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5 APRIL 2017 — wednesday

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  • The Starry Plough presents "The 2017 Grand Slam Finals! the biggest, best show of the year, find out who will be on the 2017 Berkeley Slam Team," presented by the weekly Berkeley Poetry Slam, every Wednesday, led by slam-master Jaz Sufi, hosted by Sam Sax, Time "Toaster" Henderson, Sevan, and Dre, cash prizes, The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $7-$10, open sign up at 7:30, show 8:00, all ages before 10:00 (510/841-0188, www.thestarryplough.com; berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com)
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  • KPFA Radio 94.1 and Marcus Books present poet, screenwriter, and performer Chinaka Hodge, reading from her new City Lights book, Dated Emcees, examining her love life through the lens of hip-hop's orators, characters, archetypes, and songs, hosted by Jeannine Etter, Impact Club Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, advance tickets: $12/$15 door, 7:30 (510/967-4495, Ken@kpfa.org, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2883138)
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6 APRIL 2017 — thursday

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  • Journalist Sasha Abramsky reads from and discusses The House of Twenty Thousand Books, the story of Chimen Abramsky, an extraordinary polymath and bibliophile who asassed a vast collection of socialist literature and Jewish history, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, 6:00
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  • Photographer and filmmaker Chris Felver presents his new book, Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits, photographs of Native American writers, with a foreword by poet Simon J. Ortiz and an introduction by poet and novelist Linda Hogan, with featured readings by contributors including poet QR Hand, Whose Really Blues; poet Gail Mitchell, Bone Songs; former Ukiah Poet Laureate Linda Noel; poet Duane Big Eagle, Bidato: ten mile river poems; poet Kim Shuck, Clouds Running In; writer MJ Robertson; and poet Kurt Schweigman, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Lola Haskins, How Small, Confronting Morning, and Carolyn Miller, Route 66 and Its Sorrows, 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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  • SFSU Poetry Center presents Chapbook Exchange, organized by its founding editors Melissa Eleftherion, Pigtail Duty, and Elise Ficarra, featuring poetry readings by Trevor Calvert, Rarer & More Wonderful; Carrie Hunter, Orphan Machines; Aja Couchois Duncan, Restless Continent; Elizabeth Treadwell, Posy: a charm almanack & atlas; and Maw Shein Win, El Cerrito Poet Laureate, Score and Bone, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, www.sfsu.edu)
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  • Lunch Poems presents a reading by devorah major, and then we became, poet, novelist, and former San Francisco Poet Laureate, Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library, University of California, Berkeley, free, 12:10-12:50 (poems@library.berkeley.edu, lunchpoems.berkeley.edu)
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  • SFJAZZ Poetry Festival: Poet Laureates Kick-Off Reading, curated and hosted by Genny Lim, SFJAZZ Poet Laureate, a reading by Ishmael Reed, former SFJAZZ Poet Laureate, Tennessee Reed, San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, and Janice Mirikitani, American Sansei poet and activist, co-presented by Litquake, Joe Henderson Lab, SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, $15, buy tickets online, 8:00 (866/920-5299, www.sfjazz.org/events-calendar)
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  • Poetry reading by Gillian Wegener, This Sweet Haphazard, and Julia Levine, Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight, winner of the Northern California Book Award for Poetry, John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street, Davis, free, 8:00 (530/ 756-3938, www.natsoulas.com)
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7 APRIL 2017 — friday

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  • National Poetry Month reading and discussion by Alex Dimitrov, from his new collection, Together and By Ourselves, with Noah Warren, recipient of the Yale Younger Poets prize, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, http://www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-alex-dimitrov-and-noah-warren)
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  • Friends of the SF Public Library presents "2017 Library Laureates Benefit Gala: Library Love Stories," guests of honor include author, publisher, and Library champion Peter Booth Wiley, poet, publisher, and first Honorary Library Laureate Lawrence Ferlinghetti, along with more than thirty other luminaries of the literary world, co-chaired by Nion McEvoy and Camilla Smith, reception followed by dinner, under the nautilus, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, ticket prices vary widely, 7:00 (415/557-4400, laurie.berk@friendssfpl.org; tickets (act.friendssfpl.org/2017-library-laureates-ticket-sales?DeliveryChannelID=23b56292-0f3c-43ac-af13-7767ad9d4057)
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  • SFJAZZ Poetry Festival: Peace Matters, curated and hosted by Genny Lim, SFJAZZ Poet Laureate, poetry and music by musician Rico Pabon with friends, poet Jennifer Barone with saxophonist Daniel Heffez, Mo Sati with Oud player Claude Palmer, co-presented by Litquake, Joe Henderson Lab, SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, $15, buy tickets online, 8:00 (866/920-5299, www.sfjazz.org/events-calendar)
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8 APRIL 2017 — saturday

