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14 JULY 2020 — tuesday

  • Bay Area Book Festival #UNBOUND presents "What Comes Naturally: The Soul of Nature Writing," a panel discussion on writing that bridges hard science with lyrical prose and poetic images; panelists are authors Obi Kaufmann, John Muir Laws, Emilie Lygren, and Josie Iselin, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Sign up for links: www.baybookfest.org/unbound/#upcoming)
  • Sacramento Poetry Center hosts a Tuesday night workshop hosted by Danyen Powell, bring a poem for critique, online, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom Meeting ID: 346 316 163; see Sacramento Poetry Center Facebook page or www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)

15 JULY 2020 — wednesday

  • Bay Area Book Festival #UNBOUND presents "Writing Contest Showcase," winners and runners up in Adult, High School, and Middle School Divisions read their award-winning work on the theme of expectations; readers include Christopher Hyun, Karen Sundback, Marianne Lonsdale, Melinda Yang, Carolyne Geng, Merit Onyekwere, Norah Tan, Kelley Du, Starlie Blythe Tugade, online, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Sign up for links: www.baybookfest.org/unbound/#upcoming)
  • Sacramento Poetry Center hosts MarieWriters, a workshop, hosted by Patricia Wentzel; write to a prompt and share a poem in a supportive group, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/671443996; see Sacramento Poetry Center Facebook page or www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)

16 JULY 2020 — thursday

  • Bay Area Book Festival #UNBOUND presents "Braving Deep Waters: Female Fearlessness and Friendship," with Sue Monk Kidd and Lisa See; two accomplished novels talk about their recent work and writing life with Aimee Phan, online, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Sign up for links: www.baybookfest.org/unbound/#upcoming)
  • Litquake on Lockdown presents a talk with Alexandra Petri, humorist and Washington Post columnist, online, 6:00-7:15 pm PDT (Facebook Live and via Zoom, sign up to receive Zoom link at www.litquake.org)
  • The Museum of African Diaspora hosts Open Mic Night with featured reader Darius Simpson, writer, educator, performance artist, and disruptor, hosted by Nia McAllister, online, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (For links to sign up for Open Mic and attend: www.moadsf.org/calendar)
  • The Racket Weekly presents six to eight writers and poets, hosted by Noah Sanders, every Thursday, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (See Facebook page for Zoom link: theacketsf.com)

17 JULY 2020 — friday

  • Nomadic Press's Virtual Open Mic, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, ninety minutes and thirty readers, online, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read https://forms.gle/1ZNKSnnzRZpXxvUE7, Zoom Meeting ID: 823 0091 7193, www.nomadicpress.org)

18 JULY 2020 — saturday

19 JULY 2020 — sunday

20 JULY 2020 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets present Aqus Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Sandra Anfang every Monday, three minutes per reader, sign up in advance, 8:15-8:30 pm PDT (https://aqus.com/event/rivertown-poets-weekly/all, Zoom:
  • Kearny Street Workshop's "Navigating Poetics" class, taught by poet and visual artist Truong Tran, is hosting a final student reading to showcase their work responding to the question: "How do we make art in times like these?" Featured readers: Ravi Chandra, Juliana Chang, An Huynh, Maggie Lam, Bobby Lu, Philana Woo, Marygrace Burns, Oscar Bermeo, Charlyne Sarmiento, John Nguyen, Mirah Lucas, An Bui, Santisia Ambrosino, Shizue Seigel, Diana Diaz-Noriega, Kris Adhikari, online 6:00–8:00 pm PDT (free tickets by Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com)

21 JULY 2020 — tuesday

  • City Lights Live! presents activist and professor Cynthia Kaufman discussing and reading from her recent nonfiction book, Challenging Power: Democracy and Accountability in a Fractured World, online via Zoom, register on Eventbrite.com, 6:00 pm PDT (www.citylights.com/info/?fa=events)
  • The Booksmith and The Bindery, in partnership with ZYZZYVA, celebrate new books by fiction writers Jennifer Steil, Exile Music, and Ava Homa, Daughters of Smoke and Fire, for the next in a series of virtual events with Lockdown Lit, 11:00 am–Noon PDT (Streamed live from The Booksmith Facebook page: www.facebook.com.booksmith)

