

16 FEBRUARY 2024 — friday

  • Beyond Baroque presents an evening of poetry in tribute to poet Dorothy Barresi, Post-Rapture Diner, winner of the American Book Award; an inspiring teacher and active poet in the Los Angeles literary scene, Barresi will be joined in a reading by poets, former students, and colleagues including Kim Young, Patty Seyburn, Suzanne Lummis, former Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson, Elena Karina Byrne, Marsha de la O, Dan Murphy, and Iván Salinas, emceed by Dan Murphy, followed by a brief Q&A with Dorothy Barresi facilitated by Kim Young, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00-10:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Skylight Books presents award-winning novelist and poet Mathieu Cailler, reading from and discussing his new book, Forest for the Trees & Other Stories, in conversation with short fiction writer William R. Hincy, Without Expiration, finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award, Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: www.skylightbooks.com)
  • The Arts Research Center of UC Berkeley presents the Reclamation Poetry Gathering, a weekend-long event of readings, conversations, and workshops, featuring 2023 Poetry Fellows Cody Achin, Julian Ankney, Carol Ann Carl, Phillip Cash Cash, Al-An deSouza, Ayling Z. Dominguez, Amanda Galvan Huynh, Ines Hernandez-Avila, Chris Hoshnic, Fede Kong-Gonzalez, Marisa Lin, Cristina S. Mendez, No'u Revilla, Angel Sobotta, Aimee Suzara, Tierra Sydnor, Kellen Trenal, Taté Walker, and Sa Whitley, facilitated by Natalie Diaz, Beth Piatote, and Craig Santos Perez, book signings will be available at the readings, BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, free, 11:30 am-6:00 pm PST (More information here: arts.berkeley.edu/feb-2024-reclamation-poetry-gathering)

17 FEBRUARY 2024 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents "Writing the Surreal and the Strange," a generative poetry workshop led by Jose Hernandez Diaz, 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow and author of Bad Mexican, Bad American, this workshop will focus on close readings of surrealist poets such as James Tate, Shivani Mehta, and Will Alexander, and provide attendees with prompts to create their own strange and surreal poems, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, $80 for members, $90 general admission, 11:00 am-2:00 pm PST (Purchase tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-the-surreal-and-the-strange-tickets-800075285717)
  • Beyond Baroque presents a dual book launch and reading, featuring 2023 Texas State Poet Laureate ire'ne lara silva and poet Angelina Sáenz, reading from their new books, the eaters of flowers and Maestra, respectively, joined by poets Jen Yáñez-Alaniz, Surrogate Eater, and féi hernandez, Hood Criatura, book signings follow the readings, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Clearly Meant presents poet and visual artist Maureen Hurley, whose work has appeared in anthologies such as Atomic Ghost and the forthcoming Catching the Last Light, Hurley will read her poetry, followed by an interview and discussion, a free chapbook of her poems is available at all Berkeley Public Library branches during the month before the event, copies also available at the reading, Berkeley Public Library, Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue Avenue, Berkeley, free, 2:00-3:00 pm PST (More information here: www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/locations/claremont-branch)
  • The Arts Research Center of UC Berkeley presents the Reclamation Poetry Gathering, a weekend-long event of readings, conversations, and workshops, featuring 2023 Poetry Fellows Cody Achin, Julian Ankney, Carol Ann Carl, Phillip Cash Cash, Al-An deSouza, Ayling Z. Dominguez, Amanda Galvan Huynh, Ines Hernandez-Avila, Chris Hoshnic, Fede Kong-Gonzalez, Marisa Lin, Cristina S. Mendez, No'u Revilla, Angel Sobotta, Aimee Suzara, Tierra Sydnor, Kellen Trenal, Taté Walker, and Sa Whitley, facilitated by Natalie Diaz, Beth Piatote, and Craig Santos Perez, book signings will be available at the readings, BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, free, 10:00 am-6:00 pm PST (More information here: arts.berkeley.edu/feb-2024-reclamation-poetry-gathering)

18 FEBRUARY 2024 — sunday

  • Benicia Literary Arts presents local author Marty Malin, reading and discussing his debut novel, Transit: A Journey of Transfiguration, Bookshop Benicia, 636 First Street, Benicia, free, 5:30 pm PST (More information here: www.benicialiteraryarts.org)
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and flash fiction writer Andrena Zawinski, Born Under the Influence, and novelist and poet Jerry Ratch, A Body Divided, memoir, who will read some of his poems accompanied by live music, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PST (poetryflash.org).

