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5 NOVEMBER 2016 — saturday

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  • "Reading Next to Kilns: Poetry, Pots and Prose" features a reading by poets and prose writers Rohan DaCosta, Sarah Kobrinsky, Arisa White, Kenneth Wong, Red Brick Studios, 3265 17th Street, Third Floor, at Mission Street, San Francisco, reception 6:00, reading 7:00 ( www.facebook.com/redbrickceramics)
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6 NOVEMBER 2016 — sunday

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  • Poetry Unbound presents a "Sixties Retrospective Poetry Reading," with poets Sharon Doubiago, The Visit; Eliot Schain, Westering Angels; and Julia Vinograd, author of sixty books of poetry, open mic follows, hosted by Clive Matson, Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $5-$10 or donation, open mic sign up 5:00, reading 5:00-8:00 (Art House: 510/472-3170, clive@matsonpoet.com)
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  • New York-based and British-born poet Simon Pettet, Hearth, with novelist and translator Jim Nisbet, The Syracuse Codex, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, at Gough, San Francisco, 6:00 (415/431-6800, www.thegreenarcade.com)
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7 NOVEMBER 2016 — monday

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  • Diesel Readers book club discusses The Story of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 6:30-7:30 (510/653-9965, www.dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Poetry Express presents a featured reader, plus an open reading, hosted by Jan Dedrick, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • WordParty Poetry & Jazz presents spoken with music with Phillip T. Nails, reading "Love Letter from Hillary Clinton To Plod The Space Alien," Nova Jazz Band performs, open mic for poets and poetry only with a three-minute time limit, read one poem to live jazz accompaniment, hosted by Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir, all ages, full menu and bar, PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:30 (www.pianofight.com)
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8 NOVEMBER 2016 — tuesday

9 NOVEMBER 2016 — wednesday

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  • "Lost Profiles: A Parisian Dada Salon": as part of the 2016 Dada World Fair, poet and translator Alan Bernheimer discusses his translation of the French literary classic with editor Garett Caples, Mark Calkins and Abigail Suski with presentations on the history of Parisian Dada, the program includes a special tribute by musician Amy X. Neuburg with a percussionist, Philippe Soupault's Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism; the classic book, appearing for the first time in English, is a first-person account of a crucial period in modernism, the transition from Dada to Surrealism through personal portraits of Joyce, Proust, Apollinaire, Reverdy, Cendrars, and more by the co-founder of the Surrealist Movement, co-sponsored by City Lights Books, The Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, $15/members free, 6:00 (www.dadaworldfair.net)
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  • Facets of Spirituality, a poetry reading by David Shaddock, Vernal Pool, Judy Maher, and reader and event host Richard Silberg, The Horses: New and Selected Poems, refreshments, Temple Sinai, Albers Chapel, entrance is on Webster Street, just north of 28th Street beside the parking lot, "2808 Summit" is written above the door, several blocks east of Telegraph Avenue, no driving entry from Broadway, Oakland, free, 7:30 (Phil Rubin, 510/547-8080; www.oaklandsinai.org)
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  • Jon Sindell launches and reads from his new story collection, Family Happiness, with live music from classical pianist Run Yang Liu, singer-songwriters Kyrsten Bean, Michael Crabtree, and Steven Kacsmar, and an invocation by Lynn Mundell, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 7:00 (www.facebook.com/events/308961916153474)
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10 NOVEMBER 2016 — thursday

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  • The Poetry Circle monthly participation-based reading, bring original work or poems from any person, period, or place, Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Avenue, Berkeley, free, 6:30 (510/981-6820, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/poetry-circle)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a double book launch and poetry reading by Gerald Fleming and Miriam Bird Greenberg, the new Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize-winner, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Why There Are Words award-winning literary reading series features novelist Lucy Jane Bledsoe, A Thin Bright Line; fiction writer Karen Brennan, Monsters; poet and translator Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., Series | India; novelist William Luvaas, Beneath the Coyote Hills; novelist Micah Perks, What Becomes Us; sitar player John Stephens; National Poetry Series finalist Brian Tierney; Barrett Warner, Why Is It So Hard to Kill You?; poet Julia Wendell, Take This Spoon; every second Thursday of the month, curated by founder Peg Alford Fursell, Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, $10, doors open 7:00, reading 7:15 (Studio 333: 415/331-8272, www.whytherearewords.com.com)
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  • Sponsors and hosts Michele Anna Jordan and Robert Kourik present the first annual West Sonoma Book Faire, a gathering of Sonoma county authors, autographed books for sale, poets' book table, author readings, polenta bar, wine and hot cider, best booth prize, book raffle benefits the Sonoma County Library, dress as your favorite author for a chance to win a prize for best costume, The Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol, free admission, 6:00-9:00 (www.facebook.com/events/995283760600994)
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11 NOVEMBER 2016 — friday

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  • Last Word Reading Series presents a reading by poet and teacher Carol Dorf, Theory Headed Dragon, and writer and poet Autumn Stephens, plus open reading, hosted by Dale Jensen, Ralph Dranow, John Rowe, and Grace Grafton, Nefeli Caffe, 1854 Euclid Avenue, near Hearst, Berkeley, 7:00 (cafe: 510/841-6374)
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12 NOVEMBER 2016 — saturday