22 JULY 2020 — wednesday

23 JULY 2020 — thursday

  • Litquake on Lockdown presents a discussion with Billy-Rae Belcout about his memoir, A History of My Brief Body about growing up queer and a member of the First Nations in Canada, moderated by Greg Sarris, fiction writer and professor of Native American literature, online on Facebook Live and via Zoom, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Sign up to receive Zoom link: www.litquake.org)
  • The Racket Weekly presents six to eight writers and poets, hosted by Noah Sanders, every Thursday, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (See Facebook page for Zoom link: theacketsf.com)

24 JULY 2020 — friday

  • Nomadic Press's Virtual Open Mic, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, ninety minutes and thirty readers, online, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read https://forms.gle/1ZNKSnnzRZpXxvUE7, Zoom Meeting ID: 823 0091 7193, www.nomadicpress.org)

25 JULY 2020 — saturday

26 JULY 2020 — sunday

27 JULY 2020 — monday

  • The Booksmith and Berkeley Arts & Letters host Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum presenting her new book, Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism, online, free, 12:30-1:30 pm PST (Advance RSVP is required: app.gopassage.com/events/anne-applebaum)
  • Rivertown Poets present Aqus Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Sandra Anfang every Monday, three minutes per reader, sign up in advance, 8:15-8:30 pm PDT (https://aqus.com/event/rivertown-poets-weekly/all, Zoom:

28 JULY 2020 — tuesday

  • City Lights Live! presents novelist and screenwriter Robert Mailer Anderson joined by actor Jacqueline Obradors and comic book artist Jon Sack, with musical accompaniment by Jay Walsh (of Douglas Fir), celebrating the new graphic novel Windows on the World, co-authored by Robert Mailer Anderson and Zack Anderson, with Jon Sack, published by Fantagraphics Books, online via Zoom, register on Eventbrite.com, 6:00 pm PDT (www.citylights.com/info/?fa=events)
  • Litquake on Lockdown presents a poetry reading, "Afrotourism—Risen from a Poet's Sun," with poets Tongo Eisen-Martin, Thea Matthews, James Cagney, and Tureeda Mikell, online on Facebook Live and via Zoom, 6:00-7:15 pm PDT (Sign up to receive Zoom link: www.litquake.org)
  • The Booksmith and The Bindery, in partnership with ZYZZYVA, celebrate new books by award-winning fiction writers Lysley Tenorio, The Son of Good Fortune, and Sameer Pandya, Members Only, streamed live from The Booksmith in San Francisco, 11:00 am-Noon PDT (Streamed live from The Booksmith Facebook page: www.facebook.com.booksmith)

29 JULY 2020 — wednesday

  • Bay Area Book Festival #UNBOUND presents Happy Hour with Transformational Coach Alexandra Roxo; she discusses her debut book F*ck Like a Goddess with Dr. Carole Queen, founding director of the Center for Sex and Culture. online, free, 5:30 pm PDT (Sign up for links: www.baybookfest.org/unbound/#upcoming)

30 JULY 2020 — thursday

  • The Museum of African Diaspora hosts Open Mic Night with featured reader Yeva Johnson, Black American Jewish Queer Lesbian feminist-pacifist mother, musician, poet, hosted by Nia McAllister, online, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (For links to sign up for Open Mic and attend: www.moadsf.org/calendar)
  • Litquake on Lockdown presents a fiction reading by Peter Orner from his latest collection of short stories, Maggie Brown and Others, moderated by Paul Madonna, online on Facebook Live and via Zoom, 6:00-7:15 pm PDT (Sign up to receive Zoom link: www.litquake.org)
  • The Racket Weekly presents six to eight writers and poets, hosted by Noah Sanders, every Thursday, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (See Facebook page for Zoom link: theacketsf.com)

31 JULY 2020 — friday

  • Nomadic Press's Virtual Open Mic, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, ninety minutes and thirty readers, online, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read https://forms.gle/1ZNKSnnzRZpXxvUE7, Zoom Meeting ID: 823 0091 7193, www.nomadicpress.org)

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