19 FEBRUARY 2024 — monday

  • City Lights and Tender Buttons Press celebrate Dodie Bellamy and the publication of new editions of her books Cunt Norton and The Cunt-Ups. She will be joined by Lee Ann Brown, Maxe Crandall, Marcella Faustini, Jason Morris, and London Pinkney, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST citylights.com/events/dodie-bellamy-and-friends)

20 FEBRUARY 2024 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with featured reader TBA, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • Green Apple Books presents award-winning author Lauren Markham, The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, celebrating the release of her latest book, A Map of Future Ruins: On Borders and Belonging, in conversation with Oscar Villalon, managing editor of ZYZZYVA, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-lauren-markham-oscar-villalon)
  • Poetry Express returns to Berkeley with an open mic reading, sponsored by the California Writers Club, Berkeley Branch, the reading is held in a cooperative art gallery and multi-use space, 2727 California Street, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PST (More information here: www.2727.today/calendar/poetry-express-open-mic)
  • Books Inc. presents former reporter and novelist Sarah Ruiz-Grossman, celebrating her debut novel, A Fire So Wild, in conversation with novelist Daniel Gumbiner, The Boatbuilder, finalist for the California Book Awards, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: www.booksinc.net/event/sarah-ruiz-grossman-books-inc-berkeley)
  • Skylight Books presents poet and novelist Joseph Earl Thomas, celebrating his new memoir, Sink, in conversation with Traci Thomas, creator and host of the podcast The Stacks, 1818 N Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: www.skylightbooks.com)

21 FEBRUARY 2024 — wednesday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents The Last Supper Party, a spoken word and performance series curated by Kimi Sugioka, Poet Laureate of the City of Alameda, featuring performances by poets Ayo Khensu-Ra, Kevin Dublin, Eulogy, and multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Cadence Myles, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

22 FEBRUARY 2024 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Andrea Cohen, The Sorrow Apartments, and Katie Peterson, Fog and Smoke: Poems, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PST (poetryflash.org).
  • Marin Poetry Center's Poetry Reading Series presents a reading featuring Catharine Clark-Sayles, The Telling, One Breath, and Lifeboat, Gerald Fleming, whose most recent book is prose poetry, The Bastard and the Bishop, and David Watts, Katy Bridge, poems, Seed Kites, haiku, and Daily Bouquet, aphorisms, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 6:30 to 8:00pm PST (To register, visit: www.millvalleylibrary.org; 415/389-4292)
  • Holloway Poetry Series presents a poetry reading by Roger Reeves, Best Barbarian, finalist for the 2022 National Book Award for Poetry and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, books will be available for purchase and for signing, 315 Wheeler Hall, University of California at Berkeley campus, Berkeley, free, reception at 5:45 pm, reading at 6:30 pm PST (More information here: www.pegasusbookstore.com/reeves)
  • The Arts Research Center of UC Berkeley presents The Loft Hour, a new reading series that showcases the work of new arts faculty in informal conversation, this month features poet Solmaz Sharif, Look, winner of the Northern California Book Award and finalist for the National Book Award, with multimedia artist Darian Longmire, in conversation with educator and author Anneka Lenssen, Beautiful Agitation: Modern Painting and Politics in Syria, winner of the 2021 Syrian Studies Association Best Book Prize, Arts Research Center, Hearst Field Annex, D23, Berkeley, free, Noon-1:00 pm PST (More information here: arts.berkeley.edu/2-22-24-the-loft-hour-solmaz-sharif-darian-longmire)
  • Sami Hermez, anthropologist, reads from his memoir and oral history, My Brother, My Land: A Story From Palestine, an exploration of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine through the experience of a single West Bank family, the story offers a perspective about the politics of occupation that challenges the victimization of Palestinians and reinforces their determination to persevere, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 9:00 pm PST citylights.com/events/sami-hermez)
  • The Poetry Center presents a poetry reading and conversation by Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate Emerita of San Francisco, reading from her recent work, and young Diné poet, Hataałiinez Wheeler, The Poetry Center, Humanities Building 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 1:00 to 2:30 pm PST poetry.sfsu.edu/event/kim-shuck-and-hataaliinez-wheeler-reading-and-conversation)

23 FEBRUARY 2024 — friday

  • Small Press Traffic presents "A tribute to kari edwards," a reading and conversation in honor of kari edwards (1954-2006), trans poet, artist, and activist, featuring poets Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Of Mongrelitude, Noa Fields, E, Rob Halpern, Hieroglyphs of the Inverted World, and Bianca Messinger, parallel bars, The Lab, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.smallpresstraffic.org)
  • Beyond Baroque presents "Black Radiance," a poetry reading and mini arts festival in collaboration with SKEW Magazine, featuring readings by Bri Stokes, managing editor for the magazine and author of the chapbook A Throat Full of Forest-Dirt, and poets Jaden Fields, Intentional Musings on Staying Alive When I Want to Die, Rhys Langston, Grapefruit Radio, Aiyana Sha'niel, Little Black Poetry Book, and Liliana Jeanine Epps; the reading will showcase work from SKEW's fourth issue on the theme "Black Embodiment," full vendor lineup TBA, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00-10:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Youth Speaks presents the Teen Poetry Slam, a performance showcasing youth spoken word in an Olympic-style competition, three-minutes per poet, open to anyone age thirteen to nineteen, bring your best poem and compete for a $50 prize and a chance to perform at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, free, Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-speaks-teen-poetry-slam-prelims-in-oakland-tickets-778638728397?aff=oddtdtcreator&mc_cid=81ef2ae096)