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  • Children's book author Alexandria Romero, and artist Amy Stewart, present their book, Where is My Daddy?, Green Apple Books, 506 Clement Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00 (415/387-2272, http://www.greenapplebooks.com/event/clement-alexandria-romero-amy-stewart)
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  • SFJAZZ Poetry Festival: Black Lives Matter, curated and hosted by Genny Lim, SFJAZZ Poet Laureate, poetry and music by Marc Bamuthi Joseph with musicians, poet, musician, actor and playwright Lewis Jordan, and poet and multi-instrumentalist Avoctja, co-presented by Litquake, Joe Henderson Lab, SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, $15, buy tickets online, 8:00 (866/920-5299, www.sfjazz.org/events-calendar)
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  • Poetry reading with Amy Uyematsu, Basic Vocabulary, Brynn Saito, Power Made Us Swoon, and Lee Herrick, This Many Miles from Desire, Fresno Arts Council, 1245 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, 4:00 (559/237-9734, fresnoartscouncil.org)
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9 APRIL 2017 — sunday

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  • Poetry Center of San José presents Poets@Play, play around with ideas suggested by searching social media for poetic lines, Edwin Markham House in History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, free parking in the Staff/Volunteer lot, enter History Park from Phelan Avenue, free, 1:00-4:00 (408/386-0353, www.pcsj.org)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Martha Rhodes, The Thin Wall, and Bruce Willard, Violent Blues, 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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  • SFJAZZ Poetry Festival: "We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite," curated and hosted by Genny Lim, SFJAZZ Poet Laureate, poetry and music by poet devorah major, and then we became, with recording artist Destiny Muhammad, Genny Lim with composer and percussionist Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, co-presented by Litquake, Joe Henderson Lab, SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, $15, buy tickets online, 8:00 (866/920-5299, www.sfjazz.org/events-calendar)
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  • Children's book author Dashka Slater launches her new picture book, Escargot, ideal for picky eaters and animals lovers, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 3:00 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com/events/kids-dashka-slater)
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10 APRIL 2017 — monday

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  • Bird & Beckett Books & Records presents, "Celebration of the Life of Poet David Meltzer," featuring poetry readings by Micah Ballard, Waifs and Strays; Garrett Caples, Power Ballads; experimental poet and jazz musician Clark Coolidge, This Time We Are Both; Diane di Prima, The Poetry Deal; Patrick James Dunagan, There Are People Who Think That Painters Shouldn't Talk: A GUSTONBOOK; Marina Lazzara; Duncan McNaughton, Tiny Windows; Julie Rogers, Street Warp; Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, Universal Fall Precautions; and fiction writer Suzanne Kleid, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park neighborhood, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:30 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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11 APRIL 2017 — tuesday

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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Boadiba and Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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  • Lloyd Kahn, editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications, a California publisher specializing in books on building and architecture, celebrates the release of his new book, Small Homes, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Poetry Center San José's Well-RED Reading Series presents Los Angeles poet Yesika Salgado, open mic follows, Works/San José, 365 South Market Street, San Jose, $2, doors open 6:30, reading 7:00 (www.pcsj.org)
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  • Poetry reading by Gillian Wegener, This Sweet Haphazard, and Erin Rodoni, Body, In Good Light, both reading from their new Sixteen Rivers Press books, The Barkin' Dog Grill, 940 Eleventh Street, Modesto, free, 6:00 (209/572-2341, info@mostpoetry.org, www.barkindoggrill.com)
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12 APRIL 2017 — wednesday

