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20 APRIL 2017 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Jan Beatty, Ubermütter's Death Dance, and Kendra Tanacea, A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087,
  • Award-winning journalist and author Omar El Akkad reads from his acclaimed novel, American War, in conversation with fiction writer Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193,
  • California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, 99 Poems: New & Selected, reads with El Cerrito Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win, part of Dana Gioia's 58-County On the Road reading tour through California, El Cerrito Public Library, 6510 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito, free, 6:30 (510/526-7512,
  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents New York-based poet, musician, and Dark Room Collective co-founder Janice Lower performing works from her debut book, Leaving Cle, with bassist Yohann Potico and drummer Kevin Carnes, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227,
  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features Charlie Getter, hosted by blake more, reading begins with live jazz by local musicians and an open mic with jazz accompaniment, 215 Main Pub, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, free, 7:00 (707/884-9189,,
  • Marin Poetry Center presents a poetry reading by April Ossman, Event Boundaries, and former Livermore Poet Laureate Connie Post, Floodwater, Lyrebird Award-winner from Glass Lyre Press, light refreshments, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, $5 non-members/$3 members, students free, 7:30 (415/388-4033,,
  • Coastside Poetry presents Writers' Night: A Two-Part Event, come for Part One at 5:30 to write on the theme "Love: Lost and Found" or any topic you wish, bring paper and pencil or computer; you are also welcome to bring food, Part Two at 7:00 begins for a traditional open reading night, read your short stories or poems or simply listen, songs or pieces by favorite poets are also welcome, read one piece in two rounds, Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, free, Part One: 5:30, Part Two: 7:00 (650/712-0718,
  • Sacramento Poetry Center open reading, hosted by Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins, Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, noon (916/240-1897,
  • Poetry Night Reading Series presents poet Phillip Larrea, Our Patch, hosted by Poet Laureate of Davis, Dr. Andy Jones, open mic follows, bring poems, short stories, and songs, John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street, Davis, free, 8:00-10:00 (530/ 756-3938,;

21 APRIL 2017 — friday

  • Nuclear Impact Anthology Reading hosted by Alexandra Kostoulas, poet, fiction writer, journalist and founder of the SF Creative Writing Institute, featuring readings by poet, fiction writer, journalist Heather Bourbeau, Daily Palm Castings, poet Sharon Coleman, Half Circle, poet, co-editor, and children's book author Lucille Lang Day Becoming an Ancestor, poet Miriam Bird Greenberg, In the Volcano's Mouth, poet Richard Jarrette, Beso the Donkey, poet and writer Paul Lobo Portugés, Sorrow and Hope, and poet Aline Soules, Meditation on Woman, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/824-1761,,
  • After Hours: 6th Annual Poetry World Series, featuring poetry delivered with the energy and spontaneity of a Slam, two teams of rising poets read previously written poems in response to prompts ("pitches") suggested by the audience, "celebrity" judges score, emceed by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free but pre-register online and arrive early for good seats, free, 7:00 (415/389-4292, to register:;jsessionid=732EEE680CFF8750BDE2198A809FA35A?oeidk=a07ee04a5ule71fbb07&oseq=&c=&ch=,
  • Marin Poetry Center presents a Workshop with April Ossmann, former executive director of Alice James Books, author, and poet, her forthcoming book is Event Boundaries, she will discuss how to choose which poems to include in a manuscript, how to decide what order they should appear in, and how to research and target possible publishers for your book, followed by a shared lunch, located in a private home in Novato, $100, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 (register with Francesca Bell at

22 APRIL 2017 — saturday

  • Earth Day celebration hosted by Kirk Lumpkin presents contributing poets reading their work from the anthology Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California, featuring poet and the anthology's co-editor Kurt Schweigman, Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets, poet and the anthology's co-editor Lucille Lang Day, Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems, Stephen Meadows, Releasing the Days, Linda Noel, and Kim Shuck, Clouds Running; musician Mignon Geli performs on the native wood flute, Berkeley Public Library, Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, free, 2:00-4:00 (more info, contact Isobel: 510/981-6150,
  • Sixteen Rivers Press presents a poetry reading by Gillian Wegener reading from her new book, This Sweet Haphazard, and Erin Rodoni reading from her new book, Body, In Good Light, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 4:00 (415/927-0960,

