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29 JULY 2022 — friday

30 JULY 2022 — saturday

  • Come celebrate the seventh anniversary of Literary Speakeasy, with readings by poet Katie Aliféris, fool[ishly optimistic], short fiction writer Kate Folk, Out There: Stories, performance poet Nazelah Jamison, Evolutionary Heart, and short story writer Danny Thanh Nguyen, with musical performance by Ken Newman, hosted by poet James J. Siegel, The God of San Francisco, free, in person at Martuni's, 4 Valencia Street, San Francisco, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Ventura County Poetry Project presents a reading and performance by poet and singer songwriter Ruben Lee Dalton, Broken Bottles, held outdoors at Art City Studios, 197 Dubbers Street, Ventura, free, 4:00 pm PDT
  • Ancestral Futures presents a reading in celebration of the forthcoming anthology, Black Rootedness: 54 Poets from Africa to America, from Elyssar Press, a poetic exchange between Patrice Lumumba Writing Collective in East Oakland and Kistrech Poets in Kisii, Kenya, featuring a reading by San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, Christopher Okemwa, Sabina and the Mystery of the Ogre, Alfred Nyamwange, Chasejamison Manar-Spears, Cornelius Kipkosgei, Darius Simpson, Halima J. Olufemi, LadiRev, Mauti Ndege Josephat, Rebecca Mose, Seestah IMAHKÜS Njinga, and Zakiyyah G.E. Capehart, hosted by WOWA West Oakland to West Africa Poetry Exchange, online, free, 9:00-11:00 am PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • Sebastopol Center for the Arts celebrates the new Sonoma County Poet Laureate Elizabeth C. Herron, poet and essayist whose work focuses on art and ecology, the public reception will also honor Phyllis Meshulam, the outgoing Poet Laureate, co-hosted by the Sonoma County Poet Laureate Selection Committee, in person, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol, free, 4:00-6:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents short story writer Norman Antonio Zelaya, celebrating his new book, Gente, Folks, joined by multimedia artist Vero Majano, Felipe Velez, and poet Cathy Arellano, with musical performances by Deuce Eclipse and Wonway Posibul, this is a hybrid event, both in person and on Zoom, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Point Reyes Books presents renowned author and publisher Malcolm Margolin, celebrating his new book, Deep Hanging Out: Wanderings and Wonderment in Native California, in conversation with California Indian cultural leaders Gregg Castro (Salinan-Rumsien/Ramaytush Ohlone), Michelle La Pena (Pit River), Jennifer Bates (Northern Sierra Mewuk), and Theresa Harlan (Tewa/Santo Domingo Pueblo and adopted Coast Miwok), with other special guests to be announced, moderated by Claire Greensfelder, Associate Director of the California Institute for Community, Art & Nature, in person, Toby's Feed Barn, 11250 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, free, donations welcome, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Able Muse Press presents a reading with three acclaimed poets from the Press, James Pollock, Sailing to Babylon, winner of an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association, Jennifer Reeser, Indigenous, and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Naked for Tea, hosted by poet Rebecca Starks, Last Wishes, online, free, 3:00-4:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Fabulosa Books presents poet and activist Steven Reigns, reading from his new book, A Quilt for David, which uncovers the history of Florida dentist Dr. David Acer, a gay man accused of infecting patients with HIV and used as a scapegoat during the 1990s, Q&A with Bay Area reporter Jim Gladstone, co-hosted by City Lights Books, in person, Fabulosa Books, 489 Castro Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00 pm PDT (415/658-7015, Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.>)
  • Craft Contemporary presents a poetry reading featuring Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson, Fretwork, winner of the Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize, poets Matthew Dickman, Wonderland, and Michelle Bitting, Nightmares & Miracles, with special guest poet Patricia Smith, Incendiary Art, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, in person, Craft Contemporary, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

31 JULY 2022 — sunday

  • Come for an afternoon of poetry and music, featuring readings by new Sonoma County Poet Laureate Elizabeth C. Herron, poets Donna Emerson, Beside the Well, Ron Thomas, Approaching Shore, Maya Khosla, wildlife biologist and author of All the Fires of Wind and Light, Raphael Block, At This Table, Amy Glynn, Romance Language, Jim Shere, and Doug Von Koss, Gratitude Goulash: Poems and Stuff, with Steve Shain accompanying on bass, hosted by poet and painter Ed Coletti, outdoors at Café Frida Gallery, 300 South A Street, Santa Rosa, free, Noon-2:00 pm PDT (707/308-4344,
  • San Diego Writers, Ink, presents the workshop, "Poetry in Tune with Humanism: A Song of Rebirth in Dignity," led by poet and editor Jim Moreno, Dancing in Dissent: Poetry for Activism, students will explore poetic models from both ancient Greek and Roman Renaissance cultural movements and contemporary humanist thought, taught in two ninety-minute segments, all levels welcome, online, one day only, $54 for members, $63 for nonmembers, 1:00-4:00 pm PDT (Enroll here:

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