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3 DECEMBER 2020 — thursday

  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents Part II of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage, featuring poets Francisco Aragón, Sarah Arvio, Shonda Buchanan, Maxine Chernoff, Tiana Clark, Timothy Donnelly, Karen Kevorkian, Judith Pacht, Arthur Sze, Imani Tolliver, and Mariano Zaro, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-poetry-stage-redux-part-ii-tickets-129623873495)
  • Pulitizer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, whose works include Dien Cai Dau and Neon Vernacular, reads for this noontime reading series hosted by UC Berkeley, free, online, Noon PST (Register to attend: lunchpoems.berkeley.edu)
  • City Lights Books celebrates the release of two new novels, Castle Faggot by Derek McCormack and The Freezer Door by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3707)
  • Copperfield's Books presents a discussion featuring meditation teacher, musician Lewis Richmond, author of Every Breath, New Chances: How to Age with Honor and Dignity, on the challenging realities of getting older, with advice and meditation practices to peacefully embrace those challenges, free, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/lewis-richmond-online)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink, presents "Publishing," a workshop led by best-selling author Cathy Scott, covering topics including how to come up with ideas, researching ideas, and the decision to self-publish versus a traditional publishing house, $30 for members, $36 for nonmembers, online via Zoom, 6:30-8:30 pm PST (Enroll here: www.sandiegowriters.org/december-online-publishing-cathy-scott/)
  • Vroman's Bookstore presents a discussion of novelist Sabaa Tahir's latest book, A Sky Beyond the Storm, the much-anticipated finale in her Ember Quartet series, in conversation with best-selling author Nicola Yoon, moderated by TIME Magazine writer Megan McCluskey, $5, or $27 for tickets plus a signed copy of the book, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PST (Purchase tickets here: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/sabaa-tahir-with-nicole-yoon-and-megan-mcclusky)
  • The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University presents an afternoon of poetry, fiction, film, and conversation inspired by the work and legacy of Forugh Farrokhzad (1934-1967), Iranian poet, filmmaker, and feminist, featuring readings by poets Sholeh Wolpé and Shabnam Piryaei, and novelist Jasmin Darznik, with emcee Persis Karim, director of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, free, online, 4:00-5:30 pm PST (Register to attend: poetry.sfsu.edu/events/29158-legacy-forugh-farrokhzad-sholeh-wolpe-jasmin-darznik-and-shabnam-piryaei)

4 DECEMBER 2020 — friday

  • Josiane Chriqui, essay writer and entrepreneur, brings her extensive experience in book publishing to this one-day workshop, "Bookends: Crafting Compelling Openings and Memorable Endings," breaking down how to grab a reader's attention at the start of a piece and how to craft an ending that is both satisfying and provocative, $30 for members, $36 for nonmembers, online via Zoom, 10:00 am–12:00 pm PST (Enroll here: www.sandiegowriters.org/december-online-crafting-openings-memorable-endings-josiane-chriqui/)
  • The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation and Tippet Rise Art Center present an evening of readings celebrating indigenous poets, "Songs at the Confluence: Indigenous Poets on Place," featuring readings by poets Kimberly Blaeser, Jake Sheets, Brandy Nalani McDougall, Sy Hoahwah, Layli Long Soldier, and M.L. Stoker, with poems by the late poets Adrian Louis, b: william bearheart, and Louis Little Coon Oliver will also be performed, and featuring a discussion between LeAnne Howe and Jennifer Elise Foerster, two editors of the anthology When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, free, online, 4:00 pm PST/7:00 pm EST (More information/watch here: www.brinkerhoffpoetry.org/news/event-songs-at-the-confluence)

