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1 APRIL 2012 — sunday

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  • Celebrate National Poetry Month with a diverse group of L.A.’s finest poets reading from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 4:00-6:00 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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2 APRIL 2012 — monday

3 APRIL 2012 — tuesday

4 APRIL 2012 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Novelist and Believer editor Heidi Julavits reads from and signs her new novel, The Vanishers, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • The Poetry Idiots present a reading by poet and fiction/creative nonfiction writer Judy Kronenfeld, open mic follows for three poems in five minutes or five poems in three minutes, The Ugly Mug, 261 North Glassell Avenue, Orange, free, 8:00 (poetryidiots.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Santa Maria Rhythm and Rhyme Open Mic meets every Wednesday, hosted by BJ Riley, Starry Sky, 2280 Santa Maria Way, Suite A1, Santa Maria, 5:00-7:00 (everlearnmore@yahoo.com)
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5 APRIL 2012 — thursday

6 APRIL 2012 — friday

7 APRIL 2012 — saturday

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  • Saturday Afternoon Poetry hosts the 2012 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival Kickoff with open readings and free drawing for readers with $100 prize, hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell, backroom, Santa Catalina branch of the Pasadena Public Library, 999 East Washington Blvd., Pasadena, free, 3:00-5:00 (626/744-7272)
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8 APRIL 2012 — sunday

9 APRIL 2012 — monday

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  • Moonday, A West Side Reading Series presents poets Jim Natal and Lory Bedikian, open mic follows, hosted by Alice Pero and Lois P. Jones, Buerge Chapel, Aldersgate Retreat Center, 925 Haverford Avenue, Pacific Palisades, open mic sign up 7:00, reading 7:30 (310/454-6699, pero @ earthlink.net)
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10 APRIL 2012 — tuesday

11 APRIL 2012 — wednesday

    NORTH:
  • Barnes & Noble hosts a drop-in poetry group, anyone welcome to bring in their latest poetry to share, Ventura Gateway Barnes & Noble, 4820 Telephone Road, Ventura, 7:00 (905/339-0990)
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  • Santa Maria Rhythm and Rhyme Open Mic meets every Wednesday, hosted by BJ Riley, Starry Sky, 2280 Santa Maria Way, Suite A1, Santa Maria, 5:00-7:00 (everlearnmore@yahoo.com)
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12 APRIL 2012 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Kevin Moffett reads from his short story collection, Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events, book signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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13 APRIL 2012 — friday

14 APRIL 2012 — saturday

    NORTH:
  • Arcade Poetry Series presents a National Poetry Month reading with Harry Northup, Holly Prado, and special guest student, hosted by Jackson Wheeler, Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard, $3 for nonmembers, 7:00 (www.carnegieam.org/arcade-poetry-series.html)
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  • The Poetry Zone presents a poetry reading by Florence Weinberger and Lee Rossi, open mic follows, hosted by Suzanne Frost, Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 21 West Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, 2:00-4:00 (805/252-1655)
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15 APRIL 2012 — sunday

16 APRIL 2012 — monday

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  • Favorite Poem reading, every third Monday of the month, poets and non-poets alike are invited to bring a favorite poem or two by someone and read them to the audience, hosted by Lois Klein, The Blue Agave, 20 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, 5:15-6:30 (805/899-4694)
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17 APRIL 2012 — tuesday

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  • Hammer Museum presents Some Favorite Writers, a reading and book signing by novelist and poet Denis Johnson, Train Dream, followed by discussions with series organizer Mona Simpson, Anywhere But Here, complimentary tea and coffee served, parking available under museum after 6:00 for $3, The Annex, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 7:00 (310/443-7000, programs @ hammer.ucla.edu)
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18 APRIL 2012 — wednesday

