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16 AUGUST 2022 — tuesday

17 AUGUST 2022 — wednesday

  • Sixteen Rivers Press celebrates the launch of two bilingual collections, Plagios/Plagiarisms, Volume Two and Beyond the Time of Words/Más allá del tiempo de las palabras, featuring readings from the translators, Terry Ehret, Nancy Morales, and Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman, joined by Marjorie Agosín, author of Beyond the Time of Words, in person, Heal the Bay Aquarium, Santa Monica Pier, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, free, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT
  • City Lights Books presents best-selling novelist Elif Batuman, The Idiot, finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, discussing her new book, Either/Or, a continuation of beloved protagonist Selin and her quest for self-knowledge, online via Zoom, free, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

18 AUGUST 2022 — thursday

  • Ventura County Poetry Project presents a reading featuring poet and essayist Crystal AC Salas, Grief Logic, and poet Nic Reiner, Levitations, co-winner of the inaugural Alta California Chapbook Prize, followed by an open mic, in-person, E.P. Foster Library, 651 East Main Street, Ventura, free, 6:30-10:00 pm PDT (More information here:

19 AUGUST 2022 — friday

20 AUGUST 2022 — saturday

  • CalPoets presents the 2022 Poetry Symposium, an exciting day-long event including poetry readings, workshops, and presentations, teens and up welcome, featuring Luis J. Rodriguez, poet and founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, winner of the California Arts Council Legacy Fellowship and the Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award, and author of Borrowed Bones, online via Zoom, free, donations welcome, 9:00 am-9:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents Diaspora Jewels, a SWANA poetry reading, featuring writers from the SWANA (South West Asian, North African) community, spoken word artist Justin Ebrahemi and poet Sabina Khan-Ibarra, hosted by poet and artist Antony Fangary, Haram, in-person, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Art City presents a performance of poetry and music featuring Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emma Trelles, Tropicalia, winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, with her musician husband Mark Zolezzo, Art City Studios, 197 Dubbers Street, Ventura, free, 4:00 pm PDT
  • The Sims Library of Poetry presents an open mic reading, with special guest poets Jimmy Vega, Iván Salinas, and more, come to read or to listen, in person, Sims Library of Poetry, 2702 W. Florence Avenue, Los Angeles, $6 advance/$10 at the door, no one turned away for lack of funds, 6:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

21 AUGUST 2022 — sunday

  • Beatnik Café presents a reading with poets Lisbeth Coiman, Uprising / Alzamiento, and Gustavo Hernandez, Flower Grand First, followed by an open mic, three-minutes per reader, arrive ten minutes early to sign up to read, hosted by Hanna Pachman, free, at the tea café, Hey Hey, 1555 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 4:00 pm PDT
  • Marin Poetry Center presents the 2022 Traveling Show, a multi-reading summer poetry event where members perform their own work, Part 5 features poets Lee Rossi, Wheelchair Samurai, Robin Lee, Gail Entrekin, The Art of Healing, Ella Eytan, Gabriel Rilleau, and Laurel Feigenbaum, Matrimony, with co-ambassadors Jackson Bramlette and Tashi Manchip, in person, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 3:00-4:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Second Sunday Readings presents a special reading from when there are nine, a collection of poems celebrating the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, contributors include Faylita Hicks, Brian Turner, Chelsea Dingman, and Siân Killingsworth, curator of Second Sunday Readings; the collection has a foreword by award-winning poet Patricia Smith, online via Zoom, free, 5:00 pm PDT (Zoom link here:; for more information about the book and authors, go to

22 AUGUST 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books celebrates the launch of Second Stutter Volume Five, an annual San Francisco literary journal focused on contemporary English language poetry and translation, with readings by Jimmy Santiago Baca, Immigrants in Our Own Land, Jaime Chavez, Tureeda Mikell, Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine, Norma Cole, Natural Light, Adrian Lurssen, Neowise, Ivan Argüelles, Ars Poetica, and Eleni Stecopoulos, Armies of Compassion, hosted by poet Solomon Rino, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

