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15 SEPTEMBER 2022 — thursday

  • City Lights Books presents poets Jody Gladding, I entered without words, and Tawanda Mulalu, Please make me pretty, I don't want to die, reading from new collections, both published by Princeton University Press, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • The Poetry Night Reading Series presents Mischa Kuczynski, finalist for the 2009 Ruth Lily Poetry Fellowship, and Jordan Karnes, More Silver Than Gold, hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, Poet Laureate emeritus of the City of Davis, on the roof of the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street, Davis, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.natsoulas.com/poetry-night)
  • The Poetry Center presents a solo reading and conversation with Simon J. Ortiz, poet, short fiction writer, storyteller, and documentary filmmaker, significant Indigenous voice and tribal member of the Acoma Pueblo Nation in New Mexico, author of Woven Stone, Beyond the Reach of Time and Change, and the forthcoming Light as Light, The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 1:00-2:30 pm PDT (More information here: poetry.sfsu.edu/simon-ortiz-solo-reading-and-conversation)

16 SEPTEMBER 2022 — friday

17 SEPTEMBER 2022 — saturday

  • Babylon Salon presents a reading featuring fiction writer and journalist Charlie Jane Anders, Victories Greater Than Death, novelist Vanessa Hua, Forbidden City, novelist Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, silver medal winner in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, novelist Jonathan Escoffery, If I Survive You, and playwright Zoe Olivia Young, co-presented with The Booksmith, outdoors at The Sycamore, 2140 Mission Street, San Francisco, free, 5:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.booksmith.com/event/babylon-salon-fall-2022)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents a reading and conversation with poet and storyteller Simon J. Ortiz, Woven Stone, and poet Jennifer Elise Foerster, The Maybe Bird, sponsored by The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 3:00-4:30 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • Beyond Baroque presents a reading to celebrate the launch of Interstellar Theme Park, a new collection by poet and musician Jack Skelley, also reading are poet Amy Gerstler, Index of Women, and short story writer and artist Benjamin Weissman, Headless, in-person, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
  • Point Reyes Books presents Javier Zamora, Unaccompanied, winner of the Northern California Book Award in Poetry, discussing his much-anticipated memoir, Solito, an unforgettable story about his migration from El Salvador to the United States, a three-thousand-mile journey he undertook at the age of nine to reunite with his parents, in person, Dance Palace, 503 B St, Point Reyes Station, free, donations welcome, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/javier-zamora)

18 SEPTEMBER 2022 — sunday

  • Omnidawn presents "Breaking the Bowl," a new writing course led by poet David Koehn, Scatterplot, focusing on breaking formal traditions in poetry, the course runs four weeks, September 11- October 2, and features a different special guest each week, this second week features poet and translator Maria Nazos, Still Life, sliding scale $750-$1000, online, classes are split into two sections, with section one running 11:00 am-Noon PDT and section two running 1:00-2:00 pm PDT (Enroll here by Thursday, September 8: www.omnidawn.com/breaking-the-bowl-a-new-organic-forms-class-led-by-david-koehn)
  • Petaluma Poetry Walk 2022 - 11:00 am PDT, Hotel Petaluma, 205 Kentucky Street: Sixteen Rivers Press celebration kicks off the Walk with Terry Ehret, Night Sky Journey, Nancy Morales, Patrick Cahill, Eliot Schain, Westering Angels, and Dane Cervine, Earth is a Fickle Dancer; new spring releases launched here: Plagios/Plagiarisms, Volume Two, by celebrated Mexican poet Ulalume Gonzalez de Leon, (1928-2009), translated by Terry Ehret, John Johnson, and Nancy Morales, The Machinery of Sleep by Patrick Cahill, The Distant Sound by Eliot Schain, and The World is God's Language, by Dane Cervine; Noon PDT, Artaluma, 145 Keller Street: Jack Crimmins, Sonoma County Poet Laureate Elizabeth Herron, David Rollison; 1:00 pm PDT, Life On Earth Art, 8 Fourth Street: Nancy Cavers Dougherty, Phyllis Meshulam, Cathryn Shea; 2:00 pm PDT, Helen Putman Plaza: Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar; 3:00 pm PDT, 140 Kentucky Street: Avotcja, David Madgalene, Stephen Meadows; 4:00 pm PDT, Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington Street: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Geri Digiorno, Sonoma County Poet Laureate emerita and founder of the Petaluma Poetry Walk, presenting poems about Geri from poet-friends and colleagues, surprises from her daughter Michelle Baynes; 5:00 pm PDT, Petaluma Historical Museum, 20 Fourth Street: Sandra Anfang, Raphael Block, Joyce Jenkins; 6:00-8:00 pm PDT, Aqus Café, Foundry Wharf, 189 H Street (this location is the farthest, you might want a ride for this venue): Anthology Reading from The Freedom of New Beginnings, Poems of Witness and Vision from Sonoma County, California, edited by Phyllis Meshulam, with Gail King, Gwynn O'Gara, and Terry Ehret, with contributors to the anthology, including Jon Jackson, Sherrie Lovler, J.D. Langdon, Alexandra Ellen Appel, Maureen Hurley, Ella Wen, Steve Trenam, Rebecca Patrascu, Sandra Anfang, Jodi Hottel, Donna Emerson, Michael Sheffield, Phyllis Meshulam, and Abby Bogolmony; all in walking distance across Petaluma, all free, 11:00 am PDT to 8:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.petalumapoetrywalk.org)
  • Book Passage presents award-winning novelist Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, The Revisioners, winner of the 2020 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, discussing her new book, On the Rooftop, a powerful story about a mother's drive for musical stardom and the clash with her daughters' dreams of their own lives, set in 1950s San Francisco, in conversation with novelist R.O. Kwon, The Incendiaries, in person, Book Passage, 51 Tama Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.bookpassage.com/event/margaret-wilkerson-sexton-ro-kwon-rooftop-corte-madera-store)

