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22 MAY 2023 — monday

  • The Mechanics' Institute presents psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Stevan M. Weine, When History Is a Nightmare: Lives and Memories of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina, discussing his new book, Best Minds: How Allen Ginsberg Made Revolutionary Poetry From Madness, a pivotal look at how the late great poet Allen Ginsberg transformed experiences of mental illness into powerful poetry, Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, free for members, public sliding scale $5-$10, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

23 MAY 2023 — tuesday

  • Green Apple Books presents writer and actress Anne Berest, co-author of the best-selling How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, reading from and discussing her novel, The Postcard, in conversation with Barbara Lane, former book columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Cobalt Poets presents an all open reading, emceed by Jon Wesick, regional editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual, and author of A Foreigner Wherever I Go, among others, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents Ruth Wilson Gilmore, cofounder of the California Prison Moratorium Project and author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, celebrating the paperback edition of her new book, Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation, in conversation with journalist and activist Dr. Clarence Lusane, 20 Dollars and Change, co-presented by Verso Books, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

24 MAY 2023 — wednesday

  • Medicine for Nightmares celebrates the launch of the Spring 2023 issue of Forum magazine, with readings by poets, fiction, and nonfiction writers featured in the issue, including Emily Zimmerman, Hannah Star Rogers, Paulina Turcios, Finn Finneran, Miriam Soto, Lindakay Brown, Elise Cappadona, Mimi Mueller, Liberty Collier, Grace D'Anca, Carla Schick, Ekaterina Levina, Zareen Choudhury, Alana Rodrigues, Gretchen Telzrow, Miriam Soto, Gene Thompson, Jeff Kaliss, Stephanie Ortiz, Angela Alberto, Jeff Kaliss, Dee Allen, C.M. Crockford, Jason Szydlik, Elise Cappadona, Karem Rodriguez, Christopher Williams, Gloria Keeley, Jon Freeman, Hannah Star Rogers, Florina Petcu, Oliver Pu, Jon Freeman, Finnegan Murray, Nelson Maxwell, Talia Rubenstein, Megan Duffy Brown, Karem Rodriguez, Jeff Kaliss, Max Muhlberg, Kellie Henning, Christian Bogada Marsá, Florina Petcu, Len Legaspi, Veronica Voss-Macomber, Ben Finateri, William Lautner, Kata Piedra, Kate McDowall, Suzanne Notario, Nelson Maxwell, Karem Rodriguez, Ekaterina Levina, Vicki Gomez, Joel Alas, Ekaterina Levina, and Angelica Love de Villa, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm PDT (More information here:

25 MAY 2023 — thursday

  • Writers Read Ukiah presents featured poet Connie Post, Floodwater, winner of the Lyrebird Award, Between Twilight, with open mic to follow, maximum six-minutes per reader, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 S. Main Street, Ukiah, free, 7:00 pm PDT
  • The Green Arcade presents authors and organizers Lydia Hughes and Jamie Woodcock, discussing their new book, Troublemaking: Why You Should Organize Your Workplace, about the benefits of organizing and how organizing at work can lead to a better world, in conversation with educator and labor trainer Gifford Hartman, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • City Lights Books presents novelist Max Porter, author of Lanny, longlisted for the Booker Prize, and Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize, discussing his new book, Shy, in conversation with novelist Susan Steinberg, Machine, Kerouac Alley, between Broadway and Grant Avenues, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Beyond Baroque presents "Farewell, L.A.!," a poetry reading featuring Anna Journey, The Judas Ear, If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting, selected for the National Poetry Series, and David St. John, The Last Troubadour: New and Selected Poems, both poets will be moving from Los Angeles to Richmond, Virginia, so come to celebrate their years in L.A. with an evening of poetry and tacos, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

26 MAY 2023 — friday

  • Beyond Baroque presents "Grief Speak," a poetry reading on loss and healing, featuring Crystal AC Salas, Grief Logic, co-winner of the inaugural Alta California Prize, Cynthia Guardado, Cenizas, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Ghost Of, finalist for the National Book Award, and Nicholas Reiner, Levitations, co-winner of the inaugural Alta California Chapbook Prize, a brief Q&A will follow the reading, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

27 MAY 2023 — saturday

  • A memorial for Indigo (Joanne) Hotchkiss, a founder of the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Sacred Grounds Café, 2095 Hayes Street, at Cole, San Francisco, Noon PDT (415/387-3859, or see the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal Facebook page for details)
  • Fourth Saturdays Reading Series presents poets Donna Spruijt-Metz, General Release from the Beginning of the World, and Carol V. Davis, Below Zero, Helen Renwick Library, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Apogee Press presents poet Barbara Tomash, celebrating her new book, Her Scant State, joined in a reading by poets Gillian Conoley, Notes from the Passenger, Elizabeth Robinson, Also Known As, Cole Swensen, Art in Time, and Brian Teare, The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, free, online via Zoom, 11:00 am PDT (Zoom link here:

28 MAY 2023 — sunday

29 MAY 2023 — monday

  • Come celebrate the book launch of When the Moon Had Antlers, the debut collection by Tresha Faye Haefner; she reads with poets Tracey Knapp, Mouth, and David Perez, former Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00-6:30 pm PDT (More information here:

30 MAY 2023 — tuesday

31 MAY 2023 — wednesday

  • Bird & Beckett presents short story writer Angelo Presicci, reading from his book, Fighting the Bad War, a collection of vivid stories based on his experiences as a gay draftee in Vietnam, free, Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:

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