5 DECEMBER 2020 — saturday

  • The 2020 PEN Oakland Book Awards honor and celebrate the achievement and diversity of America's literary community, featuring winners of the Josephine Miles Award: Nick Estes, Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance, Sigrun Susan Lane Salt, Poems based in a dream that mollusks and bi-valves can suddenly sing, Jericho Brown, The Tradition, Maya Khosla, All the Fires of Wind and Light, Jillian Weise, Cyborg Detective, Jia Tolentino, Trick Mirror, and Stephanie McCurry, Women's War; the Adelle Foley Award will be presented to Henry Dumas; the Gary Webb Anti-Censorship Award will be presented to Omarosa Manigault Newman; the Reginald Lockett Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Thomas Sanchez and Robert Sward, free, online via Facebook Live, 2:00-5:00 pm PST (for more information: www.oaklandlibrary.org/events/online-program/31st-annual-pen-oakland-josephine-miles-literary-awards)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink, offers "Developing Great Characters," a workshop led by director and screenwriter David Raines, teaching how to write memorable characters with meaningful story arcs, how to include backstory, and how to get audiences to empathize with your characters, $30 members, $36 nonmembers, online via Zoom, Noon-2:00 pm PST (Enroll here: www.sandiegowriters.org/december-online-great-characters-david-raines)
  • San Francisco Creative Writing Institute presents "Write from the Gut! Virtual Reading," an evening of readings by students and faculty, celebrating the fall classes at the Institute taught by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Alexandra Kostoulas, Paul Corman-Roberts, and Hollie Hardy, open mic to follow (limited to current and former SFCWI students), free, online via Zoom, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (Register on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/776824149549133)

6 DECEMBER 2020 — sunday

7 DECEMBER 2020 — monday

  • Aqus presents their bimonthly Poetry Open Mic, hosted by poet and artist Sande Anfang, held the first and third Monday of each month, with three-minute slots per reader, free, online via Zoom, 6:15 pm PST (Sign up for the open mic/RSVP to attend: aqus.com/rivertownpoets/)
  • Odd Mondays Reading Series presents a reading of short stories, featuring Daniel Curzon, Vanessa Hua, and Valerie Miner, hosted by Folio Books, free, online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OddMondays)

8 DECEMBER 2020 — tuesday

  • Join host and poet Jack Foley, along with Nina Serrano, Jovelyn Richards, and Jennifer Stone, for "Cover to Cover," a radio show celebrating poetry and prose of all sorts, Tuesdays on KPFA in Berkeley, free, online, 2:00 pm PST (kpfa.org/program/cover-to-cover)
  • The Rattle Reading Series presents Rattlecast, a weekly livestream poetry event on YouTube and Facebook Live Tuesday evenings, with a combination of interviews and poetry readings from featured poets, hosted by Rattle editor Timothy Green, prompt-based open mic to follow, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (For more information: www.rattle.com/rattlecast)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading by Ken Scott, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PST (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • Westwood Branch Library in Los Angeles hosts this virtual poetry open mic, emceed by Wyatt Underwood, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (email wwood@lapl.org to receive an invitation; for more information: www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poetry-open-mic-0)
  • Coastside Poetry presents a reading featuring Maw Shein Win, who served as the first Poet Laureate of El Cerrito, reading from her new collection, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, open mic to follow, three-minutes per reader, free, online via Zoom, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (email Diane Lee Moomey: dianeleemoomey@coastsidepoetry.org or Steve Long: stevelong@coastsidepoetry.org for the Zoom link and to sign up for the open mic, for more information, visit coastsidepoetry.org)

9 DECEMBER 2020 — wednesday

  • San Diego Writers, Ink, offers "Writing the Micro Memoir, Life in a Flash," a two-session workshop led by Judy Reeves, co-founder of San Diego Writers, Ink; Part I of the workshop explores the Flash Memoir genre, where participants will read published examples and write their own, Part II (on December 16) will be an opportunity to bring these edited memoirs for critique and reader response, $60 for members, $72 for nonmembers, online via Zoom, 6:30-8:30 pm PST (Enroll here: www.sandiegowriters.org/december-online-micro-memoir-life-flash-judy-reeves)
  • City Lights Books presents a discussion of William Site's Sun Ra's Chicago: Afrofuturism and the City, examining the visionary musician Sun Ra and how his philosophy and performance style engaged with late twentieth-century Afrofuturism and the City of Chicago, in conversation with art gallerist John Corbett, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3705)

