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1 OCTOBER 2017 — sunday

2 OCTOBER 2017 — monday

3 OCTOBER 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 Doreen Stock and Tongo Eisen-Martin, 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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4 OCTOBER 2017 — wednesday

5 OCTOBER 2017 — thursday

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  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents, in performance and conversation Mazza Writer-in-Residence, Tongo Eisen-Martin, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, www.sfsu.edu)
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  • The Lunch Poems series presents a poetry reading by Layli Long Soldier, Morrison Library (101 Doe Library), University of California campus, Berkeley, free and open to the public, 12:10-12:50 (lunchpoems.berkeley.edu)
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6 OCTOBER 2017 — friday

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  • Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today presents a reading by Brandon Brown, Rob Halpern, Trisha Low, and Camille Roy, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, BAMPFA admission free for UC Berkeley students, 7:30 (510/642-0808, communalpresence.com, bampfa.org)
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7 OCTOBER 2017 — saturday

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  • The SFSU Poetry Center and The Green Arcade present Words and Music, a performance by Mazza Writer-in-Residence, Tongo Eisen-Martin, with drummer/composer and writer Marshall Trammell, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, at Gough, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, poetry.sfsu.edu)
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  • Clearly Meant presents a reading by guest poet Sim Warkov, author of Island Dreams, with Margaretta K. Mitchell, followed by an interview and discussion, hosted by Glenn Ingersoll, Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue, at Ashby, Berkeley, 2:00-3:00 (510/981-6820, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org)
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  • 22nd Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, "Stand Up for the Earth" with dynamic readings of over thirty poets and writers, including Robert Hass, Maxine Hong Kingston; Tongo Eisen-Martin; Tess Taylor; San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck; Alison Luterman; invocation and reading by Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González with Gerardo Omar Marín on conch and flute, more featured poets and speakers to be announced; California Poets in the Schools students reading led by poet-teachers John Oliver Simon and Maureen Hurley; Chapter 510 Oakland students read from The Biography of Water; more readings by poets Kirk Lumpkin, Tiffany Higgins, Raphael Block, Jahan Khalighi, and Maw Shein Win, Poet Laureate of El Cerrito, with Nevada City eco-poet Chris Olander; We Are Nature Open Mic, (to read, enter drawing at noon); hosts Richard Silberg and Kirk Lumpkin, music by The Barry Finnerty Trio; River Village exhibits by literary and environmental organizations; Pegasus Downtown book tent with books for sale and signing; a 100 Thousand Poets for Change event, sponsored by Poetry Flash, Ecology Center, Pegasus Books Downtown, Moe's Books; wheelchair accessible, Civic Center Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Center Street, downtown Berkeley, noon-4:30 (510/525-5476; to table or exhibit, e-mail: info@poetryflash.org)
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  • Strawberry Creek Walk, part of the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, poetry, talk, and easy walk along beautiful Strawberry Creek through UC Berkeley and its culverted, underground path through downtown Berkeley to the Watershed Festival at Civic Center Park, led by Nevada City poet/eco-educator Chris Olander, with poetry readings by Tiffany Higgins, Raphael Block, Jahan Khalighi, and Maw Shein Win, Poet Laureate of El Cerrito, with commentary by naturalist Glen Schneider and Tim Pine, Director, UC Berkeley Environmental Health and Safety Department; presented by Poetry Flash and Ecology Center, a 100 Thousand Poets for Change event, meet in the Cypress Grove, often called the Redwood Grove (southeast corner of Oxford at Center, near the sculpture of the World Globe as you enter the UC campus) free, 10:00 a.m. (510/525-5476, info@poetryflash.org)
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  • An Afternoon of Poetry with poets Kevin Craft and Troy Jollimore: Craft Talk: "A Red Hot Half-Brick in an Old Sock: Tradition, Subversion, and the Sonnet," followed by a refreshment break, then "Burn After Reading," a reading by Kevin Craft and Troy Jollimore, cosponsored by the Marin Poetry Center, Mill Valley Library, Mill Valley, craft talk 1:00-2:00, reading 2:30 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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8 OCTOBER 2017 — sunday

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  • Memorial commemorating the life and work of much-loved poet and translator Chana Bloch (1940-2017) at Mills College, where she taught poetry, literature, and creative writing for over thirty years; there will be a presentation by prearranged speakers, others will also have the opportunity to share memories, catered reception to follow on the Concert Hall lawn, casual dress, free visitor parking available, event open to all, feel free to pass this invitation along, Mills College campus, Littlefield Concert Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, memorial 1:00, reception 3:00-5:00 (optional rsvp: Christina at chfisher@mills.edu; for directions: 510/430-3250, www.mills.edu/directions.php, for detailed directions and information on transportation, campus map and parking, www.mills.edu/mills_college_campus_map.pdf)
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9 OCTOBER 2017 — monday

10 OCTOBER 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Cathleen Williams and Tureeda Mikell, 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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11 OCTOBER 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by Renee Gladman, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, Third Floor, University of California campus, Berkeley, free and open to the public, 6:30 (hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com)
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12 OCTOBER 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Prose at the Poetry Center, reading and conversation with May-lee Chai, Hapa Girl, and fiction/nonfiction writer Junse Kim, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, www.sfsu.edu)
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13 OCTOBER 2017 — friday

14 OCTOBER 2017 — saturday

15 OCTOBER 2017 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • The SFSU Poetry Center and The Green Arcade, in conjunction with Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today, present a duo reading by versatile and renowned writers Dennis Cooper, Permanent Green, and Eileen Myles, Afterglow (a dog memoir), McRoskey Mattress Co., 1687 Market Street, San Francisco, $10/$5, free to SFSU students and Poetry Center members, no one turned away for lack of funds, 7:30 (www.kelseyst.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Sharon Doubiago, An Algebra, and Doreen Stock, In Place of Me, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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16 OCTOBER 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents reading by Alan Harris, open reading follows, need a prompt for your poem? try "Manhandle," hosted by Bruce, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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17 OCTOBER 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Shirin Sadeghi and Thanasis Maskaleris, 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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18 OCTOBER 2017 — wednesday

19 OCTOBER 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet-translators Jeanne Foster and Alan Williamson, from their new co-translation of Italian poet Bianca Tarozzi, The Living Theatre, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features Rick McKinney, 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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20 OCTOBER 2017 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • A poetry reading by Judy Wells, The Glass Ship, and Dale Jensen, Amateur Mythology, poems, and Why I Moved to San Francisco, an ebook novella, open reading follows, refreshments, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (510/644-4930, www.expressionsgallery.org)
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21 OCTOBER 2017 — saturday

22 OCTOBER 2017 — sunday

23 OCTOBER 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents reading by Melinda Clemmons, open reading follows, need a prompt?: "fish cry," comes from Thoreau, "Who hears the fishes when they cry," hosted by J.D., Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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24 OCTOBER 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Karen Melander Magoon and Nina Serrano, 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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25 OCTOBER 2017 — wednesday

26 OCTOBER 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents a poetry reading and conversation with Helen Dimos, No Realtor Was Compensated for This Sale, and William Rowe, Collected Poems, 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 writer-performer Raphael Cohen Rebel Elegant, and Jonathan Moody, Olympic Butter Gold, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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27 OCTOBER 2017 — friday

28 OCTOBER 2017 — saturday

29 OCTOBER 2017 — sunday

30 OCTOBER 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents Maverick Night, subject to be announced, hosted by Bruce, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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31 OCTOBER 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Pauline Craig and Stephen Kopel, 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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