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7 SEPTEMBER 2019 — saturday

8 SEPTEMBER 2019 — sunday

9 SEPTEMBER 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents Tureeda Mikell, hosted by Jim Barnard, open mic before and after featured reading, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • Educator and advocate Esther Wojcicki discusses her new parenting book How To Raise Successful People, introducing readers to the TRICK (Trust, Respect, Independence, Cooperation, and Kindness) method, New York Times journalist John Markoff joins the conversation, Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, $7-$32, 7:30-8:30
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    EAST:
  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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10 SEPTEMBER 2019 — tuesday

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  • Last Word Reading Series presents poets David Robertson, Vonn Anderson, and Mateo (Olmec) Sandyoung, Le Bateau Ivre, 2629 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 6:45 (510/849-1100)
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  • The Spiritual Ecology Book Shelf is a bi-monthly book club for those who are passionate about the earth and want to read about spirit and nature within stories, this month an anthology edited by Annick Smith and Susan O'Connor, Hearth: A Global Conversation on Identity, Community, and Place will be discussed, hosted by Kailea Frederick, drop ins okay, Point Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, free, 6:30 (kailea.sonrisa@gmail.com; 415/663-1542, www.ptreyesbooks.com)
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11 SEPTEMBER 2019 — wednesday

    SOUTH:
  • Emma Donoghue reads from her new novel Akin, book signing, Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, buy tickets online $10-$40, 7:30-8:30 (www.keplers.com)
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12 SEPTEMBER 2019 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Don Bogen, Immediate Song, and Katie Peterson, A Piece of Good News, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Why There Are Words (WTAW) Press book release party for Anita Felicelli's new novel, Chimerica: A Novel, and Olga Ziberbourg's new collection of fiction, Like Water and Other Stories, both authors will read and discuss their books with WTAW Press Director Peg Aflord Pursell, book signing, cake and champagne, all welcome, Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, free, 7:15 (www.studio333.info/local-events.html)
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  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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13 SEPTEMBER 2019 — friday

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  • Alley Cat Books poetry open mic plus a reading by Rachel DuPlessis and Beverly Dahlenhosted by Ariel Resnikoff, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, 7:30-9:30 (www.alleycatbookshop.com )
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  • Point Reyes Books and Black Mountain Circle present Irish psychologist and mythologist Dr. Sharon Blackie reading from her new collection of modern fairy tales, Foxfire, Wolfskin, and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women, Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station, purchase tickets for $25 online at the Black Mountain Circle website, 7:00 (415/663-1542, blackmountaincircle.org/events/an-evening-with-sharon-blackie)
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  • The Poetry Connection reading series presents Terry Lucas, Marin County Poet Laureate, open mic to follow, light refreshments, The Fireside Room, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.terrylucas.com/schedule.html)
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14 SEPTEMBER 2019 — saturday

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  • Queerbound Queer Open Mic, open to everyone, with vendors and artists selling their pieces, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, 7:30-9:30 (www.alleycatbookshop.com )
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  • Writers with Drinks presents featured readers Yangsze Choo, The Night Tiger, Fonda Lee, Jade City and Cross Fire, Molly Tanzer, Creatures of Will and Temper, Shelly Oria, Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings From the #Me Too Movement, and Peter Bailey, Trans Homo…Gasp!, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, $5-$20, 7:00-9:30 (www.writerswithdrinks.com)
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15 SEPTEMBER 2019 — sunday

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  • Co-authors Heather Box and Julian Mocine-McQueen read from their new self-help book, How Your Story Sets You Free, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, 6:00-9:00 (www.alleycatbookshop.com )
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  • The 24th Annual Petaluma Poetry walk presents a full day of readings in a walk from venue to venue in downtown Petaluma: 11:00 a.m.: Barbara Swift Brauer, Rain, Like a Thief, Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla, All the Fires of Wind and Light, and Camille Norton, A Folio for the Dark, Hotel Petaluma Ballroom, 205 Kentucky Street at Washington; Noon: Terri Glass, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, Martin Hickel, and Erin Rodini, Body, in Good Light, The Bank, 199 Petaluma Blvd. North; 1:00: Diane Frank, Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines, poet and translator William Greenwood, and Jeanne Powell, River Front Café, 224 B Street; 2:00: Arnoldo García, Poets Against War & Racism, and Nina Serrano, poet and KPFA producer/host, North Bay Café, 25 Petaluma Blvd., South; 3:00: Poet and fiction writer Maxine Chernoff, Camera, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Forrest Gander, Be With, Copperfield's Bookstore, 140 Kentucky Street; 4:00: Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California anthology reading, with co-editors and contributors Lucille Lang Day, Ruth Nolan, and contributors Susan Cohen, Jack Foley, and Barbara Quick, Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington Street; 5:00: Phyllis Meshulam, Land of My Father's War, presents students from California Poets in the Schools (CalPoets) and Poetry Out Loud, with bilingual poetry in English and Spanish and other languages, Petaluma Historical Museum, 20 Fourth Street; 6:00: Raphael Block, Strings of Shining Silence: Earth Silence: Earth-Love Poems, former Marin County Poet Laureate Albert Flynn DeSilver, Letters to Early Street, poet and visual artist Maureen Hurley, poet, translator, visual artist Michael Koch, Street Theology, and Gail Mitchell, Bone Songs, Aqus Café, Foundry Wharf, 189 H Street (this venue is far from the other venues, prepare for a longer walk or drive to this one); Petaluma, free, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 (707/347-9793, www.petalumapoetrywalk.org)
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16 SEPTEMBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a poetry reading by poet and KPFA radio host Dennis J. Bernstein, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, open mic before and after featured reading, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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17 SEPTEMBER 2019 — tuesday

