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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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