24 FEBRUARY 2024 — saturday

  • Paradiso presents a reading featuring poet Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Of Mongrelitude, feminist author and essayist Diana Cage, Lesbian Sex Bible, winner of the 2015 Lambda Literary Award, and poet Violet Spurlock, Alloyed Bliss, Finnish Hall Auditorium, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley, free, doors open 5:30 pm, reading begins 6:00 pm PST
  • City Lights Books presents author and educator Sharad Chari, Fraternal Capital, discussing his new book, Gramsci at Sea, an exploration of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci's writings on the sea, online via Zoom, free, 11:00 am PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • Come see the Flypoet Classic Slam, an all-out spoken word performance featuring six incredible slam poets competing in a multi-round battle for the top, with DJ sets, beatboxing, and dance battles between rounds, $5,000 in prizes for the performers, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, tickets range $40-$120, (Purchase tickets here: flypoet.com/slam)
  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a reading featuring short story writers Frank Gioia, The Mercury Man: Remembering Brooklyn, and Beverly Parayno, Wildflowers, followed by an open mic, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, free, 4:00 pm PST (More information here: www.facebook.com/sacramentopoetryalliance)
  • Fourth Saturdays presents a reading with featured poets Gustavo Hernandez, Flower Grand First, and James Coats, winner of the 2021 San Gabriel Poetry Slam and author of Midnight & Mad Dreams, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PST (More information here: www.facebook.com/fourthsaturdayspoetry)
  • Beyond Baroque presents poet Jose Hernandez Diaz, 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow, celebrating the launch of his new book, Bad Mexican, Bad American, joined in a reading by poets Rooja Mohassessy, When Your Sky Runs Into Mine, winner of the 22nd Annual Elixir Poetry Award, Jose Oseguera, The Milk of Your Blood, L.A. Johnson, Little Climates, and jimmy vega, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet and comedian Bucky Sinister, Black Hole, celebrating the release of his new book, To Fear and Love Bambi Lake, joined in reading and conversation by musician and novelist Alvin Orloff, Vulgarian Rhapsody, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

25 FEBRUARY 2024 — sunday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents Local Author Day, featuring Andrea L. Ambler, Stoking the Poetry Flame: A Teaching Resource, a practical, easy-to-follow guide to encouraging a love of poetry in students, and fiction writer Steven Meloan, St. James Infirmary, a collection of short stories, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 4:00 pm PST (More information here: www.vromansbookstore.com/Vromans-Local-Author-Day-January-2024)
  • Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga presents a reading with award-winning poets James Ragan, The Hunger Wall, and Amy Gerstler, Index of Women, with two open mic segments, refreshments will be served, Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, Los Angeles, suggested donation $5 per person, 4:30 pm PST (More information here: villagepoets.blogspot.com)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents the Odd Verse Reading Series, a poetry reading and open mic that amplifies underrepresented voices, in a safe space for discourse, community solidarity, and collective action for social justice, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, donations welcome, 4:30-7:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

26 FEBRUARY 2024 — monday

  • Fiction writer and former reporter Sarah Ruiz-Grossman discusses her debut novel, A Fire So Wild, in conversation with Traci Thomas, creator and host of the podcast The Stacks, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: www.skylightbooks.com)

27 FEBRUARY 2024 — tuesday

28 FEBRUARY 2024 — wednesday

  • UC Berkeley and the Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network (DVAN) presents a reading and Q&A with French-Vietnamese author Line Papin on The Girl Before Her, her debut novel in English translation; the event will be moderated by writer and journalist Mel Kritikopoulos, Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall 315, University of California Berkeley campus, Berkeley, free to the public, 5:00 to 6:30pm PST

29 FEBRUARY 2024 — thursday

  • City Lights Books and The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University present a reading and conversation with poets Major Jackson, Razzle Dazzle: New and Selected Poems 2002-2022, and Kalamu ya Salaam, Be About Beauty, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: citylights.com/events)
  • Women's National Book Association presents a share and tell mixer, writer's advice edition, come share what you do and ask writing, marketing, and publishing questions, and make some new connections in a community of writers coming together to pool resources and wisdom, online via Zoom, free, Noon pm PST (Register to attend: wnba-sfchapter.org/february-29th-share-tell-mixer-writers-advice-edition)

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