18 SEPTEMBER 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community in the Bay Area, hosted by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, pegasusbookstore.com)
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19 SEPTEMBER 2019 — thursday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center reading by Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama and Matthew Siegel, Blood Work, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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  • Poetry Center San Jose presents Third Thursdays at Willow Glen Library, featuring a poetry reading by Ruth G. Mota, Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, free and open to the public, 7:00 (408/808-3045, 408/266-1361, www.pcsj.org)
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20 SEPTEMBER 2019 — friday

21 SEPTEMBER 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • The 17th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival presents Michael Young, the son of poet Al Young, reading Al's poems for the Invocation of the Muse to kick off the event, and featuring Barbara Jane Reyes, James Cagney, Anna Allen, Claire Calderòn, Natasha Dennerstein, Steve Fujimura, Ingrid Keir, Michelle Lin, James J. Siegel, and Kelechi Ubozoh; Milvia Street literary journal contributors reading includes Joseph Mendoza, Yohana Girma Gebre, Lisa Jacqueline Graves, Carla Schick; Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Nanette Deetz; Poetry/Flamenco Performance Vida Felsenfeld, hosted by Marguerite Muñoz, co-directed by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, sponsored by the City of Berkeley and Berkeley City College, plus open mic, book fair (Poetry Flash and other literary organizations exhibit), Berkeley City College Student Lounge, Fifth Floor, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, free, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 (sharoncoleman@comcast.net)
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  • Nick Lovett reads from his new poetry collection Twenty-One: A Book Reading Birthed From Trauma and Survival, dealing with rape, toxic relationships, and domestic abuse; Sloan Thompson, D'mani Thomas and Marabet Morales Sikahall join the conversation, E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street, Oakland, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/679-4650, wolfmanhomerepair.com/storefront-2)
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  • The San Mateo County Arts Commission and the San Mateo County Libraries present an All-Star Poetry Reading featuring Camincha Benvenutto, Cynthia L. Bryant, Aileen Cassinetto, Poetess Kalamu Chache, Johanna Ely, Amy Glynn, Caroline Goodwin, Kevin Gunn, Dorsetta Hale, Maya Khosla, D. L. Lang, Juanita Martin, Connie Post, Lisa Rosenberg, open to the public, light refreshments, Millbrae Library, 1 Library Avenue, Millbrae, free, 2:30 (smcpoetlaureate@smcl.org)
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22 SEPTEMBER 2019 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and translator Jeffrey Thomas Leong, Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island, and poet Brian Komei Dempster, Topaz, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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23 SEPTEMBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading hosted by Gary Turchin, open mic before and after featured reading, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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24 SEPTEMBER 2019 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Timothy Faust reads from his new book Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next, East Bay DSA joins the discussions, E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street, Oakland, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/679-4650, wolfmanhomerepair.com/storefront-2)
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  • Isabella Tree, award-winning British author, travel writer, and manager of The Knepp Wildland Project, presents her new book, Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm, Point Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, free, 7:00 (415/663-1542, www.ptreyesbooks.com)
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25 SEPTEMBER 2019 — wednesday

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  • Alternative Exposure Round 13-Info Session Four is a grant program that supports independent, self-organized work of artist and small groups that play a critical and significant role within the San Francisco Bay Area, attendance isn't required to apply, E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street, Oakland, free, 7:00-8:30 (510/679-4650, wolfmanhomerepair.com/storefront-2)
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  • The Racket monthly series presents Leland Cheuk reading from his new novel No Good Very Bad Asian, readers are Leland Cheuk, Jared Roehrig, Kirin Khan, Preeti Vangani, Yalitza Ferreras, Benjamin Bac Sierra, Vincent Chu, and Kim Magowan, there will be beer, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, 7:00-9:00 (www.alleycatbookshop.com )
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26 SEPTEMBER 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Performer and poet Trisha Low and poet Syd Staiti their poetry, The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/338-2227, poetry.sfsu.edu)
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    SOUTH:
  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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27 SEPTEMBER 2019 — friday

28 SEPTEMBER 2019 — saturday

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  • Saturday Night Special presents featured poets, hosted by Holly Hardy, three-minute maximum open mic on the theme of exploring boundaries between public and private, all creative work welcomed, must be twenty-one, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, free but one drink minimum, 7:00-9:30 (510/652-6425, nickslounge.com)
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29 SEPTEMBER 2019 — sunday

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  • Live Poets Society poetry reading by Francesca Bell, Bright Stain, and Melissa Stein, Terrible Blooms, plus open mic, hosted by Orinda/Lafayette Poet Laureate Amy Glynn, sponsored by Lamorinda Arts Council on the last Sunday of the month, Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda, free parking, 1:00 (Amy Glynn, amyglynn@pastemagazine.com>
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30 SEPTEMBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a Maverick Night writing prompt open mic, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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