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  • Creative Writers Series presents a reading and reception with fiction writer Scott Hutchins, A Working Theory of Love, a San Francisco Chronicle and Salon Best Book of 2012, and novelist Sara Houghteling, Pictures at an Exhibition, San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2009, New York Times Editor's Choice, Wiegand Gallery, Notre Dame De Namur University campus, 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, 7:30 (jberger@ndnu.edu)
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  • Reece Jones, Geography professor at the University of Hawaii in Manoa and author of Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India, and Israel, discusses his new book, Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move, with nonfiction writer Ingrid Contreras Rojas, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • The Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by Douglas Kearney, Buck Studies, Someone Took They Tongues, and more, and Max Kaisler, her poems and translations have received multiple honors and appeared in Don't Blame the Ugly Mug: An Anthology, open to the public, UC Berkeley, Hearst Field Annex D37, free, 6:30 (510/642-3467, hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com/about-2)
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13 APRIL 2017 — thursday

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  • Clark Coolidge, Solution Passage, reads from his poetry and celebrates the release of his Selected Poems: 1962-1985, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Giant Night: The Poetry Project at 50, championing the famed New York City center for interdisciplinary artists, activists, scholars, archivists, and poets, featuring a reading and conversation with Ariel Goldberg, The Estrangement Principle, fiction writer, artist, curator, and Friday Night Coordinator at The Poetry Project and Simone White, Of Being Dispersed, poet, critic, and Program Director of The Poetry Project, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, www.sfsu.edu)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by New York poet Laura Hinton, Ubermütter's Death Dance, and Angela Hume, Middle Time, 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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  • Sixteen Rivers Press poetry reading launches new books by Eric Rodoni, Body, in Good Light, and Gillian Wegener, This Sweet Haphazard, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com/events/sixteen-rivers-press-launch-celebration-poets-erin-rodoni-and-gillian-wegener)
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  • Why There Are Words presents a theme reading, "Only the Lonely," featuring seven acclaimed and captivating authors exploring what loneliness means to them, with poet, non-fiction author, artist Claudia Chapline, Bird Watch, short story fiction writer Debbie Graber, Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday, poet Gregory Mahrer, A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent, short story author and novelist Thaïs Miller, The Subconscious Mutiny & Other Stories, short story author Tony Press, Crossing the Lines, poet Martha Rhodes, The Thin Wall, and fiction and nonfiction writer Barbara Tannenbaum, whose work has appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader and the New York Times, Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, $10 door, donations to WTAW welcome, 7:00 (415/331-8272, whytherearewords@gmail.com, www.whytherearewords.com)
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14 APRIL 2017 — friday

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  • Last Word Reading Series presents a celebration of the new issue of Ambush Review, with a poetry reading by Sharon Coleman, Paris Blinks, Kim Shuck, Clouds Running In, José Luis Gutiérrez, A World Less Away, and Bob Booker, poet and co-editor of Ambush Review, plus open reading, hosts include Dale Jensen and Grace Grafton, support the series by ordering dinner or a drink, Nefeli Caffe, 1854 Euclid Avenue, near Hearst, Berkeley, 7:00 (venue: 510/841-6374)
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  • Sixteen Rivers Press presents a poetry reading by Gillian Wegener reading from her new book, This Sweet Haphazard, and Erin Rodoni reading from her new book, Body, In Good Light, Point Reyes Books, 11315 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station, free, 7:00 (415/663-1542, www.ptreyesbooks.com)
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15 APRIL 2017 — saturday

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  • On the Road: Dana Gioia's 58-California County Tour: Napa Valley Writers' Conference presents a reading and discussion by California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, 99 Poems: New & Selected, Sonoma County Poet Laureate Iris Jamahl Dunkle, There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air, San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin, The Paper Tree, poet, SF Chronicle columnist, co-founder of Left Lit Margin David Roderick, The Americans, and Napa Country Poet Laureate Beclee Newcomer Wilson, Reflections; wine reception 6:30, program 7:00, Napa Valley College, Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena, $20 donation for admission at door, 6:30 (707/967-2900, reserve seats online, www.napawritersconference.org)
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  • Sacramento Voices reading features Joyce Odam, Robin Odam, and Norma Kohout, hosted by Phillip Larrea, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 4:30 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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16 APRIL 2017 — sunday

