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4 APRIL 2024 — thursday

  • Sonoma State University English and Creative Writing Departments and Zaum magazine present the Sonoma State Community Writers Festival, including workshops, readings, exhibitors, and panels scheduled in both ballroom and classroom environments, Poetry Flash, Manic D Press, and many other exhibitors will be in attendance; The first readings from 4:00-4:50 pm will feature writers from the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference (Pamela Bordisso, antmen pimentel mendoza, Rashaan Meneses, Virgie Tovar, Ebony Haight, Frej Barty, Eliana Yoneda), Alexander Valley Room; an eBook and Chapbook event (Judith Day, Ed Mycue, Mary Holman Tuteur), Bennett Valley Room; Bilingual reading from the work of German poet Matt Sessner, Sonoma Valley Room; The next readings from 5:00-5:50 pm will be Sixteen Rivers Press poets, (Matthew M. Monte, Rosa Lane, Christina Lloyd, Murray Silverstein, Alice Templeton, Terry Ehret), Sonoma Valley Room; Feather Press writers read (Jennifer Barone, Cassandra Dallett, Ingrid Keir, Kalechi Ubozoh), Bennett Valley Room; Bay Area Queer Writers read (Liz Faraim, Wayne Goodman, Richard May, R.L. Merrill), Alexander Valley Room; and Wet Cement Press writers read (Thoreau Lovell, Michelle Murphy), Russian River Valley Room; The next readings from 6:00-6:50 pm will be Peter Kline, Brittany Perham, and Randall Mann read, Stevenson 1301; Reed Magazine writers read (Sophie Aust, Allegra Balbuena, Ian Meadows, Dylan Mueller, Ryan Steel), Bennett Valley Room; Jambu Press writers read (Virgina Barrett, Bobby Coleman), Alexander Valley Room; Blue Light Press poets (Diane Frank, Emilie Lygren, Prartho Sereno, Mark Tate, Ellery Akers, Steve Trenam), Sonoma Valley Room; and South Asian American writers read (Amna Ali, Moazzam Sheikh), Russian River Valley Room; the last readings are 7:00 to 7:50 pm and include Erotic Poetry (Michael Foulk, Yume Kim, Loria Mendoza, Christine No, Noah Sanders), Stevenson 1301; SFSU Creative Writing Program writers (Laird Harrison, Elodie Townsend, Evan Burkin, Michaela Chairez, Christopher Jones), Russian River Valley Room; WTAW Press & Betty writers (Anita Felicelli, Michelle Cruz Gonzales, Lillian Howan, Joanna Choi Kalbus, Julian Mithra, Marianne Villanueva, Olga Zilberbourg), Sonoma Valley Room; Bazaar Writers Salon (Kim Addonizio, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Kathleen Winter), Alexander Valley Room; Dominican MFA Students and Alumni (Brennen Belogorsky, Bonnie Carasso, Deidre Cavazzi, Caitlin Howery, Matthew Kline, Meg Neville, Dave Seter, Nichole Turnbloom), Bennett Valley Room; and Napa Valley Writers Conference Staff (Andrea Bewick, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Caroline Goodwin, Angela Pneuman), Stevenson 1201; Sonoma State University, 1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, free, 4:00 pm-9:00 pm PDT (For more information and the full schedule of participants, visit english.sonoma.edu/community-writers-festival)
  • Lunch Poems, UC Berkeley's noontime reading series, presents poet Brandon Shimoda, The Grave on the Wall, recipient of the PEN Open Book Award, Morrison Library inside Doe Library, 101 Library Ct., University of California campus, Berkeley, free, 12:10-12:50 pm PDT (More information here: www.lib.berkeley.edu/visit/lunch-poems)
  • Mechanics' Institute presents a special reading in celebration of National Poetry Month, featuring California Poet Laureate Lee Herrick, Scar and Flower, finalist for the 2020 Northern California Book Award, San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Blood On The Fog, and Oakland's inaugural Poet Laureate Ayodele Nzinga, Incandescent, Mechanic's Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, $5 members, $15 nonmembers, 6:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.milibrary.org/events/events-activities)
  • Sonoma State University's English Department and Zaum Literary Magazine present the Sonoma Community Writers Festival, a community-based series of readings, panel discussions, and workshops, featuring featuring keynote speakers, poets Sam Sax, Pig: Poems, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Not Here, and over forty Bay Area independent literary organizations at a table bazaar to exhibit their services and publications, exhibitors will include Poetry Flash and Manic D Press, come celebrate with a gathering of writers from all disciplines and find numerous opportunities to strengthen your own writing, Sonoma State University Student Center, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, free, 4:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here: english.sonoma.edu/community-writers-festival)
  • Townsend Center for the Humanities presents poet and novelist Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, named one of the top ten books of 2019 by the Washington Post, reading from his new collection of poems, Time Is a Mother, in conversation with educator and author Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, see website for ticketing information, BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, 5:00 pm PDT (More information here: townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/events/ocean-vuong-writer)

