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10 JANUARY 2019 — thursday

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  • Novelist Thomas Kohnstamm reads from Lake City, followed by a conversation with Broke-Ass Stuart Schuffman, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (www.ebbooksellers.com)
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  • Poetry Circle features you and what you like, come with your favorite poem, or find one at the library, if you write poetry, share some of your own, listeners welcome, second Thursday of every month, hosted by Glenn Ingersoll, Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, 2490 Benvenue Avenue, Berkeley, free, 6:30-7:30 (www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/poetry-circle-claremont-2)
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  • Poem Jam features Kimi Sugioka, Kai Sugioka-Stone, and Loa Niumeitolu in a reading, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, meets monthly, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Toom, San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (sfpl.org)
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  • Why There Are Words presents a reading by Nisha Batsha, Jack Boulware, Lydia Kiesling, Dickson Lam, Huda Al-Marashi, Callie Millner Nayomi, Munaweera, and Jeremy Vasquez, cash bar, 415-331-8272, Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, $10 (cash or check) at the door, doors open 7:00, reading 7:15, (whytherearewords.com)
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11 JANUARY 2019 — friday

12 JANUARY 2019 — saturday

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  • Napa Knockout: Heavyweight Poetry presents poets JodiAnn Stevenson, Jeremy Benson, Napa County Poet Laureate Nick Triglia, Georgina Marie, and Jim Mac Donald in a reading, hosted by Jeremy Benson, chapbooks will be for sale, cash only, Tucker Farm Center, 1201 Tucker Road-Summit Drive, Calistoga, free, 5:00-7:00 (www.facebook.com/events/777083459333301)
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13 JANUARY 2019 — sunday

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  • Second Sunday Poetry series presents a reading by Johanna Ely, David Rosenthal, and Bonnie McManis, curated by Barb Reynolds, Britt-Marie's Restaurant, 1369 Solano Avenue, Albany, free, 3:30-5:00 (510/527-1314, brittmariesolano.com)
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  • Poetic Voices presents Murray Silverstein reading from Master of Leaves and Any Old Wolf, and discussing his poetic process and how he kept it thriving while editing two poetry anthologies, open mic, The Dream Institute of Northern California 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 3:00-4:30, (<510-845-1767, http://dream-institute.org)
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  • An Afternoon with Sonoma County Poets, a reading from their work in response to the 2017 Sonoma County fires, part of the Legacy Project, an ongoing series of readings and gatherings hosted and organized by Maya Khosla, Sonoma County Laureate; poets will read from their work exploring and articulating the process of healing and rebuilding after the fires: personal healing, ecological healing, and rejuvenation of Sonoma wildlands, healthy refreshments, Dwight Center for Conservation Science, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa, 2:30-5:30 (directions: www.pepperwoodpreserve.org/about-us/location)
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14 JANUARY 2019 — monday

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  • The Diesel Readers Book Group presents a lively discussion of the book Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders, all welcome, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (www.ebbooksellers.com)
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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Diane Frank, open mic, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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15 JANUARY 2019 — tuesday

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  • Norma Cole and Forrest Gander discuss and read from the work of one
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  • Poet Keith Emmons presents "From Zen To Tantra," a talk on the poetry of spiritual search using his own work and that of Ram Dass, the Beats, Gary Snyder, and Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Diamond Light Meditation Center, 2791 24th Street, Room 14, Sacramento, $10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds, 6:30-8:30 (diamondlightsac.org)
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16 JANUARY 2019 — wednesday

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  • Art critic and historian Tyler Green presents his book Carleton Watkins: Making the West American, co-sponsored by Alta Magazine, Fourth Floor Meeting Room, Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, $5/free for members of Mechanics' Institute and Alta Magazine, 6:30 (415/393-0100, www.milibrary.org)
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  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly poetry series present Sara Mumolo, Joseph Lease, Joyce Young, Kimi Sugioka, and Mia Ruiz, hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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17 JANUARY 2019 — thursday

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  • Sacramento Poetry Center invites you to bring a poem by another poet than yourself to share to this open mic hosted by Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins, Sacramento Central Library, Sacramento Room, 828 I Street, Sacramento, noon
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18 JANUARY 2019 — friday

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  • Poets Austin Smith, Flyover Country, and Dora Malech, Stet, read from their new books, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, free, 7:00 (www.ebbooksellers.com)
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19 JANUARY 2019 — saturday

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  • Chloe Howard reads from her memoir Stand Beautiful, revealing how to overcome injustice and self-insecurities to speak up and take action, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Visita Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 1:00 (www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Off The Page Readers Theatre presents What Goes Around, a musical by Patrick Michael McCarty with the stories, plays and poems of writers David Beckman, Malena Eljumaily, Jeremy Mitchell, Peter Moller, Margo Perin, Laurie Reaume, Jo-Anne Rosen, Linda Saldana, Lisa Shulman, and Bright Winn, Copperfield's Books, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa, $15/$10 students, 7:30 (www.copperfieldsbooks.com/santa-rosa)
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20 JANUARY 2019 — sunday