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  • KRCB-PBS TV broadcast of Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder, a documentary by filmmaker and photographer Christopher Felver on the best-selling poet of the modern era, featuring newsclips and interviews with writers and artists including Billy Collins, Michael McClure, and Dave Eggers, check your local listings, KRCB is based in Cotati/Rohnert Park but the broadcast is available throughout the Bay Area and North Bay on channel 22, 9:30 (www.krcb.org)
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  • Ridgeway Press presents fiction writer and author Brian Smith, reading and celebrating the release of his new book, Spent Saints & Other Stories, and a poetry reading by Peter Kline and Brittany Perham; eleven one-minute films based on each of Brian Smith's linked narratives will be screened along with the first episode of a web series based on the book, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/831-5620, www.bazaarcafe.com)
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17 APRIL 2017 — monday

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  • A National Poetry Month reading of Ekphrasis poetry inspired by visual art, featuring MK Chavez and Cassandra Dallet, open mic, hosted by Penny Kline, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 7:30 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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18 APRIL 2017 — tuesday

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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Andrena Zawinski and Adrian Arias, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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  • A rare Bay Area poetry reading by B.H. Fairchild, The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems, and Art of the Lathe, finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, Berkeley Public Library North Branch, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, 6:00-7:30 (510/981-6250, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org)
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  • Edie Meidav reads from and discusses her short story collection, Kingdom of the Young, dynamic characters searching for better chances, with Berkeley journalist Larry Bensky, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com/events/edie-meidav-conversation-larry-bensky)
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  • Artist, editor, graphic designer Barbara Alexandra Szerlip presents The Man Who Designed the Future: Norman Bel Geddes and the invention of Twentieth-Century America, on the life and work of Norman Bel Geddes, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • On the Road: Dana Gioia's 58-California County Tour: California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia reads from his poetry, with Johanna Ely, Benicia Poet Laureate, and high school students Julia Mercado and Brian Chou, Poetry Out Loud champions from Benicia and Fairfield, read their winning poems, Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia, 7:00 (707/746-4343, www.benicialibrary.org/poet/events)
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19 APRIL 2017 — wednesday

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  • Joan Frank reads from her new novel, All the News I Need, about a lonely, sharp-tongued widow and a painfully shy gay man, winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com/events/joan-frank)
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  • On the Road: Dana Gioia's 58-California County Tour: Reading and discussion by California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, 99 Poems: New and Selected, book sale and signing follows, joined by San Francisco County Poetry Out Loud champions, high school students Julieta Fuentes Roll and San Francisco County Poetry Out Loud Coordinator Margo Perin, Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, register online for tickets: free for members and free for Poetry Flash readers and friends if you register online under "Friends of Poetry Out Loud," $15 for general public, 6:30 (415/393-0101, www.milibrary.org/events/california-poet-laureate-dana-gioia-apr-19-2017)
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  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features a reading revolving around poets who translate or at times refure to translate, featuring Norma Cole, Javier O. Huerta, Araceli, Alex Cigale, and Terry Taplin, hosted by Mk Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • SMC Creative Writing Reading Series features a reading by novelist Joyce Maynard, her forthcoming memoir is The Best of Us, she is founder of the Lake Atitlan Writers' Workshop, St. Mary's College, Hagerty Lounge, De La Salle Hall, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga, free, 7:30 (925/631-4000, www.stmarys-ca.edu)
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  • The Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by poet and editor Morgan Parker, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night, and more, open to the public, UC Berkeley, Hearst Field Annex D37, free, 6:30 (510/642-3467, hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com/about-2)
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20 APRIL 2017 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Jan Beatty, Ubermütter's Death Dance, and Kendra Tanacea, A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees, 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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  • Award-winning journalist and author Omar El Akkad reads from his acclaimed novel, American War, in conversation with fiction writer Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, 99 Poems: New & Selected, reads with El Cerrito Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win, part of Dana Gioia's 58-County On the Road reading tour through California, El Cerrito Public Library, 6510 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito, free, 6:30 (510/526-7512, www.ccclib.org)
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  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents New York-based poet, musician, and Dark Room Collective co-founder Janice Lower performing works from her debut book, Leaving Cle, with bassist Yohann Potico and drummer Kevin Carnes, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, www.sfsu.edu)
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  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features Charlie Getter, hosted by blake more, reading begins with live jazz by local musicians and an open mic with jazz accompaniment, 215 Main Pub, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, free, 7:00 (707/884-9189, blake@snakelyone.com, www.facebook.com/215Main)
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  • Marin Poetry Center presents a poetry reading by April Ossman, Event Boundaries, and former Livermore Poet Laureate Connie Post, Floodwater, Lyrebird Award-winner from Glass Lyre Press, light refreshments, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, $5 non-members/$3 members, students free, 7:30 (415/388-4033, events@marinpoetrycenter.org, marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php)
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  • Coastside Poetry presents Writers' Night: A Two-Part Event, come for Part One at 5:30 to write on the theme "Love: Lost and Found" or any topic you wish, bring paper and pencil or computer; you are also welcome to bring food, Part Two at 7:00 begins for a traditional open reading night, read your short stories or poems or simply listen, songs or pieces by favorite poets are also welcome, read one piece in two rounds, Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, free, Part One: 5:30, Part Two: 7:00 (650/712-0718, www.hmb-ioof.org)
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  • Sacramento Poetry Center open reading, hosted by Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins, Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, noon (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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  • Poetry Night Reading Series presents poet Phillip Larrea, Our Patch, hosted by Poet Laureate of Davis, Dr. Andy Jones, open mic follows, bring poems, short stories, and songs, John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street, Davis, free, 8:00-10:00 (530/ 756-3938, www.natsoulas.com; www.poetryindavis.com)
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21 APRIL 2017 — friday