10 DECEMBER 2020 — thursday

  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents Part III of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage, featuring poets Kazim Ali, Jubi Arrioloa-Headley, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Travis Denton, Katie Ford, Sally Wen Mao, Sandra Meek, Deborah Paredez, Eleni Sikelianos, David St. John, and Chad Sweeney, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-poetry-stage-redux-part-iii-tickets-129624126251)
  • San Francisco Public Library presents their monthly Poem Jam reading series, featuring poet and editor Molly Fisk, reading with the writers of her new book, California Fire & Water: A Climate Crisis Anthology, introduced by Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate of San Francisco, free, online via Zoom, 6:00-7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2020/12/10/performance-poem-jam)
  • The Ventura County Poetry Project presents a reading by featured poet Scott Struman, hosted by Phil Taggart, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PST (Zoom link here: vcpoetryproject.org/ventura-county-poetry-project-events-calendar)

11 DECEMBER 2020 — friday

  • Community of Writers presents Poem First Aid, quick ten-minute consultations where you can bring a poem-in-progress, ask questions, and receive feedback, featuring Community of Writers staff poets Camille T. Dungy, Gregory Pardlo, and Matthew Zapruder, available only to alums of the Poetry Workshop of the Community of Writers, $18, online, 10:00 am–2:30 pm PST (Register here: communityofwriters.org/events/event/poem-first-aid)
  • The Mechanics' Institute presents David Landau discussing his book Brothers From Time to Time, a history of the Cuban Revolution with a focus on one Cuban family and the relationship between brothers Adolfo and Emi Rivero, free, online, Noon-1:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.milibrary.org/events/brothers-time-time-david-landau-dec-11-2020)
  • Vroman's Bookstore presents Alice Quinn, poet and former director of the Poetry Society of America, reading from Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic, a collection of poems gathered by Quinn when she reached out to see what poets all across America were writing during quarantine; the resulting collection is darkly humorous, brave, and resilient, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/alice-quinn)

12 DECEMBER 2020 — saturday

13 DECEMBER 2020 — sunday

  • "Hope in Deep December," poetry reading and celebration of the end of the year with a (virtual) gathering of friends and loved ones, featuring Poet Laureate of Benicia Mary Susan Gast, with D.L. Lang and Genea Brice, Vallejo Poets Laureate Emeritae, open mic follows, free, online, 2:00-4:00 pm PST (email: poetlaureatebenicia@gmail.com to sign up for the open mic; for more information: groups.google.com/g/poetry-notes/c/TNi3_f8BmGQ/m/fLdgaHAxBQAJ?pli=1)
  • Book Passage's Conversations with Authors series presents reporter David Harris reading from and discussing his latest book, My Country 'Tis of Thee: Reporting, Sallies, and Other Confessions, a collection of writings ranging from Harris's prominent resistance to the Vietnam War (Harris was imprisoned for two years for refusing to comply with the draft) to the present day, in conversation with actor and writer Peter Coyote, free, online, 4:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/conversations-authors-david-harris-virtual-event)
  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Omnidawn Publishers's Spring 2020 poets, featuring Desirée Alvarez, Raft of Flame, Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha, Jennifer Hasegawa, La Chica's Field Guide to Bazai Living, David Koehn, Scatterplot, Craig Santos Perez, Habitat Threshold, and LM Rivera, Against Heidegger, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link and information on how to join the reading)

14 DECEMBER 2020 — monday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents newspaper reporter and novelist William Loving reading from his first novel, City of Angles, the story of one man's fall from success into the gritty underbelly of Los Angeles, in conversation with Chip Jacobs, Los Angeles-area journalist and author, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/William-Loving)

15 DECEMBER 2020 — tuesday

16 DECEMBER 2020 — wednesday

  • Book Passage's Conversations with Authors series features civil rights activist Ruby Bridges discussing her new book, This Is Your Time, released on the sixtieth anniversary of Bridges becoming the first Black student to attend the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960, free, online, 4:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/conversations-authors-ruby-bridges-virtual-event)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink, offers Part II of this two-session workshop, "Writing the Micro Memoir, Life in a Flash," led by Judy Reeves, nonfiction author and co-founder of San Diego Writers, Ink, participants will bring their edited memoirs from the previous week for critique and reader response, $60 for members, $72 for nonmembers, online via Zoom, 6:30-8:30 pm PST (Enroll here: www.sandiegowriters.org/december-online-micro-memoir-life-flash-judy-reeves)