21 JANUARY 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Sharon Coleman and Lisa Rosenberg, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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  • Chris Olander, River Light, and David Loret de Mola read from their poetry, hosted by Penny Kline, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (916/240-1897, (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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22 JANUARY 2019 — tuesday

23 JANUARY 2019 — wednesday

24 JANUARY 2019 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading from the new anthology, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, with co-editor Lucille Lang Day and contributors Marcia Falk, Ben Gucciardi, Tiffany Higgins, and Jeanne Wagner, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Let's Talk About Sex is a monthly discussion about sex—the good, bad, and gray areas—community members are encouraged, but not required, to listen, share poetry, short stories, essays, music, and spoken word related to the themes of sex, intimacy, and trauma, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street at 22nd Street, Oakland, free, 7:00 (https://oaklandoctopus.org)
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  • Left Margin Lit has opened enrollment for the "Writing 'Truthful' Fiction" workshop with instructor Lauren Markham, every Thursday from January 24-March 14 (no class on February 7 and 14), designed to help writers bring stories to life and learn what elements bring the writing alive, registration required, Left Margin Lit, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B, Berkeley, $355, 7:00-9:00 (www.leftmarginlit.org)
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  • Immigration lawyer J.J. Mulligan Sepulveda presents the new book No Human is Illegal: An Attorney on the Frontlines of the Immigration War along with conversation with Attorney Holly Cooper, co-sponsored by the California Historical Society, Fourth Floor Meeting Room, Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, $5/free for members of Mechanics' Institute and Calfiornia Historical Society, 6:30 (415/393-0100, www.milibrary.org)
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25 JANUARY 2019 — friday

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  • The Nomadic Press Open Mic presents six open-mic slots filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with to-be-announced music and features curated and emceed by Rene Vaz, fourth Friday of every month, Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Avenue, $10 sliding scale, sign up list opens 7:00 sharp, 7:00-9:00 (www.nomadicpress.org)
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26 JANUARY 2019 — saturday

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  • Writers on the Air Open Mic features the theme, "Favorite True/(Almost) True Stories," host and featured artist is Todd Boyd, and featuring special guests Kim Edwards, Frederick Foote, Lynette Blumhardt, Karen Durham, and Gena Barton, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com/2019/01/)
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27 JANUARY 2019 — sunday

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  • Screening of Lifelines and Deadlines, a documentary film on Chana Bloch, includes a reading of her final poems, physician and co-creator Dr. Lonny Shavelson speaks; Chana Bloch was an internationally acclaimed poet and beloved Village member who died in 2017, the film shows Chana reading poems about her four-year ordeal with cancer and discussing her creative approaches, the DVD will be available for purchase, open to all, Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins Street, Berkeley, free, must call or email to RSVP, (<510-204-9200, info@ashbyvillage.org, www.ashbyvillage.org)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by James M. LeCuyer, from his new collection of short stories, Duck Lessons, and poet Devreaux Baker, Hungry Ghosts, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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  • A reading to celebrate the anthology Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, co-edited by Lucille Lang Day, who will host read, and featuring contributors Iris Jamahi Dunkle, Terri Glass, Tobey Hiller, Stephanie Noble, and Patti Trimble, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 4:00 (www.bookpassage.com)
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28 JANUARY 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Rose Mark and Larry Beresord, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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  • The Octopus Literary Salon hosts a weekly open mic with Alexander McAlister, sign up online or just show up, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street at 22nd Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (oaklandoctopus.org)
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  • Joshua McKinney in a poetry reading from his new book, Small Sillion, hosted by Tim Kahl, Sacramento Poetry Center,1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com.org)
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29 JANUARY 2019 — tuesday

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  • Novelist, media theorist, professor, and documentarian Douglas Rushkoff, Team Human, discusses his new book, a manifesto of his thoughts on anti-human machinery and what aspects of society nurture humanity, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • East Bay Booksellers welcomes author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore to discuss her lastest book, Sketchtasy, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (https://www.ebbooksellers.com/event/mattilda-bernstein-sycamore-sketchtasy)
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30 JANUARY 2019 — wednesday

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  • Hand to Mouth/ WORDS SPOKEN OUT #101 presents a reading by Yvonne Postelle, Family Matter and Margaret Stawowy, plus open mic, Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, free event but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (415/482-0550, reboundbooksore@aol.com, www.reboundbookstore.com)
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31 JANUARY 2019 — thursday

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  • Novelist Tom Barbash reads from The Dakota WintersFourth Floor Meeting Room, Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, $5/free for members of Mechanics' Institute, 6:30 (415/393-0100, www.milibrary.org)
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  • Writer and poet Tosh Berman, son of a famed Beat artist, Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World, in conversation with the Executive Director of Pro Arts Gallery, Natalia Mount, and Filmmaker/screenwriter Roman Coppola, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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