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Sandra M. Gilbert, Sharon Doubiago, Paul Fericano, more

2 AUGUST 2015 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a celebration for Corners of the Mouth: A Celebration of Thirty Years at the Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival featuring Editors Kevin Patrick Sullivan and Patti Sullivan, who will also read at the event, with a reading by contributing poets Jasmine Marshall Armstrong, Sharon Doubiago, Paul Fericano, Sandra M. Gilbert, Valentina Gnup, Klipschutz, Brenda Nasio, Sam Pereira, Lee Rossi, Viola Weinberg, Nellie Wong, and R. Yurman, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from, wheelchair accessible, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965,

This reading celebrates Corners of the Mouth: A Celebration of Thirty Years at the Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival, edited by Kevin Patrick Sullivan and Patti Sullivan. The editors will read from their own work and talk about the anthology and their thirty years with the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival. Founded in 1984, the festival continues to the present day, showcasing the best poets of the Central Coast, along with many other fine poets from all over California. The contributing poets who will read from their work in the anthology will be:
Jasmine Marshall Armstrong is a native of the Central Coast. She's published poetry in Sojourner magazine, Solo Café, Monkey Puzzle, and elsewhere. Her poem "The Custodian's Daughter" was chosen by Philip Levine as runner up in the American Academy of Poets Introduction to Journals Award.
Sharon Doubiago's new book of poems is The Visit. Among her many other publications are the poetry collections South America Mi Hija, Body and Soul, and the two-volume prose memoir My Father's Love.
Paul Fericano is a satirist and a social activist as well as a poet. His books of poems include Commercial Break and Cancer Quiz.
Sandra M. Gilbert is a leading feminist critic, co-author of the influential The Madwoman in the Attic. Newest of her many books of poems is Aftermath.
Valentina Gnup has been widely published in literary magazines, including Nimrod and Crab Orchard Review. Among her honors is the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
Klipschutz is a poet, songwriter and freelance journalist. Among his books of poems are Twilight of the Male Ego and The Drawn and Quartered Moon.
Brenda Nasio is a poet and writer. She has been Assistant Fiction and Poetry Editor for Mademoiselle and a member of the editorial staff for The Paris Review.
Sam Pereira lives in the central San Joaquin Valley. His latest collection, Dusting on Sunday, was published in 2012.
Lee Rossi edited the L.A.-based magazine Tsunami. Among his books of poems is Wheelchair Samurai.
Viola Weinberg was the first Poet Laureate of Sacramento, California (2000-2002). Among her books of poems is Letters to Pablo Neruda.
Nellie Wong's newest book of poems is Breakfast Lunch Dinner. Two of her poems are engraved in public places in San Francisco, where she lives.
R. Yurman is the author of the book of poems Giraffe. He's widely published in literary journals.

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16 AUGUST 2018 — thursday

  • You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose, and Everything Goes, come and wear mor-tality on your sleeve, all open mic, five minutes, get there early to perform, The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street, San Francisco, $10, get tickets online or at the door, doors open 7:30, show 8:00-10:30 (510/525-7777,
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  • Marlene Cullen's Writer's Forum presents author Christine Falcon-Daigle, This is What I Know, on the subject of "Writing as a Tool for Transformation," how to best shape experiences into stories that will heal both the storyteller and the reader, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, free, 6:30-8:30 (
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17 AUGUST 2018 — friday

  • Poetry reading by Barbara Tomash, PRE-, Jennifer Firestone, Story, and Joseph Lease, The Body Ghost, Alley Cat Books & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/824-1761,
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18 AUGUST 2018 — saturday

  • The Richmond Poets Laureate (there are more than one) present a reading of poetry followed by a round table discussion moderated by Richmond Poet Laureate Rob Lipton, featuring a panel of Bay Area poets including Rene Vaz, Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González, Amos White, Alison Luterman, and Fred Dodsworth, Bridge Storage and ArtSpace, 23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, free, 5:00-6:30 (RSVP:
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19 AUGUST 2018 — sunday

  • Poetry Santa Cruz presents Poet/Speak Open Reading, an all open reading, meets every third Sunday, Santa Cruz Library, upstairs Training Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, 2:00-4:00 (
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20 AUGUST 2018 — monday

  • Poetry Express presents a reading by poet Judy Bebelaar, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (
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21 AUGUST 2018 — tuesday

22 AUGUST 2018 — wednesday

23 AUGUST 2018 — thursday

24 AUGUST 2018 — friday

25 AUGUST 2018 — saturday

  • Poetry reading by Jeannette DesBoine aka JD, prolific poet, creative writing coach, and reporter, open mic follows, hosted by David Zeltzer, meets every fourth Saturday of every month, Gearbox Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Oak-land, 2:00-4:00, open mic sign up starts 1:30 (,
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  • Poetry reading by Alison Luterman, Desire Zoo, The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 3:00-4:30 (
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26 AUGUST 2018 — sunday

27 AUGUST 2018 — monday

  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Clive Matson, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (
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28 AUGUST 2018 — tuesday

29 AUGUST 2018 — wednesday

30 AUGUST 2018 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Joseph Lease, The Body Ghost, Donna de la Perrière, Night Calendar, and Natasha Sajé, Vivarium, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087,
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  • The International Hotel Eviction Commemoration (on August 4) remembered the night in 1977 when seniors were evicted from the original hotel and protests took place over the destruction of the last vestige of San Francisco's once pros-pering Manilatown; that historic event foretold the San Francisco housing cri-sis; the event featured the opening of an exhibit of I Hotel "Family Portraits," Au-gust 2-30, historic black and white photographs by photographer Steven C. Wil-son; this is the last day to see that historic photo exhibit; International Hotel Ma-nilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, between Washington Street and Jackson Street, San Francisco, 4:00-6:00 (415/291-0175,
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31 AUGUST 2018 — friday

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