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10 NOVEMBER 2021 — wednesday

  • Green Apple Books presents short story writer Venita Blackburn and Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a book club and digital platform promoting Black literature, celebrating their newest books, How to Wrestle a Girl and On Girlhood, respectively, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The Dominican University of California presents a poetry workshop, "Composition by Juxtaposition," led by poet Caroline Goodwin, Custody of the Eyes, The Paper Tree, attendees will practice free-writing, with a focus on tone, voice, and rearrangement in poetry, online, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The Brooklyn Rail celebrates the life and legacy of poet Jack Hirschman (1933-2021), with readings from poets Agneta Falk, Heart Muscle, Andrei Codrescu, Pierre Joris, Fox-trails, -tales & -trots, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, devorah major, braccia a aperte/with open arms, Gail Mitchell, Alejandro Murguía, Native Tongue, Luis Rodriguez, photographer Steven C. Wilson, Executive Director and Publisher at City Lights Books Elaine Katzenberger, and Celia Hirschman, daughter of Jack Hirschman, in conversation with poet Neeli Cherkovski, Hang on the Yangtze River, free, online, 10:00 am PST/1:00 pm EST (Register to attend:
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents a reading featuring writer and musician Kevin Simmonds, reading from his new hybrid poetry and essay collection, The Monster I Am Today: Leontyne Price and a Life in Verse, joined by poets James Cagney, Black Steel Magnolias in the Hours of Chaos Theory, and former San Francisco Poet Laureate devorah major, with open arms, as well as soprano Valetta Brinson, who will be performing a special musical performance, free, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

11 NOVEMBER 2021 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual reading by poets Jan Beatty, American Bastard: A Memoir and The Body Wars: Poems, Peter Kline, Mirrorforms, and C. Dale Young, Prometeo, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)
  • Point Reyes Books presents a reading and conversation featuring poet and critic Angela Hume, Meat Habitats, Middle Time, discussing her new collection of poems, Interventions for Women, in conversation with poet Brian Teare, Doomstead Days, Companion Grasses, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The Center for Literary Arts of San José presents Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, essayist, and short story writer Jhumpa Lahiri, reading from her most recent book, Whereabouts, a novel about place, both geographical and emotional, online via Crowdcast, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Book Passage presents Naomi Krupitsky, discussing her debut novel, The Family, a touching story of two best friends, both daughters of the Italian mafia, in conversation with best-selling novelist Adriana Trigiani, Big Stone Gap, Very Valentine, online, free, 5:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The Poetry Center presents a reading and conversation with poet and artist Wang Ping, My Name is Immigrant, Life of Miracles Along the Yangtze and Mississippi, and poet Jennifer S. Cheng, MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems, in-person, The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 1:00 pm PST (For more information:
  • The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents an evening of music and poetry, inspired by the paintings of Joan Mitchell, featuring poets Alan Charazo, This is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album, Linda Norton, The Public Gardens: Poems and History, and Truong Tran, The Book of Perceptions, Placing the Accents, with musical performances by Phillip Greenleaf and Evelyn Davis, and the Larry Ochs-Don Robinson Duo, free with museum admission (free for members, $25 for adults), in-person, City Gallery, Floor 5, SFMoMA, 151 Third Street, San Francisco, 5:30-8:00 pm PST (Purchase tickets here:
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents a reading featuring authors from World Stage Press, Ravina Wadhwani, Yellow, Conney D. Williams, The Distance of Observation, October B.L.U., Shakira Paterson, The Letting of a Little Water, and AKoldPiece, The Weather Report, free, online, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

12 NOVEMBER 2021 — friday

13 NOVEMBER 2021 — saturday

  • The Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a reading featuring poet dave (bodhi) boles, 15 Days to Slow the Curve, Coyote Magic, free, in-person, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, 7:00 pm PST (More info here:

14 NOVEMBER 2021 — sunday

  • Moonday Reading Series presents poets Elena Karina Byrne, If This Makes You Nervous, and Grant Hier, Untended Garden, open mic reading to follow, free, online via Zoom, 2:00 pm PST (Email for the Zoom link/to sign up for the open mic; more information here:
  • Second Sunday Reading Series presents a reading with poet and novelist Judy Juanita, Manhattan my ass, you're in Oakland, and poet Tureeda Mikell, Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Join poet Sally Love Saunders, Fresh Bread, Pauses, for a poetry reading and open mic event, bring a poem to share or simply come and listen to others, free, online via Zoom, 11:00 am PST (Zoom link here:
  • Skylight Books presents a poetry reading featuring Truong Tran, book of the other, Jane Wong, How to Not Be Afraid of Everything, and Douglas Kearney, Sho, reading from new work, free, online, 5:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • Catamaran Literary Reader presents Alison Turner, reading from her new book, The Second Split Between, winner of the 2021 Catamaran Poetry Prize for West Coast Poets, in conversation with poet Dorianne Laux, The Book of Men, Facts About the Moon, free, online, 5:00-6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

