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23 JANUARY 2024 — tuesday

24 JANUARY 2024 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents Pat Thomas, counterculture historian and music producer, celebrating his new book, Material Wealth: Mining the Personal Archive of Allen Ginsberg, a collection of previously unpublished historical paperwork, vintage photographs, and ephemera from one of the most prolific and influential poets of the Beat Generation, in conversation with Peter Hale, manager of Ginsberg's estate, co-presented with Powerhouse Books, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

25 JANUARY 2024 — thursday

  • Marin Poetry Center presents a reading with featured poets James Cagney, Martian: The Saint of Loneliness, winner of the 2021 James Laughlin Award, Cheryl Dumesnil, In Praise of Falling, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Connie Post, Prime Meridian, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 6:30-8:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents an open reading to honor and celebrate two local poets who recently passed away, Stan Janiak and Lynne "the Poetician" Elman, the reading will feature poems written by Janiak and Elman, followed by an open mic, open to anyone who wishes to speak, read, or sing, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 S. Main Street, Ukiah, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PST
  • Medicine for Nightmares celebrates the tenth issue of Huizache, a diverse anthology of poetry spanning generations and communities, featuring readings from contributors Achy Obejas, The Tower of the Antilles, a PEN/Faulkner finalist, Barbara Jane Reyes, Letters to a Young Brown Girl, Donnelle McGee, Ghost Man, and Joseph Rios, Shadowboxing: Poems & Impersonations, winner of a 2018 American Book Award, Medicine for Nightmares, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PST (More information here:

26 JANUARY 2024 — friday

  • Beyond Baroque celebrates the 25th anniversary of Poetry International, a longstanding literary journal born out of the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands, featuring readings from Editor-in-Chief Sandra Alcosser, A Fish to Feed All Hunger, and contributing poets Sarah Maclay, Nightfall Marginalia, and Mariano Zaro, Decoding Sparrows, finalist for the Housatonic Book Award, copies of the journal will be available at the reading, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • Kearny Street Workshop presents a reading featuring poets Sarah Ghazal Ali, Theophanies, selected as the Editors' Choice for the 2022 Alice James Award, and Soham Patel, all one in the end—/water, an open mic will precede the featured readings, Arc Gallery & Studios, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here:

27 JANUARY 2024 — saturday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet Soham Patel, Ever Really Hear It, winner of the 2017 Subito Prize, celebrating their latest collection, All One in the End/Water, joined in reading by poets Carmen Giménez, Milk and Filth, Jason Bayani, Locus, and J. Michael Martinez, Tarta Americana, hosted by Sara Borjas, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Left Margin LIT presents "Form and Freedom: Sonnets and Ghazals," a poetry class led by Zeina Hashem Beck, O, winner of the 2023 Arab American Book Award for Poetry, the class will focus on the sonnet and the ghazal, two poetry forms originating from different parts of the world, students will also have time to write and share their own poetry, Left Margin LIT, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B, Berkeley, $195,10:00 am-3:00 pm PST, with a one-hour lunch break (Enroll here:
  • Fourth Saturdays presents a poetry reading featuring Marsha de la O, Creature, and Lisa C. Krueger, Floriography Child, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Small Press Traffic celebrates its 50th anniversary with a multi-disciplinary reading and party, featuring nine poets, Camille Roy, Dana Teen Lomax, Elizabeth Treadwell, Juliana Spahr, Norma Cole, Owen Hill, Robert Glück, Samantha Giles, and Tonya Foster, each reading a poem of their choice by a poet they love, with music by DJ Ori Diwata, artwork by Bay Area artists Cliff Hengst, Aki Neumann, Floss editions, and Paul Ebenkamp, food from Reem's, and a special poetry game, Et al., 2831 Mission Street, San Francisco, free, doors open at 7:00 pm, reading begins at 8:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:

28 JANUARY 2024 — sunday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents the Odd Verse Reading Series, a poetry reading and open mic that amplifies underrepresented voices, in a safe space for discourse, community solidarity, and collective action for social justice, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, donations welcome, 4:30-7:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga presents a reading with featured poets Judith Terzi, Museum of Rearranged Objects, and Karen Greenbaum-Maya, The Beautiful Leaves, followed by an open mic, suggested donation of $5 per person, Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, Los Angeles, 4:30 pm PST (More information here:

29 JANUARY 2024 — monday

  • The Arts Research Center presents poet and essayist Deborah A. Miranda, A Tribal Memoir, winner of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, reading and discussing her work, in conversation with educator and author Estelle Tarica, The Inner Life of Mestizo Nationalist, Maude Fife Room 315, Wheeler Hall, Berkeley, free, 2:00-3:15 pm PST (More information here:

30 JANUARY 2024 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with featured poet Matt Mason, former executive director of the Nebraska Writers Collective and author of I Have a Poem the Size of the Moon, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:

31 JANUARY 2024 — wednesday

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