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6 APRIL 2019 — saturday

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  • Nomadic Press showcases four writers and a musician, every first Saturday of the month, at their new space at the Oakland Peace Center, red wine and coffee, Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland, $10-$15, no one turned away for lack of funds, 7:00 (www.facebook.com/pg/NomadicPress/events)
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  • Sacramento Poetry Center 40th Anniversary Spring Conference, a full-day event packed with workshops and readings; 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: registration, coffee and pastries; Conference Welcome; 10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.: Workshop with Mary Mackey on "Creativity: Finding Sources of Inspiration for Your Poems," or Workshop with Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla, "Where We Begin After Fire"; 11:30 a.m.-12:45: Workshop with Joshua McKinney, "Retweet, Reshare, Refrain: Form and the Conversations of Our Time," or Workshop with Katie Peterson, "The Doll and The Breadcrumb: Poems from Stories and Stories in Poems," 1:30-2:30: Readings, book signings, and more workshops, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, get tickets online, $40/$30 members, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 (916/520-9985, spcconference2019.brownpapertickets.com)
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7 APRIL 2019 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a Sixteen Rivers Press book launch and reading by Barbara Swift Brauer, Rain, Like a Thief, Maya Khosla, All the Fires of Wind and Light, and Camille Norton, A Folio for the Dark, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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8 APRIL 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents Reginald Edmonds in a reading, hosted by Jim Barnard, open mic, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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9 APRIL 2019 — tuesday

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  • Poet and novelist Michael Brownstein reads from his new book Let's Burn the Flags of All Nations, featuring poems such as "After the Patriarchy Collapses and Capitalism Crumbles," The Jewish Poem," "Slipping the Leash," and the title poem, among others, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Historian Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz reads from and discusses her new book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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10 APRIL 2019 — wednesday

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  • Kenyan UC Irvine professor and short story writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o reads from Minutes of Glory and Other Stories, a thought provoking document of a dark time in Kenya, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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11 APRIL 2019 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Sally Ashton, The Behaviour of Clocks, and Arlene Biala, one inch punch, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • An evening of discussion with writer and scholar Timothy Hampton on his new book, Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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12 APRIL 2019 — friday

    NORTH:
  • Anthology reading for Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, with contributing poets Kirk Lumpkin, Jerry Martien, and Vincent Peloso, Northtown Books, 957 H Street, Arcata, free, 7:00 (www.scarlettanager.com)
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13 APRIL 2019 — saturday

14 APRIL 2019 — sunday

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  • Second Sunday Poetry series presents a reading by Ron Campbell, Grace Grafton, and Sarah Haba, 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 Marin County Poet Laureate Rebecca Foust in a poetry reading, open mic, The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 3:00-4:30 (510/845-1767, dream-institute.org)
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15 APRIL 2019 — monday

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  • Poets! Featured poets and open mic the first and third Monday of each month, Jerry Ferraz hosts two featured poets, open mic follows, Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, donation, 7:00-9:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Diane L. Moomey, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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  • Nick Thorkelson reads from his graphic biography Herbert Marcuse: Philosopher of Utopia, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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16 APRIL 2019 — tuesday

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  • Nick Thorkelson, Andrew T. Lamas, and a special guest discuss the new book, Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia: A Graphic Biography, a comic-format biography about the life and work of Herbert Marcuse, by Nick Thorkelson, edited by Andrew T. Lamas, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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17 APRIL 2019 — wednesday

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  • City Lights in conjunction with Goethe Institut and Verso Books presents Adrian Daub in conversation with Oliver Nachtwey, Germany's Hidden Crisis: Social Decline in the Heart of Europe, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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18 APRIL 2019 — thursday

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  • Writer-musician Damon Krukowski discusses his new book, Ways of Hearing, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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19 APRIL 2019 — friday

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  • Jaswinder Bolina launches and reads from her new collection of poetry, The 44th of July, alongside Omnidawn's other new poetry books for Spring 2019, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, 7:00-8:30 (www.moesbooks.com)
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20 APRIL 2019 — saturday

21 APRIL 2019 — sunday

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  • The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University and New York Review Books in conjunction with City Lights present an evening with novelist and spoken word performer Darius James, Negrophobia: An Urban Parable, celebrating the re-release of his seminal novel, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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22 APRIL 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Judy Wells, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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23 APRIL 2019 — tuesday

24 APRIL 2019 — wednesday

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  • Poetry reading by Ed Bok Lee, Mitochondrial Night: Poems, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • City College of San Francisco's Forum Magazine presents Aaron Shurin and students reading from their creative work writing, open to the public, San Francisco Main Library, Latino-Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free and open to the public, 5:30 (415/557-4400, https://forumccsf.org)
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25 APRIL 2019 — thursday

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  • Co-author Neda Atanasoski in conversation with co-author Kalindi Vora, discussing the subject of their new book, Surrogate Humanity: Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Tongo Eisen-Martin reads from Tongo Eisen-Martin: The Price of the Ticket, San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/557-4400, sfpl.org)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Nicholas Friedman, Petty Theft, winner of the New Criterion Poetry Prize, and Laura Glenn, When the Ice Melts, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Poetry in Film screens Poetic Justice, Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Library, 1901 Russell Street, Berkeley, free, 5:30 (510/981-6260, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org)
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    NORTH:
  • Susanna Janssen reads from her poetry, Grace Hudson Museum, open mic follows, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, 7:00
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26 APRIL 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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27 APRIL 2019 — saturday

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  • Acclaimed Netherlands poet and composer Rozalie Hirs discusses Work in Stuttering, San Francisco Public Library, Latino-Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, noon (415/557-4400, sfpl.org)
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28 APRIL 2019 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by acclaimed poet and memorist Grace Schulman, Without a Claim, and Rosa Lane, Chouteau's Chalk, winner of the Georgia Poetry Prize, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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29 APRIL 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a Maverick Night reading on "Other People's Poems," bring two of your poems without your identity on the pages to play "guess who wrote it," open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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  • Poet Grace Schulman reads from her new memoir, Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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30 APRIL 2019 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Heather Dundas in conversation with David Wade, celebrating the release of Simeon Wade's Foucault in California: A True Story—Wherein the Great French Philosopher Drops Acid in the Valley of Death, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Evening of South Asian-American Poetry presents Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Greeta Anand, Athena Kashyap, and Tanuja Mehrotra Wakefield in a poetry reading, San Francisco Public Library, Latino-Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 5:30 (415/557-4400, sfpl.org)
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