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24 APRIL 2022 — sunday

  • Skylight Books will be at the LA Times Festival of Books, with book signings by authors Elaine Hsieh Chou, Disorientation, Bryonn Rolly Bain, Rebel Speak: A Justice Movement Mixtape, Tommy Pico, Feed, Jordan Crane, Smoke Signals, Ron Rege, Jr., Halcyon, and Casey McQuiston, One Last Stop; these authors will stop by Skylight Books' booth, #138, to sign their books, come by to purchase signed copies of the books, plus other great titles representing Skylight Books, in person, University of Southern California campus, Los Angeles, 10:00 am-5:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Fourth Sundays Poetry presents a reading featuring poets Judy Kronenfeld, Groaning and Singing, and George Hammons, Witness, in person, Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT
  • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage presents Kate Gale, The Loneliest Girl; Tommy Pico, Feed; Jos Charles, A Year & Other Poems; Peter Campion, One Summer Evening at the Falls; Sholeh Wolpé, Abacus of Loss-A Memoir in Verse; Jonathan Wells, Debris; Patricia Smith, Incendiary Art; Marty Williams, Game; Elena Karina Byrne, If This Makes You Nervous; Luis J. Rodriguez reading from selected works; Jerry Garcia, Trumpets in the Sky; Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Look at This Blue; Daniel Tiffany, Cry Baby Mystic; Steven Reigns, A Quilt for David; LA Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson, Fretwork; Jane Wong, How to Not Be Afraid of Everything; Suzanne Roberts, Animal Bodies: On Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties; Paul Tran, All the Flowers Kneeling; Maureen Alsop, Pyre; Michelle Bitting, Nightmares and Miracles; WriteGirl presents Kai Adia reading from her work, University of Southern California campus, Los Angeles, free, 10:00 am-5:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents "Standing Our Ground," a celebration of Bay Area Black Poet Laureates, featuring San Francisco's eighth and current Poet Laureate, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Someone's Dead Already, third Poet Laureate of San Francisco devorah major, califia's daughter, and Oakland's first Poet Laureate Dr. Ayodele "WordSlanger" Nzinga, co-presented with AfroSolo and the African American Center, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, fee, 2:30-4:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Book Passage presents poet Tess Taylor, reading from two new works, Rift Zone and Last West, a meditation on the work of Dorothea Lange in California, in conversation with Nathan Heller, essayist and staff writer for the The New Yorker, in person, Book Passage, 51 Tama Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here:

25 APRIL 2022 — monday

26 APRIL 2022 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Roger Funston, with open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Alain Damasio, The Outer Zone, The WindWalkers, in conversation with computer scientist and artist Jaron Lanier, You Are Not a Gadget, presented in conjunction with Cultural Services of the Consul General of France in San Francisco, Editions La Volte, and Villa San Francisco, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Poetic License Sonoma presents a poetry reading featuring the eight poets Joseph Cutler, Susanne Arrhenius, Paul DeMarco, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, Jaime Zukowski, and Kusum Irene Jain, with special guest poet Rebecca Foust, Paradise Drive, Only, and guest student poet Stork Rein, the reading will explore the theme "Ars Poetica," part of the Fourth Tuesday Zoom Poetry Series hosted by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, online via Zoom, $5, donations welcome, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Loose Lips Poetry Reading presents artist and poet Peg Quinn, Mother Lode, and Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson, Beg No Pardon, Fretwork, online, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:

27 APRIL 2022 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents a panel discussion on educator Sarah Dryden-Peterson's book, Right Where We Belong: How Refugee Teachers and Students Are Changing the Future of Education, Sarah Dryden-Peterson is joined by Monisha Bajaj, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Human Rights Education and Esther Elonga, former refugee and MD/PhD Candidate at Stanford University School of Medicine, presented in conjunction with the nonprofit organization Refugee and Immigrant Transitions, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Books Inc. presents novelist Lucy Jane Bledsoe, reading from her latest book, No Stopping Us Now, about a high school girl's fight to establish an all-girls' basketball team in 1974, based on the author's true story, Books Inc.,1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • The Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley presents a reading and conversation on Burmese poetry, featuring poet Ko Ko Thett, reading from his new collection Bamboophobia, and poets Kenneth Wong, Mae Yway, and Maw Shein Win, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, all four poets will read from the new anthology Picking off new shoots will not stop the spring: Witness poems and essays from Burma/Myanmar (1988-2021), readings will be in English and Burmese, introduced by Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, online via Zoom, free, 11:00 am-12:15 pm PDT (Register to attend:

28 APRIL 2022 — thursday

  • Bookshop West Portal presents a special poetry reading for National Poetry Month, featuring Taylor Byas, Year of the Unicorn Kidz, and Jason B. Crawford, Bloodwarm, online, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The Mechanics' Institute presents "No Poetry No Peace," a reading and celebration of human expression and peace, featuring poets Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte, co-author of the collection No Poetry No Peace, for which the reading series is named, Mireya S. Vela, Douglas Cole, The Blue Island, Grace Marie Grafton, Lens, Gini Grossenbacher, Madam of My Heart, and Aqueila M. Lewis-Ross, Stop Hurting and Dance, online via Zoom, free, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Copperfield's Books presents novelist and editor Heather Chavez, No Bad Deed, discussing her latest book, Blood Will Tell, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents an evening of music and poetry to celebrate poet Katie Aliferis and her new collection, Fool(ishly Optimistic), joining her will be poets Nazelah Jamison, Yeva Johnson, Dena Rod, Scattered Arils, and hector son of hector, with music by Chris Cuadrado, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, 7:00-9:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading with featured poet Stephen Kessler, Last Call, The Mental Traveler, followed by an open mic, free, suggested donation $5, in person, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT
  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a reading featuring poets Doug Rice, Here Lies Memory, Jamil Jan Kochai, 99 Nights in Logar, and Tristan Beach, online, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Susan Kelly-DeWitt, Gatherer's Alphabet, and Kathleen Winter, Cat's Tongue, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

