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Sally Ashton, Nils Peterson, Mighty Mike McGee, Gary Singh, more

18 APRIL 2021 — sunday

San Jose State University Legacy of Poetry Festival presents the San Jose Story Maps Project, a reading featuring former Santa Clara County Poet Laureates Sally Ashton (The Behaviour of Clocks), Nils Peterson (A Walk to the Center of Things), and Mighty Mike McGee (In Search of Midnight), with Gary Singh, Metro Newspaper columnist and author of Silicon Alleys: Selected Metro Silicon Valley Columns, 2005-2020, and poets Jenny Clendenen, Lara Gularte, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Dan Pulcrano, John Allen Cassady, and more, free, online, 4:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

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24 JUNE 2021 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading to celebrate Fog and Light: San Francisco Through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here, a new anthology, with contributors Vince Gotera, Ken Haas, Jodi Hottel, Kathleen McClung, Gwynn O'Gara, and editor Diane Frank, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)
  • City Lights Books presents novelist Doug Henderson, discussing his new novel, The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club, in conversation with novelist K.M. Soehnlein, The World of Normal Boys, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

25 JUNE 2021 — friday

  • Green Apple Books presents poet and essayist Jenny Bitner, reading from and discussing her debut novel, Here is a Game We Could Play, a story set in Pennsylvania in the 1990s that follows a woman who, stuck in the rundown industrial town where she grew up, turns to fantasy and books to escape the darker memories of her past, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Junior High, Not a Cult, and Skylight Books present poet and former Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles Rhiannon McGavin reading from and discussing her new book, Grocery List Poems, free, held at Junior High, Inc.'s outdoor venue at 603 South Brand Boulevard, Glendale, California, 6:30 pm PDT (More information here:

26 JUNE 2021 — saturday

  • The Richmond Literary Arts Center presents a reading featuring poet and translator Katie Farris, boysgirls, and acclaimed poet Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic and Dancing in Odessa, open mic to follow, free, online, Noon PDT (RSVP: for the Zoom link)

27 JUNE 2021 — sunday

  • California Poets in the Schools presents a virtual open mic reading, featuring CalPoets's Poet-Teachers Claire Blotter, Moment in the Moment House, and Ernesto M. Garay, Reverberating Voices, with open mic to follow, hosted by Susan Terence, California Poets in the Schools San Francisco Area Coordinator, free, donations welcome, online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend or to read at the open mic:
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents "The Poems of Charles Bukowski," a workshop led by poet and owner of Vault Publishing, Sunny Rey, Quotes and Poems by a Nobody, and poet and spoken word artist Anthony Azzarito, $36 members, $42 nonmembers, online, 10:00 am-Noon PDT (Enroll here:
  • Sixteen Rivers Press presents a poetry reading featuring Anne Marie Macari, Heaven Beneath, Red Deer, and Julia B. Levine, Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight, winner of the Northern California Book Award for Poetry, hosted by poet Eliot Schain, part of the Sixteen Rivers Presents reading series, free, online via Zoom, 3:00 pm PDT (Zoom link here:
  • The Claremont Library presents a reading featuring poets Romaine Washington, Purgatory Has an Address and Sirens in Her Belly, and Anna Leahy, What Happened Was, Aperture, part of the Fourth Sundays reading series, free, online via Facebook Live, 2:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • The Mechanics' Institute, in conjunction with Arion Press, celebrate Arion Press's broadside of poet and translator Chun Yu's poem "The Map," with a poetry reading by Yu, followed by a conversation between Yu and poet Michael Warr, Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin; this event co-presented by the Two Languages/One Community project, free, both online via Zoom and in-person at Arion Press at 1802 Hayes Street, San Francisco, 3:00-5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

28 JUNE 2021 — monday

29 JUNE 2021 — tuesday

  • Green Apple Books presents novelist Rivka Galchen, Atmospheric Disturbances and Little Labours, reading from and discussing her new novel, Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch, in conversation with novelist Paul La Forge, The Night Ocean, free, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents poet and playwright Camille Roy discussing her new book, Honey Mine, a collection of short fiction exploring coming of age in Chicago's South Side and youth in the lesbian underground, in conversation with poet and writer Eileen Myles, Chelsea Girls, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Sharon Smith-Knight, Wine-Sip and Other Delicious Poems, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here:

30 JUNE 2021 — wednesday

  • Point Reyes Books presents essayist Gillian Osborne reading from and discussing her new book, Green Green Green, a collection of essays exploring history, horticulture, and the green world, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents novelist and essayist Kate Zambreno, Drifts, Appendix Project, discussing her new book To Write as if Already Dead, part novella, part study, exploring friendship, language, identity, and bodies against the backdrop of French writer Hervé Guibert's novel, To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life, in conversation with writer T Fleischmann, Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

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