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27 MARCH 2024 — wednesday

28 MARCH 2024 — thursday

  • City Lights presents professor and author Judith Butler discussing their new book Who's Afraid of Gender?, an examination of how recent attacks on gender have become central to right-wing movements and reactionary politics, and an investigation of how "anti-gender ideology movements" have transformed gender from a subset of individual identity into an illusion of threat (to family, children, society, culture, and humanity itself) for emerging authoritarian regimes, fascist formations, and trans-exclusionary feminists,
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading celebrating the new climate change anthology Dear Human at the Edge of Time, featuring readings by climate activist Jeanine Pfeiffer and other contributors, followed by an open mic, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, free, suggested donation $5, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, contact Michael Riedell at
  • California College of the Arts's BFA Illustration and MFA Writing Programs invite you to their spring salon, "It's a Happening," the show includes collage, readings, dance, illustration, video, and the music of no fewer than 85 metronomes; featured artists and writers include poet A. Van Jordan, When I Waked, I Cried to Dream Again, writer, editor, filmmaker, and critic Faith Adiele, Her Voice: A Hybrid Memoir, Monique "Fauxnique" Jenkinson, Faux Queen: A Life in Drag, collage artist, educator, and poet Addy Gravatte, writer and poet Sonja Swift, Echo Loba, Loba Echo, and CCA Chair of Illustration Michael Wertz; California College of the Arts, Nave Presentation Space, Main Building, Room 150, 1111 8th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • Join Vietnamese-American multihyphenate storyteller Susan Lieu for the launch of her new memoir, The Manicurist's Daughter, moderated conversation, Q&A, and a book signing follows the event, Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson Street, San Francisco, $5, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents a reading featuring Valerie Werder, reading from her new novel, Thieves, and Bay Area poet and publisher David Buuck, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here:

29 MARCH 2024 — friday

  • El Gigante presents a reading with featured poet Christopher Buckley, One Sky to the Next, winner of the Longleaf Press Book Prize, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, doors open 6:55 pm, reading starts 7:00 pm PDT (Zoom link here:
  • Beyond Baroque presents poet and performance artist Linda Ravenswood, celebrating her new book, a poem is a house, joined in a reading by Senator Anthony Portantino, poet and representative of California's 25th district, Allegra Parks, Christina Cha, Bernadette McComish, Brian Sonia-Wallace, Ariadne Makridakis Arroyo, Diana Dinerman, Tom Laichas, and Kendalle Getty, a book signing will follow the reading, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-9:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

30 MARCH 2024 — saturday

  • This workshop, "Expressing Your Truth: Connecting with Your Authentic Voice," led by children's book author Britta Stromeyer Esmail, Raina's (UN) Happy Birthday, is for any writer who seeks to develop and refine their authentic writer's voice; suitable for writers of all levels and genres, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $80, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm PDT, Register by March 29 (For more information, visit:
  • Point Reyes Books presents poet Jane Hirshfield, The Beauty, longlisted for the National Book Award, reading and discussing her latest book, The Asking: New & Selected Poems, in conversation with Michael Lerner, president and co-founder of Commonweal, Commonweal, 451 Mesa Road, Bolinas, $20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds, 2:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Black Arts Movement Business District Community Development Corp. (BAMBD CDC) and Artist As First Responder co-present "Wine, Words, & Baldwin" in conjunction with the exhibition "Frontline Prophet: James Baldwin." by Detroit-based artist Sabrina Nelson, the event celebrates the 100th Birthday of Harlem writer James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son, and The Fire Next Time; a moderated conversation on "The Enduring Value of Baldwin to Evolving Black Narratives" will be hosted by Oakland Poet Laureate Ayodele Nzinga and artist/curator Ashara Ekundayo; BAM House, 1540 Broadway, Oakland, $15-$20, 7:00-10:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • Beyond Baroque presents the fourth annual "30 in 30 Poetry Workshop," led by Brendan Constantine, The Opposites Game, participants will engage in discussions to inspire their writing and, at the end of each session, take home packets and materials to write a poem a day, runs online via Zoom, five Saturdays, March 30-April 27, $160 for members, $180 general admission, early bird sale prices are $155 for members, $170 general admission, ending on March 27, 11:00 am-1:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

31 MARCH 2024 — sunday

  • Photographer and filmmaker Christopher Felver's new exhibition, "Whole Shebang," presents "Poets, Reflections, & Films: A Beat Generation Happening," a panel with Joyce Jenkins, Poetry Flash; archivist, poet, and photographer Tate Swindell, co-editor of Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman, and Matthias Ruecker; the panel will discuss the beat movement started by a group of authors whose work explored and influenced American culture and politics in the post-World War II era, in conjunction with Felver's exhibit, featuring the photographs of celebrated writers, artists, and musicians; the show is open to the public until April 14; Sausalito Center for the Arts, 750 Bridgeway, Sausalito, $10 suggested donation, 4:00-7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:

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