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1 APRIL 2012 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a Sixteen Rivers Press book launch, poetry reading by Judy Halebsky, Space/Gap/Interval, and Jacqueline Kudler, Easing into Dark, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com; wheelchair accessible, ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired may be requested a week in advance by email, editor@poetryflash.org)
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  • Small Press Traffic presents a reading by Miranda Mellis and Sharhnush Parsipur, Artist Television Access, 992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, 5:00 (415/824-3890, smallpresstraffic.org, www.atasite.org)
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2 APRIL 2012 — monday

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  • Poet's Gallery presents open mic night, Caffe Greco, 423 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30-9:30
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  • My Corner Quarterly Poetry Series presents Jane Rades, A Rosary of Poems, Five Decades, and Gail Mitchell, Bones Songs, open mic follows, café offers $10 fixed menu for dinner, My Corner Café, 1500 S. Van Ness, San Francisco, sign up for open mic 5:00, event 5:30-8:30 (Giancarlo Campagna: 415/706-4693; Don Brennan: 415/350-1554)
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  • A National Poetry Month celebration with host, poet Pireeni Sundaralingam, editor of Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry, bring your favorite one-page poem to share by any poet but yourself, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/863/8688, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Sacramento Poetry Center presents a poetry reading from the writers at the New Folsom Prison Workshop, with host Bob Stanley, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 7:30 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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3 APRIL 2012 — tuesday

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  • Susan Thomas and Richard Jackson read from their book Last Voyage: Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli, the first comprehensive English translation of the poems of Giovanni Pascoli, the Italian poet who influenced Pavese, authored with Deborah Brown, Beatrice Basso reads the original Italian versions of the poems, Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, 6:30-8:00 (rsvp: 415/788-7142)
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  • A poetry reading by Jane Hirshfield, Come, Thief, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave. at Broadway, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/362/4921, www.citylights.com)
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  • Emmy-nominated actor for L.A. Law and writer Michael Tucker reads from his debut novel After Annie, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/362/4921, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Center for the Art of Translation's Lit & Lunch series presents translators Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel sharing their collaborative experience in translating 1Q84 by Japanese surrealist master Haruki Murakami, 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street, San Francisco, free, 12:30 (www.catranslation.org)
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  • City Arts & Lectures presents winemaker Randall Gahm, Been Doon So Long, and wine importer Kermit Lynch, Adventures on the Wine Route, in conversation with Karen MacNeil, The Wine Bible, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, $26/$22, 8:00 (415/392-4400, www.cityboxoffice.com, www.calacademy.org/lectures)
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  • San Francisco Public Library presents A National Poetry Month Event: Word Painters reading featuring poets Al Averbach, Clara Hsu, Fiona Page, and Stephen Kopel, Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/355-5615, sfpl.org)
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4 APRIL 2012 — wednesday

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  • Poetry writing workshop led by poet Christina Hutchins, drop ins welcome, Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, 6:30 (510/526-3720)
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  • Writer, artist, and scriptwriter Mary Albanese reads from Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon Mapping the Wild Heart of Alaska, hosted by Gretchen Evans, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/362/4921, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Novelist Michelle Richmond reads from The Year of Fog, Wiegand Gallery, Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, free, 7:00 (650/508-3708, mwolterbeek @ ndnu)
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    SOUTH:
  • Center for Literary Arts presents a reading by poet and playwright Juan Felipe Herrera, book signing follows, co-sponsored by REED literary magazine, Martin Luther King Library, Jr., Room 225/229, 150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, 7:00 (408/924-4600, www.litart.org)
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5 APRIL 2012 — thursday