29 APRIL 2022 — friday

  • The Doug Adams Gallery presents a reading and discussion on poetry, spirituality, and the Song of Songs, in tandem with the exhibition, Draw me after you: a visual Song of Songs, featuring poets Peter Cole, Hymns and Qualms: New and Selected Poems and Translations, and Nate Klug, Hosts and Guests; Peter Cole will also read from his forthcoming book, Draw Me After, online, free, Noon-1:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Sacramento City College's El Gigante presents an evening with celebrated poet Sesshu Foster, City of the Future, World Ball Notebook, followed by an open mic reading, hosted by Danny Romero, this event supported partly by Poets and Writers, online, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:

30 APRIL 2022 — saturday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents a reading in celebration of new works from Dog Park Collective, featuring poets Gabrielle Daniels, Something Else Again: Poetry and Prose, 1975-2019, Maryam Gunja, Right to Comfort, and Hung Q. Tu, The New Boma, in person, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, 4:00-5:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Poet's Corner Bookshop celebrates Independent Bookstore Day with a day of local author readings, including Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Interrupted Geographies, Toby Neal, Blood Orchids, John Mark Schnick, Cold 'Coon and Collards, John McCarty, Neal Grace, Fresh Eyes Upon the World, and more, with musical performance by JoAnne and Felipe Ferraz, wine tastings courtesy of Sophie's Cellars, free, Poet's Corner Bookshop, 25195 B Street, Duncans Mills (More information here:
  • Book Passage presents poet Terri Glass, celebrating her latest book, Being Animal, joined by poets Susan G. Wooldridge, Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words, and Emilie Lygren, Book Passage, 51 Tama Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Come join Hayward's first Lit Hop, a lit crawl across multiple venues, beginning at the Hayward Public Library where the first Hayward Teen Poet Laureate will be announced, followed by a poetry reading and a Ballet Folklorico performance, with readings on or near B Street featuring the B Street Writers, the AfroSurrealists, students from Chabot College, the Queer Writers, the Peer Writers' Group, and tributes to Julia Vinograd, with numerous venues including Books on B, Aranea's Craft Studio, the Sun Gallery, and the Odd Fellows Hall, concluding with an afterparty at the Sun Gallery, at the downtown Hayward Public Library, 888 C Street, Hayward, free, 2:00-7:00 pm PDT
  • Future Now Reading Series, an open mic highlighting black and brown writers, features poets Lupita Limón Corrales, Adrian Ibarra, hector son of hector, Mimi Tempestt, the monumental misrememberings, Josiah Luis Alderete, Baby Axolotls and Old Pochos, with San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven is All Goodbyes, hybrid event on Zoom and in person, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 8:00-10:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Beyond Baroque presents the inaugural screening of the International Poetry Film Festival, Hollywood, with over forty poetry-based films from around the world, the films will be in the categories of Animation, Experimental, Documentary, and Narrative, and will be accompanied by poetry readings from special guests, followed by an award ceremony and reception, $8 for members, $10 general admission, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, 2:00-9:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Come join the Last Saturday of the Month Open Mic, held virtually in Encino-Tarzana, bring a poem to share, or come just to listen, online via Zoom, free, 2:00 pm PDT (Zoom link:; more information here:
  • The Women's National Book Association presents 2022's Pitch-O-Rama, writers can pitch their works to agents and editors for publication, online, $65 for members, $95 for nonmembers, 8:00 am-1:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The California Institute for Community, Art, and Nature presents Native American organizer and spiritual leader Fred Short, discussing his new memoir, The Story of Fred Short: American Indian Movement Spiritual Leader, in conversation with Kim Bancroft, California-based writer and editor of the book, online via Zoom, free, 11:00 am-12:30 pm PDT, anyone interested in purchasing the book can email or contact Fred Short through Facebook, copies are $20 each (Zoom link here:
  • Nevada County Arts Council presents the 6th Annual Sierra Poetry Festival, a day of poetry readings and performances featuring readings and talks by Pulitzer Prize-winner Forrest Gander, Twice Alive; Danusha Laméris, Bonfire Opera, winner of the Northern California Book Award for Poetry, National Book Critics Circle-winner Amy Gerstler, Index of Women; Dana Gioia in conversation with Cynthia L. Haven, author of Czeslaw Milosz: A California Life, her biography of the Nobel Prize-winning poet; Doc Dachtler; Nevada County Poet Laureate Kirsten Casey; Shangyang Fang; Mark Tredinnick; Poetry Out Loud Student Champions and Finalists, lunch-time open reading, Poetry Place bookfair (Poetry Flash will exhibit), hybrid in-person and online, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, free, 9:00 am-5:00 pm PDT (More information here:

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