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26 JULY 2021 — monday

  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents a reading celebrating work from the Monday Night Fiction Workshop led by poet and fiction writer Raquel Baker, with readings by Baker and participants from the workshop, online, free, 7:00-9:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The University of California, Berkeley, is offering four three-week creative writing courses for the summer, available in two sessions, with Session E running July 26-August 13, classes are "The Craft of Creative Nonfiction" and "The Craft of Short Fiction," both taught by Matthew J. Parker, Larceny in My Blood, "The Craft of Dramatic Writing," and "The Craft of Poetry," taught by poet Miriam Bird Greenberg, In the Volcano's Mouth, also available is "The Craft of Creative Writing: Workshopping and Performance," a personalized class open to writers in all genres to learn to workshop and perform their work, taught by playwright Joseph Horton, all are welcome, classes are offered synchronously and asynchronously, online via Zoom (Enroll here:

27 JULY 2021 — tuesday

  • Join Poetic License Sonoma every fourth Tuesday for an evening of poetry readings, 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 week with special guest Jeffrey Bartfeld, A Poet's Portrait of Point Reyes, free/donations welcome, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Cobalt Poets presents an open mic reading with guest host Jon Wesick, Words of Power, Dances of Freedom, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here:
  • City Lights Books presents best-selling novelist and journalist Omar El Akkad, American War, reading from his new novel, What Strange Paradise, a deeply touching story of two children washed ashore on an island after the refugee ship they were on sank, and what they must do to protect each other and survive, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Green Apple Books presents best-selling author N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, reading from and discussing her latest novel, The City We Became, the first book in the Great Cities trilogy, online, free, 5:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • Vroman's Bookstore presents novelist Willa C. Richards, reading from and discussing her debut novel The Comfort of Monsters, a haunting story of a woman dealing with the disappearance of her sister thirty years later and the truths and shortcomings of memory, in conversation with novelist Chia-Chia Lin, The Unpassing, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Join poet Jan Steckel, Like Flesh Covers Bone, for a California Writers Club Poetry Guild Reading, with readings from Steckel and poets Keith Gaboury, Hello Universe Lovers, Aquiela Lewis-Ross, Stop Hurting and Dance, and special guest Anna Allen, I've Titled This Poem with Your Name, hosted by Terry Tierney, free, online via Zoom, 7:00-8:15 pm PDT (Zoom link:; Meeting ID: 869 7005 3663, Passcode: 416473)

28 JULY 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist and nonfiction writer Matthew Specktor, American Dream Machine, The Sting, discussing his new book, Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles, California, in conversation with Adam Pfahler, musician and founding member of the band Jawbreaker, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

29 JULY 2021 — thursday

30 JULY 2021 — friday

  • Bird & Beckett Books presents an 80th Birthday Celebration event for legendary poet, musician, and playwright Avotcja, who will read her poetry and perform small percussion with Modúpue, featuring Sandy Poindexter on violin, Francis Wong on saxophone, Heshima Mark Williams on bass, and Myron Cohen on drums, $20 cover charge requested, with pay-what-you-can options, online via YouTube and Facebook, 7:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

31 JULY 2021 — saturday

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