5 APRIL 2024 — friday

  • Fresno State University's Chicanx Writers and Artists Association presents a reading, Q&A, and book signing with poet Cynthia Guardado, Cenizas, Kremen Education Building, 5005 North Maple Avenue, Fresno, free, 6:30 pm-8:00pm PDT (For more information, visit: calendar.fresnostate.edu/index.php?eID=2262)
  • Beyond Baroque presents novelist Myriam J.A. Chancy, What Storm, What Thunder, named a "Best Book of 2021" by NPR and awarded an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, reading from her new book, Village Weavers, in conversation with short story author Talia Lakshmi Kolluri, What We Fed to the Manticore, followed by an audience Q&A, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Zibby's Bookshop and Harvardwood presents Vietnamese-American multihyphenate storyteller Susan Lieu in conversation with author Jeff Yang for the launch of Susan Lieu's new memoir, The Manicurist's Daughter, featuring moderated conversation, Q&A, and a book signing follows, Zibby's Bookshop, 1113 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.susanlieu.me/events)

6 APRIL 2024 — saturday

  • Fourth Saturdays presents the annual Garden of Verses Poetry Festival, a reading celebrating nature- and garden-themed poetry, featuring local poets Maria J. Andrade, Patricia Scruggs, Penelope Moffet, Andrea Carter Brown, Lavinia Blossom, Alice Pero, James Coats, and others, hosted by Karen Greenbaum-Maya, Lucia Galloway-Dick, and George Hammons, Oak Arbor at California Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Avenue, Claremont, free, 11:00 am-3:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.calbg.org/event/a-garden-of-verses-poetry-festival-2024)
  • Beyond Baroque presents "Occult Experiments: Queer Transdisciplinary Poetics," a reading featuring Shelley Marlow, The Wind Blew Through Like A Chorus of Ghosts, Brooke Palmieri, Bargain Witch, forthcoming in Autumn 2025, Noel Alumit, Music Heard in Hi-Fi and Other Stories, and K. Bradford, in conversation with poet and scholar Ramón García, The Chronicles, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Join photographer Chris Felver and San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, Pick a Garnet to Sleep in, for "Poetic Razzmatazz," an afternoon of poetry, photography, and film, in conjunction with Christopher Felver's show, "Whole Shebang," featuring photographs of celebrated writers, artists, and musicians; the exhibition is open to the public until April 14; Sausalito Center for the Arts, 750 Bridgeway, Sausalito, $10 suggested donation, 2:00-6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.sausalitocenterforthearts.org/photos-films-paintings)

