Poetry at the 3300 Club featured reading and open mic, last Tuesdays monthly. Sign up to read 6:30, show 7:00, twenty-one and over, free, courtesy pub grub, Keane's 3300 Club, 3300 Mission, at 29th Street, SF, (415) 826-6886, www.3300club.com.
Bay Area Poets Coalition (BAPC) open reading, everyone welcome, three to five minutes per reader, usually the first Saturday monthly, 3:00-5:00. Strawberry Creek Lodge, check in at front desk for meeting location, 1320 Addison Street, Berkeley. Park on the street, not in the SCL parking lot. See www.bayareapoetscoalition.org.
Bazaar Café Open Mic, every Thursday, 7:00. First Thursday hosted by Pat Nugent, the rest by Mr. Andrew. Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, between 21st and 22nd Avenues, SF, (415) 831-5620, www.bazaarcafe.com.
Berzerkeley Poetry Slam, ongoing, performance poets compete for $150 cash prizes judged by the audience, home of West Coast Champions, with featured poets, live music with 3 Blind Mice and DJ Agana, pizza and beer, every Wednesday, sign up at 7:30 to perform, event at 8:30, $8 at door, all ages before 9:00. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, (510) 841-2082, www.berkeleypoetryslam.com, www.myspace.com/berkeleypoetryslam.
Bird & Beckett open mic after featured poets, first and third Mondays monthly, 7:00. Fourth Thursday "Eminent Authors' Birthdays" gathering to read the work of your favorite writers born in that month, 7:00. Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery, between Diamond and Castro, SF, (415) 586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com.
Century House Poetry Readings, hosted by Pleasanton Poet Laureate Deborah Grossman, presents featured readers, open mic follows, first Sunday of most even numbered months: February 7, June 6, 2:00-4:00, $5. Century House, 2401 Santa Rita Road, between Stoneridge and Mohr, Pleasanton. For more information: Deborah Grossman, pleasantonpoetry @ gmail.com, or Michelle Russo, Pleasanton Civic Arts: (925) 931-5350. Visit civicartsliterary.org.
Expressions Gallery Poetry and Open Mic presents a featured reader, open mic follows, refreshments, every third Friday, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (510) 664-4930, www.expressionsgallery.org.
Frank Bette Center for the Arts Second Saturday Prose & Poetry featured readers and open mic, every second Saturday monthly, 7:00, pass the hat donation. All Open, All Good open mic is held every fourth Saturday, except December 2011, hosted by Jeanne Lupton, pass the hat donation, 7:00-9:00. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru at Lincoln, Alameda, (510) 523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.
Gallery Café Reading Series presents featured readers and open mic, fine food and drink available, Monday, December 6, 2010, this is the very last reading for this stellar open mic series. Sign up for open 6:30, reading 7:00 sharp. Gallery Café, 1200 Mason, at Washington, SF, (415) 296-9932. Host: Kit Kennedy, kit.kennedy @ yahoo.com, gallerycafereadingseries.blogspot.com.
The Ina Coolbrith Circle meets one Sunday monthly, September through May, meetings include featured speakers, open reading, poems not to exceed one typewritten page, social hour, 2:00. Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette, www.coolpoetry.org.
Last Word Poetry Series open reading follows featured poets, hosted by Dale Jensen and Diana Q, every second Friday, 7:00-9:00. Wine, beer, food. Nefeli Caffé, 1854 Euclid Avenue, at Hearst, Berkeley, (510) 841-6374.
Mic-less Open Mic at 16th and Mission, open forum to reclaim street space, no sign up sheet or microphone, just free expression, facilitated by the Collaborative Arts Insurgency, every Thursday, 9:00; 16th and Mission BART Plaza, SF.
Oakland Golden State Slam, third Tuesday monthly, drawing starts at 8:00, show 8:35, $7. Cash prizes, all ages, slam hosted by two-time Oakland Grand Champ nerCity open mic (precedes the slam) hosted by Kristina Robertson. Grand Lake Coffee House, 440 Grand Avenue, Oakland, www.myspace.com/goldenstateslam.
On the Page, Off the Page Open Mic with Diamond Dave Whitaker, second Wednesday monthly, Park Branch Library Community Room, downstairs, 1833 Page Street, between Cole and Shrader, in the Haight Ashbury, San Francisco, 7:00-8:45, sfpl.org.
Poetry Diversified Open Mic, hosted by Tres Santos poetry ensemble: Mark G., Muteado, Chokwadi. First Fridays monthly, sign up 7:30, reading 8:00-10:30, no cover, great food. Hip Hop after party. La Estrellita Café & Bar, 446 E. 12th Street, Oakland, jokwadi @ yahoo.com.
