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22 FEBRUARY 2024 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Andrea Cohen, The Sorrow Apartments, and Katie Peterson, Fog and Smoke: Poems, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PST (poetryflash.org).
  • Marin Poetry Center's Poetry Reading Series presents a reading featuring Catharine Clark-Sayles, The Telling, One Breath, and Lifeboat, Gerald Fleming, whose most recent book is prose poetry, The Bastard and the Bishop, and David Watts, Katy Bridge, poems, Seed Kites, haiku, and Daily Bouquet, aphorisms, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 6:30 to 8:00pm PST (To register, visit: www.millvalleylibrary.org; 415/389-4292)
  • Holloway Poetry Series presents a poetry reading by Roger Reeves, Best Barbarian, finalist for the 2022 National Book Award for Poetry and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, books will be available for purchase and for signing, 315 Wheeler Hall, University of California at Berkeley campus, Berkeley, free, reception at 5:45 pm, reading at 6:30 pm PST (More information here: www.pegasusbookstore.com/reeves)
  • The Arts Research Center of UC Berkeley presents The Loft Hour, a new reading series that showcases the work of new arts faculty in informal conversation, this month features poet Solmaz Sharif, Look, winner of the Northern California Book Award and finalist for the National Book Award, with multimedia artist Darian Longmire, in conversation with educator and author Anneka Lenssen, Beautiful Agitation: Modern Painting and Politics in Syria, winner of the 2021 Syrian Studies Association Best Book Prize, Arts Research Center, Hearst Field Annex, D23, Berkeley, free, Noon-1:00 pm PST (More information here: arts.berkeley.edu/2-22-24-the-loft-hour-solmaz-sharif-darian-longmire)
  • Sami Hermez, anthropologist, reads from his memoir and oral history, My Brother, My Land: A Story From Palestine, an exploration of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine through the experience of a single West Bank family, the story offers a perspective about the politics of occupation that challenges the victimization of Palestinians and reinforces their determination to persevere, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 9:00 pm PST citylights.com/events/sami-hermez)
  • The Poetry Center presents a poetry reading and conversation by Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate Emerita of San Francisco, reading from her recent work, and young Diné poet, Hataałiinez Wheeler, The Poetry Center, Humanities Building 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 1:00 to 2:30 pm PST poetry.sfsu.edu/event/kim-shuck-and-hataaliinez-wheeler-reading-and-conversation)

23 FEBRUARY 2024 — friday

  • Small Press Traffic presents "A tribute to kari edwards," a reading and conversation in honor of kari edwards (1954-2006), trans poet, artist, and activist, featuring poets Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Of Mongrelitude, Noa Fields, E, Rob Halpern, Hieroglyphs of the Inverted World, and Bianca Messinger, parallel bars, The Lab, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.smallpresstraffic.org)
  • Beyond Baroque presents "Black Radiance," a poetry reading and mini arts festival in collaboration with SKEW Magazine, featuring readings by Bri Stokes, managing editor for the magazine and author of the chapbook A Throat Full of Forest-Dirt, and poets Jaden Fields, Intentional Musings on Staying Alive When I Want to Die, Rhys Langston, Grapefruit Radio, Aiyana Sha'niel, Little Black Poetry Book, and Liliana Jeanine Epps; the reading will showcase work from SKEW's fourth issue on the theme "Black Embodiment," full vendor lineup TBA, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00-10:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Youth Speaks presents the Teen Poetry Slam, a performance showcasing youth spoken word in an Olympic-style competition, three-minutes per poet, open to anyone age thirteen to nineteen, bring your best poem and compete for a $50 prize and a chance to perform at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, free, Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-speaks-teen-poetry-slam-prelims-in-oakland-tickets-778638728397?aff=oddtdtcreator&mc_cid=81ef2ae096)