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  • National Poetry Month celebration for Criminal Class Review presents a contributing poets reading featuring Bucky Sinister, A. Razor, Laura Le Hew, Sharon Coleman, and Colleen Mckee, Pegasus Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Launch party and poetry reading by Lyn Hejinian, The Book of a Thousand Eyes, Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts: Round 34 presents a poetry reading by Gerald Nicosia, One and Only: The Untold Story of “On the Road, ” and Jerry Kamstra, The Frisco Kid, storytelling of the Beats and North Beach follows, Beat Museum, 540 Broadway Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (1-800-537-6822, kerouac.com)
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  • The Remainders Book Discussion Group meets, El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante, 7:00 (510/374-3991, koien @ ccclib.org)
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  • Lunch Poems presents British poet Richard Berengarten, author of more than twenty books including The Blue Butterfly, an elegy for victims of Nazi massacre in former Yugoslavia, Morrison Library in Doe Library, University of California, Berkeley, free, 12:10-12:50 (lunchpoems.berkeley.edu)
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  • Thursday at Readers Poetry Series presents Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion, food and drink sales benefit San Francisco Public Library, Readers Café, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/771-1011, www.readerscafe.org)
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  • Poetry Flash celebrates Everything Else, a collaborative book of poems by the late Darrell Gray and G.P. Skratz, with reading/performance by G.P. Skratz and his group Smooth Toad (Skratz, vocals/guitar; actor Bob Ernst, percussion/blues harp; and Hal Hughes, fiddle/guitar), Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com; wheelchair accessible, ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired may be requested a week in advance by email, editor@poetryflash.org)
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  • Los Angles Times journalist Terry McDermott, author of Perfect Soldiers, 101 Theory Drive, reads from The Hunt for KMS: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/362/4921, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Poet Willis Barnstone reads from his new work of translation, The Poems of Jesus Christ, gospel adaptations in the form of poetry, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, at Broadway, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/362/4921, www.citylights.com)
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6 APRIL 2012 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poet's Gallery presents open mic night, Caffe Roma, 526 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30-9:30
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7 APRIL 2012 — saturday

8 APRIL 2012 — sunday

9 APRIL 2012 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Sex columnist and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel and writer, screenwriter, and TV show host Susie Bright discuss their book Best Sex Writing 2012: The State of Today's Sexual Culture, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/362-4921, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Canessa Park Reading Series presents a poetry reading by Rusty Morrison, After Urgency, with poets Sara Larsen, NOVUS, and Dennis Phillips, The Study of the Possibility of Hope, Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, $6 donation, doors open 7:00, reading 7:30 (415/296-9029)
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  • Poet's Gallery presents open mic night, Caffe Greco, 423 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30-9:30
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  • Poetry Farm open mic, Dr. Insomnia's Coffee and Teas, 800 Grant Avenue, Novato, free, sign up 6:30, reading 7:00-9:00 (415/897-9500, ericwbaxter @ verizon.net)
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10 APRIL 2012 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • City Arts & Lectures presents novelist and nonfiction writer Anne Lamott with her son Sam Lamott on their collaboration, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, $27/$22, 8:00 (415/392-4400, www.cityboxoffice.com, www.cityarts.net)
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  • Lone Mountain Readings presents a reading by literary biographer Carol Sklenicka, Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life, named one of the "Best 10 Books of 2009" by The New York Times Book Review, University of San Francisco lower campus, Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, 7:45 (415/422-6166, www.usfca.edu/artsci/writ/news_events)
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  • Second Tuesdays Poetry presents Barry Goldensohn, The Listener Aspires to the Condition of Music, reading from his poetry book illustrated by monotypes by artist Douglas Kinsey, open mic for poetry follows, with host Catherine Taylor, Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, 7:00 (510/526-3720, albanylibrary.wordpress.com)
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  • Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by Ron Silliman, The Age of Huts, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, Third Floor, University of California, Berkeley, 6:30 (holloway.english.berkeley.edu)
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  • BUST columnist Wendy McClure reads from The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie, Bookshop West Portal, 89 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/564-8080, www.bookshopwestportal.com)
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  • Sixteen Rivers Press poetry reading by Judy Halebsky, Space/Gap/Interval/Distance, and Jacqueline Kudler, Easing Into Dark, The Barkin’ Dog Grill, 940 Eleventh Street, Modesto, 6:00 (wegnerspage @ yahoo.com)
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11 APRIL 2012 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Michael Long reads from I Must Resist: Baynard Rustin's Life in Letters, on the centennial of the Civil Rights leader's birth, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, at Broadway, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/362-4921, www.citylights.com)
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  • National Poetry Month celebration features Pat Thomas presenting an audiovisual presentation and book signing for Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975, on the music, poetry, and art of the Black Power movement, Pegasus Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Quill Ink Productions presents “Give Your Great Character Something to Do,” a two-hour workshop with novelist/editor Doris Eraldi, Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, $15 at the door or register at quill.ink. productions @ gmail.com, 10:00 a.m. (707/395-0177, BeanAffair @ comcast.net)
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  • Sunset Poetry by the Bay presents a reading by poet and translator Mahnaz Badihian, editor of MahMag.org, poet and playwright J.R. Brady, The Space Between, writer, artist, and photographer Laurie Lessen Reiche, spoken word poet Whitman McGowan, Po Fu, and Caught in the Act, poetry CDs, and writer and poet Margery Snyder, poetry guide at About.com since 1997, Sunset Poetry by the Bay at Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, 7:00-9:00 (415/331-8272, www.studio333.info)
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    SOUTH:
  • Novelist Ann Packer, Songs Without Words, reads from her latest novel Swim Back to Me, Capitola Book Café, 1475 41st Avenue, Capitola 7:30 (831/462-4415, www.capitolabookcafe.com)
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12 APRIL 2012 — thursday