7 APRIL 2024 — sunday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents an afternoon of queer Filipinx poetry, featuring antmen pimentel mendoza, My Boyfriend Apocalypse, Christian Aldana, The Water We Swim In, and Keana Aguila Labra, founder of Sampaguitas Press, author of Mohilak, San Francisco Main Library, James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:30 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2024/04/07/performance-bakla-afternoon-queer-filipinx-poets)
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Janée J. Baugher, Seattle poet and author of The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction, and Rebecca Foust, Only, Marin County Poet Laureate emerita, 2727 California Street, Berkeley, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org).
  • Join North Bay Letterpress for a reading in celebration of National Poetry Month with poets Laura Moriarty, Which Walks, Elizabeth Herron, In the Cities of Sleep, Sonoma County Poet Laureate, and youth poet Athena Ryan; North Bay Letterpress Arts, 925-D Gravenstein Highway S, Sebastopol, free, 5:00-6:30 pm PDT (For more information and to RSVP, visit: www.northbayletterpressarts.org/upcoming-events-1/moriarty-herron)
  • Bazaar Writers Salon poetry reading features Armen Davoudian, The Palace of Forty PillarsSadness of the Apex Predator and Ghost Dogs, Roxi Power, The Songs That Objects Would Sing, and Dashaun Washington, 2023-2025 Wallace Stegner Fellow, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 to 8:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: bazaarcafe.com)

8 APRIL 2024 — monday

  • Palestinian-American poet Fady Joudah reads from his new collection, […], come for an evening of poetry and stand in solidarity with Palestine, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, University of California campus, Berkeley, free, 6:00 pm PDT
  • Green Apple Books will be joined by the Institute of American Indian Arts for a special reading with students, alumni, and faculty; featured readers include Tracy Abeyta, poet Jennifer Elise Foerster, The Maybe-Bird, Ibe Liebenberg, and Deborah Jackson Taffa, Whiskey Tender: a Memoir; Green Apple Books,1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-evening-iaia)
  • City Lights and The MIT Press celebrate the publication of Susannah Fox's new nonfiction book, Rebel Health: A Field Guide to the Patient-Led Revolution in Medical Care, exploring the next wave of health innovation and its ties to patient-led revolution,
  • Library Foundation of Los Angeles presents award-winning novelist Tommy Orange, There There, finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the American Book Award, reading from and discussing his new book, Wandering Stars, in conversation with Sterlin Harjo, filmmaker and showrunner for Reservation Dogs, co-sponsored by Skylight Books, at Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: lfla.org/event/wandering-stars)
  • Rivertown Poets presents a reading featuring Nellie Wong, winner of the PEN Oakland Reginald Lockett Lifetime Achievement Award, and author of Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, with Vincent Kobelt, Pinch of Salt, followed by an open mic, three-minutes per reader, online via Zoom, free, 6:15 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/groups/1341594256501837)

9 APRIL 2024 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with featured poet CP Maze, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights celebrates the publication of Deborah Taffa's Whiskey Tender: A Memoir; Taffa will be in conversation with award-winning poet, scholar, and critic Dean Rader, discussing the formation of her personal identity as a mixed-indigenous woman, born on the California Yuma reservation and raised in Navajo territory, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 9:00 pm PDT (More information: citylights.com/events/deborah-taffa)

10 APRIL 2024 — wednesday

  • Beyond Baroque presents a reading with featured poets Tayi Tibble, Rangikura, and Harryette Mullen, Open Leaves / poems from earth, book signing and light refreshments will follow the reading, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-9:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • The Holloway Series presents a reading by Harlem poet LaTasha Nevada Diggs, Village, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, Berkeley, free, 5:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: events.berkeley.edu/english/event/236178-holloway-poetry-series-latasha-nevada-diggs)
  • The Thousand Oaks Library and the Ventura County Poetry Project jointly present a poetry open mic, held every second Wednesday of the month, featuring readings with local poets and special guests, come share your work and listen to others, hosted by Ron Fullerton, Newbury Park Library Meeting Room, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: libcal.tolibrary.org/event/10554134?f=h)
  • Books Inc. Berkeley presents writer and activist Summer Brenner reading from and discussing her new memoir, Dust; Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.booksinc.net/event/summer-brenner-books-inc-berkeley)

