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Watershed Festival: Robert Hass, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Kim Shuck, more

7 OCTOBER 2017 — saturday

22nd Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, "Stand Up for the Earth" with dynamic readings of over thirty poets and writers, including Robert Hass, Maxine Hong Kingston; Tongo Eisen-Martin; Tess Taylor; San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck; Alison Luterman; invocation and reading by Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González with Gerardo Omar Marín on conch and flute, more featured poets and speakers to be announced; California Poets in the Schools students reading led by poet-teachers John Oliver Simon and Maureen Hurley; Chapter 510 Oakland students read from The Biography of Water; more readings by poets Kirk Lumpkin, Tiffany Higgins, Raphael Block, Jahan Khalighi, and Maw Shein Win, Poet Laureate of El Cerrito, with Nevada City eco-poet Chris Olander; We Are Nature Open Mic, (to read, enter drawing at noon); hosts Richard Silberg and Kirk Lumpkin, music by The Barry Finnerty Trio; River Village exhibits by literary and environmental organizations; Pegasus Downtown book tent with books for sale and signing; a 100 Thousand Poets for Change event, sponsored by Poetry Flash, Ecology Center, Pegasus Books Downtown, Moe's Books; wheelchair accessible, Civic Center Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Center Street, downtown Berkeley, noon-4:30 (510/525-5476; to table or exhibit, e-mail: info@poetryflash.org)




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20 AUGUST 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • 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 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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  • Bird & Beckett presents a poetry reading with American Book Award-winner Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, and Leroy Franklin Moore, Jr., open mic, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and Jerry Ferraz, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.birdbeckett.com)
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21 AUGUST 2018 — tuesday

22 AUGUST 2018 — wednesday

23 AUGUST 2018 — thursday

24 AUGUST 2018 — friday

25 AUGUST 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • 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 (dzeltzer@acm.org, www.gearboxgallery.com)
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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 (www.dream-institute.org)
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26 AUGUST 2018 — sunday

27 AUGUST 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • 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 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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28 AUGUST 2018 — tuesday

29 AUGUST 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Holloway Series and the English Department host the annual poetry reading by faculty poets: C.S. Giscombe, Robert Hass, Lyn Hejinian, Sara Hicholson, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, and John Shoptaw, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, University of California, Berkeley, free and open to the public, 6:30 (hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com)
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30 AUGUST 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • 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, www.moesbooks.com)
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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, manilatown.org)
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31 AUGUST 2018 — friday


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