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  • Thursday at Readers Poetry Series presents poet/percussionist Avotcja and poet/novelist Lucha Corpi, food and drink sales benefit San Francisco Public Library, Readers Café, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/771-1011, www.readerscafe.org)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Maxine Chernoff, Without, and Rusty Morrison, After Urgency: Poems, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com; wheelchair accessible, ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired may be requested a week in advance by email, editor@poetryflash.org)
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  • Novelist, journalist, and dramatist Isabel Allende gives a reading, presented by Short Story, Morrison Library, within Doe Library, UC Berkeley, free, 6:00-7:00 (510-643-0397, bingram@library.berkeley.edu)
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  • Novelist and nonfiction writer Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year, and her son Sam Lamott in conversation about their new book Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son, Peralta Elementary School, 460 63rd Street, Oakland, $5 admission, fee redeemable towards book purchase, please call Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore to reserve ticket, 7:30 (510-704-8222, info@mrsdalloways.com)
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  • National Poetry Month celebration presents a reading by Kelsey Street Press poets Rena Rosenwasser, Elevators, and Susan Gevirtz, Aerodrome Orion & Starry Messenger, Pegasus Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Poetry reading by Wayne Koestenbaum from his new collection, Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, at Broadway, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/362-4921, www.citylights.com)
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13 APRIL 2012 — friday

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  • Kathryn Harrison, Envy and Thicker Than Water, reads from her newest novel Enchantments, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/704-8222, mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Old First Concerts presents An Evening of Music and Poetry, readings from the poetry of Anna Akhmatova and Joseph Brodsky and Shostakovich Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 147; Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57 with musicians Bettina Mussumeli, violin; Joseph Maile, violin; Jodi Levitz, viola; Jennifer Culp, ‘cello; Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano, Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, Berkeley, $17/$14 seniors and students with valid ID, children 12 and under free, 8:00 (tickets: 415/474-1608, www.oldfirstconcerts.org)
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  • Poet's Gallery presents open mic night, Caffe Roma, 526 Columbus Avenue, North Beach, San Francisco, 6:30-9:30
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  • Zen Monster, a journal of poetry, art, criticism, and political commentary launches its third issue with a reading by poets noted for the influence of Buddhism on their poetics and philosophy, San Francisco Poet Laureate Diane di Prima, Michael McClure, Of Indigo and Saffron: New & Selected Poems, poet, writer, and former abbot of the Zen Center Norman Fischer, poets Genine Lentine and giovanni singleton, Ascension, poet and nature photographer David Silva, and poet Meredith Stricker, San Francisco Zen Center, 300 Page Street, San Francisco, $5-$10, no one turned away, 7:30 (Brian Unger, Zen Monster editor: 917/453-7311, brianunger2 @ gmail.com)
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14 APRIL 2012 — saturday

