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22 OCTOBER 2022 — saturday

  • The Ina Coolbrith Circle presents a reading celebrating Yearning to Breathe Free: A Community Journal of 2020, featuring poet and human rights advocate Mary Susan Gast, editor of the newspaper column "Going the Distance," and poet and critic Mary Eichbauer, Poetry's Self-Portrait: The Visual Arts as Mirror and Muse in René Char and John Ashbery, followed by an open mic, hosted by Deborah Schmidt, online via Zoom, free, 2:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents poet Cynthia Guardado, Endeavor, reading and discussing her new collection, Cenizas, joining Guardado are poets Andrés Sanchez, This Body, and Xochitl-Julissa Bermejo, Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge, with music by Lillyflor del Valle, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00-10:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Fourth Saturdays Reading Series presents poets Ron Koertge, The Ogre's Wife, Olympusville, and Katrinka Moore, Diminuendo, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT
  • Litquake 2022 concludes with Lit Crawl SF, the world's largest literary pub crawl, in an array of venues throughout San Francisco's Mission District; Highlights of Phase 1: 5:00 pm PDT, The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street: "Poets Crawleate: Bay Area Poet Laureates Represent!," celebrates Bay Area poet laureates Tongo Eisen-Martin (San Francisco), Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell (Santa Clara County), Aileen Cassinetto (San Mateo County), Jen Siraganian (Los Gatos), and former laureate Maw Shein Win (El Cerrito); Highlights of Phase 2: 6:30 pm PDT, Stage Werx, 446 Valencia Street: "Manic D Press Reunion," featuring a dozen literary stars from one of San Francisco's legendary underground publishers; 6:30 pm PDT, Dog Eared Books, 900 Valencia Street: Reading hosted by ZYZZYVA, A San Francisco Journal of Arts & Letters, winner of the 2022 NCBR Recognition Award, featuring past contributors Dana Johnson, Lucy Corin, Vanessa Hua, Michael Jaime-Becerra, and Dean Radar; Highlights of Phase 3: 8:00 pm PDT, Medicine For Nightmares, 3036 24th Street: AGNI celebrates its 50th year in print, featuring Marilyn Abildskov, Abby Caplin, David Goguen, and Shruti Swamy; all Lit Crawl events free, 5:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here:

23 OCTOBER 2022 — sunday

  • Join California Poets in the Schools for a community open mic reading, open to anyone age fourteen or over, three-minutes per reader, open mic slots are first come, first serve, with readings by featured poets TBA, come to read or to listen, online via Zoom, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (Register/sign up for the open mic:
  • Small Press Traffic presents a conversation with Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro, writer and translator, editor of Dream of Europe: selected seminars and interviews: 1984-1992 and recipient of the Anne Waldman Fellowship in 2019; Castro will respond to ideas about the personal equation, poetry, appearance, and perspective, online, free, 11:00 am PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • Beatnik Café presents a night of poetry featuring Bill Ratner, Fear of Fish, and Marc Olmsted, What Use Am I a Hungry Ghost?, followed by an open mic reading, three-minutes per reader, hosted by Hanna Pachman, in person at the tea café Hey Hey, 1555 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 4:00-6:00 pm PDT (More information here:

24 OCTOBER 2022 — monday

  • Bird & Beckett Books and Records presents biographer and novelist Hilary Holladay, discussing her new book, The Power of Adrienne Rich, about the life and writings of influential poet and feminist Adrienne Rich (1929-2012), in conversation with researcher and editor Tate Swindell, Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Skylight Books presents poet and short story writer Bojan Louis, Currents, winner of the American Book Award, discussing his new collection of stories, Sinking Bell, in conversation with writer and musician J.J. Anselmi, Out Here on Our Own, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:

25 OCTOBER 2022 — tuesday

26 OCTOBER 2022 — wednesday

27 OCTOBER 2022 — thursday

  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading featuring poet Armand Brint, first Poet Laureate of Ukiah, recipient of a Jane Reichhold International Haiku Prize, and author of In the Name of Wonder, Brint's reading will be 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:
  • Book Passage presents award-winning author Joan Frank, Where You're All Going: Four Novellas, winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction, reading from and discussing two new books, Late Work, a literary autobiography in essays, and Juniper Street, a novel, winner of the C&R Press 2021 Fiction Award, Book Passage, 51 Tama Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Left Margin Lit presents the workshop "When Life Gives You Lemons: Embracing Cliché," led by poet Shara Lessley, The Explosive Expert's Wife, winner of the Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize, attendees of the workshop will examine cliché as a generative resource and inspiration, as well as how to reevaluate language and make what is old new again, two Thursdays, October 27 and November 3, online via Zoom, $195, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (Enroll here:
  • City Lights Books presents poet J. Estanislao Lopez, discussing his new collection, We Borrowed Gentleness, in conversation with poet and editor Kaveh Akbar, Pilgrim Bell, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Beyond Baroque presents a reading by two Los Angeles-based indie presses, SunFlower Station and Not A Cult, featuring poets Sheila J. Sadr, Alexandra Jade, Tori Gesualdo, Edwin Bodney, A Study of Hands, and Paasha Motamedi, with a DJ set by DJ Ghosthouse, in-person and livestreamed on YouTube, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

28 OCTOBER 2022 — friday

  • Westside Sparkling presents "A Flight of Poets," an evening of poetry paired with sparkling wines, featuring poet and translator Brenda Hillman, In A Few Minutes Before Later, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Time and Materals, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and poet Iris Jamahl Dunkle, West: Fire: Archive, Westside Sparkling, 14210 Bacchus Landing Way, Healdsburg, $55, each ticket includes the wine tasting, a charcuterie box, and a choice of a signed copy of Hillman, Hass, or Dunkle's book, 5:30-7:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Join poet Ellen Bass, Indigo for the fifth series of Living Room Craft Talks, a series of talks exploring the craft of poetry with a different guest poet each week, with guest appearances from Ada Limón, recently named U.S. Poet Laureate and author of The Hurting Kind, Chris Abani, Smoking the Bible, Diane Seuss, Frank: Sonnets, Donika Kelly, The Renunciations, Naomi Shihab Nye, The Tiny Journalist, and Jane Hirshfield, Ledger, each week focuses on a different subject of poetry and teaches practical techniques that students can integrate into their own writing, online, runs six weeks, October 28-December 9, with a break on November 25, $300, full and partial scholarships available for BIPOC writers and those with financial needs, 9:00-11:15 am PDT (Register to attend:

29 OCTOBER 2022 — saturday

  • Point Reyes Books presents award-winning poets Brenda Hillman, Practical Water, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry, and Robert Hass, Time and Materials, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, reading and discussing Hillman's new collection, In a Few Minutes Before Later, in person, Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Join essayist Isidra Mencos as she celebrates her debut book, Promenade of Desire, a rich memoir about the author's life growing up in 1960s Spain, and her activism, sexual awakening, and search for intimacy in the aftermath of a repressive dictatorship, with a reading and Q&A with Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press, followed by a salsa lesson with Felipe EldelaClave and party with DJ Luis Medina, in person, The Beat Dance Studio, 2560 Ninth Street, Suite 119, Berkeley, free, 7:30-10:30 pm PDT

30 OCTOBER 2022 — sunday

31 OCTOBER 2022 — monday

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