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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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