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1 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gatsby's Book Club potluck and discussion of Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming, new members welcome, all are invited to bring a dish/drink inspired by the book, every first Saturday, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 1:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
  • Eve Brandstein presents Poetry in Motion, featuring a diverse array of writers from the Hollywood and literary communities in special events and solo performances, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $15 online general admission, $20 at the door, $10 students/seniors, $8 members, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

2 FEBRUARY 2020 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Duende Nights Open Mic is a multicultural poetry reading and performance experience for poems, short stories, songs, and music, all welcome, organized by Antonieta Villamil, América's Poet Society founder, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free but donations gratefully accepted, 5:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • A monthly open reading hosted by Steve Goldman, five-minute limit, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Scott Wannberg Bookstore Poetry Lounge, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free but donations gratefully accepted, sign up begins 4:45, reading 5:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

3 FEBRUARY 2020 — monday

4 FEBRUARY 2020 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gatsby's Writers Group welcomes all writers to come share their works-in-progress in a supportive environment, facilitated by Francisco Uribe, every Tuesday night, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)

5 FEBRUARY 2020 — wednesday

6 FEBRUARY 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Mehnaz Sahibzada reads from her debut full-length poetry collection, My Gothic Romance, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
    NORTH:
  • Poetry reading by Glenna Luschei, The Sky Is Shooting Blue Arrows, former Poet Laureate of San Luis Obispo, and Tom Harrington, Tornado Man, a chapbook, open mic to follow, hosted by Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate, EP Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (www.vencolibrary.org)

7 FEBRUARY 2020 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry: From Chicago to LA, a night of cross-country poetic exploration, a reading by Richard Jones, Stranger on Earth, Michelle Bitting, Broken Kingdom, Pacific Palisades Poet Laureate, and Alexis Rhone Fancher, Junkie Wife, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

8 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • A Tribute to Kate Braverman (1949-2019), Los Angeles poet, short story writer, and novelist, this literary homage co-organized by poet Laurel Ann Bogen, novelist Janet Fitch, and Joshual John Miller, will feature readings by an array of notable poets, writers, and artists, participants TBA, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free but donations gratefully accepted, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
    NORTH:
  • Jackson Wheeler Poetry Series presents a reading by Lynne Thompson, Fretwork and Start with a Small Guitar: Poems, and Blas Falconer, The Foundling Wheel and Forgive the Body This Failure, with a CSU Channel Islands student poet, hosted by Marsha de la O, sponsored by Carnegie Art Cornerstones and Friends of the Oxnard Public Library, Oxnard Public Library, 251 South 'A' Street, Oxnard, $5 donation, 3:00 (805/385-7500, www.carnegieartcornerstones.com)

9 FEBRUARY 2020 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles' longest running spoken word series, presents Pool Fishing and other stories, by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, 2016 Writers on Writing host, featuring Barbara DeMarco-Barrett with guest cast Stacie Richards Dail and Allison Walter, The Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, $12 admission with dinner reservation, $15 general admission, 7:00 (www.newshortfictionseries.net)
  • Public Works Improv presents Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, a literary salon celebrating talented writers, storytellers, poets, musicians, and comics, hosted by Eric Vollmer, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, members free, 7:30 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Soap Box Poets open mic, hosted by Jessica Wilson Cardenas, five-minute limit, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free but donations gratefully accepted, sign up begins 1:45, reading 2:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

10 FEBRUARY 2020 — monday

11 FEBRUARY 2020 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by union activist, editor, and poet Jean Day, The Triumph of Life, and Evan Kennedy, The Sissies, Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
  • Gatsby's Writers Group welcomes all writers to come share their works-in-progress in a supportive environment, facilitated by Francisco Uribe, every Tuesday night, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)

12 FEBRUARY 2020 — wednesday

13 FEBRUARY 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Join Gatsby's Mystery Book Club, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, every 2nd Thrusday, 6:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
    NORTH:
  • Featured poet Barbara Rockman, to cleave, open mic to follow, hosted by Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate, EP Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (www.vencolibrary.org)

14 FEBRUARY 2020 — friday

15 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Brian Teare, Doomstead Days, and Gillian Conoley, A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

16 FEBRUARY 2020 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Salient Sunday Open Reading hosted by Radomir Luza and Patricia Murphy, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free but donations gratefully accepted, 5:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

17 FEBRUARY 2020 — monday

    EAST:
  • The Distinguished Writers Series presents a reading by novelist Swan Huntley, The Goddesses and We Could Be Beautiful, Q&A and book signing to follow, sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, English Department, California State University, East Bay, Library's Biella Room, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, free and open to the public, 6:00-7:00 (www.csueastbay.libcal.com)