24 FEBRUARY 2024 — saturday

  • Paradiso presents a reading featuring poet Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Of Mongrelitude, feminist author and essayist Diana Cage, Lesbian Sex Bible, winner of the 2015 Lambda Literary Award, and poet Violet Spurlock, Alloyed Bliss, Finnish Hall Auditorium, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley, free, doors open 5:30 pm, reading begins 6:00 pm PST
  • City Lights Books presents author and educator Sharad Chari, Fraternal Capital, discussing his new book, Gramsci at Sea, an exploration of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci's writings on the sea, online via Zoom, free, 11:00 am PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • Come see the Flypoet Classic Slam, an all-out spoken word performance featuring six incredible slam poets competing in a multi-round battle for the top, with DJ sets, beatboxing, and dance battles between rounds, $5,000 in prizes for the performers, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, tickets range $40-$120, (Purchase tickets here: flypoet.com/slam)
  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a reading featuring short story writers Frank Gioia, The Mercury Man: Remembering Brooklyn, and Beverly Parayno, Wildflowers, followed by an open mic, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, free, 4:00 pm PST (More information here: www.facebook.com/sacramentopoetryalliance)
  • Fourth Saturdays presents a reading with featured poets Gustavo Hernandez, Flower Grand First, and James Coats, winner of the 2021 San Gabriel Poetry Slam and author of Midnight & Mad Dreams, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PST (More information here: www.facebook.com/fourthsaturdayspoetry)
  • Beyond Baroque presents poet Jose Hernandez Diaz, 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow, celebrating the launch of his new book, Bad Mexican, Bad American, joined in a reading by poets Rooja Mohassessy, When Your Sky Runs Into Mine, winner of the 22nd Annual Elixir Poetry Award, Jose Oseguera, The Milk of Your Blood, L.A. Johnson, Little Climates, and jimmy vega, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet and comedian Bucky Sinister, Black Hole, celebrating the release of his new book, To Fear and Love Bambi Lake, joined in reading and conversation by musician and novelist Alvin Orloff, Vulgarian Rhapsody, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

25 FEBRUARY 2024 — sunday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents Local Author Day, featuring Andrea L. Ambler, Stoking the Poetry Flame: A Teaching Resource, a practical, easy-to-follow guide to encouraging a love of poetry in students, and fiction writer Steven Meloan, St. James Infirmary, a collection of short stories, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 4:00 pm PST (More information here: www.vromansbookstore.com/Vromans-Local-Author-Day-January-2024)
  • Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga presents a reading with award-winning poets James Ragan, The Hunger Wall, and Amy Gerstler, Index of Women, with two open mic segments, refreshments will be served, Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, Los Angeles, suggested donation $5 per person, 4:30 pm PST (More information here: villagepoets.blogspot.com)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents the Odd Verse Reading Series, a poetry reading and open mic that amplifies underrepresented voices, in a safe space for discourse, community solidarity, and collective action for social justice, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, donations welcome, 4:30-7:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

26 FEBRUARY 2024 — monday

  • Fiction writer and former reporter Sarah Ruiz-Grossman discusses her debut novel, A Fire So Wild, in conversation with Traci Thomas, creator and host of the podcast The Stacks, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: www.skylightbooks.com)

27 FEBRUARY 2024 — tuesday

28 FEBRUARY 2024 — wednesday

  • UC Berkeley and the Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network (DVAN) presents a reading and Q&A with French-Vietnamese author Line Papin on The Girl Before Her, her debut novel in English translation; the event will be moderated by writer and journalist Mel Kritikopoulos, Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall 315, University of California Berkeley campus, Berkeley, free to the public, 5:00 to 6:30pm PST

29 FEBRUARY 2024 — thursday

  • City Lights Books and The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University present a reading and conversation with poets Major Jackson, Razzle Dazzle: New and Selected Poems 2002-2022, and Kalamu ya Salaam, Be About Beauty, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: citylights.com/events)
  • Women's National Book Association presents a share and tell mixer, writer's advice edition, come share what you do and ask writing, marketing, and publishing questions, and make some new connections in a community of writers coming together to pool resources and wisdom, online via Zoom, free, Noon pm PST (Register to attend: wnba-sfchapter.org/february-29th-share-tell-mixer-writers-advice-edition)
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents featured poets Brenda Yeager, Torch Song // Transcendental, forthcoming, and Jessyca Lytle, followed by an open mic, six-minutes per reader, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, free, suggested donation $5, 7:00 pm PST (For more information, contact Michael Riedell: innisfreeriedell@gmail.com)

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