Poetry Express open mic with featured readers, every Monday, 7:00. Hosts: Mark States, Nancy Wogan, Jim Barnard. Mention the reading for a ten percent meal discount. Priya Restaurant, 2072 San Pablo Avenue, near University Avenue, Berkeley, e-mail: poetryexpress @ gmail.com.
Ravenswood Readings, hosted by Livermore Poet Laureate Cher Wollard, presents featured readers, open mic follows, first Sunday of most odd numbered months: March 7, May 2, 2:00-4:00, $5. Ravenswood Historic Site, 2657 Arroyo Road, Livermore. For more information: (925) 824-4824. Visit livermorelit.org.
Red Light Open Mic, read for seven minutes max at this lively beer bar, Tuesdays, with host Phillip T. Nails; Michael Millican hosts on January 26, 2010, free, 7:00-9:00. Amnesia Bar, 853 Valencia Street, between 19th and 20th Streets, Mission district, SF, (415) 970-0012, www.amnesiathebar.com.
Sacred Grounds Caf´ Sacred Grounds Café has presented featured readers followed by an open reading since 1974, every Wednesday, sign up 7:00, reading 7:30. Sacred Grounds Café, 2095 Hayes, at Cole, SF, (415) 387-3859. Host: Dan Brady, sacredpoets @ yahoo.com.
The San Francisco City Poetry Slam & Experimental Mic, usually second Sunday, 7:00-10:00, $7-$10 sliding scale door. Free home cooked Creole food, $100 in cash prizes, all ages, hosted by Mona Webb. Mama Calizo's Voice Factory Theater, 1519 Mission, near Civic Center BART, SF, myspace.com/thecityslam.
Smack Dab Open Mic, all ages, all genders may perform five minutes or less, writing, music, comedy, or performance. Hosted by Kirk Read and Larry-bob Roberts, third Wednesday monthly, free, sign up 7:30, show 8:00. Magnet, queer neighborhood health center, 4122 18th Street between Castro and Collingwood, SF, www.magnetsf.org.
Tourettes Without Regrets, a controversial, lively open mic and slam, with hosts Jamie DeWolf and D Silence with DJ, first Thursday monthly, sign up 8:00, slam 8:30, $10, all ages, full bar. Cash prizes, winner Best of the Bay. Oakland Metro, 630 3rd Street, at Jefferson, Oakland, near Jack London Square, tongueartillery @ yahoo.com, www.touretteswithoutregrets.com.
Bay Area Writing Project presents Writing Teachers Write, featured readers and open reading, fourth Wednesdays of each month, except November and December, 5:00-6:30, one drink minimum. Nomad Café, 6500 Shattuck, at 65th Street, Oakland. Contact host: Judy Bebelaar, (510) 845-5430, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Artistry of 319, third Saturday monthly, 9:00-11:00, $5. Art, poetry, and spoken word open mic, restaurant and bar. Jazzyblues Café, 319 6th Street, West Sacramento, see this and many other Sacramento events at www.eskimopie.net/calendar.htm.
Poetry Night at Bistro 33, features and open mic, hosted by Andy Jones and produced by Brad Henderson, first and third Wednesday nights monthly, 9:00. Bistro 33, 226 F Street, at Third, Davis, (530) 756-4556, aojones @ ucdavis.edu, poetryindavis.blogspot.com.
The Blackout Poetry Series open mic, poets, singers, comedians, every last Friday, 8:00-10:30. Upper Level Lounge, Fitness Systems Healthclub, 26 Massie Court, Sacramento, (916) 681-2555. Contact: T-Mo, (916) 208-POET, www.mybmsf.com/terrymoore.
Brown Bag Poetry Reading, every third Thursday, noon. Bring your own favorite poems and lunch, hosted by Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins. Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, (916) 979-9706, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org.
Chico Poetry Slam, every other Thursday, January 28, February 11 and 25, March 18, April 1, 15, and 29, May 13, $6. Hosted by Tazuo, all ages. Café Culture, 931 W. 5th Street, Chico, www.myspace.com/chicopoetryslam.
Final Friday Open Mic is held frequently but irregulary, last Friday monthly, 7:00, confirm before attending, featured poet plus open mic mostly for poetry, with storytellers and song writers welcome, hosted by Oliah Kraft and Andy Fahrenwald. J&D's Back Room, Eureka just off Main, Sutter Creek. Contact the hosts at 209/267-5967, allergic @ riseup.net.
