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16 JULY 2021 — friday

17 JULY 2021 — saturday

  • Hedgebrook presents the poetry and prose workshop "Between and Around the Lines," led by Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, One River, A Thousand Voices, Killing Marías; participants will read poems written by women from all times around the world, and create new work in response to these poems, $80 general admission, pay-what-you-can options, online, 11:00 am-1:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.hedgebrook.org/webinar-series)
  • Community of Writers presents Festival Day, a free, day-long event featuring readings, panels, and craft talks, with writers and special guests including best-selling novelist Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club, and actor Anna Deavere Smith, craft talks with novelists Janet Fitch, Michelle Latiolais, and screenwriter Megan Fay Raveneau, a virtual nature walk through Paige Meadows with naturalist Will Richardson, readings by Karen Joy Fowler, Tom Lutz, Peter Orner, and more, concluding with a reading by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Time and Materials, with music by the CE Trio, free, with suggested donation, online, 8:30 am-7:00 pm PDT (Reserve your ticket here: communityofwriters.org/events/event/festival-day)
  • The Point Reyes Field Institute presents the writing workshop, "Writing in the Wild," led by poet and essayist Patti Trimble; participants will follow prompts to write short poetry and prose, drawing inspiration from the beautiful Point Reyes landscape, $70 members, $80 nonmembers, Limantour Beach, Limantour Road, Point Reyes Station, 10:30 am-4:30 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-in-the-wild-tickets-158318887053)

18 JULY 2021 — sunday

  • Skylight Books celebrates the launch of Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution: An Oral History, a comprehensive look at the queercore movement and how it radicalized gay politics and spilled into mainstream culture, featuring writer and director Yony Leyser, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, writer and artist Anna Joy Springer, The Vicious Red Relic, Love, writer and musician Lynn Breedlove, Godspeed, acclaimed filmmaker Bruce LaBruce, Otto; or Up with Dead People, and writer and editor Liam Warfield, online, free, Noon PDT (RSVP to attend: www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-queercore-launch-event)
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents best-selling writer and naturalist Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk, celebrating the paperback release of Macdonald's collection of essays, Vesper Flights, co-sponsored by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, free, online, 11:00 am PDT (Register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/vesper-flights)
  • Join poet Sally Love Saunders, Fresh Bread, Pauses, for an open mic poetry reading on Zoom, open to everyone, bring a poem or two to read, or come just to listen, free, online, 11:00 am PDT (Zoom link: us02web.zoom.us/j/83157476805?pwd=M1lpdzl4VUZjbGZ0dklCdVFsUW5DZz09; Meeting ID: 831 5747 6805, Passcode: 018200)

19 JULY 2021 — monday

  • Blue Light at the Gallery presents an Ekphrastic Poetry Reading, featuring poets Loretta Walker, Lisha Adela Garcia, Mary Kay Rummel, Marsha Nelson, Pat Barone, Nancy Lee Melmon, Jennifer Lagier, Holly Veldhuis, Barbara Saxton, Claudia Reder, Mylo Schaaf, Elaina Whitesell, MJ Moore, Paul Fisher, Steve Trenam, Jaime Zukowski, Jeffrey Bartfeld, and Diane Frank, poets will read new work created after four days together exploring Ekphrastic Poetry, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (RSVP to bluelightpress@aol.com for the Zoom link)

20 JULY 2021 — tuesday

21 JULY 2021 — wednesday

22 JULY 2021 — thursday

23 JULY 2021 — friday

  • Point Reyes Books presents best-selling novelist Katie Kitamura, A Separation, Gone to the Forest, reading from and discussing her latest novel, Intimacies, about an interpreter who moves to The Hague and becomes embroiled in political controversy and a violent crime she witnessed, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/katie-kitamura)

24 JULY 2021 — saturday

  • The Richmond Literary Arts Center presents a reading featuring poets Carrie Bennett, biography of water, The Land Is a Painted Thing, and Kirun Kapur, Women in the Waiting Room, Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist, online via Zoom, free, donations welcome, Noon PDT (Zoom link here: us02web.zoom.us/j/84562727581?pwd=OUlUUnExYlN4TTJ3R2hVOUd2cW9aQT09; Meeting ID: 845 6272 7581, Passcode: 526981)

