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17 JULY 2021 — saturday

Community of Writers presents Festival Day, a free, day-long event featuring readings, panels, and craft talks, with writers and special guests including best-selling novelist Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club, and actor Anna Deavere Smith, craft talks with novelists Janet Fitch, Michelle Latiolais, and screenwriter Megan Fay Raveneau, a virtual nature walk through Paige Meadows with naturalist Will Richardson, readings by Karen Joy Fowler, Tom Lutz, Peter Orner, and more, concluding with a reading by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Time and Materials, with music by the CE Trio, free, with suggested donation, online, 8:30 am-7:00 pm PDT (Reserve your ticket here: communityofwriters.org/events/event/festival-day)




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24 SEPTEMBER 2021 — friday

25 SEPTEMBER 2021 — saturday

  • The Revolutionary Poets Brigade of San Francisco presents a 100,000 Poets for Change reading, featuring Adrian Arias, Nahid Aria, Mahnaz Badihian, Lisbit Bailey (host), Scott Bird, Dan Brady, Wendy Wolters, Kristina Brown, Buford Buntin, John Curl (co-host), Lucille Lang Day, Diego Deleo, Carol Denney, Mauro ffortissimo, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Gary Hicks, Maya Khosla, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Karen Melander-Magoon, Barbara Paschke, Antoinette Vella Payne,, Dorothy Payne, Roarshock, Alice Rogoff, Sally Love Saunders, Nina Serrano, Kim Shuck, David Leo Sirois, and Martin Vernon, free, 12:30 pm PDT (To join the Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/j/82341388033)
  • Come join the 28th Annual Dancing Poetry Festival, an exhibition of poetic dancing, featuring the winners of the 2021 Dancing Poetry Contest, including three Grand Prize winners: poets Mary K. Lindberg, "Dance of Atoms," Deborah K. Tash, "Through You," and Cynthia West, "The Beauty Road"; numerous other poets and dancers perform in this two-act festival, online via YouTube Live, free, Act 1 begins at Noon PDT, Act 2 begins at 2:30 pm PDT (To join Act 1 on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaCShOK5zzA; To join Act 2 on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCJhfGsf298; For more information: www.dancingpoetry.com/home.html)
  • Green Apple Books presents Rachel Long, poet and founder of Octavia Poetry Collective for Women of Colour, reading and discussing her debut collection of poems, My Darling from the Lions, in conversation with Elaine Costello, America Is Not the Heart, online via Zoom, free, Noon PDT (Register to attend: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/virtual-event-rachel-long-and-elaine-castillo)
  • Book Passage presents novelist and activist Cathy Rath reading from and discussing her debut novel, Ripple Effect, a complex story of family secrets and discovery set during the 1960s student rebellions in the United States, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.bookpassage.com/event/cathy-rath-ripple-effect-corte-madera-store)

26 SEPTEMBER 2021 — sunday

  • The Claremont Library presents a reading with poet Andrea Carter Brown, September 12, and poet and playwright Beverly Lafontaine, part of the Fourth Sundays reading series, Louise Roberts Room, Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W Harrison Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information: www.facebook.com/events/3736094436495622)
  • The Claremont Library's Fourth Sundays Reading Series presents a poetry reading featuring Andrea Carter Brown, The Disheveled Bed, Brook & Rainbow, and Beverly Lafontaine, published in Blue Satellite, Waves, and elsewhere, Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00-4:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.facebook.com/events/3736094436495622)
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents writer and artist Jaime Cortez, Sexile, discussing his debut collection of short stories, Gordo, a queer, coming-of-age story set in a 1970s migrant workers camp near Watsonville, California, in conversation with poet Yosimar Reyes, For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly…), online, free, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2021/09/26/author-jaime-cortez-conversation-yosimar-reyes)
  • Sixteen Rivers Press presents a reading featuring poets Denise Low, Shadow Light, Wing, and Kim Shuck, Exile Heart, Deer Trails, in-person in the Sacred Hoop Garden, Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley, free, 3:00 pm PDT
  • San Francisco Center for the Book presents the 18th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival; this year's classic print artists are Katherine Case, Danguole Kuolas, Rik Olson, Erik Rewitzer, Michelle Wilson, SFCB, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, between 16th and 17th, San Francisco, free, 11:00 am-4:00 pm (Visit: sfcb.org/Roadworks2021)

27 SEPTEMBER 2021 — monday

  • Green Apple Books presents Keith Boykin, CNN political commentator and best-selling author of Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America, discussing his new book, Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America, a call to fight racism, xenophobia, sexism, and homophobia, free, online via Zoom and in person, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PDT (Register for the Zoom link here: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-keith-boykin)
  • San Jose State University presents a SJSU Craft Talk by poet Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric, online via Zoom, free, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm PDT (Enter the talk with this Zoom link: sjsu.zoom.us/j/84103691348?pwd=OE85NGplZC82YXY3bXZVSmZwK051QT09)
  • The Center for Literary Arts of San José is pleased to present Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: An American Lyric, a reflection on racial inequalities through personal, professional and artistic lenses, in a reading and conversation with Jalylah Burrell, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at San José University, online via Crowdcast, free, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.crowdcast.io/e/cla-presents-claudia/register)
  • City Lights Books presents Steven Reigns, first Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, Inheritance, reading from and discussing his new book, A Quilt for David, which uncovers the hidden history of the life and death of Dr. David Acer, a gay man accused of infecting his patients with HIV, and the media hysteria and scapegoating that overshadowed his life, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)

28 SEPTEMBER 2021 — tuesday

29 SEPTEMBER 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents a reading of Project 1521, a collection of Southern California poets, artists, and scholars, featuring poets Gloria Enedina Alvarez, Yago S. Cura, Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, Arminé Ikandossian, Darren J. de Leon, Diana Magaloni, Linda Ravenswood de Montaño, and visual artist Sandy Rodriguez, hosted by Josiah Luis Alderete, poet and host of the reading series "Speaking Axolotl", reading from their new collection, You Will Not Be Forgotten, the debut volume of poetry from the group, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents novelist and filmmaker Ruth Ozeki, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, discussing and reading from her new novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, online, $34, ticket includes a copy of the book, 6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/ruth-ozeki)

30 SEPTEMBER 2021 — thursday


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