Lincoln Poets Club monthly meetings, featured readers and open mic, second Sundays monthly, 2:00-4:00, free. The Willow Room, 12 Bridges Library, 485 12 Bridges Drive, Lincoln. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lincoln Library. Contact (916) 434-9226, or sjclark @ psyber.com.
Mahogany Urban Poetry Series, Open Mic Poetry & Music every Wednesday, Poetry Slam the last Wednesday monthly, 9:00-11:00, $5. Hosted by Malik Khiry. All ages, restaurant offers a $6.99 dinner special for poetry night only. Queen Sheba Restaurant, 1704 Broadway at 17th Street, Sacramento, malikspeaks @ aol.com, www.myspace.com/mahoganyurbanpoetryseries.
Modesto Poetry Slam, second Wednesday monthly, sign up 6:30, show 7:30, $5 for competing poets and general admission; limited to first 100 people. Cash prizes, hosted by Sam Pierstorff. Prospect Theater Project, 520 Scenic Drive, Modesto, www.slamonrye.com.
Nevada County Poetry Series, two featured poets and open mic, third Thursdays monthly, except July and December, 7:30, $5. The Center for the Arts, 314 West Main Street, Grass Valley, (530) 274-8384, www.thecenterforthearts.org.
Our House Gallery Poetry Series open mic, third Wednesdays monthly, 7:00. Sign up by 7:00 to read. Our House Gallery, 1004 White Rock Road #400, El Dorado Hills, Montano de El Dorado Center, south of Highway 50, Latrobe Road at White Rock Road, (916) 933-4278, www.ourhousegallery.com/Poetry_Night.html.
Poetry Unplugged open mic before and after featured readers, every Thursday, 8:00. Hosted by frank andrick, Mario Ellis Hill, B.L. Kennedy, and Geoffrey Neil, $2 or one drink minimum. Luna's Café, 1414 16th Street, between N and O Street, mid-town Sacramento, (916) 441-3931, www.lunascafe.com.
Rattlesnake Readings, read-around follows the feature, second Wednesday monthly, 7:30. Hosted by Kathy Kieth. The Book Collector, 1008 24th Street, between J and K Streets, Sacramento, (916) 442-9295, richard @ poems-for-all.com.
SickSpits' Open Mic Nite, usually every first Tuesday, 7:00-10:00, free. Spoken word, rap, music. Technocultural Studies Building, Art Annex, UC Davis campus, see this and many other Davis/Sacramento events at www.eskimopie.net/calendar.htm.
S.O.S. Slam-or-Stage Open Mic, second Tuesday monthly, 6:30-8:30. Empresso Coffeehouse, 1825 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, (209) 941-0782, EmpressoCoffeehouse@gmail.com, see more Stockton events at rainflowers.org.
The Other Voice, poetry features plus open mic, third Friday, 7:30. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis (reading is in the library of the church located at 27074 Patwin Road), allegras @ dcn.org, www.eskimopie.net/calendar.htm.
The Show spoken word with open mic and live band, last Saturday monthly, 7:00-9:00. All ages, $5, hosted by Terry Moore. Wo'se Community Center, 2863 35th Street, off Broadway, Sacramento. T. Mo, (916) 208-POET, www.mybmsf.com/terrymoore.
Underground Books Poetry Series, featured readers and open mike, every third Saturday monthly, 7:00. Hosted by Terry Moore, $3. Underground Books, 2814 35th Street, Sacramento, (916) 737-3333, www.mybmsf.com/terrymoore.
Benicia Poets & Friends open readings around the table, first Tuesdays monthly, 7:00-9:00, refreshments. Benicia Public Library, Doña Benicia Room, 150 East L Street, Benicia, (707) 746-4355, host is Poet Laureate of Benicia, Robert M. Shelby, email@example.com. Also, second Tuesday monthly, 6:30-8:30, Starbucks, Solano Center Mall, Fairfield. This small group has more discussion, bring copies of your poem. Visit www.poetrymatters.150m.com.
Healdsburg Literary Guild's Third Sunday Salon presents featured writer followed by open mic hour for short works of literary intent, third Sunday monthly, 2:30-4:30. Open mic sign up 2:00. Affronti's, 235 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, healdsburgliteraryguild @ gmail.com.
Marin Poetry Center open workshop open to anyone interested in reading their poem and then receiving comments as well as hearing other works in progress and sharing your thoughts. Bring ten copies of one poem to read aloud. Fourth Thursdays each month, 7:00, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael. Calvin Ahlgren, (415) 497-2495, calvinahlgren @ att.net, www.marinpoetrycenter.org.