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  • Second Saturdays Poetry & Prose presents MK Chavez and William Taylor, Jr., open mic follows, refreshments, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 7:00-9:00 (www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • Elena Mauli Shapiro reads from her novel 13, rue Thérèse, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/704-8222, mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Writers with Drinks Eleventh Anniversary reading presents actress from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, novelist, and feature film director Amber Benson; novelist Glen David Gold, Carter Beats the Devil; writer, editor, blogger, and organizer Rachel Kramer Bussel; young adult fiction author Malinda Lo, Huntress, and geek romantic comedy novella Sarah Kuhn, proceeds benefit Center for Sex and Culture, The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, $5-$10 sliding scale, 7:30 (www.writerswithdrinks.com)
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  • Sacramento Poetry Center Annual Conference presents poetry readings by Steve Gehrke, Kate Gale, Christina Hutchins, and Christian Kiefer, with winner of the 2011 Sacramento Poetry Center Book Contest, Michelle Bitting, Notes to the Beloved, with host Tim Kahl, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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15 APRIL 2012 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Rebecca Burgess and Destiny Kinal discuss “Watershed and Fibershed,” Burgess reads from Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes and Kinal reads from her novel Burning Silk, refreshments, A Verb For Keeping Warm, 6328 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, free, 3:00-5:00 (510/595-8372)
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  • Small Press Traffic presents a reading by Pam Lu and Erika Staiti, Artist Television Access, 992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, 5:00 (415/824-3890, smallpresstraffic.org, www.atasite.org)
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    NORTH:
  • Sixteen Rivers Press poetry reading by Judy Halebsky, Space/Gap/Interval/Distance, and Jacqueline Kudler, Easing Into Dark, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 7:00 (415/273-1303, www.sixteenrivers.org)
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16 APRIL 2012 — monday

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  • 1st Person Singular presents All Agita, All the Time: The Sopranos, Episode One, a "family style" reading of David Chase's pilot script, hosted by Shotgun Cabaret, The Ashby stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, South Berkeley, $10, 8:00 (510/841-6500, 1stpersonsingular.com; tickets: shotgunplayers.org)
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  • Poet's Gallery presents open mic night, Caffe Greco, 423 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30-9:30
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  • Former Secret Service agent Clint Hill and journalist and media consultant Lisa McCubbin present their book, Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Left Bank Restaurant hosts a dinner and book signing by Jacques Pepin, presenting his new book, Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life In Food, includes four-course meal, wine, and signed copy of the book, reserve in advance, Left Bank Restaurant, 507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, $145 per person, 6:30 (415/927-0960)
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17 APRIL 2012 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Jacqueline Winspear reads from Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel, Bookshop West Portal, 89 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/564-8080, www.bookshopwestportal.com)
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  • Word Party poetry and jazz open mic, hosted by Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir, Viracocha, 998 Valencia Street, at 21st Street, San Francisco, $5, 8:00-10:30 (www.thewordparty.com)
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  • Delia Ephron, screenwriter of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, reads from her novel The Lion Is In, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Center for Literary Arts presents a reading by novelist and biographer Geoffrey Wolff, Providence and The Age of Consent, book signing follows, Martin Luther King Library, Jr., Room 225/229, 150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, 7:00 (408/924-4600, www.litart.org)
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18 APRIL 2012 — wednesday

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  • "Fiction Between the Wars" Evening Book Group discusses Black Mamba by Nadifa Mohamed, moderated by Rosalie Gonzales, Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, 7:00-8:00 (510/526-3720, www.aclibrary.org)
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  • A poetry reading by poet/musician Julian Talamantez Brolaski, from Advice for Lovers, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, at Broadway, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/362-4921, www.citylights.com)
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  • Lyrics & Dirges monthly series presents a reading by Paul S. Flores, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, Shailja Patel, and Chelsea Martin, with host and curator Tomas Moniz, Pegasus Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Center for Literary Arts presents novelist and biographer Geoffrey Wolff in conversation with his brother, fiction writer Tobias Wolff, Martin Luther King Library, Room 225/229, 150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, 1:00 (408/924-4600, www.litart.org)
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19 APRIL 2012 — thursday

