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20 JANUARY 2022 — thursday

  • City Lights presents Hawa Allan in conversation with Pamela Sneed exploring Hawa Allan's new book Insurrection: Rebellion, Civil Rights, and the Paradoxical State of Black Citizenship, Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Green Apple Books celebrates the release of poet Dan Alter's new collection, My Little Book of Exiles, joining Dan Alter are poets Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Cenzontle, and Tess Taylor, The Misremembered World, free, in-person, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, and online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PST (Register for Zoom here:
  • The San Francisco Creative Writing Institute presents "Poetry III: Contemporary Poets and Poetry," with instructor Holly Hardy, this six-week workshop, January 20 to February 24, will explore the craft of poetry through the lens of established contemporary poets, each week will focus on a different poet using deep discussion of their work as inspiration for poetic experimentation, Zoom, $395, 5:30-8:30 pm PST (Register to attend:

21 JANUARY 2022 — friday

  • 19th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival, "Welcome to the Festival Reading" with Jenny Qi, Anna Christine Rodas, Celeste Chan, Shelley Wong, and Susan Ito, co-directed and hosted by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, via Zoom and Facebook Live, free, 6:00-7:00 pm PST (Zoom link:; For information:,
  • Small Press Traffic's High Dawn Reading Series presents poet and editor Janice Lee, Imagine a Death, and essayist Gail Scott, Permanent Revolution, reading from new work, introductions by Ivy Johnson and Camille Roy, free, in-person, Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, 7:30 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • Zara Stone, Killer Looks and Ariel Henley, A Face for Picasso, discuss their nonfiction works that explore how beauty and identity expectations permeate popular culture and their challenges when you don't live up to societal standards, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (For more information, visit:

22 JANUARY 2022 — saturday

23 JANUARY 2022 — sunday

  • 19th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival presents "Milvia Street Literary Journal: Poets of Berkeley City College," a reading by antmen pimental Mendoza, r.a.d. Leng Leng, Steve Fujimura, Rina Shaikh-Lesko, and Kai Sugioka-Stone, co-directed and hosted by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, via Zoom and Facebook Live, free, 1:00-2:00 pm PST (Zoom link:; For more information:,
  • 19th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival presents their Lifetime Achievement Award and Reading by this year's award-winner, San Francisco poet Genny Lim, with a poetry reading by Minal Hajratwala, and Maw Shein Win, the award will be presented by City of Berkeley Councilperson Terry Taplin, co-directed and hosted by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, via Zoom and Facebook Live, free, 3:00-4:00 pm PST (Zoom link:; For more information:,
  • The Claremont Library's Fourth Sundays Reading Series features poet and photographer Adam O. Davis, Index of Haunted Houses, and poet Wendy Herbert, Dear Speciman, free, in-person, Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, 2:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Book Passage presents Peter Mann reading from and discussing his debut novel The Torqued Man, Book Passage Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building #42, San Francisco, free, 2:00 pm PST (For more information:
  • Slow Lightning Lit presents a reading featuring novelist and poet Ruthie Marlenée, Curse of the Ninth, Agave Blues, and Lucien Zell, Tiny Kites, hosted by Peggy Dobreer, open mic to follow, part of a reading series featuring contributors to the anthology Slow Lightning: Impractical Poetry, free, suggested donation $3-$20, donations required for open mic readers, online, 11:00 am PST (Register to attend:

24 JANUARY 2022 — monday

  • Bill Hayes, author of Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me, a memoir about his relationship with neurologist Oliver Sacks, discusses his new book, Sweat: A History of Exercise, and Bonnie Tsui, Why We Swim, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PST (To register for this event, visit:
  • San Francisco Public Library celebrates the release of ZYZZYVA No. 122, The Inter/Transnational Issue, with a night of readings featuring contributors from the issue, readers include C.J.A., Shelby Kinney-Lang, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, and Dean Rader, hosted by Oscar Villalon, ZYZZYVA managing editor, Zoom, free, 7:00-8:00 pm PST (For more information and to register, visit:

25 JANUARY 2022 — tuesday

  • San Francisco Public Library's Bernal Readers Book Club, read and discuss Amor Towles's A Gentleman in Moscow, a novel about a man sentenced to a life of house arrest in Moscow's Metropol Hotel during the Bolshevik revolution, in-person, Bernal Heights Meeting Room, 500 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, free, 2:00-4:00pm PST (For more information, visit:
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring slam poet Generalissimo Bryan Franco, with open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights presents Peter Richardson in conversation with David Talbot, celebrating the book launch for Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Zoom link here:

26 JANUARY 2022 — wednesday

  • Left Margin Lit presents "Eco-Poetics for a Changing World," a class led by poet and essayist Susie Meserve, Little Prayers, Faith; participants will read nature writing for inspiration, and use various techniques to write eco-poetry, with the idea of capturing what we love in the world in an era of climate change, runs two Wednesdays, January 26 and February 2, $175, online, 6:00-8:30 pm PST (Enroll here:
  • Skylight Books presents short fiction writer Henry Hoke, The Book of Endless Sleepovers, Genevieves, discussing his new book, Sticker, a memoir told through stickers, exploring queer childhood, parental disability, and ancestral violence, in conversation with artist and writer Kate Durbin, Hoarders, free, in person, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 pm PST (For more information:
  • City Lights presents John Nichols in conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna, a discussion exploring John Nichol's new book Coronavirus Criminals and Pandemic Profiteers: Accountability for Those Who Caused the Crisis, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Zoom link here:

27 JANUARY 2022 — thursday

  • Library Foundation of Los Angeles and Young Literati present Wine and Wisdom featuring a conversation with journalist and poet Dana Goodyear, whose current project is the Lost Hills true crime podcast, hosted by Young Literati member Shayna Englin, Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Atsuro Riley reads from his new poetry collection, Heard-Hoard, a vivid weavework remembering an American place and its people, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (For more information, visit:
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center celebrates the life of avant-garde Chicano poet Alfred Arteaga (1950-2008), with readings and discussions featuring poet Cherríe Moraga, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness; artist and author Harry Gamboa Jr.; poet and educator Richard T. Rodríguez, Exemplars and Accomplices; Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate 2015-17, 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007); and critic and translator Ryuta Imafuku, hosted by poet and editor David Lloyd, Dark Room, audience Q&A to follow, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights presents Jordan Stein and Bruce Hainley discussing the life and afterlives of artist Jay DeFeo's Estocada, a work created in the shadow of her great painting, The Rose, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Zoom link here:

28 JANUARY 2022 — friday

  • Nomadic Press presents a weekly, virtual open mic reading, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, three-minutes per reader, come join to read or to listen, all are welcome, free, with donations welcome, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:

29 JANUARY 2022 — saturday

30 JANUARY 2022 — sunday

31 JANUARY 2022 — monday

  • San Francisco Public Library presents Book Club, read and discuss Richard Matheson's award-winning novel Somewhere in Time, a moving romantic story of a modern man whose love for a woman he has never met allows him to literally transcend time, zoom, free, 7:30-8:30pm PST (For more information, visit:

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