23 AUGUST 2022 — tuesday

24 AUGUST 2022 — wednesday

25 AUGUST 2022 — thursday

  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading featuring Lake County Poet Laureate Georgina Marie Guardado, The Length of Trauma Covets, followed by an open mic, six minutes per reader, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Ventura County Poetry Project presents a reading featuring Diana Raab, An Imaginary Affair: Poems Whispered to Neruda, followed by an open mic, in-person, E.P. Foster Library, 651 East Main Street, Ventura, free, 6:30-10:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Grand Piano TV presents a series of live readings and performances, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the final volume of The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography/San Francisco 1975-1980, a series of autobiographical writings centered on ten Bay Area poets, this week features Barrett Watten, founder of the Grand Piano reading series in 1976 and author of The Constructivist Movement: From Material Text to Cultural Poetics, winner of the 2004 René Wellek Prize, online via Zoom, free, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

26 AUGUST 2022 — friday

  • The Friday Collapse Virtual Series presents a reading featuring spoken word artist and activist The Propaganda Poet, Terraform, and spoken word artist Aideed Medina, hosted by Paul Corman Roberts and E. Lynn Alexander, followed by an open mic, streaming on Zoom and Facebook Live, free, 6:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here:
  • Poetry at Bell Arts presents a reading featuring Dian Sousa, The Marvels Recorded in My Private Closet, and Patty Seyburn, Threshold Delivery, followed by an open mic, hosted by Jeanette Clough, in-person, Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura, as well as on Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Zoom link here:

27 AUGUST 2022 — saturday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents "Borrowed Tongues, New Writings from Filipinx and Latinx Poets," a reading featuring Josiah Luis Alderete, curator of the reading series Speaking Axolotl and author of Baby Axolotls y Old Pochos, Aileen Cassinetto, The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves and Other Poems, Alice De Parres, Keana Aguilar Labra, Virga, and Kevin Madrigal Galindo, Hell/a Mexican, sponsored by the Filipino American Center at the San Francisco Public Library, in-person, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Blue Light at the Gallery presents a reading featuring poet George Wallace, first Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, New York and author of numerous collections including I Feed the Flames and the Flames Feed Me, joining Wallace are poets Francine Witte, Helga Kidder, KB Ballentine, Chris Wood, Etain Scott, E.D. Watson, Nancy Lee Melmon, Jennifer Lagier, Claudia Reder, Melanie Gendron, MJ Moore, Melissa Hobbs, Karen Marker, Susan Murray, Paula Nichols, marilyn dykstra, Judy Bebelaar, Elinor Gale, and Diane Frank, from Wallace's Blue Light Press Improv Poetry Workshop, a one-day workshop where poets brainstorm their own prompts and focus on imagination-based poetry, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (RSVP to for the Zoom link)
  • Poets in Conversation presents translators and founders of Dutch Poet Press, Joel Katz, Erase / Endure, and Robert Perry, hosted by poet Phyllis Klein, The Full Moon Herald, online via Zoom, free, 4:00-5:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • "Poetry for Haiti," an afternoon of poetry and music to benefit the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund, featuring readings and performances by poet devorah major, califia's daughter, San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, award-winning poet and musician Avotcja, singer-songwriter Francisco Herrera, and poet Shanga Labossiere, followed by an open mic, co-sponsored by Haiti Action Committee, Ecumenical Peace Institute/CALC, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, and St. John's Presbyterian Church Mission and Justice Commission, online via Zoom, suggested donation $10-$50, 3:00-5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Fourth Saturdays presents a poetry reading featuring Cati Porter, Novel, The Body at a Loss, and Jonathan Maule, This Side of Fire, winner of the 2020 Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize, in-person, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT (More information here:

28 AUGUST 2022 — sunday

  • Women's National Book Association returns with their signature Literary Teas, a brunch-time event with readings and conversations with authors, this month featuring novelists Elise Bryant, Happily Ever Afters, nominated for the NAACP Image Award, and Nicola Harrison, The Show Girl; there will be an online component for those not yet comfortable with in-person events at this hybrid event; each in-person ticket comes with $10 store credit to be used at Bel Canto Books, event will be held at Bel Canto Books, 2122 E. 4th Street, Long Beach 11:00 am PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Bird & Beckett presents Story Makers, a reading featuring three fiction writers, Andrena Zawinski, Plumes & other flights of fancy, Judy Juanita, The High Price of Freeways, and Joan Gelfand, Extreme, followed by an open mic, emceed by fiction writer and poet Claire Ortalda, Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00-6:00 pm PDT (More information here:

29 AUGUST 2022 — monday

30 AUGUST 2022 — tuesday

31 AUGUST 2022 — wednesday

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