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  • Bill Clegg, Beautiful Boy, a memoir, reads from Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, 6:00 (415/835-1020, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Story Swap, storytelling open mic, El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante, 7:00-9:00 (510/374-3482, koien @ ccclib.org)
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  • Novelist, lyricist, and journalist Eric Goodman reads from his novel Twelfth and Race, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley, 7:30 (510/704-8222, mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Thursday at Readers Poetry Series presents Aggie Falk and giovanni singleton, food and drink sales benefit San Francisco Public Library, Readers Café, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/771-1011, www.readerscafe.org)
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  • A reading by poet Kevin Young from The Grey Album, essays, cultural criticism, and lyrical chorus, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, at Broadway, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/362-4921, www.citylights.com)
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  • Double Change Collective honors and remembers the late translator/poet Stacy Doris, The Cake Part, featuring members of the Paris-based poetry collective, with Abigail Lang, Sarah Riggs, Norma Cole, and Cole Swensen, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, tribute from the SFSU community 3:30, Double Change Collective memorial 4:30 (www.sfsu.edu/~poetry)
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  • Book party and reception for the late poet Stacy Doris and her last book, Fledge: A Phenomenology of Spirit, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, at Gough, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (www.thegreenarcade.com)
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  • Third Thursdays Storytelling Swap, bring a story to share, hosted by Cathy Dana, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 7:00-9:00 (www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • Anat Baniel discusses her book Kids Beyond Limits: The Anat Baniel Method for Awakening the Brain and Transforming the Life of Your Child With Special Needs, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Bvld., Corte Madera, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Marin Poetry Center presents a poetry reading by Molly Peacock, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, at E, San Rafael, 7:30 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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  • Third Thursday poetry reading, featured poet to be announced, open mic follows, Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, free, 7:00 (408/808-3045, or 408/266-1361)
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  • Sacramento Poetry Center presents Poetry at the Central Library, with hosts Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins, Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, noon (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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20 APRIL 2012 — friday

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  • Diana McRae, All the Muscle You Need, celebrates the release of her new novel Deerhaven Pines, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland, 7:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Young Adult genre novelists read: Anne Nesbet from her debut The Cabinet of Earths, Jenny Lundquist reads from Seeing Cinderella, and YA science fiction/fantasy writer Jenn Reese reads from Above Worlds, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (510/704-8222, mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Poet's Gallery presents open mic night, Caffe Roma, 526 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30-9:30
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  • Friday night reading series presents a poetry reading by Jan Steckel, The Horizontal Poet, and Jeanne Wagner, In the Body of Our Lives, open reading follows, refreshments, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby, at Adeline, across from Ashby BART, Berkeley, 7:00 (510/644-4930, www.expressionsgallery.org)
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  • Edgar Award-winning novelist Anne Perry, Death of a Stranger, reads from her new novel Dorchester Terrace, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 1:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Gianna Marino, writer and illustrator of children’s books, presents Meet Me at the Moon, an event for children, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 10:00 a.m. (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Jenny Lawson, journalist and comic blogger (theblogess.com), reads from Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Book Arts Santa Cruz's Third Friday, an evening of readings, workshops and displays, hands-on activities for all ages, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, $5/$3 students with ID, 5:00-9:00 (831/464-8983, www.poetrysantacruz.org)
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21 APRIL 2012 — saturday

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  • Elizabeth Weil, journalist for The New York Times Magazine, reads from No Cheating, No Dying: I Had a Good Marriage, Then I Tried to Make It Better, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 2:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Hand to Mouth/Words Spoken Out features Joan R. Brady, Bleedout, and Jane Green, Another Piece of My Heart, reading from their new books, open mic follows, refreshments, The Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, free/donations requested, 4:00-6:00 (415/482-0550, reboundbookstore @ aol.com)
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  • Sandra Feder, journalist and children’s book writer, presents Daisy’s Perfect World, her new book for children, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 4:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Susan Katz, illustrator and author of children’s books and founder of Connecting Authors, presents My Mama Earth, her new book for children, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 10:00 a.m. (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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22 APRIL 2012 — sunday