11 APRIL 2024 — thursday

  • San Francisco Public Library presents Poem Jam, a monthly reading hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, What Unseen Thing Blows Wishes Across My Surface?, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Poetry Flash, featuring Joyce Jenkins, Editor and Director of Poetry Flash, Joy Road; Associate Editor Richard Silberg, Deconstruction of the Blues; Contributing Editor Lee Rossi, Say Anything; and poet MK Chavez, Dear Animal, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2024/04/11/performance-kim-shucks-poem-jam-celebrates-poetry-flash)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet Saretta Morgan, celebrating her debut collection, Alt-Nature, joined in a reading by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, The Man Who Could Move Clouds, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Tonya Foster, A Swarm of Bees in High Court; and Wendy Trevino, Brazilian no es una raza, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • The Poetry Center presents a reading and conversation with poets Priscilla Wathington, Mazza Writer-in-Residence, and author of Paper and Stick, and Sam Sax, Pig, The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:15 pm PDT (More information here: poetry.sfsu.edu)

12 APRIL 2024 — friday

  • Beyond Baroque presents an evening of Latin American poetics, with works in translation in English and Spanish, featuring Frank Báez, The End of the World Came to My Neighborhood, Margarita Pintado Burgos, Ojo en Celo / Eye in Heat, winner of the Ambroggio Award, Gloria Enedina Alvarez, and Carlo Acevedo, Fortuna del día, followed by a Q&A moderated by poet and translator Anthony Seidman, as well as a book signing, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 680 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • The Book of Light Poetry Series, a reading series that celebrates the spirit and soul of the poetry of Lucille Clifton, featuring California Poet Laureate Lee Herrick, Scar and Flower, reading from new and selected poems, Books Inc., 1344 Parks Street, Alameda, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.booksinc.net/event/lee-herrick-books-inc-scar-and-flower)
  • The Book of Light Poetry Series, a reading series that celebrates the spirit and soul of the poetry of Lucille Clifton, featuring California Poet Laureate Lee Herrick, Scar and Flower, reading from new and selected poems, Books Inc., 1344 Parks Street, Alameda, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.booksinc.net/event/lee-herrick-books-inc-scar-and-flower)

13 APRIL 2024 — saturday

  • LitCrawl Sebastopol presents an evening with Alka Joshi, author of the Jaipur Trilogy The Henna Artist, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, and The Perfumist of Paris, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm PDT, $25 (For tickets, visit: engage.sebarts.org/event/an-evening-with-alka-joshi/e560463)
  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a reading with featured poets Luisa Giuilianetti, Agrodolce, and Iris Jamahl Dunkle, West : Fire : Archive, followed by an open mic, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.sacramentopoetryalliance.com)
  • Presented by the Nevada County Arts Council, the 8th annual Sierra Poetry Festival's mainstage event will feature some of the most exciting local and national poets and performers, it is the highlight of a month-long festival, taking place in venues across Nevada County; acclaimed poet Jane Hirshfield, The Asking: New and Selected Poems, will kick off the day, with poet and essayist Ross Gay, winner of the PEN American Literary Jean Stein Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, featured at the closing; Poetry Flash will exhibit at the Poetry Place Bookfair, The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, 9:00 am-5:00 pm PDT (www.sierrapoetryfestival.org)
  • RichOak Events, in partnership with Medicine for Nightmares, presents the Day Dreamer's Poetry Showcase, a monthly spoken word event that highlights voices often overlooked or silenced, featuring artist and poet Ciera Jevae, Unto Ivy's Rib, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00-7:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes novelist Anne Lamott in conversation with San Francisco Chronicle columnist Barbara Lane to discuss Lamott's twentieth book, Somehow: Thoughts on Love, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $49, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/anne-lamott)
  • Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents Lit Crawl Sebastopol, a four-hour literary festival featuring many readings and authors throughout downtown Sebastopol, concluding with an evening reading by bestselling novelist Alka Joshi, The Henna Artist, The Perfumist of Paris, longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, $25, 6:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.sebarts.org/litcrawl)
  • City Lights in conjunction with the Gallery Wendi Norris and Reaktion Books present a discussion between Amy Lyford, Exquisite Dreams: The Art and Life of Dorothea Tanning, and writer, educator, and art historian Jennifer L. Shaw; using new archival sources and analyses of Tanning's work, Lyford provides the first full account of Dorothea Tanning's surrealist art, sculptures, abstract paintings and films, Gallery Wendi Norris, 436 Jackson Street, San Francisco, free, 1:00 to 2:00 pm PDT (More information: citylights.com/events/amy-lyford-with-jennifer-l-shaw)
  • Litquake presents "Grace Notes: Poetry at Grace Cathedral," curated and hosted by poets D.A. Powell,Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, and Preeti Vangani,Mother Tongue Apologize, four celebrated poets (Brenda Hillman,In a Few Minutes Before Later, Cathy Park Hong,Minor Feelings, Dong Li,The Orange Tree, and Brian Tierney,Rise and Float) will read their work, Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.litquake.org/upcoming-events.html)
  • Lit Crawl Sebastopol presents a reading with Rivertown Poets, featuring Monica Volker, Words to Live By, Shawna Swetech, Terry Ehret, Plagios / Plagiarisms, Volume Two, Nancy Dougherty, Heaven is in Truckee, Claire Drucker, The Life You Gave Me, Jodie Hottel, Out of the Ashes, and Renée Owen, This One Life, sponsored by Sebastopol Center for the Arts, at Milk & Honey, 123 N. Main Street, Sebastopol, free, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT (More information here: litcrawlsebastopol2024.sched.com/event/1b4GR/rivertown-poets)