Mendocino Environmental Center & Gallery, open mic, poetry and spoken word, first Friday monthly, 5:00-8:00. Broadcast live on KMEC 105.1 FM radio. Mendocino Environmental Center & Gallery, downtown Ukiah. Tonya DiAndra, (707) 391-3046.
Poetry by the Bay, a spoken word open mic, live bands and poets, hosted by Profet of ProfeticLyrics, every second and fourth Thursday of the month, 7:30-9:30. Panama Red Coffee Co., 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, www.myspace.com/profeticlyrics.
Sonoma County Library Poetry Slam 2010 hosts an open mic followed by a competitive slam on Friday nights: January 15, 2010, (Petaluma), February 19 (Rohnert Park-Cotati), March 19 (Sonoma Valley), April 16 (Rincon Valley), Grand Slam finale May 21, Central Library, Third and E Streets, Santa Rosa, 7:00. Host: Saint, 2009 spoken word champ from Stockton, California. Each event has an open mic prior to the slam, except for the Grand Slam; you must choose between reading in the open, or participating in the slam. Open mic time limit: one poem, three minutes. Cash and gift card prizes. For branch library locations, and slam participation guidelines, call Tiffany at (707) 537-0162x5, or visit www.sonomalibrary.org/programs/PoetrySlams.html.
Third Thursday Poetry Reading, open mic with a featured poet, every third Thursday, 7:00 PST (7:30 DST), free, everyone welcome. In the old City Art building, 284 Main Street, Point Arena, (707) 882-3114.
Valona Deli featured poetry reading and open mic, with host Connie Post. Terry Henry Trio jazz after the poetry. Second Sunday of every month, 4:00-6:00. Valona Deli, 1323 Pomona, Crockett, (510) 787-2022.
Writers Read last Thursday of the month open reading with featured readers, 7:00, $5 donation, tea, coffee, and desserts available. Art Center Ukiah, 201 South State Street, at Church Street, Ukiah, (707) 463-6989, www.coloredhorse.com.
Flor y Canto / Flower and Song Open Mic Reading with featured reader, Watsonville Main Library, 275 Main Street, Suite 100, Second Floor Meeting Room, free. Presented by Poetry Santa Cruz and Watsonville Public Library, hosted by Adela Najarro. Meets quarterly, Thursday, 6:00. For dates, see www.poetrysantacruz.org.
Open Mic for musicians, poets, magicians and other artists of all ages, third Saturday monthly, sign up 7:30, perform 8:00, donations accepted, refreshments provided. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Santa Cruz County, 6401 Freedom Blvd., Aptos, (831) 477-7588, www.poetrysantacruz.org.
Poet/Speak Open Reading with featured reader, third Sunday monthly, presented by Poetry Santa Cruz, 2:00, free. Santa Cruz Public Library, upstairs meeting room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, (831) 420-5700, www.poetrysantacruz.org.
Legendary Santa Cruz Indi Slam, first and third Tuesdays monthly, open sign up 7:30, show 8:00. Cash prizes, $5, hosted by Kevin Holmes, DJ styling Andrew Lowe. Open slam workshop at 6:30. Cypress Lounge, 120 Union Street, Santa Cruz, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.legendarycollective.com.
World Stage Anansi Writers Workshop presents a three-part evening beginning with a workshop session, followed by a featured reader and open mic, every Wednesday, 7:30-10:30, open mic 9:05. Literary Director: Jawanza Daumisani, $5. World Stage, 4344 Degnan Blvd., LA, (323) 293-2451, www.theworldstage.org.
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents an Open Reading, first Sundays monthly, free, 5:00, sign up at 4:45. Hosted by Marie Lecrivain. Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, (310) 822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org.
Cobalt Poets presents open readings every Tuesday, hosted by Rick Lupert, with featured readers on the first Tuesday, featured regulars on second Tuesdays, Valley Contemporary Poets featured guest plus open reading on third Tuesdays, and Cobalt Classic All Open Reading usually every fourth and fifth Tuesdays, seven minute limit, 9:00, sign up 8:30-8:45, free, one drink minimum, all ages. The Cobalt Café, 22047 Sherman Way in Canoga Park (west of Topanga Canyon Blvd.), (818) 348-3789, http://poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt.
Da' Poetry Lounge spoken word open mic, every Tuesday, 9:00-midnight. Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Blvd. near Melrose, LA, free parking next door at Fairfax High School, early arrival is a must, www.dapoetrylounge.com.
Emerging Urban Poets Saturday Afternoon Poetry presents featured readers and open mic, every first and third Saturday, including January 23, 3:00-5:00. Free, hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell. Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd, two blocks east of Lake Avenue, Pasadena, kingfisher1031 @ charter.net, emergingurbanpoets.blogspot.com.
