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21 MARCH 2018 — wednesday

  • David Koehn celebrates the release of Compendium: Donald Justice's Prosody Syllabus, which he co-edited with Alan Soldofsky; Robert Hass reads from his A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (

22 MARCH 2018 — thursday

  • Matthew Dickman reads from his new poetry collection, Wonderland, Emily Strelow reads from her new novel The Wild Birds, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (
  • Michael Davis Lukas reads from his new novel The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222,

23 MARCH 2018 — friday

  • Novelist Jeff Talarigo reads from In the Cemetery of the Orange Trees, short stories exploring life in the Gaza Strip, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00 (

24 MARCH 2018 — saturday

25 MARCH 2018 — sunday

  • Opening celebration and reading for "The Imagination of American Poets," a photography exhibition of American poets, including many Native American poets, Christopher Felver, photographer and filmmaker; readings and remarks by Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate; Robert Hass, former U.S. Poet Laureate; and poets Jack Hirschman, Neeli Cherkovski, Agneta Falk, Gail Mitchell in Koret Auditorium; exhibit curated by Sue Kubly and Dr. Peter Selz on display in Jewett Gallery March 24-June 24, co-sponsored by Poetry Flash and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Main Library, Lower Level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 1:00 (

26 MARCH 2018 — monday

27 MARCH 2018 — tuesday

  • The Octopus Literary Salon presents Dirty Old Women: Erotica, a monthly series celebrating erotic writing by self-identified older women, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 7:30 (
  • Christopher Felver's documentary film Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder, takes a close look at Lawrence Ferlinghetti's role in the literary world during postwar America; he is the internationally acclaimed San Francisco poet who co-founded City Lights Books; filmmaker and photographer Chris Felver will be at the screening, Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (
  • Poetry reading by Randall Mann, Proprietary, and Fernando Pérez, A Song of Dismantling: Poems; also discussing the poetic experience as a path to cultural healing, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (

28 MARCH 2018 — wednesday

  • Zachary Lazar reads from his new novel Vengeance, with special guests The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva), Peabody Award-winning independent producers who create stories for NPR and other public media, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (
  • USF Honors College presents a poetry reading with Craig Santos Perez, Home Islands, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, free and open to the public, 7:30-9:30 (
  • Facets of Spirituality, a poetry reading by Murray Silverstein, Master of Leaves, Jacqueline Kudler, Easing Into Dark, and reader and event host Richard Silberg, The Horses: New and Selected Poems, refreshments, Temple Sinai, Albers Chapel, entrance is on Webster Street, just north of 28th Street beside the parking lot, "2808 Summit" is written above the door, several blocks east of Telegraph Avenue, no driving entry from Broadway, Oakland, free, 7:00 (Phil Rubin, 510/547-8080;

29 MARCH 2018 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by surrealist poet Ivan Argüelles, poet and KPFA "Cover to Cover" radio host Jack Foley, and poet, writer, and publisher Jacob Smullyan, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087,
  • City Arts & Lectures presents Kate Crawford, Artificial Intelligence: The Trouble with Bias, in conversation with Indre Viskontas, Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $29, 7:30 (
  • Bruce Holbert discusses his new novel Whiskey, in conversation with Suzanne Lang, a reporter for KQED and the host of "A Novel Idea" on KRCB radio, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (
  • A poetry reading with Hilton Obenzinger, Treyf Pesach, and friends, open mic follows, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (
  • Book Launch for Crystal Jo Reiss's new novel, Jane is Everywhere, with readings from novelist Elizabeth Stark, Shy Girl, and poet Devi S. Laskar, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 7:30 (
  • Jacqueline Winspear reads from and discusses To Die But Once, a novel, BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (

30 MARCH 2018 — friday

  • The Art of Storytelling and Poetry presents a performance evening with the theme "Growing Up," The Avid Reader, 1945 Broadway, Sacramento, free, 7:00-8:30 (

31 MARCH 2018 — saturday

  • Café Society presents Betty Reid Soskin reading from her new memoir, Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life, interviews, letters, and speeches, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place Point, Richmond, 7:00 (
  • Youth Speaks holds their Teen Poetry Slam Semi-Finals featuring hundreds of kids performing their strong, demanding, moving poetry on stage, Red Bay Coffee Warehouse, 3098 E. 10th Street, Oakland, 5:00 (
  • Musical performance combining poetry and music by Chappell and Dave Holt, open mic follows, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, free, 7:30-9:30 (

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