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21 JANUARY 2023 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents award-winning poet, novelist, and musician Will Alexander reading from and discussing his new collection, Divine Blue Light (For John Coltrane), published by City Lights Books, in conversation with poet and activist Kamau Daáood, Artistic Director and co-founder of The World Stage Performance Gallery, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents anthropologist Thomas McKenna, Muslim Rulers and Rebels, discussing his new book, Moro Warrior: A Philippine Chieftain, an American Schoolmaster, and the Untold Story of the Most Remarkable Resistance Fighters of World War II in the Pacific, a powerful story about Philippine Muslim guerrilla fighters during World War II, African American Center Exhibit Space, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Beyond Baroque presents Richard Modiano, poet and former Executive Director of Beyond Baroque, celebrating his new collection, Forbidden Lunchbox, joined in a reading by poet and founder of Punk Hostage Press Iris Berry, The Daughters of Bastards, poet and playwright Michael C. Ford, Emergency Exits, poet and performance artist S.A. Griffin, Dreams Gone Mad With Hope, and K.R. Morrison, Cauldrons, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 2:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

22 JANUARY 2023 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Joan Baranow, A Slight Thing, Happiness, and Tayve Neese, evolution psalms, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)
  • Bird & Beckett Books and Records presents a reading for the environment featuring former San Francisco Poet Laureate devorah major, Califa's Daughter, poet Dee Allen, Boneyard, poet and activist John Curl, and poet, musician, and artist Avotcja, With Every Step I Take 2, Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 5:00 pm PST (More information here:

23 JANUARY 2023 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist and critic Curtis White, Memories of My Father Watching TV, celebrating his new book, Transcendent: Art and Dharma in a Time of Collapse, in conversation with author and photographer Cheston Knapp, Up Up, Down Down, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

24 JANUARY 2023 — tuesday

  • Left Margin LIT presents "The Making of a Poet," a workshop led by poet Mia Ayumi Malhotra, Isako Isako, a California Book Award finalist and winner of the Alice James Award, this workshop looks at "mothering" as a radical practice and examines elements of craft in the work of women and nonbinary poets, six Tuesdays, January 24-February 28, online via Zoom, $395, 6:30-8:30 pm PST (Enroll here:
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet and spoken word artist Red O'Hare, Seaglass Strange, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Left Margin LIT presents " The Arc of Picture Book Writing," a workshop led by children's book author Meera Sriram, A Gift for Amma, winner of the 2021 South Asia Book Award, this course teaches all about writing picture books, including topics of story arcs, voice, and emotional resonance, as well as the industry itself and submission processes, four Tuesdays, January 24-February 21, with no class on February 14, Left Margin LIT, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B, Berkeley, $275, 6:30-9:00 pm PST (Enroll here:

25 JANUARY 2023 — wednesday

  • The Mechanics' Institute presents a celebration of French writer and actor Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954), featuring translator and publisher Paul Eprile, with two new translations of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette's novels Chéri (1920) and The End of Chéri (1926), in conversation with biographer Judith Thurman, Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, moderated by playwright and poet Zack Rogow, members free, public sliding scale $5 to $10, online via Zoom, Noon PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books celebrates three new poetry books, with readings by LaTasha Nevada-Diggs, Village, Eleni Sikelianos, Your Kingdom, and Anne Waldman, Bard, Kinetic, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

26 JANUARY 2023 — thursday

  • Writers Read Ukiah presents poet Gordon Black, Low Tech in the Great Northwest, followed by an open mic, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, free, suggested donation of $5, 7:00 pm PST

27 JANUARY 2023 — friday

  • Come join a reading and conversation on ecopoetics, featuring Tonya M. Foster, A Swarm of Bees in High Court; CS Giscombe, Similarly; Judy Grahn, Hanging On Our Own Bones; former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Time and Materials, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize; Brenda Hillman, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days; Gillian Osborne, Green Green Green; and Evelyn Reilly, Echolocation, Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street, Oakland, free, donations welcome, 6:00 pm PST
  • Beyond Baroque presents a reading by Pasadena Poet Laureate Ron Koertge, Olympusville, and Eloise Klein Healy, the first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles in 2012, and author of several collections, including A Brilliant Loss, both authors will read new and selected works, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

28 JANUARY 2023 — saturday

  • The Ina Coolbrith Circle presents poet Amy Miller, reading from her new books, Astronauts, winner of the 2022 Chad Walsh Chapbook Prize from Beloit Poetry Journal, and The Trouble With New England Girls, hosted by Suzanne Bruce, free, online via Zoom (More information here: )
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents Poetry from the Pandemic, a reading of San Francisco poets highlighting how they discovered their inner resources and resilience during the pandemic, featuring Karen Melander-Magoon, John Curl, Rainbow Weather, and Mahnaz Badihian, Ask the Wind, North Beach Library Community Room, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Book Passage presents novelist and essayist Peter Orner, Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, discussing his new book, Still No Word From You, an intimate collection of essays about love and loss, hope, despair, and literature, in conversation with novelist Tom Barbash, The Last Good Chance, California Book Award-winner, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 11:00 am PST (More information here:
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents a deep reading of Just as I Am, the memoir of iconic actor Cicely Tyson (1924-2021), led by author and historian Linda Jackson, The Religion of Slaves, African American Center Exhibit Space, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 1:00-2:30 pm PST (More information here:
  • Point Reyes Books presents novelist Selby Wynn Schwartz, The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, celebrating her new book, After Sappho, longlisted for the Booker Prize, in conversation with bookstore co-owner Molly Parent, Dance Palace Church Space, Point Reyes Station, free, donations welcome, 4:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Fourth Saturdays presents a reading with poets Amy Shimshon-Santo, Catastrophic Molting, and Brendan Constantine, Dementia, My Darling, free, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, 2:00 pm PST

29 JANUARY 2023 — sunday

  • Occidental Center for the Arts presents Sonoma County Poet Laureate Elizabeth Herron, Desire Being Full of Grace, celebrating her new collection, In the Cities of Sleep, followed by Q&A and book signing, Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, free, donations welcome, 2:00-4:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Skylight Books presents poet and performance artist Linda Ravenswood, The Stan Poems, reading and discussing her new book, Cantadora: Letters from California, a collection of forty-four hybrid texts that read as maps, diary entries, dream fragments, and lists, spanning the 500+ years from the Spanish Conquest of Mexico to the present day, Skylight Books,1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga presents a reading by poets Sharmagne Leland St. John, A Raga for George Harrison, The Trip, and William Scott Galasso, Saffron Skies, Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, Los Angeles, free, 4:30 pm PST (More information here:

30 JANUARY 2023 — monday

31 JANUARY 2023 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet and essayist Darius Atefat-Peckham, How Many Love Poems, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents nonfiction writer Thomas Crow, The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design, 1930-1995, discussing his new book, The Artist in the Counterculture: Bruce Conner to Mike Kelley and Other Tales from the Edge, examining the influence of West Coast artists on California's counterculture of the 1960s to 1980s, in conversation with art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

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