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22 OCTOBER 2021 — friday

  • Litquake concludes with readings and conversations featuring biographer Paul Aster, Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephan Crane, and Eddie Muller, chef Bryant Terry, Black Food: Stories, Art and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora, and a reading from Foglifter Press, including Nefertiti Asanti, Sara Brody, Matthew DeCoster, Danny Thanh Nguyen, and Tauheed Zaman, free, with some ticketed events, 5:00-9:00 pm PDT (For more information:
  • The Poetry Center presents a reading and conversation with poet and playwright Camille Roy, Honey Mine, Cheap Speech, Craquer, and artist and writer Jaime Cortez, Gordo, co-sponsored by The Green Arcade, in-person, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information:

23 OCTOBER 2021 — saturday

  • Novelist Kim Culbertson, The Wonder of Us, Catch a Falling Star, leads "Small Bright Things: Exploring 100-word Stories," a fiction workshop, participants investigate short-form writing and learn how creativity can blossom through mindfulness of the story, online, free, 10:00 am-Noon PDT (Register to attend:
  • Join Lit Crawl, one night only in San Francisco's Mission District, twenty-two events and eighty plus local authors, part of Litquake; the Crawl is in-person at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, presenting a wide range of genres, writers, artists, and literary organizations including Marc Huestis, Rachel Richardson (Hundred-Year Wave), Manic D Press, 826 Valencia, Matthew Clark Davison (Doubting Thomas), writers published in Saint Mary's College of California's magazine Maiden Magazine, Mirah V. Lucas, Maw Shein Win, Cassandra Dallett, Baruch Porras Hernandez (I Miss You, Delicate), Bazaar Writers Salon, Red Light Lit, ZYZZYVA, and many more; enjoy walking from venue to venue around the city to experience poetry and music, in-person at various San Francisco locations, free, 5:00-9:00 pm PDT (For a complete list of venues, readers, and further information:

24 OCTOBER 2021 — sunday

  • Join poet Ja'net Danielo, The Song of Our Disappearing, for Word Women, a one-day virtual poetry writing retreat, where attendees can connect with other poets and just write, with a chance to share work at the end of the day, open to women-identifying and non-binary poets, online, free, 7:30 am-4:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The Claremont Library's Fourth Sundays Reading Series presents a poetry reading featuring Sandra Lim, The Wilderness, winner of a Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Marcyn Clements, published in Appalachia, Eureka Literary Magazine, and elsewhere, Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00-4:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Small Press Traffic presents a reading in celebration of Festivals of Patience, a new collection of poems by Arthur Rimbaud, featuring poet and translator of the collection Brian Kim Stefans reading selections from the book, and a discussion of Rimbaud's work with poets Mathilda Cullen, Stephan Ira, Aristilde Kirby, and Anna Vitale, part of the High Dawn reading series, online via YouTube Live, free, 2:00 pm PDT (Watch here:

25 OCTOBER 2021 — monday

26 OCTOBER 2021 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with poet and activist Bob Holman, Sing This One Back to Me, Cupid's Cashbox, open mic to follow, part of the Cobalt Poets 500th Broadside Spectacular, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here:
  • 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 PDT (Go to
  • Book Passage presents actor and author Peter Coyote, Sleeping Where I Fall, The Rainman's Third Cure, reading from and discussing his collection of poems, Tongue of a Crow, online, free, 5:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • Join Poetic License Sonoma every fourth Tuesday for an evening of poetry reading, featuring the eight poets that make up Poetic License Sonoma: Susanne Arrhenius, Joseph Cutler, Paul DeMarco, Kusum Irene Jain, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, and Jaime Zukowski, with special guest poet Emilie Lygren, What We Were Born For, and Santa Rosa Junior College student poet Jeanette W. Stickel, sponsored by Sebastopol Center for the Arts, $5, donations welcome, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:

27 OCTOBER 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents a memorial tribute to poet Diane di Prima (1934-2020), marking one year since she passed in October 2020, with numerous special guest readers including Hanif Abdurraqib, Garrett Caples, Cedar Sigo, and more to be announced, celebrating the publication of two new books of Diane di Prima's work, Revolutionary Letters: 50th Anniversary Edition and Spring and Autumn Annals, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

28 OCTOBER 2021 — thursday

  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance's Literary Lecture Series presents Sarah Browning, poet and founder of the activist and literary organization Split This Rock, Killing Summer and Whiskey in the Garden of Eden, discussing activist poetry, free, online via Zoom, 4:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here:
  • The Poetry Center presents poet and editor jayy dodd, Mannish Tongues, reading from her new book, The Black Condition ft. Narcissus, a beautiful profile of Black trans life during political turmoil, winner of the Poetry Center Book Award, in conversation with poet Lourdes Figueroa, Ruidos = To Learn Speak, online, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents poet and activist Nikki Giovanni, Black Feeling, Black Talk/Black Judgement, reading from and discussing her latest collection of poems, Make Me Rain, in conversation with Sabrina Jacobs, producer and host of KPFA's show "A Rude Awakening," suggested donation of $5-$20, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Blue Light at the Gallery celebrates the launch of Pandemic Puzzle Poems, with readings from poets published in the anthology, including Jane Hirshfield, Ledger, Dorianne Laux, What We Carry, Prartho Sereno, Indian Rope Trick, Diane Frank, Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines, and many more, hosted by Prartho Sereno, free, online via Zoom, 6:30 pm PDT (RSVP to for the Zoom link)
  • The Center for Literary Arts of San José presents novelist and short story writer Patricia Engel reading from her New York Times best seller, Infinite Country, Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio (between 2nd and 3rd Street), downtown San José, free, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information:

29 OCTOBER 2021 — friday

  • The Friday Collapse reading series celebrates the release of Unit of Agency, a new collection of poems by Richard Loranger, with a reading by Loranger and poet and performer Mimi Gonzalez-Barillas, open mic to follow, hosted by the Collapse Press, with Paul Corman Roberts and E. Lynn Alexander, free, online via Zoom, 6:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

30 OCTOBER 2021 — saturday

  • Point Reyes Books presents acclaimed essayist and memorist Rebecca Solnit, winner of the Northern California Book Award in Nonfiction for Recollections of My Nonexistence, discussing her new book, Orwell's Roses, a reexamination of George Orwell's life and writings through the lens of his passion for gardening, in conversation with artist and writer Jenny Odell, in-person event, Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station, $28, ticket includes a copy of the book, 6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

31 OCTOBER 2021 — sunday

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