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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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