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  • Sacramento Poetry Center presents An Evening with the U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, program opens with Sacamento's poetry-music duo, Electropoetic Coffee; reception precedes with food, drink, and live music by the Carlos McCoy Latin Jazz Trio, The Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento, $15, reserve tickets online, reception 6:00, program 7:30 (www.brownpapertickets.com)
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  • Thomas McGrath's 100th Birthday Celebration with a marathon reading of his magnificent American epic poem, Letter to an Imaginary Friend, featured readers include Richard Modiano, Laurel Ann Bogen, Jerry Garcia, Garrett Brown, Roger Taus, Holly Prado, Phoebe MacAdams, Jack Grapes, Carlye Archibeque, Sarah Maclay, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Michael C. Ford, Harry E. Northup, Gail Wronsky, Paul Vangelisti, Marisela Norte, Holaday Mason, Mike Mollett, Kathleen Tyler, Chuck Rosenthal, James Cushing, Robert Forster, Amelie Frank, Lynne Bronstein, Celeste Goyer, Suzanne Lummis, Pam Ward, Doug Knott, Sandra Cohen, Steve Goldman, Susan Hayden, Danny Baker, Susan Suntree, Phil Taggart, Jeremy Iacone, Mark Rhodes, Jeanette Clough, Aleida Rodríguez, Will Alexander, and S.A. Griffin, curated by Harry E. Northup, stage manager Fred Whitlock, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free to members, 10:00 a.m.-10:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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13 NOVEMBER 2016 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a Four Way Books poetry reading by Karen Brennan and Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., request ASL interpreters one week in advance from editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Bay Area Writing Project presents a poetry reading by Joyce Young and Glenn Ingersoll, open mic before featured reading, hosted by Judy Bebelaar, refreshments; the Bay Area Writing Project is a collaborative program between UC Berkeley and Bay Area schools dedicated to improving writing and teaching at all levels, in all disciplines, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, free, 3:00-4:30 (judy@judybebelaar.com, www.bayareawritingproject.org)
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  • Children's book author and illustrator LeUyen Pham reads from The Bear Who Wasn't There, Diesel, A Bookstore, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, free, 1:00-1:30 (415/785-8177, www.dieselbookstore.com)
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14 NOVEMBER 2016 — monday

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  • Silicon Valley lawyer Lawrence Levy discusses and signs To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (510/653-9965, www.dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Distinguished Writers Series, Department of English at Cal State East Bay presents a reading by Latino novelist and painter Maceo Montoya, The Scoundrel and the Optimist and The Deportation of Wopper Barraza, hosted by Steve Gutierrez, Cal State East Bay, University Library Biella Room,
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  • Poetry Express presents a featured reader, plus an open reading, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • Drop-in freewrite group for poets, creative prose writers, playwrights, and other creative writers led by poet, prose writer and director Robin Leslie Jacobson, meets second Monday of the month, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, at E, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (marinpoetrycenter.org/programs.php)
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15 NOVEMBER 2016 — tuesday

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  • As part of the 2016 Dada World Fair, poet and translator Alan Bernheimer discusses and signs his translation of the French literary classic, Philippe Soupault's Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, joining him will be editor Garrett Caples; the classic book, appearing for the first time in English, is a first-person account of a crucial period in modernism, the transition from Dada to Surrealism through personal portraits of Joyce, Proust, Apollinaire, Reverdy, Cendrars, and more by the co-founder of the Surrealist Movement, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (510/653-9965, www.dieselbookstore.com, www.dadaworldfair.net)
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16 NOVEMBER 2016 — wednesday

17 NOVEMBER 2016 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents poetry in translation by three Bay Area translators reading from their new books: Dan Bellm reads from his translations of French poet Pierre Reverdy, Stephen Kessler reads his translations of Argentinian poet Julio Cortázar, and Carolyn L. Tipton reads her translations of Spanish poet Rafael Alberti, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features Albert Flynn DeSilver, hosted by blake more, reading begins with live jazz by local musicians and an open mic with jazz improv, 215 Main Pub, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, free, 7:30 (707/884-9189, blake@snakelyone.com, www.facebook.com/215main)
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  • Marin Poetry Center presents "A Panel on Diversity in Literature: Inviting the Quieted Voices to Speak," featuring poets Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong, Danusha Lameris, Susan Terris, Amos White, and Javier Zamora, light refreshments, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, $5/$3 members, students free, 7:30 (415/388-4033, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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18 NOVEMBER 2016 — friday

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  • Celebration for the new issue of the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, with poets Joanne Mallari, Cesar Love, Alice Rogoff, Will Walker, and others, The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway, at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00-9:00 (www.kerouac.com)
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19 NOVEMBER 2016 — saturday

20 NOVEMBER 2016 — sunday

21 NOVEMBER 2016 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a featured reader, plus an open reading, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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22 NOVEMBER 2016 — tuesday

23 NOVEMBER 2016 — wednesday

24 NOVEMBER 2016 — thursday

25 NOVEMBER 2016 — friday

26 NOVEMBER 2016 — saturday

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  • A reading of flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and poetry by Kevin Gunn, Rob Lipton, Clive Matson, Jayne McPherson, Christine No, John Panzer, and Connie Post, music by cellist Gael Alcock, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, San Francisco, 7:00-9:30
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27 NOVEMBER 2016 — sunday

28 NOVEMBER 2016 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents an open reading on the writing prompt "Pool"; Prompt Nights "the group nominates a work which then is eligible for publication in our online magazine at the end of the year," hosted by Liz Alford, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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29 NOVEMBER 2016 — tuesday

30 NOVEMBER 2016 — wednesday


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