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24 JULY 2022 — sunday

  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents a reading with poet Dana Levin, Now Do You Know Where You Are, and fiction writer ZZ Packer, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, in person, McCarthy Library Courtyard, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $20 at the door, free for students with ID, 6:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by D. Nurkse, A Country of Strangers: New and Selected Poems, and Eliot Schain, The Distant Sound, 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)
  • 18th Annual San Francisco Writers Conference, keynote speakers include Charlie Jane Anders, Annalee Newitz, and Lysley Tenorio, presenters include agents, publishers, editors, authors, and book marketing professionals, $75-$795, this conference was re-scheduled from February, in-person, Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, (For more information: www.sfwriters.org)

25 JULY 2022 — monday

  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents Patricia Smith, poet, four-time champion of the National Poetry Slam, and author of eight books including Incendiary Art, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, gives a talk about poetry, in person, Performing Arts Center, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $25 at the door, $15 for students with ID, 9:00 am PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents the talk "The Work of Imagination," led by novelist Michelle Huneven, Search, in person, Performing Arts Center, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $25 at the door, $15 for students with ID, 1:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents poet and translator Forrest Gander, Be With, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, giving a talk on translation, "The Rich Rewards of Translation," in person, Performing Arts Center, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $25 at the door, $15 for students with ID, 3:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents poet Caroline Goodwin, Custody of the Eyes, discussing the work of Jane Hirshfield and Kevin Brockmeier, in person, McCarthy Library Community Room, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, free, 4:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • Left Margin Lit presents the fiction workshop, "Opening Pages and Urgency," led by short story writer Sindya Bhanoo, Seeking Fortune Elsewhere, students will do close studies of four short stories and one piece of literary journalism, paying attention to opening pages, followed by writing prompts inspired by the readings, runs five days, July 25-July 29, online via Zoom, $350, 5:30-7:00 pm PDT (Enroll here: www.leftmarginlit.org/summer-camps-for-adults-2022)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents a reading by poet Jane Hirshfield, Ledger, The Beauty, and fiction writer Kevin Brockmeier, The Ghost Variations, in person, McCarthy Library Courtyard, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $20 at the door, free for students with ID, 6:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)

26 JULY 2022 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring JR Turek, named Long Island Poet of the Year in 2019 and the author of several collections including A is for Almost Anything, Imagistics, and They Come and They Go, open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights Books celebrates Issue 123 of the esteemed literary journal ZYZZYVA, with appearances from contributors to the journal, novelist Maggie Millner, Couplets: A Love Story, poet Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Quiet, novelist Ruth Madievsky, All-Night Pharmacy, and poet Chris Carosi, Fictions, hosted by Oscar Villalon, writer and managing editor of ZYZZYVA, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • part of the 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents poet Dana Levin, Now Do You Know Where You Are, giving a talk about poetry titled "House of Feels: Image & Transformation," in person, Performing Arts Center, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $25 at the door, $15 for students with ID, 9:00 am PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents fiction writer ZZ Packer, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, giving a talk about fiction writing, "Advanced Narrative Techniques," in person, Performing Arts Center, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $25 at the door, $15 for students with ID, 1:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents poet Caroline Goodwin, Custody of the Eyes, discussing the works of Major Jackson and Lan Samantha Chang, in person, McCarthy Library Community Room, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, free, 4:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents a reading by poet Major Jackson, The Absurd Man, and Lan Samantha Chang, director of the renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop and author of The Family Chao, in person, McCarthy Library Courtyard, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $20 at the door, free for students with ID, 6:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)

27 JULY 2022 — wednesday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet and educator Gustavo Barahona-Lopez, reading from his new book, Loss and Other Rivers That Devour, joined by poets Alan Chazaro, This Is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album, Muriel Leung, Imagine Us, The Swarm, and Jenny Qi, Focal Point, winner of the 2020 Steel Toe Books Poetry Award, in person, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents poet and translator Jane Hirshfield, Ledger, The Beauty, giving a talk about poetry, in person, Performing Arts Center, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $25 at the door, $15 for students with ID, 9:00 am PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents fiction writer Kevin Brockmeier, The Ghost Variations, giving a talk about fiction writing titles "An Animal Within to Give Its Blessing: On the Value of Nonhuman Creatures in Fiction," in person, Performing Arts Center, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $25 at the door, $15 for students with ID, 1:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents poet Caroline Goodwin, Custody of the Eye, discussing the works of Patricia Smith and Michele Huneven, in person, McCarthy Library Community Room, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, free, 4:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents a poetry reading by Patricia Smith, four-time champion of the National Poetry Slam, and author of eight books including Incendiary Art, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and fiction writer Michele Huneven, Search, in person, McCarthy Library Courtyard, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $20 at the door, free for students with ID, 5:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • Skylight Books presents best-selling author Isaac Fitzgerald, How to Be a Pirate, discussing his new book, Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional, a memoir-in-essays filled with warmth and humor, recounting his journey from trauma to self-acceptance, in conversation with novelist Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven, free, in person at 1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-isaac-fitzgerald-presents-dirtbag-massachusetts-emily-st-john-mandel)