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  • Nuclear Impact Anthology Reading hosted by Alexandra Kostoulas, poet, fiction writer, journalist and founder of the SF Creative Writing Institute, featuring readings by poet, fiction writer, journalist Heather Bourbeau, Daily Palm Castings, poet Sharon Coleman, Half Circle, poet, co-editor, and children's book author Lucille Lang Day Becoming an Ancestor, poet Miriam Bird Greenberg, In the Volcano's Mouth, poet Richard Jarrette, Beso the Donkey, poet and writer Paul Lobo Portugés, Sorrow and Hope, and poet Aline Soules, Meditation on Woman, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/824-1761, info@alleycatbookshop.com, www.alleycatbookshop.com)
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  • After Hours: 6th Annual Poetry World Series, featuring poetry delivered with the energy and spontaneity of a Slam, two teams of rising poets read previously written poems in response to prompts ("pitches") suggested by the audience, "celebrity" judges score, emceed by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free but pre-register online and arrive early for good seats, free, 7:00 (415/389-4292, to register: events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg;jsessionid=732EEE680CFF8750BDE2198A809FA35A?oeidk=a07ee04a5ule71fbb07&oseq=&c=&ch=, www.millvalleylibrary.org)
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  • Marin Poetry Center presents a Workshop with April Ossmann, former executive director of Alice James Books, author, and poet, her forthcoming book is Event Boundaries, she will discuss how to choose which poems to include in a manuscript, how to decide what order they should appear in, and how to research and target possible publishers for your book, followed by a shared lunch, located in a private home in Novato, $100, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 (register with Francesca Bell at events@marinpoetrycenter.org)
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22 APRIL 2017 — saturday

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  • Earth Day celebration hosted by Kirk Lumpkin presents contributing poets reading their work from the anthology Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California, featuring poet and the anthology's co-editor Kurt Schweigman, Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets, poet and the anthology's co-editor Lucille Lang Day, Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems, Stephen Meadows, Releasing the Days, Linda Noel, and Kim Shuck, Clouds Running; musician Mignon Geli performs on the native wood flute, Berkeley Public Library, Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, free, 2:00-4:00 (more info, contact Isobel: 510/981-6150, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org)
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  • Sixteen Rivers Press presents a poetry reading by Gillian Wegener reading from her new book, This Sweet Haphazard, and Erin Rodoni reading from her new book, Body, In Good Light, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 4:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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23 APRIL 2017 — sunday

