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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:
  • 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:
  • 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:

23 SEPTEMBER 2022 — friday

24 SEPTEMBER 2022 — saturday

  • Backyards: Poets for Local Change reading featuring Rhony Bhopla, Susana Praver-Pérez, Hurricanes, Love Affairs, and Other Disasters, winner of the 2022 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, Kelliane Parker, Down the Foggy Streets of My Mind, Georgina Marie Guardado, The Length of Trauma Covets, Lara Gularte, Kissing the Bee, and Youssef Alaoui, Death at Sea/em>, curated and hosted by poet Sharon Coleman, part of the 100,000 Poets for Change annual worldwide reading, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • 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:
  • 29th Dancing Poetry Festival, a celebration of dance and poetry as a unified art form, featuring Natica and Richard Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company, the Artists Embassy International Gold Seal Book Award for River of Stars, Poet's of the Vineyards Anthology, edited by Judy Hardin Cheung, awarded poets reading from their work, including Abbie Johnson Taylor, Dad Fats, and Me, Jabez Churchill, El Verbo Entregarse, James Tweedie, Tango, and more, along with many more dancing poetry showcases, presented by Artists Embassy International, online, Noon PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • Fourth Saturdays presents a reading by poets Elline Lipkin, The Errant Thread, winner of the Kore Press Book Award, and Jose Hernandez Diaz, The Fire Eater, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT
  • Celebrate the book release of two Bay Area writers, Julian Mithra, Unearthingly from Kernpunkt Press, and Steve Arntson, Gypsy and Other Poems from Last Laugh Productions, followed by an open mic reading, hosted by Richard Loranger and Paul Corman-Roberts, outdoors next to the Berkeley Art Center at Live Oak Picnic Area #2, across Walnut Street from the main section of the park, free, Noon-4:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • 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:
  • "Catastrophic Molting," an experiential performance of poetry, music, movement, and communion, based on the poetry collection of the same name by writer and editor Amy Shimshon-Santo, featuring performances by Robin Sukhadia, Amen Santo, Valecia Phillips, Alixx Lucas, Jenise Miller, Bruria, and Yonatan Perry, with a Q&A with Trifari White, Brasil Brasil Cultural Center, 12453 Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, $25, ticket includes a signed copy of the book, no one turned away for lack of funds, 7:30-10:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

25 SEPTEMBER 2022 — sunday

  • The Benicia Literary Arts presents a reading from the publication Yearning to Breathe Free: A Community Journal of 2020, featuring poets Jerry Bolick, Peter Bray, Johanna Ely, Carol Gieg, Brandon Greene, Galen Kusic, Ramona Lappier, Aqueila Lewis-Ross, Katrina Monroe, Deborah Morrison, James Quinn, Deborah Schmidt, Nina Serrano, Sherry Sheehan, Tom Stanton, Roger Straw, Diana Tenes, and Becky Bishop White, followed by a conversation on the impact of the pandemic and social distancing and the power of poetry to strengthen communities and confront challenges in our society and the world, online via Zoom, free, 3:00-5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • 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:
  • Rebecca Giblin, Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, and Cory Doctorow, science fiction writer and activist, discussing their new book, Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We'll Win Them Back, in conversation with security journalist Joseph Menn, San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:

26 SEPTEMBER 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents poet Hafizah Augustus Geter, Un-American, finalist for the NAACP Image Award and PEN Open Book Award, discussing her new memoir, The Black Period: On Personhood, Race, and Origin, a groundbreaking account of the poet's origin story as the queer daughter of a Muslim Nigerian immigrant and a Black American artist, in conversation with essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon, Heavy: An American Memoir, winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

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:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents a double poetry book launch, featuring readings by Tiff Dressen and Alex Mattraw reading from their new collections, Of Mineral and Raw Anyone, respectively, Medicine for Nightmares Boookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:

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:
  • 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:
  • 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:

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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:

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