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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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    SOUTH:
  • 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

    CENTRAL:
  • 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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    NORTH:
  • 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

    CENTRAL:
  • 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

    CENTRAL:
  • 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

    CENTRAL:
  • 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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