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23 OCTOBER 2023 — monday

24 OCTOBER 2023 — tuesday

25 OCTOBER 2023 — wednesday

26 OCTOBER 2023 — thursday

  • City Lights Books presents "Found in Translation: Adventures in Language," a conversation that celebrates the translation of literature, featuring Gabriela Alemán, Poso Wells, Dick Cluster, Gillian Conoley, Notes from the Passenger, Elaine Katzenberger, Emilie Moorehouse, and Mark Schafer, moderated by Olivia E. Sears, board president and founder of the Center for the Art of Translation, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The Poetry Center presents a reading and conversation with poets Julia Drescher, Open Epic, and C.J. Martin, novelppl/practicebk, both poets will engage in conversation with each other and the audience about their work and publishing ventures, including their collaboratively run press, Further Other Book Works, The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 1:00-3:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Marin Poetry Center presents a reading in celebration of MPC members who published books during the pandemic but didn't get a proper book launch due to shelter-in-place, featuring Gerald Fleming, The Bastard and the Bishop, Joan Baranow, Reading Szymborska in a Time of Plague, winner of the 2021 Brick Road Press contest, Dotty LeMieux, Henceforth I Ask Not Good Fortune, Erin Rodini, And If the Woods Carry You, Emilie Lygren, What We Were Born For, and David Booth, Too Bright to See, this event is co-presented with The Marin Shakespeare Company and also features a costume contest, Marin Shakespeare Company's Center for Performing Arts, Education, and Social Justice, 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • The Center for Literary Arts presents best-selling author K-Ming Chang, Bestiary, longlisted for Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, reading from her latest work, including her recent book Gods of Want and forthcoming works Organ Meat and Cecilia, Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

27 OCTOBER 2023 — friday

  • Beyond Baroque presents a reading and conversation with poets and award-winning translators Paul Vangelisti, Liquid Prisoner, and Vincent Katz, Broadway for Paul, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-9:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

28 OCTOBER 2023 — saturday

  • San Francisco Public Library presents The Presidio Poetry Series, with readings highlighting local poets, writers, and musicians, featuring co-founders of the Coit Tower Poetry Club Scott Bird and Andrew Paul Nelson, How to Draw a Guillotine, forthcoming in spring 2024, Presidio Meeting Room in the Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Fourth Saturdays presents a reading with featured poets Karen Greenbaum-Maya, The Book of Knots and their Untying, and Anders Carlson-Wee, Disease of Kings, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet and multidisciplinary artist Mimi Tempestt, celebrating the release of her new book, The Delicacy of Embracing Spirals, joined by poets Darius Simpson, Toya Groves, hector son of hector, Jessica Hairston, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Zouhair Mussa, soledad con carne, Truong Tran, and Josiah Luis Alderete, come for an evening of poetry and costumes for this part Halloween extravaganza, part book release party, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-10:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Beyond Baroque presents Dr. Annahita Mahdavi West, reading and discussing her new collection, Dusty Relics, in conversation with activist and philosopher Dr. Cornel West, Black Prophetic Fire, poet and translator Gail Wronsky, The Stranger You Are, and author Theresia de Vroom, The Lady Vanishes: Fantasies of Female Heroism in Shakespeare's Last Plays, the conversation will cover topics of poetics of the Iranian diaspora, Iranian women's poetry, and immigration due to war and political conflict, books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

29 OCTOBER 2023 — sunday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents the Odd Verse open mic, a justice-oriented open mic every final Sunday of the month, aimed at amplifying voices of underrepresented communities and calls to collective action for justice and liberation, come for an evening of powerful poetry, art, and community, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • From Tribe and Fire 2023: Jane Hirshfield, Ellen Bass, Marie Howe, and Danusha Laméris read from their poetry, along with acclaimed cellist and composer Jami Sieber, and best-selling author, Geneen Roth, to benefit the courageous students of the S.H.E. College Fund, a nonprofit that administers a college scholarship program for young Kenya Masaii women living in Narok County who have escaped their community's harmful tranditional practices of female genital mutilation and early, forced child marriage, online, free to attend, donations encouraged, 11:00 am PDT (To register:; for more information contact Sarah Degnan Kambou,

30 OCTOBER 2023 — monday

31 OCTOBER 2023 — tuesday

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