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  • Bird & Beckett presents Poetry Extravaganza to honor French poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), featuring a reading by poet Neeli Cherkovski, The Crow and I, poet and translator Art Beck (Dennis Dybeck), Aspects of Robinson, and poet and essayist Aaron Shurin, King of Shadows, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park neighborhood, San Francisco, free, 2:00-4:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • West Marin Review, Volume 7, showcasing the work of writers and artists, features a reading by poet Claire Blotter, Moment in the Moment House, nonfiction writer Elaine Elinson, Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, painter, photographer, publisher, and author Kathleen Goodwin, Visions of Marin, poet and Bay Area-based consultant Anuja Mendiratta, poet Larry Ruth, fiction writer Vicki DeArmon, and classical and jazz pianist Gabriel Schillinger-Hyman, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 3:00-4:00 (510/653-9965, www.westmarinreview.org, www.dieselbookstore.com)
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24 APRIL 2017 — monday

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  • A National Poetry Month reading of Ekphrasis poetry inspired by visual art, featuring April Ossmann and Camille Norton, open mic, hosted by Tim Kahl, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 7:30 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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25 APRIL 2017 — tuesday

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  • Oakland Noir, a new California noir quotient, crime fiction anthology from Akashic Books, celebrates their latest addition to the anthology with a reading of new stories by poet and fiction writer Kim Addonizio, Nick Petrulakis, Jamie DeWolf, and Joe Loya,moderated by and much more, moderated by noir novelist Eddie Muller, The Distance, and violinist, playwright, and poet Jerry Thompson, co-author of Black Artists in Oakland, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Barbara Paschke and Neeli Cherekovski, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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  • Jacqueline Winspear reads from her latest Maisie Dobbs novel, In This Grave Hour, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com/events/jacqueline-winspear-0)
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    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Santa Cruz presents The Four Laureates Reading, featuring Gary Young, Pleasure, David Swanger, Wayne College of Beauty, Ellen Bass, Like a Beggar, and Robert Sward, New & Selected Poems, 1957-2011, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, $3 donation, 7:30 (831/423-0900, www.bookshopsantacruz.com)
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26 APRIL 2017 — wednesday

27 APRIL 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • David Shapiro reads from and celebrates his new poetry collection, In Memory of an Angel, packed with art history, architecture, literature, and Jewish identity themes, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Deema K. Shehabi, author of an email collaboration, DIASPOR/RENGA, with the poet Marilyn Hacker, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Walter & Salt, 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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  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents the Poetry Center Book Award Reading, poet Orlando White, LETTERRS, receiving the Poetry Center Book Award, award judge and poet Patrick James Dunagan, THE DUNCAN ERA: One Reader's Cosmology, also appears, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, www.sfsu.edu)
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28 APRIL 2017 — friday

29 APRIL 2017 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • SF Swagslam open mic and poetry slam every last Saturday of the month, all ages welcome, Two Jacks Nik's Place, 401 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, event runs 5:00-8:00, sign up at 5:30, show 6:00 (415/431-6290, www.twojacksniksplace.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Coastside Poetry presents Poetry at Florey's for the sixth anniversary of this wonderful series, featuring a reading by poet Lisa Rizzo, Always a Blue House, and host and poet Sherri Rose-Walker, open mic follows, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, free, 7:30 (650/355-8811, floreysbooks.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Sacramento Poetry Center Writers' Conference 2017, featuring Indigo Moor, Poet Laureate of Sacramento; and poets Iris Dunkle, Kathleen Winter, Marsha de la O, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Paul Hoover, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, $40/$30 members, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org)
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30 APRIL 2017 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Two Jacks Denim presents "In the Tradition of the Two Jacks: Kerouac & London: Guts, Grit & Glory Poetry Night" featuring readings by Stanford Wallace Stegner Fellows Edgar Kunz, Kai Carlson-Wee, RAIL, co-director of poetry film Riding the Highline, and Grady Chambers, his work has appeared in New Ohio Review, Diode Poetry Journal, Two Jacks Denim, 2355 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, free, 5:00 (510/788-5832, www.facebook.com/events/1413463852030344)
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