    NORTH:
  • Santa Maria Rhythm and Rhyme Open Mic meets every Wednesday, hosted by BJ Riley, Starry Sky, 2280 Santa Maria Way, Suite A1, Santa Maria, 5:00-7:00 (everlearnmore@yahoo.com)
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19 APRIL 2012 — thursday

    EAST:
  • Claremont Graduate University hosts the 20th Awards Ceremony for the Kingsley Tufts Award Winner, poet Timothy Donnelly, The Cloud Corporation, and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award winner, Katherine Larson, Radial Symmetry, the finalists for the Kingsley Tufts Award are Ed Roberson, To See the Earth Before the End of the World, and Christian Wilman, Every Riven Thing; the finalists for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award were Shane McCrae, Mule, and Julie Hanson, Unbeknownst, celebrated author Maxine Hong Kingston speaks at the ceremony, Claremont Graduate University, 150 East 10th Street, Claremont, free, 5:00 (www.cgu.edu/pages/4546.asp?item=5969; susan.hampson @ cgu.edu)
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20 APRIL 2012 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Mystery Writers of America's Southern California chapter presents a pre-Los Angeles Times Festival of Books reception, light refreshments, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 6:30-9:00 (323/660-1175, skylightbooks.com)
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  • Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore open mic, share poems, stories, songs, jokes, or freestyle, featured performers are musicians Tapia Corel and Jim Rhodes,13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, free, donations, 8:00-10:00 (818/939-3433, chuchamail@aol.com)
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  • Uphook Press presents a spoken word and poetry night with featured readers and performers Seraphime Angelis, Rich Ferguson, Joan Gelfand, and Christian Georgescu, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 7:30 (310/822-3006)
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    SOUTH:
  • Joint reading with poet Norman Schaefer reading from his new book The Sunny Top of California: Sierra Nevada Poems and a Story and poet John Brandi reading from his new book Seeding the Cosmos: New and Selected Haiku, D.G. Willis Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, (858/456-1800, www.dgwillsbooks.com)
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21 APRIL 2012 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • 17th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, includes Poetry Stage, Children's Stage, Cooking Stage, and many more exhibitors, author reading, and panels, visit Poetry Flash and Manic D Press at Booth 979, admission and most activities free, except indoor panels, tickets are available on April 15th and a limited amount of tickets are available per panel, program distributed in the Sunday April 15 edition of the Los Angels Times, Poetry Stage events and readings all day: 10:00 a.m.: Katherine Larson, Radical Symmetry, 10:30 a.m.: Timothy Donnelly, The Cloud Corporation, 11:00 a.m.: Ellen Dore Watson, Dogged Hearts: Poems, 11:30 a.m.: Kevin Prufer, In A Beautiful Country, 12:00: Twentieth-Century Poet Commemorative Stamp First Day of Issue Ceremony, 1:00: Campbell McGrath, In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys: Poems, 1:30: Bruce Smith, Devotions, 2:00 Linda Norton, The Public Gardens, 2:30: Carl Phillips, Double Shadow, 3:00: Carol Ann Davis, Atlas Hour, 3:30: Henri Cole, Touch, and Judith Pacht, Summer Hunger, 4:00: Micahel Ryan, This Morning: Poems, 4:30: Dorothy Barresi, American Fanatics, and Doreen Gildroy, Human Love, 5:00: Victoria Chang, Salvinia Molesta, and Michael O'Keefe, Swimming Under My Father, 5:30 Kelli Anne Noftle, I Was There for Your Somniloquy, and Performance with Earthwake, University of Southern California, Exposition Blvd. and S. Figueroa St., L.A., free admission, USC parking $10, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 (latimes.com/festivalofbooks)
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  • Skylight Books will feature book signings at their booth, Booth 084 in the T2 area, schedule of signings: 11:30 a.m.-12:00: Eric Erlandson, Letters to Kurt, 12:30: T.M. Wolf, Sound, 1:00-1:30: Adam Levin, Hot Pink, 2:30-3:00 Denise Hamilton, Damage Control, and Cara Black, Murder at the Lanterne Rouge, 3:30-4:00 T.C. Boyle, When the Killing's Done, publishing partners: The University of California Press, Grove/Atlantic, MacMillian Kids Books, and Ammo Books, University of Southern California, Exposition Blvd. and S. Figueroa St., L.A., free admission, USC parking $10, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 (323-660-1175, info@skylightbooks.com)
