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24 JUNE 2012 — sunday

  • Starry Night Poetry Series presents a reading by Brendan Constantine, Calamity Joe, Lodi Public Library, 201 West Locust Street, Lodi, 3:00 (209/333-5566)
  • San Francisco Zen Center holds a Sunday Writing Studio with poet Genine Lentine, City Center Art Lounge, 300 Page Street, San Francisco, 4:00-6:00, $20/$18 members/$16 limited income (888/743-9362, 415/475-9362,
  • The Oshman Family JCC presents humorists Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel in an onstage conversation about Lunatics, their new collaborative novel, moderated by Sam Barry, Dave's brother and band-mate, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, $18-$30, 8:00-10:00 (650/223-8699, )

25 JUNE 2012 — monday

  • Poetry Express presents an open mic night with featured readers, with hosts Jim Barnard, Nance Wogan, Odilia Galvan Rodriguez, and Jan Dederick, mention the reading for a ten percent meal discount, Priya Restaurant, 2072 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (poetryexpress @
  • Award-winning novelist Sapphire, Push, reads from The Kid, Books Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, free, 7:00 (510/522-2226,

26 JUNE 2012 — tuesday

  • City Lights and Litquake present a reading by novelist Alice LaPlante, Turn of Mind, Tosca Café, 242 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/986-9651,
  • KPFA presents Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Chris Hedges reading from Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, his collaboration with Joe Sacco, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and graphic artist on what happens when a society loses all sense of the sacred, when nothing has intrinsic worth beyond monetary value, King Middle School, 1781 Rose Street, Berkeley, $15, $12 advance tickets at Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway's, Moe's Books, Walden Pond, Diesel, A Bookstore, Modern Times Bookstore, 7:30 (800/838-3006,
  • Colleen Morton Busch reads from Firemonks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire to celebrate the paperback release, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 7:00 (510/653-9965,
  • A reading by poet D.A. Powell from his new collection, Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys, and short story writer Catherine Brady, Curled in the Bed of Love, among other honors, both are Northern California Book Award winners, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/863-8688,
  • The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Reading Series presents The Front Street Poetry Group featuring Ellen Hart, The Cruel Ever After, John Laue, Paradise Lost, Joanna Martin, The Meaning of Wings, Dan Phillips, Spiritual Journaling, and Bernice Rendrick, Trainsong, East Village Coffee Lounge, 498 Washington Street, Monterey, $5, 7:00 (

27 JUNE 2012 — wednesday

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges discusses Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, on Camden, New Jersey, his new book with illustrator Joe Sacco, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, at Broadway, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/362-4921,
  • Great Books Group discusses Nadine Gordimer's July's People, facilitated by Rosalie Gonzales, Edith Stone Room, Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, 1:30-2:30 (510/526-3720, rdavis @
  • Featured readers followed by an open reading, hosted by Dan Brady, Sacred Grounds Café, 2095 Hayes Street, San Francisco, sign up 7:00, reading 7:30-9:50 (415/387-3859, sacredpoets @
  • Bay Area Writing Project presents Lucille Lang Day, Marianne Betterly, Judy Bebelaar, Grace Marie Grafton, and Ruby Bernstein reading from Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down: An Anthology of Women's Poetry from the Bay Area Women's Poetry Salon, edited by Andrena Zawinski, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby, at Adeline, across from Ashby BART, Berkeley, free, 5:30-7:00 (510/644-4930,
  • Mahogany open mic poetry and music, all ages, $5, Queen Sheba Restaurant, 1704 Broadway at 17th Street, Sacramento, 9:00-11:00 (malikspeaks @

28 JUNE 2012 — thursday

  • Acclaimed Hungarian novelist Lázló Krasznahorkai, The Melancholy of Resistance, Animalinside, and more, reads from his selected works, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193,
  • Thursday at Readers Poetry Series presents poet/historical fiction writer Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis, Inquire Within, and local poet and critic Martin Hickel, 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,
  • Writers Read presents artist and poet Jacquelyn Hewitt, open mic follows for poetry and prose, slots limited to six minutes, Art Center Ukiah's Corner Gallery, 201 South State Street, Ukiah, featured reading 7:00, open mic 8:00 (707/462-1400,,
  • Poetry by the Bay, a spoken word open mic, live bands and poets, hosted by Profet of ProfeticLyrics, Panama Red Coffee Co., 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, 7:30-9:30 (707/554-2100)
  • Poetry Slam hosted by Tazuo Yamaguchi, all ages, Café FLO, 365 6th Street, Chico, $6, 7:00-9:00 (
  • SubRosa Open Mic, music, poetry, performance, SubRosa, 703 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, donation $3-$7, sign up 7:30, show 8:00 (
  • Poetry Unplugged presents an open mic before and after featured readers, hosted by Joe Montoya, Luna's Café and Juice Bar, 1414 16th Street, Sacramento, $2 or one drink minimum, 8:00 (916/441-3931,

29 JUNE 2012 — friday

  • San Francisco in BLOOM is a reading from the newest issue of the acclaimed queer literary journal BLOOM, with poets and writers Daphne Gottlieb, Brent Calderwood, Yinka Rose Reed-Nolan, Cheryl Dumensil, and editor Charles Flowers, signing follows; the evening is dedicated to the poet Adrienne Rich, Books Inc., 2275 Market Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/864-6777,
  • Final Friday Open Mic is held often but irregularly, confirm before attending, featured poet plus open mic mostly for poetry, storytellers and song writers welcome, hosted by Oliah Kraft and Andy Fahrenwald. J&D's Back Room, Eureka just off Main, Sutter Creek, 7:00 (209/267-5967, allergic @

30 JUNE 2012 — saturday

  • Calligraphy demonstration of Edward Johnston's Foundational Script by Antonia Smith, in conjunction with KALLI-GRAPHIA 13, an exhibition of contemporary calligraphy, broadsides, and manuscript books, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, San Francisco Main Library, Lower Level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-4:00 (415/557-4277, (
  • Poetry reading by Larry Beresford, Family Poems, and Rose Mark, open mic follows, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, 7:00-9:30 (650/355-8811, sherrirose-walker @
  • 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 @
  • A poetry reading by Benjamin Bloch, Narrows, and Joan Stepp Smith, In a Pasture with Palominos, open mic follows, refreshments, Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, free/donation, 4:00-6:00 (to sign up for open: 415/482-0550,
  • Spit Fresh Poetry open mic, hosted by Pierre Butler, Downstairs Art Studio, The Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, sign up 6:30, reading 7:00-10:00 (916/346-0955, gorillapoet @,

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