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6 JUNE 2024 — thursday

  • Beyond Baroque presents a night of blues and poetry, featuring Detroit writers M.L. Liebler, Brooding in the Heartlands, Melba Joyce Boyd, Wrestling with the Muse, and Lolita Hernandez, Autopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant with music by Pat Thomas with the LA Coyote Monk Band featuring Willie Aron and David Soyars, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, $10, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit:

7 JUNE 2024 — friday

8 JUNE 2024 — saturday

  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents poets Judy Wells, Night at the Musée d'Orsay: Poems of Paris & Other Great European Cities; Dale Jensen; Kathe Jordan; Robin Michel, Things Will Be Better in Bountiful ; and Rafaella Del Bourgo. A Tune Both Familiar and Strange in a poetry reading, North Berkeley Library, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, free, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:

9 JUNE 2024 — sunday

  • As part of the Berkeley Poetry Festival, there will be an award ceremony honoring Tureeda Mikell, Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award 2024, featuring readings by Donté Clark, Psalms, Jessica Hairston, Power of Our Wombs, and of course, Tureeda Mikell, Dharma College, 2222 Harold Way, Berkeley, free, 4:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:

10 JUNE 2024 — monday

11 JUNE 2024 — tuesday

12 JUNE 2024 — wednesday

  • Poetry Flash co-presents a book launch with Rusty Morrison, Risk, and Steven Rood, Music from Behind a Stone Wall, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PDT (, Pegasus: 510-649-1320,

13 JUNE 2024 — thursday

  • Litquake and KQED Live present a night with "SongWriter," a podcast that turns stories into songs; in this special live recording event, bestselling author Susan Orlean, The Orchid Thief, shares a story from her recent collection, On Animals , and local songwriter Diana Gameros will play a brand new song written in response, The Commons, 2601 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, $29, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:

14 JUNE 2024 — friday

15 JUNE 2024 — saturday

16 JUNE 2024 — sunday

17 JUNE 2024 — monday

18 JUNE 2024 — tuesday

19 JUNE 2024 — wednesday

20 JUNE 2024 — thursday

  • Book Passage's course on "Crafting Compelling Characters & Dialogue," with Anoop Judge, The Rummy Club, takes place on two Thursdays, June 20 and 27, and will teach students how to craft compelling characters and dialogue for any genre (fiction, essays, nonfiction, or memoir), online, $125, 5:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and translator Carolyn Tipton, The Poet of Poet Laval, and Sandra Yannone, The Glass Studio, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PDT (

21 JUNE 2024 — friday

  • Community of Writers hosts its annual Benefit Poetry Reading featuring poets Blas Falconer, Forgive the Body this Failure, Brenda Hillman, In a Few Minutes Before Later, Major Jackson, Razzle Dazzle, Patricia Spears Jones, The Beloved Community, Brynn Saito, Under a Future Sky, and Matthew Zapruder, Why Poetry; All proceeds benefit the 2025 Poetry Program scholarship fund; Palisades Tahoe Ski Area, 1990 Olympic Valley Road, Olympic Valley, free or $25 donation, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • As part of the San Francisco Flor Y Canto International Literary Festival, Poetry in the Window presents Better Ancestors hosting a poetry reading featuring poets Christine No, Whatever Love Means, Connie Zheng, Kevin Dublin, How to Fall in Love in San Diego, and Michael Warr, The Armageddon of Funk, Medicine for Nightmares, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit:

22 JUNE 2024 — saturday

23 JUNE 2024 — sunday

  • Sierra Nevada Field Campus at San Francisco State University presents "Gathering Stones: Writing Poetry by the River," a generative workshop led by Emilie Lygren, What We Were Born For, attendees will read the work of other poets as well as take inspiration from the outdoors and natural surroundings to inform their own writing, each day will include two writing sessions, plus time for hiking, swimming, and relaxing, all levels of experience are welcome, $500, runs six-days, June 23-28, near Sierra City in the Sierra Nevada (More information here:,put%20words%20on%20the%20page)

24 JUNE 2024 — monday

25 JUNE 2024 — tuesday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes novelists Gabrielle Zevin, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Rebecca Handler, Edie Richter Is Not Alone, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $36, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

26 JUNE 2024 — wednesday

27 JUNE 2024 — thursday

  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading featuring Steve Hellman, followed by an open mic, six-minutes per reader, emceed by Michael Riedell, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, $5 suggested donation, 7:00 pm PDT (Email: for more information)

28 JUNE 2024 — friday

29 JUNE 2024 — saturday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes memoirist, essayist, and critic Claire Dederer, Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses in conversation with filmmaker Brit Marling, A Murder at the End of the World, discussing Dederer's new book, Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma, an interrogation of art in the age of #MeToo and an elaboration of her essay, "What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?" Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $39, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

30 JUNE 2024 — sunday

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