14 APRIL 2024 — sunday

  • This two-day workshop, "Building a Story: Plot," is led by novelist Nina Schuyler, Afterword; each session of the course covers a different plot structure, the first session, April 14, will cover causation plot; the second session, April 21, will cover braided or episodic plot, discrete events not connected causally but loosely by imagery, theme, or something else, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $125, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/event/nina-schuyler-building-story-plot)
  • A Memorial and Celebration for the late Bay Area poet and performance artist G.P. Skratz (1948-2024) will be a time to share reminiscences, read Skratz's poems, sing his songs, or to perform or read your own works in his honor; all presentations should be five-minutes or under, light refreshments and potluck; if you wish to participate in the potluck, let the organizers know what dish you are bringing to share and provide serving utensils, beer and wine provided; the organizers are working on a Zoom hook-up so those unable to attend in person may participate, street parking or in the parking lot across the street, Rhythmix, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, 2:00-4:00 pm PDT (Please rsvp and state whether you will be attending in person or via Zoom: bobdavis@ccsf.edu and summerbrenner@gmail.com)
  • The Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at SFSU and Diaspora Arts Connection present a reading from new work in honor of National Poetry Month, with featured poets Saba Keramati, Self-Mythology, and Armen Davoudian, The Palace of Forty Pillars, Persian Center, 2029 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, free, 3:00-5:00 pm PDT
  • San Francisco Public Library presents "Roots and Resonance," a reading by two South Asian diasporic poets, Monica Mody, Wild Fin, and Sophia Naz, Bark Archipelago, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 1:00-2:30 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2024/04/14/performance-roots-and-resonance-poetry-reading-monica-mody-and-sophia-naz)
  • This workshop, "Writing Picture Books: The Rules (and How to Break Them)," led by children's book author Monica Wesolowska, Leo + Lea, offers a brief history of picture book writing, thoughts on the publishing world today, craft elements including characterization, point of view, and plot, with writing exercises to practice what you learn, and a chance to share your work, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $115, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/event/writing-picture-books-monica-wesolowska)
  • Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents "Being Brave," a poetry workshop led by Elizabeth Herron, 2022-2024 Sonoma County Poet Laureate and author of In the Cities of Sleep, attendees will take simple suggestions and brief writing prompts to connect with the heart and create empowering poetry, Little Red Hen Dining Room at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, suggested donation $10-$20, 1:00-3:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.sebarts.org/classeslectures/p/being-brave-wiriting-workshop-with-elizabeth-herron-2024)

