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21 JANUARY 2021 — thursday

  • Sally Love Saunders presents a one-hour poetry conference call, every third Thursday, where Saunders will read her poetry followed by comments from attendees, call in through Covia Well Connected, free, online, 10:00-11:00 am PST (Register with Covia here:, or call (877) 797-7299 to register)
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents South Asian Writers Resist, a reading in response to serious global issues such as immigration rights and the Black Lives Matter movement, featuring Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed, Neelanjana Banerjee, Torsa Ghosal, Arshia Haq, Sorayya Khan, Mahmud Rahman, and Shreerekha Subramanian, hosted by Sehba Sarwar, free, online, 6:00-7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Third Thursday Poetry hosts a monthly poetry reading, hosted by blake more, this month featuring poet and musician Maxima Kahn, creator of the Brilliant Playground poetry writing courses, free, online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PST (Email: for Zoom link; for more information:
  • Join the You're Going to Die Team for this open mic, Poetry, Prose, and Everything Goes, performance time five-minutes maximum, bring poetry, prose, music, dance, artwork to perform in this online community space, sign up during the Zoom meeting, with Ned Buskirk, music from Tomo Nakayama, free, online via Zoom, 6:30 pm PST (Register to attend:

22 JANUARY 2021 — friday

23 JANUARY 2021 — saturday

24 JANUARY 2021 — sunday

25 JANUARY 2021 — monday

26 JANUARY 2021 — tuesday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents a reading and discussion of novelist Eliza Jane Brazier's adult novel debut, If I Disappear, a story of true crime podcasts and strange disappearances, in conversation with YA novelist Kiersten White, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Jack Foley, along with Nina Serrano, Jovelyn Richards, and Jennifer Stone, hosts Cover to Cover, a radio show celebrating poetry and prose of all sorts, Tuesdays on KPFA in Berkeley, free, online, 2:00 pm PST (Go to for more info)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Julie Danho, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PST (Zoom link here:
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents An Evening with What Books Press, with readings from the Press's Fall 2020 line-up, featuring Daniel Takeshi Krause, Stella Hayes, Elena Karina Byrne, and Andrew Tonkovich, with special guest appearance by novelist C.P. Rosenthal, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Join Poetic License Sonoma every fourth Tuesday for an evening of poetry readings featuring the nine poets that make up Poetic License Sonoma, Susanne Arrhenius, Jeffrey Bartfeld, Joseph Cutler, Paul DeMarco, Kusum Irene Jain, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, and Jaime Zukowski, this reading emceed by Jeffrey Barfeld, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • San Francisco State University presents the workshop, "Writing Sudden Fiction," led by essayist Lyzette Wanzer, attendees will learn to write flash fiction, workshop runs for six weeks from January 26 to March 2, $145, online, 12:30-2:00 pm PST (Enroll here:

27 JANUARY 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents The Echoing Ida Collective with Cynthia R. Greenlee, Alicia Waters, and Jordan Scruggs, an evening of discussion celebrating the launch of the new book The Echoing Ida Collection, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: /?fa=event&event_id=3737)

28 JANUARY 2021 — thursday

  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents Poets Translate Poets, an evening of poetry in Spanish and English, featuring readings from poet-translators Elisa Díaz Castelo, Elsa Cross, Jorge Ortega, Anthony Seidman, and David Shook, free, online, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents Peter Gizzi in conversation with CA Conrad, Peter Gizzi reads from Now It's Dark: Poems, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: /?fa=event&event_id=3738)
  • The Library Foundation of Los Angeles presents a poetry reading as part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters, in celebration of the release of the poetry anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song by Kevin Young, poetry editor and director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, this event will include special readings of poems featured in the anthology and examine questions of race, identity, and the power of African American voices in poetry, free, $50 to purchase the book with ticket, online, 5:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Skylight Books presents novelist Anna North, reading from her new novel Outlawed, about a young woman in the American Wild West who joins the notorious Hole-in-the-Wall gang to escape being hanged as a witch, a punishment administered to women who could not have children, in conversation with Charles Yu, writer of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as shows on HBO, FX, and AMC, free, online, 6:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights and Speak Out present a virtual book launch for Tim Wise's Dispatches from the Race War!, essays on racial flashpoints, white denial, violence, and the manipulation of fear in America today, sliding scale $0- $20, online, 1:00 pm PST (Register to attend: /?fa=event&event_id=3750)

