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24 APRIL 2021 — saturday

  • Join poet Cecilia Woloch (Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem) for "20th Century Poetry: A Monthly Salon for Writers," a monthly salon focusing on twentieth century poets, focusing on their biographies and works, reading and appreciating their work, meets every third Saturday of the month, $75 drop-in or $200 per quarter, 10:00 am- Noon PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents the poetry workshop "My Voice in Ink: Speaking Our Truths," led by poet and nonfiction writer Patrice Vecchione, $40, ticket price includes a copy of one of Patrice Vecchione's recent books, either Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience or My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry and Speaking Your Truth, online via Zoom, 10:00 am-Noon PDT (Purchase tickets here:

25 APRIL 2021 — sunday

  • Book Passage presents Ross King, historian and best-selling author of The Judgment of Paris and Brunelleschi's Dome, discussing his latest book, The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance, about the life of Vespasiano da Bisticci and the bookshop he owned in a time before the printed book, when manuscripts were lavishly produced by hand, free, online, 1:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Skylight Books presents novelist Fiona Mozley (Elmet, finalist for the Man Booker Prize 2017) discussing her new novel, Hot Stew, the story of a battle over real estate that unearths dark secrets and connections for everyone involved, free, online, Noon PDT (Register to attend:
  • Sixteen Rivers Press presents a reading featuring poets Barbara Jane Reyes (Letters to a Young Brown Girl) and Maw Shein Win (Storage Unit for the Spirit House), part of the Sixteen Rivers Presents bimonthly poetry reading, free, online, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Kristin George Bagdanov, Diurne, and Terese Svoboda, Theatrix: Poetry Plays, 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)
  • VCP SoCal Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Gail Wronsky, Ramón Garcia, and Dig Wayne, part of their reading series held on the last Sunday of every month, free, online via Zoom, 3:00-4:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:

26 APRIL 2021 — monday

  • The Mechanics' Institute presents a reading of poems from the collection No Poetry No Peace, featuring poets Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte (Betrayal on the Bayou) and Dr. Angela M. Boutte, authors of the collection; as well as local poets Isis Machline Blanchette; Leticia Garcia Bradford, founder of the B Street Writers Collection; Fred Dodsworth, whose work has been published in Milvia Street, riverbabble, and Bay Area Generations, among others; Kevin Dublin (How To Fall in Love in San Diego); and Mary Mackey (Sugar Zone, The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams); in celebration of National Poetry Month, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Book Passage presents Grammy-award winning musician Rickie Lee Jones, discussing her memoir, Last Chance Texaco, in conversation with actor and author Peter Coyote (The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education), $40, tickets come with a complimentary copy of the book, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

27 APRIL 2021 — tuesday

  • Join Jack Foley, along with Nina Serrano, Jovelyn Richards, and Jennifer Stone, for Cover to Cover, a radio show celebrating poetry and prose of all sorts, Tuesdays on KPFA in Berkeley, free, online, 2:00 pm PST (Go to
  • Cobalt Poets presents Tongo Eisen-Martin, Poet Laureate of San Francisco, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here:
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents writer and cartoonist Brian Fies (Mom's Cancer), discussing his new book, A Fire Story, a firsthand account of the devastating northern California wildfires in 2017, originally posted online and now available in an updated, expanded paperback form, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents poet and activist Sesshu Foster and artist Arturo Ernesto Romo discussing the launch of their new book, ELADATL: A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines, a fictional history of a radical airship movement in Los Angeles told through a myriad of voices and diverse narratives, in conversation with writer and artist Carribean Fragoza, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Join Poetic License Sonoma every fourth Tuesday for an evening of poetry reading featuring the nine poets that make up Poetic License Sonoma, Susanne Arrhenius, Jeffrey Bartfeld, Joseph Cutler, Paul DeMarco, Kusum Irene Jain, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, and Jaime Zukowski, tonight's theme is "transience," free, donations welcome, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Kepler's Literary Foundation presents novelist Kawai Strong Washburn, discussing his debut novel, Sharks in the Time of Saviors, a saga about a Hawaiian family, magic, and, mythology, in conversation with Angie Coiro, producer and host of the radio show In Deep with Angie Coiro, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

28 APRIL 2021 — wednesday

  • The San Francisco Chronicle presents a multimedia evening of poetry, song, art, and literature honoring the life and words of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the late San Francisco poet, activist, and co-owner of City Lights Books; among those participating are the new San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin and former San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, Gary Kamiya, Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages Through the Unknown City, musicians Lane Murchison, Allison Lovejoy and the Quivering Fringe quartet, free, online, 5:30-6:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents artist and writer Carribean Fragoza, discussing her new collection of stories, Eat the Mouth That Feeds You, in conversation with novelist Héctor Tobar, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Skylight Books presents Angela Mi Young Hur (The Queens of K-Town) reading from and discussing her latest novel, Folklorn, on family, magic, and mythology, free, online, 6:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:

29 APRIL 2021 — thursday

  • Litquake presents former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, discussing his work and career; Herrera is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Every Day We Get More Illegal and Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, part of the Seismic Salon series, an intimate setting with an author and a small audience, $100, limit ten participants, online, 5:00-6:30 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Katie Peterson, Life in a Field, and Phyllis Stowell, Transformations: Nearing the End of Life: Dreams and Visions, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

30 APRIL 2021 — friday

  • Point Reyes Books celebrates the publication of On the Mesa: An Anthology of Bolinas Writing, a formerly out-of-print collection of poetry from City Lights Books, featuring writing from several schools of thought, including the Beat and New York School Poets, the San Francisco Renaissance, and Black Mountain Poets, all converging in Bolinas, California, this event will feature a reading and discussion of the works by friends and contributors, moderated by Steve Heilig, free, online, 1:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Skylight Books presents writer and actor Mira Sethi, reading from and discussing her debut collection of stories, Are You Enjoying?, free, online, 6:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:

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