15 APRIL 2024 — monday

16 APRIL 2024 — tuesday

  • City Lights presents fiction writer Elwin Cotman reading from his collection Weird Black Girls: Stories; the seven speculative fiction short stories in this collection explore the anxieties of living while Black, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 8:00 pm PDT (For more information: citylights.com/events/elwin-cotman)

17 APRIL 2024 — wednesday

18 APRIL 2024 — thursday

  • City Lights presents award-winning author Ana Raquel Miniana as she discusses her new book,In the Shadow of Liberty: The Invisible History of Immigrant Detention in the United States; this work of narrative history follows the lives of four migrants: a Central American asylum seeker, a Cuban exile, a European war bride, and a Chinese refugee, as they leave their home countries and make a life for themselves in America, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 9:00 pm PDT (For more information: citylights.com/events/ana-raquel-minian)
  • Center for Literary Arts presents Leila Mottley reading from her latest books, Nightcrawling, a novel, winner of the Northern California Book Award, and Poems for Reckoning Day, Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Reserve tickets: hammertheatre.vbotickets.com)
  • Copperfield's Books welcomes fiction writer and poet Michael Ondaatje in celebration of his new book of poetry, A Year of Last Things: Poems, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm PDT (For tickets, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/michael-ondaatje-tickets-824379038897?aff=ebdssbdestsearch)
  • San Francisco Public Library presents Morton Paley, Emeritus Professor English at University of California, Berkeley, discussing William Blake's illustrated Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2024/04/14/performance-roots-and-resonance-poetry-reading-monica-mody-and-sophia-naz)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents Speaking Axolotl, a monthly Latinx/Chicanx reading series every third Thursday of the month, hosted by poet Josiah Luis Alderete, Baby Axolotls & Old Pochos, featuring Xavi Burgos and Elvira Prieto, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

19 APRIL 2024 — friday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes young adult fiction novelist Leigh Bardugo, author of the Shadow and BoneNinth House series, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $36, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/leigh-bardugo)
  • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books presents the 44th annual LA Times Book Prizes, University of Southern California campus, Bovard Auditorium, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, limited public tickets are available, $20/VIP $75, 7:00 pm PDT (Tickets: events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/bookprizes)
  • The Poetry Center presents the Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series, featuring poet and filmmaker Safaa Fathy, who will showcase her work in both poetry and film, as well as engage in conversation with the audience; Fathy is the author of Where Not to Be Born and Revolution Goes Through Walls, both recently translated from Arabic to English, Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here: poetry.sfsu.edu)

20 APRIL 2024 — saturday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents Ajay Singh Chaudhary, political theorist and executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, discussing his new book, The Exhausted of the Earth: Politics in a Burning World, in conversation with Daniel Aldana Cohen, A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal, Medicine for Nightmare Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30-9:30 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • LA Times Festival of Books in partnership with Skylight Books presents a special Ideas Exchange event with RuPaul in celebration of the release of his memoir, The House of Hidden Meanings, University of Southern Callifornia campus, Bovard Auditorium, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, $35-$75, 12:30 pm PDT (To purchase tickets, visit: www.tixr.com/groups/latimesfob/events/festival-of-books-rupaul-ideas-exchange-94506)
  • This workshop, "Less is More! Writing Micro Fiction," taught by flash fiction writer and children's book author Britta Stromeyer Esmail, will teach you how to compact narratives, refine prose, hone editing skills, and help you find literary journals that accept flash fiction, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $80, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/event/less-more-writing-micro-fiction-britta-stromeyer-esmail)