29 JANUARY 2021 — friday

  • The 25th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival presents "From Forest to Desert: Indigenous Ecopoetry of California," hosted by former San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, featuring readings from Denise Low, Ruth Nolan, Stephen Meadows, and Dave Holt, all contributors to either California Fire & Water: A Climate Crisis Anthology or Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, free, online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PST (For more information:

30 JANUARY 2021 — saturday

  • The Ina Coolbrith Circle presents the 94th Annual Poets Dinner Contest, this year held online through Zoom, celebrating the winners of the following categories, Grand Prize: "Metaphysics" by Robert Eastwood; Beginnings and Endings: "My Husband Has Cancer" by Deborah Grossman; Humor: "Learning to Box at 70" by Judith Chibante; Love: "I Married in the Year of Assassinations" by Judith Chibante; Nature: "Yosemite Poem" by Dorothy Gilbert; People: "Facial Recognition" by Sam Hersh; Poet's Choice: "Gleaning Light" by Madeline Aranda; Spaces and Places: "The Camp Fire" by Dorothy Gilbert; and Theme-Climate: "Drought" by Sandra Anfang; join these poets and more as they read their poems, emceed by Louse Moises, Chair of the Poet's Dinner, free, online, 2:00-5:00 pm PST (For more information:
  • Poet Hollie Hardy hosts Saturday Night Special, a monthly East Bay open mic poetry reading, featuring poets M.G. Martin and Jennifer Hasegawa, with open mic to follow (three-minutes maximum), free, online via Zoom, 7:00-9:30 pm PST (RSVP to attend/sign up for open mic:
  • The 25th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival presents the Strawberry Creek Walk, featuring poetry, nature commentary, and dance, hosted by Nevada County Poet Laureate Chris Olander, with readings by Lucille Lang Day, Terri Glass, Rooja Mohassessy, Kirk Lumpkin, and nature commentary by Tim Pine, Environmental Protection Specialist, UCB Environmental Health and Safety, on the natural history of Strawberry Creek, also "River Light," a live stream contemporary dance by Sharon Coleman, to spoken word poetry by Chris Olander, free, online via Zoom, Noon-2:00 pm PDT (For more information:
  • The 25th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival presents "25 Years of Watershed: Writers, Nature & Community: A Photo Montage by Steven C. Wilson," with a Poetry Invocation by Sandra Gilbert reading "Climate Change, California 2017," and featuring readings by Jane Hirshfield, Ellery Akers, Devreaux Baker, California Poets in the Schools students with poet-teachers Maureen Hurley and Brennan DeFrisco, Marx Arax, The Dreamt Land: Chasing Waters and Dust Across California, winner of the Northern Caliornia Book Award in Nonfiction, hosted by Joyce Jenkins and Richard Silberg, free, online via Zoom, 3:00-6:00 pm PST (For more information:

31 JANUARY 2021 — sunday

  • Lone Glen presents a book launch and reading for three writers and their latest books: Meredith Clark (Lyrebird), Arisa White (Who's Your Daddy, forthcoming in March 2021), and Maw Shein Win (Storage Unit for the Spirit House), celebrate these writers with an afternoon of poetry and prose, free, online via Zoom, 4:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • The 25th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival presents "We Are Nature" Open Reading, with host blake more, who will also read from her poetry, three-minute reading spots, sign up in advance by emailing and write "WATERSHED OPEN READING" in the subject line; poems on environmental justice, nature, eco-poetics, and more are most welcome, free, online via Zoom, 1:00-2:00 pm PST (For more information:
  • The 25th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival presents "25 Years of Watershed: Writers, Nature & Community: A Photo Montage by Steven C. Wilson," with readings by Robert Hass, with a tribute to Barry Lopez, Brenda Hillman, Kristin George Bagdanov, Craig Santos Perez, Joseph Stroud, with a tribute Berkeley poet Bill Mayer, Lucille Lang Day, hosted by Joyce Jenkins and Richard Silberg, free, online via Zoom, 3:00-5:00 pm PST (For more information:

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