Gypsy Den in Santa Ana hosts a featured poetry reading every first Tuesday and open mics every Monday and Thursday, sign up starts 7:30. 125 N. Broadway Avenue, Santa Ana, (714) 835-8840, www.gypsyden.com.
La Palabra presents a featured poetry reading, plus open mic, usually every fourth Sunday, except January 31, 2:00-4:00. Co-hosted by Laura L. Longoria and Don Newton, Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, (323) 258-1435, www.avenue50studio.com.
Moonday, A West Side Reading Series, open reading followed by featured reading, second Monday monthly, sign up 7:00, reading 7:30. Hosted by Alice Pero and Lois P. Jones, at Katie O'Loughlin's, 14839 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, www.moondaypoetry.com, or pero @ earthlink.net.
Moonday, An East Side Reading Series, open reading followed by featured reading, third Sunday monthly, come early to sign up, reading 2:00. Hosted by Alice Pero and Lois P. Jones, Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge, (818) 790-0717, www.moondaypoetry.com, or pero @ earthlink.net.
Our Poetic Souls open mic, every third Sunday monthly, sign up 2:30, readings 2:45. Hosted by Jim Lyon, please use appropriate language. Home Brew Coffee, 661 West Arrow Highway, San Dimas, (909) 394-1964, www.chrystinedrums.com/PoeticSouls.
The Rapp Saloon spoken word open mic, every Friday, sign up 7:30, readings 8:00. Six minute slots, free, all ages, co-hosts Mani Suri, Dave Nordling, Brenda Petrakos, Joe Camhi. International Youth Hostel, 1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica, www.rappsaloon.com.
Redondo Poets featured reading and open mic every Tuesday, sign up 7:50, reading 8:10, free. Coffee Cartel, 1820 South Catalina Avenue, Hollywood Riviera, Redondo Beach, (310) 316-6554, www.redondopoets.com.
Tía Chucha's Open Mic: Night of Music & Spoken Word, every Friday, 8:00-10:00, no cover, donations welcome. Hosted by Nery Boche. Tía Chucha's Centro Cultural, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, (818) 896-1489, www.tiachucha.com.
Two Idiots Peddling Poetry featured and open poetry readings every Wednesday at 8:00, $2 cover or one drink minimum with student ID. Ugly Mug Caffé, 261 N. Glassel, Orange, (714) 997-5610, www.poetryidiots.com.
Barnes & Noble "Valley Voices of the Muse" featured poet and open reading, first Friday monthly, 6:00. Westfield Shopping Center, 72-840 Highway 111, Palm Desert, (760) 346-0725. Patricia D'Alessandro, host: ciaopat9 @ gmail.com.
Corners of the Mouth! presents an open reading after the featured poets, limited to five minutes and original work every third Sunday monthly since 1984, free, 7:00. Linnaea's Café, 1110 Garden Street, San Luis Obispo. Kevin Patrick Sullivan, Artistic Director, (805) 547-1318, www.languageofthesoul.org.
Favorite Poems Project reading, poets and non-poets read favorite poems not their own, hosted by Lois Klein, third Monday monthly, 5:15-6:30. The Blue Agave, 20 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara. e-mail: loisklein @ verizon.net.
Fallbrook's Writers featured reading and open mic for poetry or prose, once a month, usually on Thursdays, doors open 5:30, reading 6:00. Café des Artistes, 103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, (760) 522-1064, www.kbgressitt.com/fallbrooks-writers-read.
Lestat's Coffee House songwriters/poets open mic, every Monday, 7:30-11:00, sign up 6:00. Ten-minute slots. Lestat's Coffee House, 3343 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego, (619) 282-0437, www.lestats.com.
Monday Montage, a support group for poets, readers, and writers, bring your own work, share your thoughts, or just listen, first Monday monthly, 7:00, if Monday falls on a holiday, reading will be held on the second Monday. Hosted by Curran Jeffery. Bluestocking Books, 3817 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest, San Diego, (619) 296-1424, www.bluestockingbooks.com.
Poetic Brew open mic poetry reading, third Thursday monthly, sign up 6:30, reading 7:00. Hosted by Eber Lambert, read up to three poems or for three minutes, thirty-three seconds. Rebecca's Coffeehouse, 30th and Juniper Street, South Park, San Diego, (619) 284-FOOD, sandiegowriters.org.
theVessel open mic features poets, singers, actors, comedians, every first and third Friday, 8:00. Live music, drinks, and refreshments, all ages, $5 cover. Canvas Cafe, 1370 San Marcos Blvd., Suite 120A, San Marcos, www.myspace.com/thevesselmovement.