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  • San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival announces their chapbook contest winner (free to enter, $200 prize), Altadena Senior Center, 560 East Mariposa Street, Altadena, free, 2:00-4:00 (626/744-7272)
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    NORTH:
  • Poet Elijah Imlay, Blue Arc West and Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, reading and book signing, Bank of Books, 748 E. Main Street, Ventura, reading 2:00, book signing 1:00-3:00 (805/643-3154, bankofbooks@earthlink.net)
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  • 2012 Whitman-Stein Poetry Fest, a poetry celebration illuminating the lives of LGBTQ men and women, featuring poets Giovanna Capone, Fernando D. Castro, Tobey Kaplan, Alison Reed, Kristie Soares, Tim Tipton, Terry van Vliet and hosted by Ron Alexander, sponsored by Instruments of Peace, Pacific Pride Foundation, SBCC Queer and Ally Club, SBCC Creative Writing Program, UCSB Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Fe Bland Auditorium, Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, 7:00 (facebook.com/Whitman.stein)
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22 APRIL 2012 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • 17th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, includes Poetry Stage, Children's Stage, Cooking Stage, and many more exhibitors, author reading, and panels, visit Poetry Flash and Manic D Press at Booth 979, admission and most activities free, except indoor panels, tickets are available on April 15th and a limited amount of tickets are available per panel, program distributed in the Sunday April 15 edition of the Los Angels Times, Poetry Stage events and readings all day: 10:00 a.m.: James Ragan, Too Long a Solitude, and Dana Gioia, Pity the Beautiful, 10:30 a.m.: Douglas Kearney, The Black Automaton, and Holaday Mason, Dissolve, 11:00: Matthew Zapruder, Come All You Ghosts, and Eric Gudas, Best Western and Other Poems, 11:30: Carol Muske-Dukes, Twin Cities, 12:00: Brendan Constantine, Calamity Joe, 12:30: Gail Wronsky, So Quick Bright Things, 1:00 Cyrus Cassells, The Crossed-Out Swastika, 1:30: Shideh Etaat, Sheida Mohamadi, Partow Nooriala, Chad Sweeney, and Sholeh Wolpe present The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and its Exiles, 2:00 David Hernandez, Hoodwinked, 2:30: Dawn Lundy-Martin, Discipline, 3:00: David St. John, The Auroras: New Poems, and Anna Journey, If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting, 3:30 Kim Dower, Air Kissing on Mars, and Charles Harper Webb, Shadow Ball: New and Selected Poems, 4:00 Lory Bedikian, The Book of Lamenting, and Carroll Kearley, The Plain Above the River, 4:30: Poetic Performances by the Get Lit Players Teen Poetry Troupe, University of Southern California, Exposition Blvd. and S. Figueroa Street, LA, free admission, USC parking $10, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 (latimes.com/festivalofbooks)
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  • Skylight Books will feature book signings at their booth, Booth 084 in the T2 area, schedule of signings: 12:00: Aimee Bender, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, 12:30-1:00: Hector Tobar, The Barbarian Nurseries, 1:30: Michael Ian Black, You're Not Doing It Right, 2:00-2:30: Etgar Keret, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories, publishing partners: The University of California Press, Grove/Atlantic, MacMillian Kids Books, and Ammo Books, University of Southern California, Exposition Blvd. and S. Figueroa St., L.A., free admission, USC parking $10, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 (323-660-1175, info@skylightbooks.com)
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    NORTH:
  • La Palabra presents an open mic, hosted by Luivette Resto, featuring poet Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, executive editor of "The Splinter Generation," and Coatl, a trans-performative, sustainable, empirical project of love, theory, and practice, Avenue 50 Studio Inc., 131 North Avenue 50, Highland Park, 2:00 (323-258-1435, www.avenue50studios.com)
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  • Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore hosts open mic, share poems, stories, songs, jokes, or freestyle, featured poet Chiwan Choi, The Flood, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, free, donations welcome, 8:00-10:00 (818-939-3433, chuchamail@aol.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • So Say We All introduces East County Prose & Poetry Open Mic, Space Bar Internet Café, 7454 University Avenue, La Mesa, sign up 7:00, reading 7:30 (619/461-7100, www.atspacebar.com)
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23 APRIL 2012 — monday