28 JULY 2022 — thursday

  • Mrs. Dalloway's Richard J. Nevle, deputy director of the Earth Systems Program at Stanford University, and poet Steven Nightingale, The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace, reading from and discussing their new book, The Paradise Notebooks: 90 Miles Across the Sierra Nevada, a collection of essays and poetry contemplating natural phenomena in the Sierra Nevada, co-authored by Nevle and Nightingale, in person, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.mrsdalloways.com/events)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents poet Major Jackson, The Absurd Man, giving a talk about poetry, "Our Disenfranchised Sublime: Symmetry as Aesthetic Value in Poetry," in person, Performing Arts Center, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $25 at the door, $15 for students with ID, 9:00 am PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents Lan Samantha Chang, director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and author of The Family Chao, giving a talk about fiction writing,"The Muddled Middle," in person, Performing Arts Center, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $25 at the door, $15 for students with ID, 1:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson, Fretwork, winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize, giving a talk, "On Literary Citizenship: Reflections from the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles," in person, McCarthy Library Community Room, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)
  • 41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents a reading by poet and translator Forrest Gander, Be With, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, conference participants will also present their best works on this last night of the conference, in person, McCarthy Library Courtyard, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $20 at the door, free for students with ID, 6:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)

29 JULY 2022 — friday

30 JULY 2022 — saturday

  • Come celebrate the seventh anniversary of Literary Speakeasy, with readings by poet Katie Aliféris, fool[ishly optimistic], short fiction writer Kate Folk, Out There: Stories, performance poet Nazelah Jamison, Evolutionary Heart, and short story writer Danny Thanh Nguyen, with musical performance by Ken Newman, hosted by poet James J. Siegel, The God of San Francisco, free, in person at Martuni's, 4 Valencia Street, San Francisco, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.facebook.com/LiterarySpeakeasy/)
  • Ancestral Futures presents a reading in celebration of the forthcoming anthology, Black Rootedness: 54 Poets from Africa to America, from Elyssar Press, a poetic exchange between Patrice Lumumba Writing Collective in East Oakland and Kistrech Poets in Kisii, Kenya, featuring a reading by San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, Christopher Okemwa, Sabina and the Mystery of the Ogre, Alfred Nyamwange, Chasejamison Manar-Spears, Cornelius Kipkosgei, Darius Simpson, Halima J. Olufemi, LadiRev, Mauti Ndege Josephat, Rebecca Mose, Seestah IMAHKÜS Njinga, and Zakiyyah G.E. Capehart, hosted by WOWA West Oakland to West Africa Poetry Exchange, online, free, 9:00-11:00 am PDT (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/WO2WA)
  • Sebastopol Center for the Arts celebrates the new Sonoma County Poet Laureate Elizabeth C. Herron, poet and essayist whose work focuses on art and ecology, the public reception will also honor Phyllis Meshulam, the outgoing Poet Laureate, co-hosted by the Sonoma County Poet Laureate Selection Committee, in person, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol, free, 4:00-6:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.sebarts.org)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents short story writer Norman Antonio Zelaya, celebrating his new book, Gente, Folks, joined by multimedia artist Vero Majano, Felipe Velez, and poet Cathy Arellano, with musical performances by Deuce Eclipse and Wonway Posibul, this is a hybrid event, both in person and on Zoom, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • Point Reyes Books presents renowned author and publisher Malcolm Margolin, celebrating his new book, Deep Hanging Out: Wanderings and Wonderment in Native California, in conversation with California Indian cultural leaders Gregg Castro (Salinan-Rumsien/Ramaytush Ohlone), Michelle La Pena (Pit River), Jennifer Bates (Northern Sierra Mewuk), and Theresa Harlan (Tewa/Santo Domingo Pueblo and adopted Coast Miwok), with other special guests to be announced, moderated by Claire Greensfelder, Associate Director of the California Institute for Community, Art & Nature, in person, Toby's Feed Barn, 11250 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, free, donations welcome, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/malcolm-margolin-and-friends)
  • Craft Contemporary presents a poetry reading featuring Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson, Fretwork, winner of the Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize, poets Matthew Dickman, Wonderland, and Michelle Bitting, Nightmares & Miracles, with special guest poet Patricia Smith, Incendiary Art, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, in person, Craft Contemporary, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.craftcontemporary.org/programs)

31 JULY 2022 — sunday


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