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18 MAY 2021 — tuesday

19 MAY 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist Aminatta Forna (Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love) discussing her new book, The Window Seat: Notes From a Life in Motion, a collection of new and previously published essays about displacement, community, and how humanity co-exists (or not) with the non-human world, in conversation with nonfiction writer Eula Biss (Having and Being Had), free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Red Hen Press presents a reading and conversation featuring poets Judy Grahn, Touching Creatures Touching Spirit, Kim Stafford, Singer Come From Afar, and Gary Lemons, Original Grace, discussing their new collections from Red Hen Press as well as their long careers as poets and writers in their respective communities, free, online, 4:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents Yusef Salaam, inspirational speaker and prison reform activist, one of the wrongfully imprisoned Central Park Five, discussing his new book, Better, Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice, a memoir that calls a nation to action, to rectify serious miscarriages of justice and to be held accountable for its history of racism and abuse, cosponsored by the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch, $29, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Point Reyes Books presents Noah Warren, winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, reading from and discussing his collection of poems, The Complete Stories, joined by poets Armen Davoudian (Swan Song), Randall Mann (Propriety), and Katie Peterson (A Piece of Good News), free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

20 MAY 2021 — thursday

  • The PEN American World Voices Festival presents three novelists discussing their recent works, Naima Coster, What's Mine and Yours, Dantiel W. Moniz, Milk Blood Heat, and Kirstin Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds, all poignant stories about young people of color growing up in the United States that challenge the mores of the coming-of-age story, moderated by novelist Brian Young, Healer of the Water Monster, $20, online, 10:00 am PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Poetry Center San Jose presents Bill Cozzini, poet and editor-in-chief of Caesura, Poetry Center San Jose's literary magazine, hosted by poet Lesa Medley, open mic to follow, free, online, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Join the You're Going to Die team for this open mic, "Poetry, Prose, and Everything Goes," performance time five-minutes maximum, bring poetry, prose, music, dance, artwork to perform in this online community space, sign up during the Zoom meeting, with Ned Buskirk, free, with suggested donation, online via Zoom, 6:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Friends of the Redwood City Public Library presents novelist Thomas Farber, reading from and discussing his new memoir, Acting My Age, that pushes the boundaries of the autobiography and explores not only the author's life and mortality but also that of coral, ecosystems, and the possible extinction of the natural world, in conversation with writer Lillian Howan, The Charm Buyers, poet and novelist Pat Matsueda, Stray, and novelist Shawna Yang Ryan, Green Island, free, online via Zoom, 5:30-6:45 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Point Arena Third Thursday Poetry Series presents a reading featuring former Poet Laureate of Vallejo Diana Lang, This Festival of Dreams, open mic to follow, with host Blake More, free, online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PDT (Email: for Zoom information, and if you would like to participate in the open mic)
  • The PEN American World Voices Festival presents novelists George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo, winner of the Man Booker Prize, and Matthew Salesses, The Hundred-Year Flood, leading the hybrid workshop discussion "The Master's Tools: On the Art of Writing," about how writing is taught and the spaces workshops create for writers to hone their craft, moderated by novelist Rivka Galchen, Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch, $20, online, 4:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

21 MAY 2021 — friday

  • The PEN America World Voices Festival presents memoirists Randa Jarrar, Love Is an Ex-Country, and Mortada Gzar, I'm In Seattle, Where Are You?, discussing their recent memoirs and how the genre depicts the self against a background of politics, history, and social mores, in conversation with historian and poet Dr. Maytha Alhassen, presented in collaboration with Radius of Arab American Writers and Skylight Books, $20, online, 5:30 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • The PEN World Voices Festival presents "On Revolutionary Love and Poetic Resistance", featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth; poet Threa Almontaser, The Wild Fox of Yemen, winner of the Walt Whitman Award; and novelist Edwidge Danticat, The Art of Death, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle; moderated by writer and critic John Freeman, co-editor of the anthology There's a Revolution Outside, My Love, $20, online, 4:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

