The City of West Hollywood's WeHo Reads Series presents "Crafting Literary Legacies," an event celebrating Women's History Month and authors who center women in their stories, featuring novelist Natashia Deón, The Perishing, short fiction writer Toni Ann Johnson, Light Skin Gone to Waste, winner of the 2021 Flannery O'Connor Award, poet and novelist Malia Márquez, This Fierce Blood, and novelist Laura Warrell, Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm, online, free, 6:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.weho.org/community/arts-and-culture/literary-arts/weho-reads)
Book Passage presents Michelle Dowd in conversation with Lusia Smith discussing her new book Forager: Field Notes for Surviving a Family Cult, a true story about her escape from a cult and the survival skills she needed that led her to freedom, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 1:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.bookpassage.com/event/michelle-dowd-luisa-smith-forager-corte-madera-store).
City Lights Books presents poet Charif Shanahan, Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing, Lambda Literary Award finalist, celebrating the publication of his new collection, Trace Evidence, in conversation with poet Solmaz Sharif, Look, finalist for the National Book Award, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, and online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
The Living Room Reading Series presents a reading on the theme of Education, by Fred Dodsworth, Erin Mansur, James Siegel, and André Le Mont Wilson, The Living Room Salon, 395 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00pm PDT (Register to attend: thelivingroomsf.com)
Beyond Baroque presents a reading and conversation with poets Mark Irwin, Joyful Orphan, Shimmer, and Elena Karina Byrne, If This Makes You Nervous, No Don't, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, 8:00-11:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
The Ina Coolbrith Circle will hold a memorial service for its long-time president, poet Richard Angilly, who passed away December 17, 2022; the memorial will take the place of the monthly membership meeting, Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington, 1:00-5:00 pm PDT
Beyond Baroque presents poet Carol V. Davis, Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg, winner of the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize, celebrating the launch of her fourth collection, Below Zero, an exploration of Siberia and borders, faith and doubt, home and belonging, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
Book Passage presents Andrea Dunlop reading from her new novel Women Are the Fiercest Creatures, three women take on their manipulative CEO who wrote them out of his startup's history, and Mary Otis reads from her debut novel, Burst, about the complex relationship between mothers and daughters, a Special Event Mini Series in Honor of Women's History Month, online, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.bookpassage.com/event/andrea-dunlop-women-are-fiercest-creatures-mary-otis-burst-online-event).
Medicine for Nightmares presents poet Ernest Garai, reading from his new collection, Reverberating Voices, joined by San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, California Book Award-winner; activist and poet Bernice Espinoza; and poet N'game Gray, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, and online via Zoom, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
Beyond Baroque celebrates the life of Doug Knotts (1943-2022), poet, performer, and former president of Beyond Baroque's Board of Trustees, author of several books including the poetry collection Small Dogs Bark Cartoons, with readings, performances, and remembrances by Quentin Ring, Janet Sager Knott, The Mighty Echoes, Peter Lownds, John Fleck, Phoebe MacAdams Ozuna, Laurel Ann Bogen, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Richard Modiano, Jerry the Priest, Jerome Dunn, Nelson Gary, Alexa Hunter, Marsha de la Oh, Phil, Joe Culp, Andy Schwartz, Neal Taylor, Mike M Mollett, Michael Lane Bruner, and S.A. Griffin, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 1:00-4:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
Medicine for Nightmares presents a chapbook jam, with featured Nomadic Press poets Rachelle Escamilla, Space Junk from the Heavenly Palace; Yeva Johnsonis, Analog Poet Blues; Antmenantmen Pimentel Mendoza, My Boyfriend Apocalypse; Kimberly Acevedo, Ryan Nakano, I Am Minor; Edward Gunawan, The Way Back; and Lourdes Figueroa, Ruidos = To Learn Speak, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 3:00-5:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga presents a reading with featured poets Toti O'Brien, Alter Alter, Pages of a Broken Diary, and Linda Dove, Fearn, with two open mic sessions, Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, Los Angeles, suggested donation $5, 4:30 pm PDT (More information here: villagepoets.blogspot.com)
Silvia Vasquez-Lavado discusses her latest book, In the Shadow of the Mountain, a thrilling memoir detailing her journey to Mount Everest, sponsored by Book Passage, offsite at Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael, $30, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.bookpassage.com/intheshadowofthemountain23).
City Lights Books presents novelist Belén Gopegui, La escala de los mapas [The Scale of Maps], discussing her new book, Stay This Day and Night with Me, in conversation with Mark Schafer, translator of the book, online via Zoom, free, Noon PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
Medicine for Nightmares presents translator and poet Dong Li, reading and discussing his debut collection, The Orange Tree, in conversation with poet Forrest Gander, Be With, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, and online via Zoom, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
The Breakroom Poetry Mic presents an open-mic hosted by Jason Bayani, Hieu Mihn Nguyen, and sam sax, Gilman Brewing Company, 912 Gilman Street, Berkeley, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: gilmanbrew.com/event-type/show)
A night of poetry in collaboration with the show Hechizos, with featured artist and poet Leticia Hernández-Linares, Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl, joining Leticia to read are poets Flavia Mora, Anna Rodas, Entre cenizas y palmas, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, first Poet Laureate of Oakland, and Yaccaira Salvatierra, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
City Lights Books presents novelist and critic Yxta Maya Murray, Art Is Everything, celebrating her new book, God Went Like That, about the environmental damage caused by the Simi Valley nuclear power accidents, in conversation with writer and performer Jocelyn Saidenberg, Kith & Kin, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
Beyond Baroque presents an evening of poetry and jazz, featuring readings by Rhys Langston, Language Arts Unit: a Rap Textbook, A.K. Toney, and Tori Gesualdo, with music by The Cesar Hernandez Quintet, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, doors open 7:30 pm, performances begin 8:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
Green Apple Books presents poet Monica Youn, Ignatz, finalist for the National Book Award, reading from and discussing her new book, From From, in conversation with poet Solmaz Sharif, Look, finalist for the National Book Award, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Aveue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-monica-youn-solmaz-sharif)