18 FEBRUARY 2020 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Jean Burden Poetry Series presents poet and novelist Marilyn Chin, a current Academy of American Poets chancellor, reading from her recent collection A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems, her honors include the PEN/Josephine Miles Literary Award, Q&A and book signing/sales to follow, co-sponsored by Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Department of English, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Cross Cultural Centers, American Communities Program, College of Arts & Letters, Bentley Fund, and Statement Magazine, California State University LA, Golden Eagle Ballroom, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, free to the public, RSVP link on website, doors open 5:30 for a buffet, program 6:30 (323/343-4140, www.calstatela.edu)
  • Gatsby's Writers Group welcomes all writers to come share their works-in-progress in a supportive environment, facilitated by Francisco Uribe, every Tuesday night, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)

19 FEBRUARY 2020 — wednesday

20 FEBRUARY 2020 — thursday

    NORTH:
  • Poetry reading by Katherine Williams, biomedical researcher and author of three chapbooks, and Pushcard Prize-winner Richard Garcia, Chickenhead, prose poems, open mic to follow, hosted by Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate, EP Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (www.vencolibrary.org)

21 FEBRUARY 2020 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • The World Stage Press presents Poets Feed the People, a fundraising event for the Los Angeles Food Bank, featured readers TBA, the goal is to raise enough to provide 5,000 meals for food insecure L.A. residents, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $20 (each ticket pays for 140 meals!), 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

22 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Beyond Baroque's After School Workshop launches their first book, Under the Belly of the Beast, hosted by Ryka Aoki and Cori Bratby-Rudd, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free for members, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
    NORTH:
  • That Love Vibration, part of the Artists Union's Erotic exhibit and fundraiser for the Ventura County Poetry Project, is an erotic poetry reading hosted by Ellen Reich, Laure-Anne Bosselaar and Marsha de la O, with readers Peg Quinn, Mariano Zaro, Cee Chávez, Ann Buxie, Mary Kay Rummel, Ellen Reich, Jennifer Kelley, Ron Alexander, Jacqueline Tchakalian, Elaine Alarcon, Glenna Luschei, Vincent Mowrey, Marsha de la O, Crn Contreras, Ricardo Means Ybarra, Claudia Reder, Florence Weinberger, Becky Sanvictores, Tim Tipton, Perie Longo, Chris Spangenberg, Christine Penko, Sandra Knapp, Sarah Maclay, George Yatchisin, Marcy Wingard, Phil Taggart, Chryss Yost, Brad Bauer, Sammy Ginsberg, Diana Raab, Molly Burns, Anita McLaughlin, John White, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, and Holaday Mason, Art City Gallery, 197 Dubber Street, Ventura, $10 at the door, 3:00 (www.facebook.com/venturaartistsunion)

23 FEBRUARY 2020 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • A celebration of the life and powerful legacy of Toni Morrison, the great American author whose novels include The Bluest Eye and Beloved, featured readings TBA, discussion hosted by Shonda Buchanan, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free for members, 5:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Nebraska Girl, an open reading hosted by Wyatt Underwood,

24 FEBRUARY 2020 — monday

25 FEBRUARY 2020 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gatsby's Writers Group welcomes all writers to come share their works-in-progress in a supportive environment, facilitated by Francisco Uribe, every Tuesday night, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
  • John Sayles reads from his fifth novel, Yellow Earth, set in the aftermath of a shayle oil discovery under Yellow Earth, North Dakota, and the Three Nations Indian reservation; he is a screenwriter, actor, and director whose work includes Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay nominees Passion Fish and Lone Star, and National Book Award and the National Critics’ Circle Award-nominee Union Dues, Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)

26 FEBRUARY 2020 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Marcia Chatelain, South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration, discusses her new book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, on the untold history of the relationship between fast food and black wealth in America, in conversation with Allyson Hobbs, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, in partnership with MoAD and Green Apple Books, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $20/members ten percent off, 7:00 (415/292-1200, www.jccsf.org)

27 FEBRUARY 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gatsby's Literary Women Book Club, new members welcome, every fourth Thursday, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
    NORTH:
  • Poetry reading by Scott Charles, Soft Water, open mic to follow, hosted by Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate, EP Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (www.vencolibrary.org)

28 FEBRUARY 2020 — friday

29 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Cafe Society presents Jenny Odell, multi-disciplinary artist, on her recent book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00-9:00 (www.kaleidoscopecoffee.com)
  • The Ellyn Maybe Band, a poetry/music group formed in 2010, who have performed across the U.S and Europe, presents Ellyn Maybe's Poetry Rodeo, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free for members, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic, monthly literary reading series, bring on/off theme poems, stories, comedy sketches, songs, or dances, three-minute maximum, two featured readers to be announced, theme to be announced at the end of the January reading, hosted by Hollie Hardy and Tomas Moniz, last Saturday of every month, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 21+, free but one drink minimum, cash only, sign up 7:00, show 7:00-9:30 (510/652-NICK, www.nickslounge.com)

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