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12 DECEMBER 2020 — saturday

13 DECEMBER 2020 — sunday

  • "Hope in Deep December," poetry reading and celebration of the end of the year with a (virtual) gathering of friends and loved ones, featuring Poet Laureate of Benicia Mary Susan Gast, with D.L. Lang and Genea Brice, Vallejo Poets Laureate Emeritae, open mic follows, free, online, 2:00-4:00 pm PST (email: poetlaureatebenicia@gmail.com to sign up for the open mic; for more information: groups.google.com/g/poetry-notes/c/TNi3_f8BmGQ/m/fLdgaHAxBQAJ?pli=1)
  • Book Passage's Conversations with Authors series presents reporter David Harris reading from and discussing his latest book, My Country 'Tis of Thee: Reporting, Sallies, and Other Confessions, a collection of writings ranging from Harris's prominent resistance to the Vietnam War (Harris was imprisoned for two years for refusing to comply with the draft) to the present day, in conversation with actor and writer Peter Coyote, free, online, 4:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/conversations-authors-david-harris-virtual-event)
  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Omnidawn Publishers's Spring 2020 poets, featuring Desirée Alvarez, Raft of Flame, Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha, Jennifer Hasegawa, La Chica's Field Guide to Bazai Living, David Koehn, Scatterplot, Craig Santos Perez, Habitat Threshold, and LM Rivera, Against Heidegger, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link and information on how to join the reading)

14 DECEMBER 2020 — monday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents newspaper reporter and novelist William Loving reading from his first novel, City of Angles, the story of one man's fall from success into the gritty underbelly of Los Angeles, in conversation with Chip Jacobs, Los Angeles-area journalist and author, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/William-Loving)

15 DECEMBER 2020 — tuesday

16 DECEMBER 2020 — wednesday

  • Book Passage's Conversations with Authors series features civil rights activist Ruby Bridges discussing her new book, This Is Your Time, released on the sixtieth anniversary of Bridges becoming the first Black student to attend the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960, free, online, 4:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/conversations-authors-ruby-bridges-virtual-event)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink, offers Part II of this two-session workshop, "Writing the Micro Memoir, Life in a Flash," led by Judy Reeves, nonfiction author and co-founder of San Diego Writers, Ink, participants will bring their edited memoirs from the previous week for critique and reader response, $60 for members, $72 for nonmembers, online via Zoom, 6:30-8:30 pm PST (Enroll here: www.sandiegowriters.org/december-online-micro-memoir-life-flash-judy-reeves)

17 DECEMBER 2020 — thursday

  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents Part IV of "The Poetry Stage Redux," a series of readings that were planned for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage 2020, featuring poets Joshua Bennett, Gillian Conoley, Heid E. Erdrich, Forrest Gander, Carmen Giménez Smith, Mark Irwin, Didi Jackson, Elizabeth Jacobson, Patricia Smith, Page Starzinger, and Tess Taylor, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-poetry-stage-redux-part-iv-tickets-129624210503)
  • Copperfield's Books presents Deborah Madison, author of fourteen cookbooks and chef at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, discussing her latest book, An Onion in My Pocket: My Life with Vegetables, a warm and insightful memoir that delves into the vegetarian movement, in conversation with novelist Rachel Khong, free, online, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/deborah-madison-conversation-rachel-khong)
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents an evening of poetry, storytelling, and song in honor of renowned Samoan poet, novelist, and playwright Albert Wendt, hosted by Tongan scholar and poet Dr. Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, assisted by poet activists Kevin Aipopo Henderson and Lisiate Vuna, featuring presenters Dr. Caroline Sinavaiana Gabbard, Dr. Craig Santos Perez, Herman Wainggai, Kathy Jentil-Kijiner, Dr. Ngahuia te Awekotuku, Terisa Siagatonu, Dr. Lee Kava, Dr. No'u Revilla, Tigilau Ness, Commissioner Faauunga Molinga, and Commissioner Manufou Liaiga-Anoa'l, free, online via Zoom and YouTube Live, 6:00-7:15 pm PST (RSVP to attend: sfpl.org/events/2020/12/17/performance-our-moana-nui-we-are-pacific-islander-studies)
  • Poetry Center San Jose and Willow Glen Library for Third Thursdays, a monthly poetry reading, this event features poets Connie Post, first Poet Laureate of Livermore, author of Prime Meridian, and Kelly Grace Thomas, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:00-9:00 pm PST (Register to attend: sjpl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/index/event/5e4f3161095b6d154e103622)
  • The Ventura County Poetry Project presents a reading by featured poet Kim Young, hosted by Phil Taggart, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PST (Zoom link here: vcpoetryproject.org/ventura-county-poetry-project-events-calendar)

18 DECEMBER 2020 — friday

19 DECEMBER 2020 — saturday

20 DECEMBER 2020 — sunday

21 DECEMBER 2020 — monday

  • Aqus presents their bimonthly Poetry Open Mic, hosted by poet and artist Sande Anfang, held the first and third Monday of each month, with three-minute slots per reader, free, online via Zoom, 6:15 pm PST (Sign up for the open mic/RSVP to attend: aqus.com/rivertownpoets/)

22 DECEMBER 2020 — tuesday

23 DECEMBER 2020 — wednesday

24 DECEMBER 2020 — thursday

25 DECEMBER 2020 — friday

26 DECEMBER 2020 — saturday

  • The Community of Writers presents "The Art of the Sentence," a workshop led by best-selling novelist Janet Fitch, deadline for early bird registration is December 26, workshop runs for five two-hour sessions January 22-24, 2021, early bird tuition $280, regular tuition $330, online via Zoom, 6:00-8:00 pm PST on Friday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm PST on Saturday and Sunday (Enroll here: communityofwriters.org/events/event/the-art-of-the-sentence)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink, presents the workshop "Meditate and Write Flash," yoga and meditation instructor Rebecca Jane leads the session in guided meditation, followed by a writing prompt, share a meditative space with others and generate a piece of flash fiction, $5 donation, online, 1:00-2:00 pm PST (Register here: www.sandiegowriters.org/2020-12-26-online-meditate-write-flash-rebecca-jane)

27 DECEMBER 2020 — sunday

28 DECEMBER 2020 — monday

29 DECEMBER 2020 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading by Lynne Bronstein, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PST (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • "Cover to Cover," a radio show celebrating poetry and prose of all sorts, presents host Jack Foley's annual tribute to poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953); Dylan Thomas is heard reading his classic story, "A Child's Christmas in Wales," along with other poems, Tuesdays on KPFA in Berkeley, free, online, 2:00-2:30 pm PST (For more information and live stream: kpfa.org/program/cover-to-cover/)

30 DECEMBER 2020 — wednesday

31 DECEMBER 2020 — thursday


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