21 APRIL 2024 — sunday

  • Alta (1942-2024), legendary Berkeley poet, prose writer, and publisher, passed on March 10; she is best known as the founder of the feminist press Shameless Hussy Press and editor of the Shameless Hussy Review; her 1980 collection The Shameless Hussy won the American Book Award in 1981; her memorial will take place at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, Noon PDT
  • This two-day workshop, "Building a Story: Plot," is led by author Nina Schuyler, Afterword ; each session of the course will cover a different plot structure; the first session, April 14, will cover causation plot; the second session, April 21, will cover braided or episodic plot, discrete events not connected causally but loosely by imagery, theme, or something else, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $125, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/event/nina-schuyler-building-story-plot)
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents a screening of two documentaries about renowned Beat poets Diane Di Prima and Allen Ginsberg, The Poetry Deal: A Portrait of Poet Diane Di Prima and The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 1:00-3:15 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2024/04/21/film-poetry-deal-life-and-times-allen-ginsberg)

22 APRIL 2024 — monday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents a reading with four California poets, Karla Brundage, Swallowing Watermelons, Ashia Ajani, Heirloom, Kevin Dublin, Eulogy, and Arthur Kayzakian, The Book of Redacted Paintings, winner of the inaugural Black Lawrence Immigrant Writing Series, Medicine for Nightmare Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 3:30-5:30 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • Fresno State University's Armenian Studies Program and Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing present "Armenian Memory, Writing Across the Borders: A Reading and Talk," with Pulitzer-prize winning poet Peter Balakian, Black Dog of Fate and Ozone Journal, book signing follows, Alice Peters Auditorium, 5245 North Backer Avenue, Fresno, free, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: calendar.fresnostate.edu/index.php?eID=2288)

23 APRIL 2024 — tuesday

24 APRIL 2024 — wednesday

  • Point Reyes Books presents iconic novelist Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club, celebrating her latest book, The Backyard Bird Chronicles, Red Barn, 75 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, $40, each ticket comes with a copy of the book, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/events)
  • City Lights, ALTA Journal, and Heyday Books celebrate the publication of Greg Sarris's new short story collection, The Forgetters, and the paperback release of his memoir in essays, Becoming Story: A Journey Among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 9:00 pm PDT (For more information: https://citylights.com/events/greg-sarris-in-conversation-with-blaise-zerega)

25 APRIL 2024 — thursday

  • The Poetry Center, in conjunction with TurkxTaylor Initiative, presents "Trans Temporal Resistances," writers and artists deconstruct trans archives and architecture through text and movement, featuring performances by three local writers, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Rowan Powell, and Mason J., co-curated by Emji Saint Spero and Leila Weefur, Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (More information here: poetry.sfsu.edu)
  • San Francisco Public Library presents a reading by Bay Area poets Dena Rod, Scattered Arils, Taneesh Kaur, Thawing: A Poetic Memoir, and Tony Aldarondo, reading from new work, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, What Unseen Thing Blows Wishes Across My Surface?, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2024/04/25/performance-new-poetry-books-bay-area-poets-read-recent-publications)
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents Haiku Night, featuring a presentation and reading of haikus and other short forms of poetry, followed by an open mic reading, six-minutes per reader, emceed by Michael Riedell, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, $5 suggested donation, 7:00 pm PDT (Email: innisfreeriedell@gmail.com for more information)

26 APRIL 2024 — friday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes Catherine Lacey, Biography of X, Pew, The Answers, Nobody Is Ever Missing, and journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Chloé Cooper Jones discussing Jones's new memoir, Easy Beauty; Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $39, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/chloe-cooper-jones)
  • The Book of Light Poetry Series, a reading series that celebrates the spirit and soul of the poetry of Lucille Clifton, featuring Jackson Holbert, winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize and author Winter Stranger, Books Inc., 1344 Parks Street, Alameda, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.booksinc.net/event/jackson-holbert-books-inc-alameda)