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  • Ina Coolbrith Circle presents a featured poetry reading, open reading follows, refreshments, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette, 2:00 (www.coolpoetry.org)
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  • Integrative Medicine physician Marcey Shapiro presents her book Transforming the Nature of Health: A Holistic Vision That Honors Our Connection to the Earth, Others, and Ourselves, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, 4:00 (510/704-8222, mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Robin Standish, More Than the Measured World, and Shane Weare, At the Same Time: Poems and Etchings, read from their poetry, Mythos Fine Arts and Artifacts, 1747 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, 5:00 (510/528-4291, mythosfineart @ gmail.com)
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  • Poet, screenwriter, and novelist, Eric Jerome Dickey, Friends and Lovers, reads from his novel An Accidental Affair, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 4:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Broadcast journalist John Stossel presents No, They Can’t, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 1:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Poetry World Series, emceed by Daniel Handler, two teams of Bay Area poets, Ada Limon, Troy Jollimore, Robin Ekiss, Dean Rader, Judy Halebsky, and Melissa Stein, take turns at poem topics "pitched" by the audience, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, reception 6:30 for pre-registered guests, program 7:00 (register/rsvp: 415/389-4292x203, www.millvalleylibrary.org)
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23 APRIL 2012 — monday

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  • Open Heart Poetry presents three contributors to the Occupy SF anthology, poets Neeli Cherkovski, Carlos Disdier, and Christopher Bernard, plus open mic, Om Shantea tea house, 233 14th Street, at Natoma, San Francisco, sign up 6:30, open mic and reading 7:00
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  • Poet's Gallery presents open mic night, Caffe Greco, 423 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30-9:30
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  • City Arts & Lectures presents Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse, and Croatian theologian Boris Gunjevic, Crucified Subject: Without the Grail, in conversation with Roy Eisenhardt, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, $27/$22, 8:00 (415/392-4400, www.cityboxoffice.com, www.cityarts.net)
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24 APRIL 2012 — tuesday

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  • Litquake's Epicenter presents a ZYZZYVA launch party for the new spring issue, featuring readings from fiction contributors Rob Ehle, Elena Mauli Shapiro, and Peter Orner, co-presented by City Lights Books, Tosca Café, 242 Columbus Avenue, North Beach, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (litquake.org/calendar-of-events/event/zyzzyva-spring-launch-party)
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  • City Arts & Lectures presents "Nature Deficit Disorder," with Richard Louv, The Web of Life, Children and Nature Network co-founder, in conversation with Dawn Scott, Spirit Rock, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, $26/$22, 8:00 (415/392-4400, www.cityboxoffice.com, www.calacademy.org/lectures)
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25 APRIL 2012 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Memorial and tribute reading for the late poet Adrienne Rich, Tonight Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010, readers include poet and writer Jewelle Gomez, Third Floor, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 6:00-8:00 (ksundheim@sfpl.org)
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  • IG publishing party celebrates the release of Kirby Gann's Ghosting, a genre-twisting literary mystery and Christopher Narozny's Jonah Man, a novel about vaudeville, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, at Broadway, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/362-4921, www.citylights.com)
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  • Writing Teachers Write reading series presents musician and poet Lewis Jordan and spoken word artist and Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Coordinator Gerald Reyes, open reading follows, refreshments and music, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby, at Adeline, across from Ashby BART, Berkeley, 5:30-7:30 (510/644-4930, www.expressionsgallery.org)
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26 APRIL 2012 — thursday