23 APRIL 2017 — sunday

  • Bird & Beckett presents Poetry Extravaganza to honor French poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), featuring a reading by poet Neeli Cherkovski, The Crow and I, poet and translator Art Beck (Dennis Dybeck), Aspects of Robinson, and poet and essayist Aaron Shurin, King of Shadows, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park neighborhood, San Francisco, free, 2:00-4:00 (415/586-3733,
  • West Marin Review, Volume 7, showcasing the work of writers and artists, features a reading by poet Claire Blotter, Moment in the Moment House, nonfiction writer Elaine Elinson, Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, painter, photographer, publisher, and author Kathleen Goodwin, Visions of Marin, poet and Bay Area-based consultant Anuja Mendiratta, poet Larry Ruth, fiction writer Vicki DeArmon, and classical and jazz pianist Gabriel Schillinger-Hyman, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 3:00-4:00 (510/653-9965,,

24 APRIL 2017 — monday

  • A National Poetry Month reading of Ekphrasis poetry inspired by visual art, featuring April Ossmann and Camille Norton, open mic, hosted by Tim Kahl, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 7:30 (916/240-1897,

25 APRIL 2017 — tuesday

  • Oakland Noir, a new California noir quotient, crime fiction anthology from Akashic Books, celebrates their latest addition to the anthology with a reading of new stories by poet and fiction writer Kim Addonizio, Nick Petrulakis, Jamie DeWolf, and Joe Loya,moderated by and much more, moderated by noir novelist Eddie Muller, The Distance, and violinist, playwright, and poet Jerry Thompson, co-author of Black Artists in Oakland, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193,
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Barbara Paschke and Neeli Cherekovski, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602,
  • Jacqueline Winspear reads from her latest Maisie Dobbs novel, In This Grave Hour, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222,
  • Poetry Santa Cruz presents The Four Laureates Reading, featuring Gary Young, Pleasure, David Swanger, Wayne College of Beauty, Ellen Bass, Like a Beggar, and Robert Sward, New & Selected Poems, 1957-2011, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, $3 donation, 7:30 (831/423-0900,

26 APRIL 2017 — wednesday

27 APRIL 2017 — thursday

  • David Shapiro reads from and celebrates his new poetry collection, In Memory of an Angel, packed with art history, architecture, literature, and Jewish identity themes, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193,
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Deema K. Shehabi, author of an email collaboration, DIASPOR/RENGA, with the poet Marilyn Hacker, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Walter & Salt, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087,
  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents the Poetry Center Book Award Reading, poet Orlando White, LETTERRS, receiving the Poetry Center Book Award, award judge and poet Patrick James Dunagan, THE DUNCAN ERA: One Reader's Cosmology, also appears, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227,

28 APRIL 2017 — friday

29 APRIL 2017 — saturday

  • SF Swagslam open mic and poetry slam every last Saturday of the month, all ages welcome, Two Jacks Nik's Place, 401 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, event runs 5:00-8:00, sign up at 5:30, show 6:00 (415/431-6290,
  • Coastside Poetry presents Poetry at Florey's for the sixth anniversary of this wonderful series, featuring a reading by poet Lisa Rizzo, Always a Blue House, and host and poet Sherri Rose-Walker, open mic follows, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, free, 7:30 (650/355-8811,
  • Sacramento Poetry Center Writers' Conference 2017, featuring Indigo Moor, Poet Laureate of Sacramento; and poets Iris Dunkle, Kathleen Winter, Marsha de la O, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Paul Hoover, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, $40/$30 members, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 (916/240-1897,

30 APRIL 2017 — sunday

  • Two Jacks Denim presents "In the Tradition of the Two Jacks: Kerouac & London: Guts, Grit & Glory Poetry Night" featuring readings by Stanford Wallace Stegner Fellows Edgar Kunz, Kai Carlson-Wee, RAIL, co-director of poetry film Riding the Highline, and Grady Chambers, his work has appeared in New Ohio Review, Diode Poetry Journal, Two Jacks Denim, 2355 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, free, 5:00 (510/788-5832,

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