22 MAY 2021 — saturday

23 MAY 2021 — sunday

  • Lummis Days presents a poetry reading and conversation featuring poets Erica Ayón, Orange Lady, and Ramón García, The Chronicles, Other Countries, Arroyo Seco Library, free, online via Zoom, 3:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • Poetry Flash presents a Sixteen Rivers Press poetry reading by Stella Beratlis, Dust Bowl Venus, and Dane Cervine, The World is God's Language, 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)
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents a poetry reading by The Venice Collective, featuring poets Dina Hardy, Holaday Mason, Jan Wesley, Jeanette Clough, Jim Natal, Mariano Zaro, Marjorie Becker, Paul Lieber, and Sarah Maclay, free, online, 4:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

24 MAY 2021 — monday

25 MAY 2021 — tuesday

  • The Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center presents the Poetry on Sunday series, featuring a reading by poet Josiah Luis Alderete (Baby Axolotls y Old Pochos), Sacramento Poet Laureate Andru Defeye, and spoken word poet Angela Drew, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 2:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Join Poetic License Sonoma every fourth Tuesday for an evening of poetry readings, this reading with special guest poet Abayomi Animashaun, Sailing for Ithaca, The Giving of Pears, and 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, this reading's theme is "Elements of Nature", free, with donations welcome, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Book Passage presents novelist Eric Nguyen, discussing his debut novel Things We Lost to the Water, a poignant story of an immigrant Vietnamese family settling in New Orleans, free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Copperfield's Books presents Dr. Jen Gunter, gynecologist and best-selling author of The Vagina Bible, discussing her new book, The Menopause Manifesto, a much-needed guide to menopause in a world filled with misinformation and shame around women's bodies; this book offers practical advice while affirming that menopause is a body change, not a disease, and can even be something to celebrate, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Book presents writer and activist Cynthia Kaufman, Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope, discussing her new book, The Sea Is Rising and So Are We: A Climate Justice Handbook, in conversation with Francesca Caparas, Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines for 2020-21, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Prince A. McNally, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here:
  • Book Passage presents Jan-Philipp Sendker, novelist and former correspondent for Stern, discussing his new novel, The Heart Remembers, the final book in the bestselling The Art of Hearing Heartbeats trilogy, free, online, Noon PDT (Register to attend:

26 MAY 2021 — wednesday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents the reading "Poetry and Resistance," featuring five poets from Mississippi: C. Liegh McInnis, Matters of Reality: Mind, Body, and Soul, Carlton Turner, co-founder of the performing arts group M.U.G.A.B.E.E., Charlie Braxton, Embers Among the Ashes: Poems in a Haiku Manner, Halima J. Olufemi, member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and JXN People's Assembly, and Monica "Surreal the Messenger" Atkins, culture worker, labor organizer, and Director of Organizing for the Climate Justice Alliance membership, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, free, online, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents poet Nathaniel Mackey (Blue Fasa, Splay Anthem) discussing his new poetry collection, Double Trio, a three-book lyric exploration of poetry and jazz, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The Library Foundation of Los Angeles presents novelist Vendela Vida, discussing her new book, We Run the Tides, a poignant story of a mysterious disappearance set in pre-tech boom San Francisco, in conversation with photographer and film director Autumn de Wilde, free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

27 MAY 2021 — thursday

  • Salon 21 presents an evening of poetry and musical performance featuring poet and translator Don Bogen, reading from his new poetry book, Immediate Song, with music by mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh and pianist Jill Jantzen performing settings of Bogen's poetry, free, online, 4:00-5:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • The Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents poet Lucille Lang Day, Bird of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place, discussing traditional Native American poetry and songs, with a presentation including a reading of poems from the anthology that she co-edited, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, part of the Literary Lectures series, free, online, 7:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • The Ukiah Library presents Loba Poetry Series, an open mic poetry reading, held on the last Thursday of each month, open to both teens and adults, free, online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PDT (Email: for Zoom link)

28 MAY 2021 — friday

29 MAY 2021 — saturday

30 MAY 2021 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Lucille Lang Day, Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place, and Iris Jamahl Dunkle, West : Fire : Archive, 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)

31 MAY 2021 — monday

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