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  • Poet and writer Aaron Shurin, The Paradise of Forms, hosts an open workshop on his prose poetry book, Citizen, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, free, 4:30 (sfsu.edu/~poetry)
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  • Thursday at Readers Poetry Series presents Kareem James Abu-Zeid and Trang Cao, food and drink sales benefit San Francisco Public Library, Readers Café, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/771-1011, www.readerscafe.org)
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  • Rebecca Burgess and Destiny Kinal discuss “Watershed and Fibershed,” Burgess reads from Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes and Kinal reads from her novel Burning Silk, refreshments, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/431-6800, www.thegreenarcade.com)
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  • Eric Erlandson, co-founder of the band Hole, reads from his book Letters to Kurt, a collection of poetry dedicated to the late Kurt Cobain, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, at Broadway, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/362-4921, www.citylights.com)
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  • A poetry reading by Alice Jones, Plunge, and Stephen Motika, Western Practice, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 7:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Athena Kashyap, Crossing Black Waters, and Arisa White, Hurrah's Nest, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com; wheelchair accessible, ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired may be requested a week in advance by email, editor@poetryflash.org)
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  • Award-winning poets Mira Rosenthal, Ryan Teitman, and Brittany Perham read from their debut poetry collections, The Local World, Litany for the City, and The Curiosities, wine and sparkling water will be served, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley, 7:30 (510/704-8222, mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Writers Read presents poet Judy Halebsky, with open mic reading for poetry and prose, slots limited to six minutes, Arts Center Ukiah's Corner Gallery, 201 South State Street, Ukiah, featured reading 7:00, open mic 8:00 (707/462-1400, artcenterukiah.org, coloredhorse.com/WritingPoetry/PoetryEvents)
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  • Literary luncheon featuring novelist Julia Alvarez, A Wedding in Haiti, includes catered lunch and a signed book, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $55, noon (www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Litquake's Epicenter presents Hedy Lamarr: Star of the Silver Screen and Cell Phone, with biographer Richard Rhodes, Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, in conversation with Jane Ganahl, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Thockmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, $15/$12 students/seniors, 7:30 (litquake.org)
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27 APRIL 2012 — friday

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  • Novelist and nonfiction writer Leo Litwak, The Medic, reads from his novel Home for Sale, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley, 7:30 (510/704-8222, mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Omnidawn Publishing and Pegasus Books, in honor of National Poetry Month, present Omnidawn Poetry Night, a poetry reading with George Albon, Maxine Chernoff, Gillian Conoley, Lyn Hejinian, Paul Hoover, Alice Jones, Bill Mayer, Laura Moriarty, Bin Ramke, and Elizabeth Robinson, hors d'oevres, desserts, wine, and fizzy water provided, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • 7th Annual Poems Under the Dome celebrates National Poetry Month, read your favorite poem or perform one of your own at San Francisco's largest open mic event inside City Hall, performance slots appropriated by lottery, held prior to event, reader limited to three minutes, North Light Court, City Hall, #1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, free, 5:30-8:00 (Diamond Dave Whitaker: 415/240-0286, dmndv @ hotmail.com, E.K. Keith: 415/489-8451, ekkeith @ hotmail.com)
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  • Poet's Gallery presents open mic night, Caffe Roma, 526 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30-9:30
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  • 16th Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam, Grand Slam Finals, huge and gala finale of a Olympic style month-long competition, Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, $6 per youth, $18 per adult, $50 VIP, 7:00 (www.youthspeaks.org)
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28 APRIL 2012 — saturday