24 APRIL 2012 — tuesday

    NORTH:
  • Poetry reading by Ellen Reich, hosted by Phil Taggart, Artists' Union Gallery, 330 South California Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (venturaartistsunion.org)
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25 APRIL 2012 — wednesday

    NORTH:
  • Barnes & Noble hosts a drop-in poetry group, anyone welcome to bring in their latest poetry to share, Ventura Gateway Barnes & Noble, 4820 Telephone Road, Ventura, 7:00 (905/339-0990)
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  • Santa Maria Rhythm and Rhyme Open Mic meets every Wednesday, hosted by BJ Riley, Starry Sky, 2280 Santa Maria Way, Suite A1, Santa Maria, 5:00-7:00 (everlearnmore@yahoo.com)
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26 APRIL 2012 — thursday

27 APRIL 2012 — friday

28 APRIL 2012 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Bart Edelman, The Last Mojito, reads from his newly published sixth major volume of poetry, The Geographer's Wife, followed by book signing, Fremont Art Gallery, 812 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, 7:00 (626-403-9901, info@fremontgallery.com)
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  • Graphic memoirist Guy Delisle reads from his new book, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 5:00 (323/660-1175, info@skylightbooks.com)
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  • Author/filmmaker James Kaelan celebrates the re-release of his novella, We're Getting On, followed by the premier of his documentary of the same name at the United Film Festival, next door at the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, reading at 1:00, movie screening at 2:00 (323-660-1175, info@skylightbooks.com)
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  • Last Saturday of the Month Poetry presents an open mic with featured readers, participants have six minutes to perform, read, or play, hosted by Ron Gregus and Wyatt Underwood, Navigating Maleness, Encino- Tarzana Branch of the L.A. Library, 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, 2:00-4:00, sign up starts at 1:30 (818/343-1983)
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  • Saturday Afternoon Poetry hosts a poetry slam as part of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival (free to enter, $100 prize), backroom, Santa Catalina branch of the Pasadena Public Library, 999 East Washington Blvd., Pasadena, free, 3:00-5:00 (626/744-7272)
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29 APRIL 2012 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Bart Edelman, The Last Mojito, reads from his newly published sixth major volume of poetry, The Geographer's Wife, followed by book signing, Glendale Public Library, 222 E. Harvard Street, Glendale, 2:00 (818-546-2538, library.ci.glendale.ca.us)
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  • The Autry presents Go West Book Fest, celebrating books with a day filled with storytelling, author readings, a book sale, craft activities, and a panel discussion, Skylight's own Emily Pullen and Denise Hamilton, Damage Control, book club facilitator Judith Palarz, and moderator Linda Friedman, will appear on panel from 3:00-4:00, The Autry in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, general admission applies, free for members, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 (323/667-2000)
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  • Novelist/essayist Jonathan Lethem reads and signs his entry in the 33 1/3 Series, his entry discusses The Talking Heads' third album, Fear of Music, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 5:00 (323-660-1175, info@skylightbooks.com)
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30 APRIL 2012 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Madeline Miller celebrates the release of her debut novel, Song of Achilles, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (323/660-1175, skylightbooks.com)
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