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23 MAY 2022 — monday

24 MAY 2022 — tuesday

  • Join poet and radio host Jack Foley, along with Nina Serrano, Jovelyn Richards, and Jennifer Stone, for a weekly celebration of poetry and prose, featuring discussions and tributes to a variety of authors, available to listen on 94.1, KPFA FM, 2:00 pm PDT (Listen here:
  • 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 Terry Ehret, founding editor of Sixteen Rivers Press and Poet Laureate emeritus of Sonoma County, author of Night Sky Journey, Lucky Break, and more, with guest student poet Joan Osterman, the reading will explore the theme "Relationships," part of the Fourth Tuesday Zoom Poetry Series hosted by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol, $5, donations welcome, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Kepler's Literary Foundation presents Greg Sarris, novelist and Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, discussing his new memoir, Becoming Story: A Journey among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors, an intimate look at personal and collective trauma and what it means to connect with the place where you live, in conversation with novelist Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, donations welcome, online, free, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

25 MAY 2022 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books celebrates the publication of The Letters of Thom Gunn, by poet August Kleinzahler, the first complete portrait of the life and work of the legendary British-Berkeley poet Thom Gunn (1929-2004), author of Boss Cupid, The Man with Night Sweats, and more, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Green Apple Books presents poet and short story writer Toni Mirosevich, Pink Harvest, celebrating her new collection, Spell Heaven, in conversation with poet Frances Phillips, Up at Two, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:

26 MAY 2022 — thursday

  • Literary Death Match returns to San Francisco with a live performance, part literary event, part comedy show, part game show, featuring physician and writer Tauheed Zaman, journalist and novelist Vanessa Hua, Forbidden City, short story writer Kate Folk, Out There, and musician and writer Matt Carney, the four writers will compete in a read-off critiqued by three judges, followed by a slapstick performance to decide the champion, hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga, creator of Literary Death Match and author of the novel Collison Theory, Elbo Room, 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, $10, 7:15-9:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Rivertown Poets presents a special pop-up reading featuring poets Edward Mycue, Because We Speak the Same Language, Antoinette Vella Payne, Amos White, The Sound of the Web, and Phynne~Belle, followed by an open mic reading, three-minutes per reader, first come, first to read, hosted by poet Sande Anfang, online via Zoom, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • You're Going to Die presents the open mic "Poetry, Prose, and Everything Goes," a communal offering to explore the conversation about death, to honor those we've lost, and celebrate being alive; come to perform or to listen, featuring poetry and prose readings, musical performances, and more, The Lost Church, 427 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, $12/donations welcome, doors at 7:30 pm, event runs 8:15-10:30 pm PDT (More informattion here:
  • Books and Letters Bookstore presents Roberta Llewellyn, reading from her memoir, Lost Angels Coming Home, a rich telling of her life, living in Northern California for many decades, Books and Letters Bookstore, 1405 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, free, 11:00 am PDT
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents a reading by the graduating poets of the UCLA community, featuring Tara Bucoy-McNeely, Corinne Chapkis, Destiny Diaz, Alexandra Geurts, Elana Luo, Georgie McKeon, Selena Perez, Aidan Thompson, and Alice Zheng, introduced by Karen Kevorkian and Reed Wilson; come for a diverse selection showcasing the wonderful work of UCLA poetry concentration graduates, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-10:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The UCSC Literature Department and Creative Writing Program present artist and poet Gina Athena Ulysse, Because When God is Too Busy: Haiti, Me, & the World, part of the Living Writers Series Spring 2022: Celebrant: Sound Actions, a showcase of interdisciplinary writers exploring the relationship of sound and verbal language, co-sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz, at the Humanities Lecture Hall, UC Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, free, 5:15 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Writers Read presents poet Michael Riedell, The Way of Water, Small Talk & Long Silences, followed by an open mic reading, Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here:

27 MAY 2022 — friday

  • Poetry at Bell Arts presents a reading by poet and translator Gail Wronsky, Under the Capsized Boat We Fly: New and Selected Poems, and Feugos Florales/Flowering Fires, a translation of poems by Argentinean poet Alicia Partnoy, and Enid Osborn, Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara in 2017-2019, author of When the Big Wind Comes, followed by an open mic reading, hosted by Jeanette Clough, online via Zoom, and in person, Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura, free, 6:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here:

28 MAY 2022 — saturday

  • Beast Crawl presents Poetry Flash as part of their annual literary festival, "Poetry Flash Writers and Readers," featuring Maw Shein Win, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, Heather Bourbeau, Sam Sax, Bury It, and Richard Silberg, associate editor of Poetry Flash, hosted by Joyce Jenkins, editor, Poetry Flash; The Bookmark Bookstore | Friends of the Oakland Public Library, 721 Washington Street, Oakland, free, Leg 1 at 4:00 pm sharp, (More information here, including a map:
  • Beast Crawl, Oakland's free annual literary festival, celebrates its tenth year with one afternoon and evening of numerous readings and performances in downtown Oakland, showcasing diverse and talented writers who are connected to the East Bay, begins with Leg 1 at 4:00 pm, featuring readings by Poetry Flash, Milvia Street Journal, J de Salvo Open Mic, and "Julia Vinograd: Between Spirit and Stone"; Leg 2 at 5:30 pm, features Colossus Press, Reginald Lockett Open Mic, Bi The Way, AfroSurreal Writers, "West Oakland to West Africa," and the Oakland Slam; Leg 3 at 7:00 pm, features Hydra, La Palabra Musical, Throwback Special, Paper Press, and Fierce Words: All Gender Event; Beast Crawl ends with Leg 4 at 8:30 pm, an afterparty at Binny's, 532 8th Street, where everyone can meet up and celebrate the crawl, Oakland, free, 4:00 pm-9:30 pm PDT (More information here, including a map of the crawl:
  • Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library presents a reading with editor and poet Elena Karina Byrne, If This Makes You Nervous, No Don't, and poet Daniel Romo, Moonlighting as an Avalanche, Apologies in Reverse, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue N., Claremont, free, 2:00-3:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents feminist performance artist and poet Gabrielle Civil, a 2019 Rema Hort Mann LA Emerging Artist, author of (ghost gestures) and Experiments in Joy, celebrating her latest black feminist performance memoir, the déjà vu, a dynamic blend of reading and storytelling, movement and image, black dreams and black time, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00-10:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Point Reyes Books and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association present a reading and walk to celebrate the release of The Coasts of California by painter, poet and naturalist Obi Kaufmann, The California Field Atlas, San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller; the event features a walk along the Coast and Laguna Trail loop, about 4.6 miles, led by Kaufmann, and will be followed by a book signing, begins at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, Limantour Spit Road, Point Reyes Station, all proceeds benefit the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, $100, tickets include a copy of the book, 11:00 am PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents a reading with poet Roberto Tinoco Duran, Darkspark, Maximum in Minimum, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30-9:00 pm PDT (More information here:

29 MAY 2022 — sunday

  • Fabulosa Books presents media psychology scholar and novelist Carlos Allende, Cuadrillas y Contradanzas, discussing his new book, Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love, following the madcap adventures of two gay men, set in Los Angeles one year before same-sex marriage was legalized, in conversation with poet James Siegel, The God of San Francisco, Fabulosa Books, 489 Castro Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Los Angeles Poet Society presents the Always Running Book Festival, a celebration of resilience and the power of literature, inspired by the best-selling memoir Always Running by poet Luis J. Rodriguez, come for music, poetry, small presses, book signing, and special performances by Luis J. Rodriguez, fire dancer Zariyah, Kesau'C Hill, DJ Groover, Iris De Anda, Felicia Taylor E, Brenda Vaca, Fernando Salinas, Cesar Avelar, contributors to Acid Verse Vol 2: The Earth Beneath our Feet, Juan Flautista, and more, with support and guests including Pacoima Public Library, California Poets in the Schools, FlowerSong Press, World Stage Press, Tia Chucha's Pop-Up Bookstore and Tia Chucha Press, Los Angeles Poet Society Press, Fusion LA, Tea Tree Tears, Poets & Writers, Luis J. Rodriguez 4 Governor, Radio Ollin, and Pacoima Urban Village, free, in person, in front of "La Vecindad" a mural by Levi Ponce at Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Van Nuys Blvd., 10335 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima, Noon-5:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents the workshop "Navigating With(out) Instruments," led by author and performer traci kato-kiriyama, based on their book of the same name, the workshop focuses on themes of memory and belonging, and the soul-baring that comes with the creative process, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, $65 for members, $75 general admission, Noon-4:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Come join Sonoma County Poets for a reading, featuring Phyllis Meshulam, Doll, Moon, Larry Robinson, Roll Away the Stone, Vilma Ginzberg, Colors of Glass, David Seter, Don't Sing to Me of Electric Fences, Marvin Hiemstra, Poet Wrangler, and Brian Martens, Three Raven Gate, with Steve Shain on bass, hosted by poet Ed Coletti, in person, Café Frida, 300 S. A Street, Santa Rosa, free, 3:00-5:00 pm PDT
  • Small Press Traffic presents a talk about the life and work of poet Joanne Kyger (1934-2017), a prolific writer of poetry and prose associated with the San Francisco Renaissance and the Beat Generation, the talk will be led by poet Cedar Sigo, All This Time, reading from Kyger's poetry and letters, and discussing their collaborative work in editing There You Are. Interviews, Journals & Ephemera, and ending with an open discussion of her work, online via Zoom, free, 11:00 am PDT (RSVP to attend:

30 MAY 2022 — monday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents short story writer and essayist Jackson Bliss, winner of the 2020 Noemi Book Award for Prose, author of Counterfactual Love Stories & Other Experiments and the forthcoming experimental memoir Dream Pop Origami, in conversation with fiction writer Jonathan Escoffery, Play Stone Kill Bird, in person, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:00 pm PDT (More information here:

31 MAY 2022 — tuesday

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