15 NOVEMBER 2021 — monday

  • Odd Mondays Reading Series celebrates its 20th anniversary with this special reading, featuring poet Jenny Qi, Focal Point, short story writer Maurice Carlos Ruffin, The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You, and novelist Alison Wellford, Indolence, followed by a conversation and reading by Odd Mondays founders Ramon Sender and Judith Levy-Sender, online via Zoom, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (RSVP to for the Zoom link)

16 NOVEMBER 2021 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with poet and activist Ron Kolm, Welcome to the Barbeque, Suburban Ambush, open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Zoom link here:
  • The Center for the Art of Translation presents translator and novelist Isabel Fargo Cole, discussing the work of novelist Wolfgang Hilbig (1941-2007), of which Cole has translated the novel The Interim, in conversation with novelist Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room, The Flamethrowers, free, online, 2:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Join Jack Foley, along with Nina Serrano, Jovelyn Richards, and Jennifer Stone, for Cover to Cover, a radio show celebrating poetry and prose of all sorts, Tuesdays on KPFA in Berkeley, free, online, 2:00 pm PST (Go to
  • The Library Foundation of Los Angeles presents award-winning novelist and poet Louise Erdrich, The Night Watchman, The Round House, reading from and discussing her new novel, The Sentence, that explores grief and isolation, set in a haunted bookstore in Minneapolis, online, 5:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:

17 NOVEMBER 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents award-winning novelist Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky, discussing her new book, Never Say You Can't Survive: How to Get Through Hard Times By Making Up Stories, in conversation with short story writer Kelly Link, Stranger Things Happen, Magic For Beginners, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Center presents a reading to celebrate a new collection of poems by Truong Tran, Book of the other: small in comparison, with readings by poets Truong Tran, Mai Der Vang, Yellow Rain, Afterland, Cathy Linh Che, Split, and Khathy Xiong, Poor Anima, Ode to the Far Shore, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

18 NOVEMBER 2021 — thursday

  • "Somos en escrito presents Despierta—Awake: Poetry for Our Revolution," featuring Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González reading a selection of his work in both Spanish and English, followed by a panel discussion with poets Iván Argüelles, Naomi Quiñonez, Manuel Martín-Rodriguez, and Lucha Corpi, moderated by Armando Rendón, editor for Somos en escrito, free, online via Facebook Live, 6:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Doren Robbins, Sympathetic Manifesto: Selected Poems 1975-2015, and Susan Suntree, Dear Traveler, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

19 NOVEMBER 2021 — friday

  • Small Press Traffic presents a reading featuring poets Keith Donnell, The Move, and Gabrielle Daniels, Something Else Again: Poetry and Prose, reading from new work, with musical performance by Sholeh Asgary, part of the High Dawn reading series, online and in-person, Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, free, 7:30 PST (RSVP to attend:

20 NOVEMBER 2021 — saturday

21 NOVEMBER 2021 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Cathy Colman, Time Crunch, and Sam Sax, Bury It, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

22 NOVEMBER 2021 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents writer Kalani Pickhart, reading from and discussing her new novel, I Will Die in a Foreign Land, a moving story of four people during the volatile political landscape of 2013 Ukraine, in conversation with novelist Maria Kuznetsova, Oksana, Behave!, Something Unbelievable, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

23 NOVEMBER 2021 — tuesday

24 NOVEMBER 2021 — wednesday

25 NOVEMBER 2021 — thursday

26 NOVEMBER 2021 — friday

27 NOVEMBER 2021 — saturday

28 NOVEMBER 2021 — sunday

  • The Claremont Library presents a reading, "Poets About Town," an annual celebration of poetry with an open mic, come listen to poetry and bring something of your own to read, free, in-person, Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, 2:00 pm PST (More information here:

29 NOVEMBER 2021 — monday

30 NOVEMBER 2021 — tuesday

  • Copperfield's Books presents best-selling author and poet Kate Baer, What Kind of Woman, reading from and discussing her new book, I Hope This Finds You Well, a collection of poems created from notes Baer received from followers, supporters, and detractors, free, online, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading by Hayan Charara, Something Sinister, The Sadness of Others, open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Zoom link here:
  • City Lights Books presents author and editor Victoria Nelson, The Secret Life of Puppets, Gothicka, celebrating the launch of her debut novel, Neighbor George, a psychological horror story set in 1970s northern California, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

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