17 DECEMBER 2020 — thursday

  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents Part IV of "The Poetry Stage Redux," a series of readings that were planned for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage 2020, featuring poets Joshua Bennett, Gillian Conoley, Heid E. Erdrich, Forrest Gander, Carmen Giménez Smith, Mark Irwin, Didi Jackson, Elizabeth Jacobson, Patricia Smith, Page Starzinger, and Tess Taylor, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-poetry-stage-redux-part-iv-tickets-129624210503)
  • Copperfield's Books presents Deborah Madison, author of fourteen cookbooks and chef at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, discussing her latest book, An Onion in My Pocket: My Life with Vegetables, a warm and insightful memoir that delves into the vegetarian movement, in conversation with novelist Rachel Khong, free, online, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/deborah-madison-conversation-rachel-khong)
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents an evening of poetry, storytelling, and song in honor of renowned Samoan poet, novelist, and playwright Albert Wendt, hosted by Tongan scholar and poet Dr. Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, assisted by poet activists Kevin Aipopo Henderson and Lisiate Vuna, featuring presenters Dr. Caroline Sinavaiana Gabbard, Dr. Craig Santos Perez, Herman Wainggai, Kathy Jentil-Kijiner, Dr. Ngahuia te Awekotuku, Terisa Siagatonu, Dr. Lee Kava, Dr. No'u Revilla, Tigilau Ness, Commissioner Faauunga Molinga, and Commissioner Manufou Liaiga-Anoa'l, free, online via Zoom and YouTube Live, 6:00-7:15 pm PST (RSVP to attend: sfpl.org/events/2020/12/17/performance-our-moana-nui-we-are-pacific-islander-studies)
  • Poetry Center San Jose and Willow Glen Library for Third Thursdays, a monthly poetry reading, this event features poets Connie Post, first Poet Laureate of Livermore, author of Prime Meridian, and Kelly Grace Thomas, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:00-9:00 pm PST (Register to attend: sjpl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/index/event/5e4f3161095b6d154e103622)
  • The Ventura County Poetry Project presents a reading by featured poet Kim Young, hosted by Phil Taggart, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PST (Zoom link here: vcpoetryproject.org/ventura-county-poetry-project-events-calendar)

18 DECEMBER 2020 — friday

19 DECEMBER 2020 — saturday

20 DECEMBER 2020 — sunday

21 DECEMBER 2020 — monday

  • Aqus presents their bimonthly Poetry Open Mic, hosted by poet and artist Sande Anfang, held the first and third Monday of each month, with three-minute slots per reader, free, online via Zoom, 6:15 pm PST (Sign up for the open mic/RSVP to attend: aqus.com/rivertownpoets/)

22 DECEMBER 2020 — tuesday

23 DECEMBER 2020 — wednesday

24 DECEMBER 2020 — thursday

25 DECEMBER 2020 — friday

26 DECEMBER 2020 — saturday

  • The Community of Writers presents "The Art of the Sentence," a workshop led by best-selling novelist Janet Fitch, deadline for early bird registration is December 26, workshop runs for five two-hour sessions January 22-24, 2021, early bird tuition $280, regular tuition $330, online via Zoom, 6:00-8:00 pm PST on Friday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm PST on Saturday and Sunday (Enroll here: communityofwriters.org/events/event/the-art-of-the-sentence)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink, presents the workshop "Meditate and Write Flash," yoga and meditation instructor Rebecca Jane leads the session in guided meditation, followed by a writing prompt, share a meditative space with others and generate a piece of flash fiction, $5 donation, online, 1:00-2:00 pm PST (Register here: www.sandiegowriters.org/2020-12-26-online-meditate-write-flash-rebecca-jane)

27 DECEMBER 2020 — sunday

28 DECEMBER 2020 — monday

29 DECEMBER 2020 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading by Lynne Bronstein, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PST (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • "Cover to Cover," a radio show celebrating poetry and prose of all sorts, presents host Jack Foley's annual tribute to poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953); Dylan Thomas is heard reading his classic story, "A Child's Christmas in Wales," along with other poems, Tuesdays on KPFA in Berkeley, free, online, 2:00-2:30 pm PST (For more information and live stream: kpfa.org/program/cover-to-cover/)

30 DECEMBER 2020 — wednesday

31 DECEMBER 2020 — thursday


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