19 SEPTEMBER 2022 — monday

  • Mrs. Dalloway's presents poet, essayist, and artist Sandra Cisneros, recipient of the Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature and the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature, among others, reading from her new book, Woman Without Shame, her first poetry collection in twenty-eight years, in conversation with Reyna Grande, author of the best-selling memoir, The Distance Between Us, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.mrsdalloways.com/events/sandra-cisneros-reading-her-new-poetry-collection)

20 SEPTEMBER 2022 — tuesday

21 SEPTEMBER 2022 — wednesday

  • Book Passage presents award-winning novelist Yiyun Li, Must I Go, discussing her new book, The Book of Goose, a story of intimacy and obsession, from rural France to an English boarding school to Pennsylvania, in conversation with novelist Garth Greenwell, What Belongs to You, winner of the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, online, free, 5:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/yiyun-li-garth-greenwell-book-goose-online-event)
  • Skylight Books presents sociologist and author Anthony Christian Ocampo, discussing his new book, Brown and Gay in L.A.: The Lives of Immigrant Sons, an homage to second-generation gay men who redefined what it means to be gay and to be a person of color in predominately white gay spaces, in conversation with Traci Thomas, creator of the acclaimed podcast The Stacks, in-person, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-anthony-christian-ocampo-presents-brown-and-gay-la-traci-thomas)

22 SEPTEMBER 2022 — thursday

  • Green Apple presents short story writer Jocelyn Nicole Johnson discussing her new collection, My Monticello, six stories exploring the burdens of displacement and living in a world that is at once home and not, in conversation with novelist Carolina de Robertis, Cantoras, winner of a Stonewall Book Award, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-angie-cruz-ingrid-rojas-contreras)
  • Lyrics & Dirges presents a special bilingual reading by the writing collective Las Chingonas, featuring poets Aideed Medina, Violeta Orozco, El cuarto de la luna, Susana Praver-Pérez, Hurricanes, Love Affairs, and Other Disasters, Yaccaira Salvatierra, and Carla Schick, hosted by poets Sharon Coleman and MK Chavez, online via Zoom, free, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/lyricsdirges)
  • Grand Piano TV presents a series of live readings and performances, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the final volume of The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography/San Francisco 1975-1980, a series of autobiographical writings centered on ten Bay Area poets, this week features poet Rae Armantrout, Versed, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, online via Zoom, free, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsceyrrDwrEtHr06pb8qItOsP9H6jP2mvq)

23 SEPTEMBER 2022 — friday

24 SEPTEMBER 2022 — saturday

  • Green Apple Books presents the latest reading of Books on the Garden, Wildflowers and Wildfires: Poetry, featuring Bay Area poets James Cagney, Martian: The Saint of Loneliness, winner of the 2021 James Laughlin Award, Jennifer S. Cheng, House A, winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Prize, Amanda Moore, Requeening, Christine No, and Preeti Vangani, Mother Tongue Apologize, with musical performance by C.W. Danzig, books by featured poets will be available for purchase, San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 1:00-2:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/offsite-books-garden-wildflowers-and-wildfires-poetry-reading)
  • Poets in Conversation presents a reading and discussion with Connie Post, Prime Meridian, finalist for the American Fiction Awards, and Janine Certo, Elixir, winner of the New American Poetry Prize and the Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize, online via Zoom, free, 4:00-5:30 pm PDT (More information here: phyllispoetry.com)