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  • Aaron Shurin, Citizen, and Craig Santos Perez, From Unincorporated Territory, read their poetry, Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin Street, at Geary, San Francisco, $10, 7:30 (sfsu.edu/~poetry)
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  • Poetry reading by Didi Goodman and Diane Moomey, open mic follows, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, 7:00-9:30 (650/355-8811, sherrirose-walker @ hotmail.com)
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  • Fourth Saturdays Poetry & Prose presents Dale Jensen and Judy Wells, hosted by Jeanne Lupton, open mic follows, refreshments, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 7:00-9:00 (www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • A film, My Saraab, by Sabah Al-Dhaher about his life and art, followed by a poetry reading by Bill Mayer and Anita Barrows, Mythos Fine Arts and Artifacts, 1747 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, film 7:00, poetry 8:00-9:00 (510/528-4291, mythosfineart.com)
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  • Poetry Discussion Group meets, bring a favorite poem by you or someone else, Meeting Room, El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante, 3:00-4:00 (510/374-3991, eweiss @ ccclib.org)
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  • 17th Annual River of Words West Coast Youth Creativity Award Ceremony for Children, Nature & the Arts, poet Robert Hass emcees, presentation by the 2012 River of Words Contest Winners, refreshments, Saint Mary's College, Soda Activity Center, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, free, 2:00 (stmarys-ca.edu/row)
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  • Saturday Night Special writing challenge and open mic, theme: "Showers," bring poems, stories, and comedic sketches on theme (or any topic), prizes awarded, fourteen open mic slots, first come first served, each reader is allowed three minutes max, featured readers include Alia Volz, Sticky Fingers Brownies, and Karla F. Brundage, Swallowing Watermelons, 21 and up, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, free, cash only for drinks, sign up 7:00, event 7:00-9:30 (510/652-6425)
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  • Hand to Mouth/Words Spoken Out features readings by poets CB Follett, At The Turning Of The Light, Susan Terris, Fire Is Favorable to the Dreamer, and Laura Horn, Ordinary History, followed by an open mic, refreshments served, The Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, free but donations requested, 4:00-6:00 (415-482-0550, reboundbookstore@aol.com)
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29 APRIL 2012 — sunday

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  • Novelist and translator Carolina De Robertis, The Invisible Mountain, reads from her new book Perla, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, 4:00 (510/704-8222, mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Broadcast journalist and poet Dennis Bernstein gives a reading and signing from his first full poetry collection Special Ed: Vices from a Hidden Classroom, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510-653-9965, Oakland@dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Launch for Left Curve #36, an artist-produced journal addressing cultural forms that emerge from the crises of modernity, hosted by editor Csaba Polony with readings by contributors, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, at Broadway, San Francisco, 5:00 (415/362-4921, www.citylights.com)
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  • Poet/translator Zack Rogow, My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers, and novelist/poet Mary Mackey, Sugar Zone, read from their new collections of poetry, Mythos Fine Art and Artifacts, 1747 Solano Avenue, Berkely, 3:00-4:30 (510/528-4291, mythosfineart@gmail.com)
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  • Poetry reading by ruth weiss with jazz percussion, in conjunction with "The Painted Word," an art exhibition curated by Peter Selz and Sue Kubly, featuring the art work of William Saroyan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kenneth Rexroth, Jack Hirschman, Jess, Robert Duncan, Michael McClure, Jack Micheline, Henry Miller, Kenneth Patchen, Christopher Felver, John Keating, William S Burroughs, and David Meltzer, the show runs from April 28 to June 9, Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell Street, San Francisco, poetry reading today 5:30, gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-5:00
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30 APRIL 2012 — monday

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  • Poet's Gallery presents open mic night, Caffe Greco, 423 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30-9:30
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  • Grand Opening of Small Press Distribution Reading Room and celebration of the last day of poetry month, guest poets will read silently to themselves for 30-minute intervals all day, free snacks, gift of free poetry book for all attendants, a $20 or less value, forty percent off discount on more than 10,000 books, poets' reading schedule (they will be enjoying a book, not reading their work): 11:00 Michael Cross, 11:30 Hugo García Manríquez, 12:00 Andrew Kenower, 12:30 Michael Nicoloff, 1:00 Giovanni Singleton, 1:30 Norma Cole, 2:00 Charles Legere, 2:30 Chris Chen, 3:00 Brian Ang, 3:30 Christian Nagler, 4:00 Samantha Giles, 4:30 Taylor Brady, 5:00 David Brazil, 5:30 Linda Norton, 6:00 Suzanne Stein, 6:30 Ben Mirov, 7:00 Amanda Nadelberg, and 7:30 Melissa Benham, Small Press Distribution, 1341 Seventh Street, Berkeley, free, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 (510/524-1688x306, laura @ spdbooks.org)
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