25 JULY 2021 — sunday

  • Join poet Cecilia Woloch and friends for a poetry reading featuring poets Brendan Constantine, Bouncy Bounce, Dementia, My Darling, and Julianna McCarthy, Photoplay, followed by a brief reading by Cecilia Woloch, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, and Q&A with the audience, online via Zoom, free, Noon-1:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/events/1048211052619918)
  • The Berkeley Historical Society presents a panel discussion featuring the lead researcher and curatorial assistants of the "African Americans in Berkeley History and Legacy" exhibit, images and archival material on African American contributions and history in the City of Berkeley, featuring Mary Jackson, Lead Researcher, and Curatorial Assistants Luceiris Collymore Abbas, Celise O. Knott, Raquel Matthews, and Mimia Ousilas, moderated by Stephanie Anne Johnson, co-curator of the exhibit, Berkeley Historical Society, 1931 Center Street, Berkeley, free, 3:00 pm PDT (More information: www.berkeleyhistoricalsociety.org/news/129/87/Panel-the-Art-of-Black-Research.html)
  • Long Beach Literary Arts Center presents the Lit240! reading series, featuring poets Romaine Washington, Purgatory Has an Address, Sirens in Her Belly, Ja'net Danielo, The Song of Our Disappearing, and Emily Hockaday, Starting a Life, Ophelia, followed by a Q&A on publishing and poetry, free, online via Zoom, 2:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.lbliteraryarts.com/lit240)
  • The Marin Poetry Center presents the Traveling Show, a series of poetry readings featuring new and longtime members of MPC, this reading features poets Christina Waters, Dale Jensen, Twisted History, Judy Wells, The Glass Ship, Deborah Bachels Schmidt, Milky Breath of Stars, Crystal Monique, A Look Inside, and Margaret H. Wagner, Dancing Poems), online, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.marinpoetrycenter.org/programs/trav-show)

26 JULY 2021 — monday

  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents a reading celebrating work from the Monday Night Fiction Workshop led by poet and fiction writer Raquel Baker, with readings by Baker and participants from the workshop, online, free, 7:00-9:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-baroques-monday-night-workshop-reading-tickets-161164335867)
  • The University of California, Berkeley, is offering four three-week creative writing courses for the summer, available in two sessions, with Session E running July 26-August 13, classes are "The Craft of Creative Nonfiction" and "The Craft of Short Fiction," both taught by Matthew J. Parker, Larceny in My Blood, "The Craft of Dramatic Writing," and "The Craft of Poetry," taught by poet Miriam Bird Greenberg, In the Volcano's Mouth, also available is "The Craft of Creative Writing: Workshopping and Performance," a personalized class open to writers in all genres to learn to workshop and perform their work, taught by playwright Joseph Horton, all are welcome, classes are offered synchronously and asynchronously, online via Zoom (Enroll here: writing.berkeley.edu/courses/summer-creative-writing-workshops)

27 JULY 2021 — tuesday

  • 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 week with special guest Jeffrey Bartfeld, A Poet's Portrait of Point Reyes, free/donations welcome, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: poeticlicensesonoma.com/events)
  • Cobalt Poets presents an open mic reading with guest host Jon Wesick, Words of Power, Dances of Freedom, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights Books presents best-selling novelist and journalist Omar El Akkad, American War, reading from his new novel, What Strange Paradise, a deeply touching story of two children washed ashore on an island after the refugee ship they were on sank, and what they must do to protect each other and survive, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)
  • Green Apple Books presents best-selling author N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, reading from and discussing her latest novel, The City We Became, the first book in the Great Cities trilogy, online, free, 5:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/virtual-event-nk-jemisin)
  • Vroman's Bookstore presents novelist Willa C. Richards, reading from and discussing her debut novel The Comfort of Monsters, a haunting story of a woman dealing with the disappearance of her sister thirty years later and the truths and shortcomings of memory, in conversation with novelist Chia-Chia Lin, The Unpassing, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vromans-live-willa-c-richards-conversation-chia-chia-lin-discusses-comfort-monsters)
  • Join poet Jan Steckel, Like Flesh Covers Bone, for a California Writers Club Poetry Guild Reading, with readings from Steckel and poets Keith Gaboury, Hello Universe Lovers, Aquiela Lewis-Ross, Stop Hurting and Dance, and special guest Anna Allen, I've Titled This Poem with Your Name, hosted by Terry Tierney, free, online via Zoom, 7:00-8:15 pm PDT (Zoom link: us02web.zoom.us/j/86970053663?pwd=U1N3NHBJcjNaNE83dFQwemNnMzhJZz09; Meeting ID: 869 7005 3663, Passcode: 416473)

28 JULY 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist and nonfiction writer Matthew Specktor, American Dream Machine, The Sting, discussing his new book, Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles, California, in conversation with Adam Pfahler, musician and founding member of the band Jawbreaker, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)

29 JULY 2021 — thursday

30 JULY 2021 — friday

31 JULY 2021 — saturday


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