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11 AUGUST 2018 — saturday

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  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show features poetry readings by Claire Baker, Jeanne Rana, Larry Ruth, Lucille Lang Day, and Richard Levine, hosted by Meryl Natchez, Berkeley Library North Branch, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, 2:30 (travelingshow@marinpoetrycenter.org, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Peninsula Literary presents an evening of poetry and prose featuring short story writer Dallas Woodburn, whose debut short story collection Woman, Run-ning Late, in a Dress won the 2018 Cypress & Pine Short Fiction Award, and narrative writer and memorist Vanessa Grubbs, M.D., Hundreds of In-terlaced Fingers: A Kidney Doctor's Search for the Perfect Match, with Patrick Daly, Charlotte Muse, Haoning Jiang, Veronica Montes, and Jack Rigoni, Gallery House, 320 California Avenue, Palo Alto, 7:00 (peninsulaliterary.wordpress.com)
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12 AUGUST 2018 — sunday

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  • Britt-Marie's Second Sunday Poetry Series features Whit Schweizer, Penelope Barnes Thompson, and Jennifer Lagier, hosted by Barb Reynolds, Britt-Marie's Wine Bar and Restaurant, 1369 Solano Avenue, Albany, 3:30 (brittmariesolano.com)
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13 AUGUST 2018 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by poet/percussionist Avotcja, open mic, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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14 AUGUST 2018 — tuesday

    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Santa Cruz presents a Favorite Poem Reading featuring a diverse selec-tion of community members reading their favorite poem; following the guide-lines from former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, each reader will have five-minutes to read the poem and talk about its significance for them, all ages wel-come, the poem can't be by yourself or a friend or relative, to participate contact Len Anderson, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 7:30 (Len Anderson: 831/464-8983, lenand@cruzio.com; Favorite Poem Project: www.favoritepoem.org/about.html)
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15 AUGUST 2018 — wednesday

16 AUGUST 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose, and Everything Goes, come and wear mor-tality on your sleeve, all open mic, five minutes, get there early to perform, The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street, San Francisco, $10, get tickets online or at the door, doors open 7:30, show 8:00-10:30 (510/525-7777, www.ticketfly.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Marlene Cullen's Writer's Forum presents author Christine Falcon-Daigle, This is What I Know, on the subject of "Writing as a Tool for Transformation," how to best shape experiences into stories that will heal both the storyteller and the reader, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, free, 6:30-8:30 (www.thewritespot.us/forum.php)
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17 AUGUST 2018 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Barbara Tomash, PRE-, Jennifer Firestone, Story, and Joseph Lease, The Body Ghost, Alley Cat Books & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/824-1761, in-fo@alleycatbookshop.com)
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18 AUGUST 2018 — saturday

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  • The Richmond Poets Laureate (there are more than one) present a reading of poetry followed by a round table discussion moderated by Richmond Poet Laureate Rob Lipton, featuring a panel of Bay Area poets including Rene Vaz, Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González, Amos White, Alison Luterman, and Fred Dodsworth, Bridge Storage and ArtSpace, 23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, free, 5:00-6:30 (RSVP: political-poetry-discussion.eventbrite.com)
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19 AUGUST 2018 — sunday

    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Santa Cruz presents Poet/Speak Open Reading, an all open reading, meets every third Sunday, Santa Cruz Library, upstairs Training Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, 2:00-4:00 (www.poetrysantacruz.org)
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20 AUGUST 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by poet Judy Bebelaar, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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  • Bird & Beckett presents a poetry reading with American Book Award-winner Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, and Leroy Franklin Moore, Jr., open mic, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and Jerry Ferraz, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.birdbeckett.com)
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21 AUGUST 2018 — tuesday

22 AUGUST 2018 — wednesday

23 AUGUST 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Jennifer Elise Foerster, Bright Raft in the Afterweather, and Brittany Perham, Double Portrait, nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 7:00-8:00 (510/548-0585, www.universitypressbooks.com)
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24 AUGUST 2018 — friday

25 AUGUST 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Jeannette DesBoine aka JD, prolific poet, creative writing coach, and reporter, open mic follows, hosted by David Zeltzer, meets every fourth Saturday of every month, Gearbox Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Oak-land, 2:00-4:00, open mic sign up starts 1:30 (dzeltzer@acm.org, www.gearboxgallery.com)
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  • Poetry reading by Alison Luterman, Desire Zoo, The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 3:00-4:30 (www.dream-institute.org)
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26 AUGUST 2018 — sunday

27 AUGUST 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Clive Matson, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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28 AUGUST 2018 — tuesday

29 AUGUST 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Holloway Series and the English Department host the annual poetry reading by faculty poets: C.S. Giscombe, Robert Hass, Lyn Hejinian, Sara Nicholson, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, and John Shoptaw, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, University of California, Berkeley, free and open to the public, 6:30 (hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com)
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30 AUGUST 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Joseph Lease, The Body Ghost, Donna de la Perrière, Night Calendar, and Natasha Sajé, Vivarium, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • The International Hotel Eviction Commemoration (on August 4) remembered the night in 1977 when seniors were evicted from the original hotel and protests took place over the destruction of the last vestige of San Francisco's once pros-pering Manilatown; that historic event foretold the San Francisco housing cri-sis; the event featured the opening of an exhibit of I Hotel "Family Portraits," Au-gust 2-30, historic black and white photographs by photographer Steven C. Wil-son; this is the last day to see that historic photo exhibit; International Hotel Ma-nilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, between Washington Street and Jackson Street, San Francisco, 4:00-6:00 (415/291-0175, manilatown.org)
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31 AUGUST 2018 — friday


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