25 SEPTEMBER 2022 — sunday

  • Omnidawn presents "Breaking the Bowl," a new writing course led by poet David Koehn, Scatterplot, focusing on breaking formal traditions in poetry, the course runs four weeks, September 11-October 2, and features a different special guest each week, this week features Annie Finch, recipient of the Robert Fitzgerald Award and author of Calendars, among other titles, sliding scale $750-$1000, online, classes are split into two sections, with section one running 11:00 am-Noon PDT and section two running 1:00-2:00 pm PDT (Enroll here by Thursday, September 8: www.omnidawn.com/breaking-the-bowl-a-new-organic-forms-class-led-by-david-koehn)

26 SEPTEMBER 2022 — monday

27 SEPTEMBER 2022 — tuesday

  • City Lights Books presents Julian Aguon, Chamorro human rights lawyer and founder of Blue Ocean Law, discussing his new book, No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies: A Lyric Essay, part memoir, part manifesto, weaving together indigenous rights and environmental justice, in conversation with feminist writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me, in person, Kerouac Alley, between City Lights and Vesuvio Café, between Columbus and Grant Avenues, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: citylights.com/events)
  • Left Margin Lit presents "Next Level: Advanced Poetry Workshop," led by poet David Roderick, Blue Colonial, winner of the APR/Honickman Prize, this is a graduate-style workshop focused on discussing your poems, enrollment is limited to eight people, runs six weeks, September 27-November 8, no class on October 4, $495, in-person, Left Margin Lit, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (Enroll here: www.leftmarginlit.org/next-level-advanced-poetry-2)
  • Poetic License Sonoma presents a poetry reading featuring the eight poets Joseph Cutler, Susanne Arrhenius, Paul DeMarco, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, Jaime Zukowski, and Kusum Irene Jain, with special guest poet Sande Anfang, host of the Rivertown Poets monthly reading series and author of Xylem Highway, with guest student poet Dirk Dunning; the reading will explore the theme "Equinox," part of the Fourth Tuesday Zoom Poetry Series hosted by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol, $5/donations welcome, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.sebarts.org/classeslectures/p/poetic-license-sonoma-sandra-anfang)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet and spoken word artist Zomkhonto, with open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)

28 SEPTEMBER 2022 — wednesday

29 SEPTEMBER 2022 — thursday

  • The Booksmith presents artist and graphic designer George McCalman, discussing his debut book, Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and Unseen, a stunning collection of 145 portraits of Black heroes and icons throughout America's history, with short biographies about their contributions to activism, science, politics, medicine, entertainment, the arts, and more, The Booksmith, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.booksmith.com/event/george-mccalman)
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading featuring former Ukiah Poet Laureate Linda Noel, Red Indian Road West, followed by an open mic, six minutes per reader, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.gracehudsonmuseum.org/new-events)
  • The Center for Literary Arts of San Jose presents a reading by acclaimed poet and novelist Ocean Vuong, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, and others, Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, tickets range from $45-$75 and a include signed copy of Vuong's best-selling collection Time is a Mother, 7:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.clasanjose.org/ocean-vuong)

30 SEPTEMBER 2022 — friday

  • Green Apple presents novelist Angie Cruz, Dominicana, finalist for the Women's Prize, discussing her new book, How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water, in conversation with Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, silver medal winner in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-angie-cruz-ingrid-rojas-contreras)
  • Point Reyes Books presents poets Jody Gladding and Tawanda Mulalu, reading from and discussing their new collections, I Entered Without Words and Please make me pretty, I don't want to die, respectively, the latest publications in the Princeton Contemporary Poets series, online, free, Noon PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/jody-gladding-and-tawanda-mulalu)
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents "True Tales of Family," a reading that explores family history and conflict from the perspectives of five Latin American authors, featuring memoirist Juanita Mantz, Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender, or how I became a punk rock lawyer, nonfiction writer Lucy Rodriguez-Hanley, Late Bloomer, poet Cecilia Caballero, short story writer Pat Alderete, Ghost and the Spirit, and poet Allison Hedge Coke, Look at This Blue, followed by a Q&A, in-person, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-10:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents best-selling author Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street, celebrating the release of her new book, Woman Without Shame, her first collection of poems in twenty-eight years, co-sponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz and the Research Center for the Americas at UC Santa Cruz, at Cowell Ranch Historic Hay Barn, 94 Ranch View Road, Santa Cruz, $33, ticket includes a copy of the book, 7:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/sandra-cisneros-2022)

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