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29 APRIL 2023 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents the second annual International Poetry Film Festival, Los Angeles, a two-day festival showcasing filmmakers and poets who merge poetry and film, this second day will screen forty-three international poem-based films, Official Selection of the Poetry Film Festival Los Angeles 2023, screened in the Experimental, Narrative, Animation, Documentary, and Original Score categories, with special guest speakers, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free for members, $10 early bird price, $20 for single day, $30 for both days, Noon PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a reading with featured poets Elizabeth Robinson, On Ghosts, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, Randy Prunty, Test Camp, and Alexandra Mattraw, Raw Anyone, followed by an open mic, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, free, 4:00 pm PDT
  • Book Passage presents award-winning poet Maggie Smith, Good Bones, discussing her new memoir, You Could Make This Place Beautiful, in conversation with novelist Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, California Book Awards silver medal winner in First Fiction, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, and online, $32, ticket includes a copy of the book, 4:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Sierra Poetry Festival presents a pop-up event, "Poetry in the Park," history, nature, and poetry in a culminating event for National Poetry Month, presented by California State Parks, Sierra Gold Parks Foundation, and Nevada County Arts Council, this celebration also honors California's Arts, Culture and Creativity Month, and features local students and poets reading poems that were inspired by the Empire Mine, Empire Mine Park, 10791 East Empire Street, Grass Valley, $5 entry fee to Park, 2:00-3:30 pm PDT (More information here:

30 APRIL 2023 — sunday

  • American Book Award-winner and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Will Alexander, Divine Blue Light (for John Coltrane): Pocket Poets Series No. 63, and Andrew Joron, writer of experimental poetry and speculative fiction, are featured in a rare poetry reading and concert in the intimacy of a private home, both poets will read, followed by a free improvisation with Will Alexander on grand piano and Andrew Joron on the theremin; this reading/performance will take place in a private Berkeley home with limited seating, 4:00 pm PDT (To attend, email the event host at:
  • "The West Revisits Harlem," Black poets read, featuring Tshaka Campbell, Donté Clark, Meilani Clay, San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Blood on the Fog, A'aron Heard, LadiRev, and Landon Smith, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00-5:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Alibi Bookshop presents a reading with featured poets Laura Walker, psalmbook, Maw Shein Win, inaugural Poet Laureate of El Cerrito and author of Storage Unit for the Spirit House, and Katie Peterson, Life in a Field, hosted by musician and poet Jeffrey Kingman, On a Road, part of the Vallejo Poetry Festival and National Poetry Month, Alibi Bookshop, 624 Marin Street, Vallejo, free, 1:00 pm PDT (More information here:

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