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15 NOVEMBER 2023 — wednesday

  • San Francisco Public Library presents a reading featuring queer and trans BIPOC writers from the Bay Area, who are contributors to I Still Love You, an artistic conversation and exhibit that showcases queer ancestors from SFPL archives in poetry and artwork, connecting a complex lineage to people living today, currently on view at Western Addition Branch, Western Addition General Floor Area, 1550 Scott Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PST (More information here:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents The Last Supper Party, a monthly spoken word and music series curated by Kimi Sugioka, featuring poets Shizue Seigel and Tureeda Mikell, Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine, nominated for the 2020 California Book Award, with music by Cadence Myles, open mic to follow, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PST (More information here:

16 NOVEMBER 2023 — thursday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents Speaking Axolotl, the monthly Latinx/Chicanx poetry reading series every third Thursday of the month, featuring Freddy Gutierrez, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, and online via Zoom, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • City Lights Books presents poet Clark Coolidge, author of over fifty books of poetry including A Book Beginning What and Ending Away: Selected Poems, 1962-1985, reading from his new book, The Crystal Text, hosted by Garrett Caples, poetry editor at City Lights Books and author of Lovers of Today, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The Poetry Center presents poet and essayist Michael Kleber-Diggs, celebrating his debut collection, Worldly Things, selected as the winner of the Poetry Center Book Award, as well as the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize and the Balcones Poetry Prize, among others, joined in a reading by Cynthia Parker-Ohene, judge for the Poetry Center Book Award and author of Daughters of Harriet, online, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Green Apple Books presents artist Jody Servon and poet Lorene Delany-Ullman, Camouflage for the Neighborhood, winner of the 2011 Sentence Award, celebrating Saved: Objects of the Dead, their photographic and poetic collaboration exploring life, death, and memory, featuring over forty photographs and prose poems, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:

17 NOVEMBER 2023 — friday

  • City Lights Books and Small Press Traffic present poet, critic, and editor Robert Glück, Communal Nude, celebrating his new book, About Ed, a portrait of the artist Ed Aulerich-Sugai, Glück's sometime lover during 1970s San Francisco, introduced by Brandon Brown, The Lab, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

18 NOVEMBER 2023 — saturday

  • San Francisco Public Library presents The Presidio Poetry Series, with readings highlighting local poets, writers, and musicians, featuring poets Jessica Loos and Neeli Cherkovski, recipient of the PEN Josephine Miles National Award and author of ABC's, Presidio Meeting Room in the Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Point Reyes Books presents writer and editor Susan Ito, celebrating her new memoir, I Would Meet You Anywhere, in conversation with Eirinie Carson, program coordinator at Mesa Refuge and author of The Dead are Gods, Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station, free, 2:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

19 NOVEMBER 2023 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Anders Carlson-Wee, Disease of Kings, and Marin County Poet Laureate, Francesca Bell, What Small Sound, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PST (
  • Join acclaimed poet Sally Love Saunders, Sally's Casserole, in an online reading, bring a poem of your own to read or come to listen to others, hosted by John Rowe, Bay Area Poets Coalition, online via Zoom, free, 11:00 am PDT (Email: for Zoom information; more information here:

20 NOVEMBER 2023 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist and poet Gail Scott, Permanent Revolution, shortlisted for the Le Grand Prix du livre de Montreal, reading from her new collection, Furniture Music, in conversation with poet and playwright Camille Roy, Sherwood Forest, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

21 NOVEMBER 2023 — tuesday

22 NOVEMBER 2023 — wednesday

23 NOVEMBER 2023 — thursday

24 NOVEMBER 2023 — friday

25 NOVEMBER 2023 — saturday

  • Fourth Saturdays presents the Poets About Town annual open mic reading, welcoming all poets of all ages and levels, bring your own work to share and listen to others in this shared poetry community, two poems or two pages per reader (whichever comes first), sign-ups start at 1:50 pm, poets are welcome to bring copies of their work to sell or trade, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, readings begin at 2:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:

26 NOVEMBER 2023 — sunday

  • Cobalt Gallery presents Poetry at the Cobalt, a new reading series to be held on the last Sunday of the month, featuring poets Mary Rose Kaczorowski and Jamie Armstrong, followed by an open mic, five minutes per reader, Cobalt Gallery, 430 Main Street, Fort Bragg, free, 4:00-6:00 pm PST (For more information, contact:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents the Odd Verse open mic, a justice-oriented open mic every final Sunday of the month, aimed at amplifying voices of underrepresented communities and calls to collective action for justice and liberation, come for an evening of powerful poetry, art, and community, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, sign-ups at 5:00 pm, reading 4:30-7:00 pm PST (More information here:

27 NOVEMBER 2023 — monday

28 NOVEMBER 2023 — tuesday

29 NOVEMBER 2023 — wednesday

  • Lyrics and Dirges, a monthly reading series featuring a variety of prominent and emerging poets, hosted by poets MK Chavez, Dear Animal, and Sharon Coleman, Paris Blinks, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here:

30 NOVEMBER 2023 — thursday

  • City Lights Books presents Oscar Peñaranda, poet, activist, and founding member of the Filipino American National Historical Society, for an evening of storytelling and literary pyrotechnics, featuring a reading from Peñaranda's latest book, Follower of the Seasons, joined by Shirley Ancheta, Joaquin Tuason Cruz, and Jason Bayani, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents short story writer Dan Hibshman, launching his new book, Of a Lifetime: Stories 1963-2023, followed by an open mic reading, six minutes per reader, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, free/$5 suggested donation, 7:00 pm PST (Email Michael Riedell at for more information)
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Raffi Del Bourgo, A Tune Both Familiar and Strange, forthcoming, and David Watts, Katy Bridge, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PST (
  • The Marin Poetry Center presents the member appreciation workshop, "Docupoetry and Experimental Poetics," led by poet and editor Dr. Taylor Byas, I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times, winner of the 2023 Maya Angelou Book Award, online via Zoom, free for members, $50 general admission, registration fee includes a one year membership to the Marin Poetry Center, 6:30-8:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

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