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23 AUGUST 2023 — wednesday

  • The Benicia Public Library presents local author and artist Nikki Basch Davis, discussing her new memoir, The Second Scar, a powerful account of her family in Latvia as their lives were upended by Nazi invaders and Soviet occupation, as they, along with millions of other Jewish families, fled the Baltic states, Doña Benicia Room, Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia, free, 7:00 pm PDT
  • Skylight Books presents short story writer Kate Doyle, celebrating her debut collection, I Meant It Once, in conversation with novelist Tess Gunty, The Rabbit Hutch, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction 2022, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Sixteen Rivers Press presents a reading by poets Patrick Cahill, The Machinery of Sleep, Gerald Fleming, The Bastard and the Bishop, Carolyn Miller, Light, Moving, and Eliot Schain, The Distant Sound, Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 pm PDT (More information here:

24 AUGUST 2023 — thursday

  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading with featured poets Joe Smith, Sappho's Island, Tia Ballantine, When Mountains Walk, Larry Felson, Dawn Out of Order, and Mike Edwards, followed by an open mic, six-minutes per reader, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, $5 suggested donation, 7:00 pm PDT (Email: for more information)
  • SOLD OUT: Concerts in the Redwood Grove presents Leaning Towards the Light: Poems for Gardens & the Hands That Tend Them, poetry anthology book launch featuring editor and poet Tess Taylor, musicians Steven Emerson & Son, and more, UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, 5:30 PDT (More information here:

25 AUGUST 2023 — friday

  • Skylight Books presents award-winning novelist and short story writer Christine Sneed, Please Be Advised: A Novel in Memos, reading from her new collection, Direct Sunlight, in conversation with novelist and art critic Yxta Maya Murray, The World Doesn't Work That Way, but It Could, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, reserve a seat by preordering the book for $20, free seating is available first come, first serve without a reserved seat, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:

26 AUGUST 2023 — saturday

  • Marin Poetry Center presents the Summer Traveling Show, with readings by Mark Meierding, Tobey Kaplan, Kathleen McClung, Elise Kazanjian, Lisa H. Turner, Jodi Hottel, and MPC Youth Ambassador Naomi Ko, hosted by Simona Carini, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Kluger, author of Hamlet's Children, a novel set in Denmark during the Nazi occupation, in conversation with novelist and poet Mary Mackey, Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda, free, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm PDT (Registration required:
  • Fourth Saturdays Reading Series presents Rick Lupert, creator of Poetry Super Highway and host of the Cobalt Café weekly reading series, author of The Low Country Shvitz, and poet Douglas Manuel, Testify and Trouble Funk books will be available for purchase at the event, Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents a poetry reading featuring León Salvatierra, Al norte/To the North, and Manuel Paul López, The Yearning Feed, winner of the Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Small Press Traffic presents Gallery Sessions, an informal talk in conjunction with What are words worth?, McEvoy Arts' exhibition that explores the written and spoken word, featuring artist and writer Connie Zheng, in conversation with Amanda Nudelman, McEvoy Arts exhibitions and public programs curator, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, 1150 25th Street, Building B, San Francisco, free, 3:00 pm PDT (More information here:

27 AUGUST 2023 — sunday

  • Village Poets presents a reading with poets A. Jay Adler, Waiting for Word, and Beverly M. Collins, one of three winners of the Wilda Morris June 2021 Poetry Challenge, followed by an open mic, three-minutes per reader, Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, Los Angeles, free/$5 donation recommended, 4:30 pm PDT (More information:
  • Poetry of the Sierra Foothills, with featuring artist and poet D.R. Wagner, The Order of Events, Remembering Eternity, open mic follows, at a boutique winery, Chateau Davell, 3020 Vista Tierra Drive, right off Highway 50, four miles from Placerville, in Camino, free, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm PDT
  • Poetry at Bell Arts presents a reading by Friday Gretchen, Unkindnesses, and Holaday Mason, The Weaver's Body, followed by an open mic, hosted by Jeanette Clough, Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave, Ventura, free, 4:00 pm PDT
  • Join acclaimed poet Sally Love Saunders, Sally's Casserole, in an online reading, bring a poem of your own to read or come to listen to others, hosted by John Rowe, Bay Area Poets Coalition, online via Zoom, free, 11:00 am PDT (Email: for Zoom information; more information here:
  • Odd Verse presents a poetry reading featuring Yalda-Melody Mohammadi, also known as Passionate Persian, with musical performance by Tryn, vocalist, and mayx, guitar, for R&B and alternative sounds, followed by an open mic, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 5:30-8:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Paradise and International Black Writers & Artists present the Bay Area Black Book Fair, honoring Dr. Ellen Foster-Randle and Rudi Mwongozi with Lifetime Achievement Awards, live music, poetry, spoken word, theater, art exhibit, featuring 10 Kweens & a Mic, piano performance by Paradise, Eastside Arts, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland, free, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm PDT (More information here:

28 AUGUST 2023 — monday

  • Sacramento Poetry Center presents Dr. V.S. Chochezi and Staajabu, a mother/daughter poetry duo celebrating their new collection, Spirals, Spirits and Spells, followed by an open mic, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Green Apple Books presents poet Sally Wen Mao, Oculus, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, celebrating her new collection, The Kingdom of Surfaces, from Graywolf Press, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:

29 AUGUST 2023 — tuesday

30 AUGUST 2023 — wednesday

31 AUGUST 2023 — thursday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet Walter Ancarrow, reading from his debut collection, Etymologies, winner of the 2021 Omnidawn Open, joined by drag performer and poet Robert Andrew Perez, the field, Northern California Book Award finalist 2017, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Community of Writers presents "An American Original: A Short Course on the Poetry of C.D. Wright (1949-2016)," on the prolific poet, author of One With Others, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award-finalist, led by poets Forrest Gander, Be With, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and Brenda Hillman, In a Few Minutes Before Later, and is designed for those familiar with Wright's work as well as those reading her poetry for the first time, $300, $270 early bird discount by August 17, runs five-weeks, August 31-September 28, online, 4:00-6:00 pm PDT (Enroll here:
  • Mechanics' Institute presents novelist Lydia Kiesling, The Golden State, finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, discussing her new book, Mobility, in conversation with Heather Bourbeau, online, $5-$10 public sliding scale, members free, Noon PDT (Register to attend:
  • Green Apple Books presents poet and editor Brennan DeFrisco, A Heart with No Scars, celebrating his new book, Honeysuckle & Nightshade, joined by poets Allie Marini, This Apiary, winner of the 2019 Glass Poetry Chapbook Contest, Lauren Parker, We Are Now the Thing in the Woods, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, I Miss You, Delicate, and Katie Aliféris, foolishly optimistic, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:

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