27 APRIL 2024 — saturday

  • This workshop, "Writing Historical Fiction," taught by historical novelists Siobhan Curham, The Storyteller of Auschwitz, and Linda Joy Myers, The Forger of Marseille, covers the key elements of writing historical fiction including idea, research, character, and plot, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $105, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/event/writing-historical-fiction)
  • Fourth Saturdays presents a reading with featured poets Jodie Hollander, Nocturne, and Veronica Michalowski, One: Family of Poetry, free, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.facebook.com/fourthsaturdayspoetry)
  • Sonoma Valley Authors Festival presents "Authors on the Plaza" featuring authors David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, Colm Tóibín,The Magician, and Amy Tan,The Joy Luck Club, Sonoma Plaza, 453 First Street East, Sonoma, free, registration required, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: svauthorsfest.org/authors-on-the-plaza)
  • City Lights, Morbid Curiosity, and Strange Attractor Press present an afternoon in appreciation of the life and work of Mel Gordon, in celebration of the posthumous publication of his Cabarets of Death: Death, Dance and Dining in Early Twentieth-Century Paris, a documentation of three cabaret-restaurants in the Montmartre district of Paris from 1892 until 1954, moderated by Joanna Ebenstein and Peter Maravelis, with Maer Ben-Yisreal, Ati Citron, J. Hoberman, La Pustra, Mark Pilkington, Jill Tracy, Christina Ward, and others, online via Zoom, free, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PDT (To register, visit Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voluptuous-life-a-tribute-to-the-life-and-work-of-mel-gordon-tickets-810502062487?aff=oddtdtcreator)

28 APRIL 2024 — sunday

  • Litquake and Litcamp present, "How They Did It: High-Stakes Memoir," a conversation with five intrepid authors of recent memoir including Eddie Ahn Advocate: A Graphic Memoir of Family, Community, and the Fight for Environmental Justice, Sylvia Brownrigg,The Whole Staggering Mystery: A Story of Fathers Lost and Found, Margaret Juhae Lee,Starry Field: A Memoir of Lost History, Susan Lieu,The Manicurist's Daughter, and Carvell Wallace,The Sixth Man, Another Word for Love; the event will be moderated by author Rachel Howard, The Risk of Us, Page Street Co-Working Space, 297 Page Street, San Francisco, free, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.litquake.org/upcoming-events.html)
  • San Francisco Public Library presents a reading featuring contributors to the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, including Nicole Henares, Karen Melander-Magoon, Phyllis Klein, Cesar Love, Ed Mycue, Antoinette Vella Payne, Rafael Pineda, Dan Richman, Alice Rogoff, John Rowe, Eva Helene Stern, and Nellie Wong, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00-5:00 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2024/04/28/performance-poetry-preserves-44-years-vital-verse)
  • 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 PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Dan Alter, My Little Book of Exiles, and Cintia Santana, The Disordered Alphabet, 2727 California Street, a cooperative art space, Berkeley, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org).

29 APRIL 2024 — monday

  • Mechanic's Institute presents "No Poetry No Peace," a reading celebrating human poetic expression, hosted by award-winning multidisciplinary writer Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte, featuring poets Aileen Cassinetto, Lisa DeVuono, Poems from the Playground of Risk, Benjamin Gucciardi, West Portal, Lucille Lang Day, Becoming an Ancestor, O'Cyrus, Sacred, and Noah Warren, The Complete Stories, Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, free for members, $10 nonmembers, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.milibrary.org/events/events-activities)
  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes historian Doris Kearns Goodwin as she discusses her new book, An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s, a historical biography inspired by notes, journals, and letters by Goodwin's late husband, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $49, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/doris-kearns-goodwin-3)

30 APRIL 2024 — tuesday

  • A celebration for the launch of prizewinning anthropologist Angela Garcia's moving work of narrative nonfiction, The Way That Leads Among the Lost: Life, Death, and Hope in Mexico City's Anexos, based on over a decade of research, Garcia's book examines the anexos, community-based recovery houses serving people struggling with addiction in Mexico City, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 9:00 pm PDT (For more information: citylights.com/events/angela-garcia)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with featured poet Ray Jane, Black Like That, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • Skylight Books presents poet Callie Siskel, celebrating her debut collection, Two Minds, joined in a reading by poets L.A. Johnson, Little Climates, and Armen Davoudian, The Palace of Forty Pillars, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-callie-siskel-presents-two-minds-w-la-johnson-armen-davoudian)

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