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17 MAY 2017 — wednesday

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  • Gordon Ball, poet, photographer, filmmaker, and master storyteller, reads from his new short story collection, On Tokyo's Edge, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area, hosted by Mk Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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18 MAY 2017 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Dawn McGuire, American Dream with Exit Wound, and David Watts, Having and Keeping, 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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  • Adam Morris, recipient of the 2012 Susan Sontag Foundation Prize in literary translation, celebrates and discusses the release of his latest translation of Brazilian author Joáo Gilberto Noll, Atlantic Hotel, with Scott Esposito, critic, author, and editor-in-chief of The Quarterly Conversation, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • The first of poet Arisa White's Beautiful Community Events, Natural Heir: The Arisa White Extension, features models' hair graphically altered with images inspired by poems from White's You're the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, which follows photographer Nye' Lyn Tho's series, Natural Heir, a creative collaboration in which she replaces the subject's hair with beautiful plant life that represents African and African American cultures; the five models included are Janet Halfin, medical assistant and health education specialist for TransVision, Tri-City Health Center; Zakiya Harris, cultural architect, artist, and founder of Hack the Hood; Kerby Lynch, creator of the soon-to-be Black Lesbian Oral History Project; ecotherapist and Oricha priest J. Phoenix Smith, founder of EcoSoul; and visual artist and educator Orlonda Uffre, the evening includes the exhibition of five portraits in collabration with Nye' Lyn Tho, a poetry reading by Arisa White, Q&A with White, Tho, and photo subjects, Qulture Collective, 1714 Franklin Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (510/419-0552, www.qulturecollective.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center presents a celebration to welcome Marin's new Poet Laureate Rebecca Foust, Paradise Drive, with an appreciation for outgoing Poet Laureate Prartho Sereno, Call From Paris, before Third Thursday event takes place, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, free, doors open 6:00 for champagne and cake reception, brief remarks on the poets 6:30 (415/485-3328, www.falkirkculturalcenter.org)
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  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features Brian Kirven, 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, 7:00 (707/884-9189, blake@snakelyone.com, www.facebook.com/215Main)
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  • Marin Poetry Center presents an evening of Poetry & Music with San Francisco troubadour-poet Brian Laidlaw, The Stuntman, along with Alaskan fiddler-poet Ken Waldman whose CD, All Originals, All Traditionals, includes Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry, 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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19 MAY 2017 — friday

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  • The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis presents "Trauma, Poetry, and the Emerging Word," a two-day immersion; this evening features a poetry reading by poet and memoirist Gregory Orr, Poetry As Survival, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco, register through website, $15, no one turned away for lack of funds, 7:00 (415/563-5815, www.sf-cp.org/poetry)
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    EAST:
  • The 2017 Ecopoetry Festival celebrates the poetry of W.S. Merwin, featuring a reading by poet Jane Hirshfield, The Beauty, current Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and nonfiction writer and retired Heyday publisher Malcolm Margolin, The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area, along with a few of Alhambra High School's poets; former participants and Alhambra students are invited to read Merwin's work, John Muir National Historic Site, John Muir House, 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, free but reservations required, 6:00 (contact James MacDonald: 925/228-8860x6431, or Eliot Schain: eschain@martinez.k12.ca.us)
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20 MAY 2017 — saturday

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  • The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis presents "Trauma, Poetry, and the Emerging Word," a two-day immersion; poet and memoirist Gregory Orr discusses his poetry, trauma, and the role of the unconscious in his imagery and language, in conversation with Susan Kolodny, poet and chair of the SFCP Poetry and Psychoanalysis program; then Alice Jones, poet and member of the SFCP Poetry and Psychoanalysis program, discusses his work from a psychoanalytic perspective, Q&A, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco, register through website, $75, $20 optional lunch, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 (415/563-5815, www.sf-cp.org/poetry)
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21 MAY 2017 — sunday

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  • The Oakland Book Festival is a one-day, annual literary event dedicated to books, ideas, and the pleasures of literacy, aiming to serve the reading public, to encourage debate, and celebrate the City of Oakland while presenting more than ninety writers; City Hall hearing rooms host panels in which journalists, fiction writers, poets, editors, critics, and memoirists discuss challenges of gentrification, cosmopolitan, diversity, tolerance, conflict, education, more, audience participation is encouraged; live performances for all ages as well as a dedicated children's area featuring readings hosted by the Oakland Public Library, book-making projects sponsored by Oakland's Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA), and interactive programs courtesy of Fairyland, book vendors and publishers exhibit [Visit our booth! Come see the latest books on pop culture from Manic D Press and pick up Poetry Flash poem bookmarks, find out more about the Northern California Book Awards!], Oakland City Hall and Frank Ogawa Plaza, downtown Oakland, free, 10:30 a.m.-6:00 (www.oaklandbookfestival.org)
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  • The 14th Annual Judith Lee Stronach Memorial Lecture on the Teaching of Poetry presents, "Dada, Dido, Dodo, Du Du Or, Who's Afraid of Wisdom Verse?" a lecture by acclaimed poet Peter Cole, Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and Translations, the introduction to Peter Cole's lecture, by poet/translator Forrest Gander, Alice Iris Red Horse: Poems by Yoshimasu Gozo, will be read by Albany poet Nate Klug, Anyone, reception follows, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, free, 3:00 (510/643-2526, www.magnes.org)
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22 MAY 2017 — monday

23 MAY 2017 — tuesday

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  • China Miéville, The City and the City, multi-award-winning author of many works of fiction and non-fiction, discusses the subject of his new book, October: The Story of the Russian Revolution, the story of the extraordinary months between Russia's last monarchy and becoming the first socialist state in world history, City Lights Booksellers, 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 Jami Proctor-Xu and Bob Booker, 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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24 MAY 2017 — wednesday

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  • Poet, translator, and novelist David Brazil, The Ordinary and Antisocial Patience, celebrates the release of his third full-length collection of poetry, Holy Ghost (City Lights Spotlight No. 15), with co-founder of Ugly Ducking Presse and poet Julien Poirier, Way Too West, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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25 MAY 2017 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Dan Bellm, Deep Well, and Ann Pelletier, Letter That Never, 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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26 MAY 2017 — friday

27 MAY 2017 — saturday

28 MAY 2017 — sunday

29 MAY 2017 — monday

30 MAY 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Virginia Barrett and Q.R. Hand, 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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31 MAY 2017 — wednesday


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