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Rebecca Solnit and Jenny Odell

30 OCTOBER 2021 — saturday

Point Reyes Books presents acclaimed essayist and memorist Rebecca Solnit, winner of the Northern California Book Award in Nonfiction for Recollections of My Nonexistence, discussing her new book, Orwell's Roses, a reexamination of George Orwell's life and writings through the lens of his passion for gardening, in conversation with artist and writer Jenny Odell, in-person event, Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station, $28, ticket includes a copy of the book, 6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/rebecca-solnit-and-jenny-odell)




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5 MARCH 2024 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with featured poet Dion O'Reilly, Ghost Dogs, winner of the Dragonfly Award for Poetry, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights and Melville House celebrates the launch of Margaret Juhae Lee's familial memoir, Starry Field: A Memoir of Lost History which uses investigation and research to recount the life of Lee's grandfather, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 9:00pm PST citylights.com/events/margaret-juhae-lee)

6 MARCH 2024 — wednesday

  • The Poetry Center sponsors a poetry reading by Gillian Conoley, Notes from the Passenger, and Rodrigo Toscano, author of eleven books of poetry, Medicine for Nightmares bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 8:30 pm PST poetry.sfsu.edu/event/gillian-conoley-and-rodrigo-toscano-reading-their-work)
  • LSG New Music Series presents "Happened Change," with musical improvisation by Heikki Koskinen, poet Tobey Kaplan, and performance artist "maker/mover," Nan Busse, also performing will be emerging artist/musician Matias Arizmendi, Luggage Store, 1007 Market Street, San Francisco, $10-$20 sliding scale/suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds) 8:00 pm PST

7 MARCH 2024 — thursday

  • Lunch Poems, UC Berkeley's noontime reading series, presents poet and multimedia artist Esther Belin, From the Belly of My Beauty, winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, Morrison Library inside Doe Library, 101 Library Ct., University of California campus, Berkeley, free, 12:10-12:50 pm PST (More information here: www.lib.berkeley.edu/visit/lunch-poems)
  • The Library Foundation of Los Angeles presents bestselling author Leslie Jamison, The Gin Closet, finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award, discussing her new memoir, Splinters, in conversation with novelist and poet Sarah Manguso, Very Cold People, longlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, co-presented with Skylight Books, part of the ALOUD Winter 2024 Season, Mark Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles Central Library, 620 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: lfla.org/event/splinters)

8 MARCH 2024 — friday

  • Beyond Baroque celebrates Pratik: Darkness in Style, The Noir Issue, a nonprofit literary magazine edited by world-renowned Himalayan poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma, featuring readings by contributors Peggy Dobreer, Marilyn N. Robertson, Alison Turner, Cece Peri, Tony Barnstone, Christina Cha, and Mehnaz Sahibzada, hosted by poet Suzanne Lummis, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, 8:00-9:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • The Library Foundation of Los Angeles presents novelist Tommy Orange, There There, finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2019 American Book Award, reading and discussing his latest book, Wandering Stars, in conversation with award-winning filmmaker Sterlin Harjo, co-creator and showrunner of Reservation Dogs, , co-presented with Skylight Books, part of the ALOUD Winter 2024 Season, Mark Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles Central Library, 620 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: lfla.org/event/wandering-stars)

9 MARCH 2024 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents novelist and poet Mathieu Cailler, reading from his new collection of short stories, Forest for the Trees & Other Stories, winner of the 2023 Paris Book Festival, in conversation with poet Shonda Buchanan, Black Indian, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Day Dreamer's Poetry Showcase, a monthly spoken word event that highlights voices often overlooked or silenced, co-presented by RichOak Events, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00-7:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • City Lights Books, together with Rare Bird Lit, San Francisco Public Library, and Vesuvio Café, presents "Herb Gold @ 100: A Tribute to a Life in Letters," a celebration of the life and work of San Francisco literary icon Herbert Gold (1924-2023), with the book launch of his final book, Father Verses Sons: A Correspondence in Poems, an exchange of poems between Herb Gold and his two sons, Ari and Ethan Gold; Ari and Ethan will be in conversation moderated by City Lights Books's Peter Maravelis, at the San Francisco Public Library, North Beach Branch, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 4:00 pm PST, followed by a reception and book signing at Vesuvio Café, 255 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 5:30 pm; it all begins at 4:00 pm PST at the North Beach Library (More information here: citylights.com/events)

10 MARCH 2024 — sunday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents "Food For Thought," a creative writing workshop featuring readings of poetry and prose by Tureeda Mikell, Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine, and Shizue Seigel, director of Write Now! SF Bay, followed by writing prompts and free write time, with an open mic reading, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-4:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

11 MARCH 2024 — monday

  • City Lights presents a reading and discussion by McKenzie Wark with poet Anne Lesley Selcer, Sun Cycle, in celebration of the publication of Wark's recent books, Love and Money, Sex and Death: A Memoir, which relays Wark's experience of coming out as transgender after a twenty-year marriage, and Raving, which describes different locations within New York's underground queer rave scene, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 9:00 pm PDT /citylights.com/events/mckenzie-wark-in-conversation-with-anne-lesley-selcer)

12 MARCH 2024 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with featured poet Donny Jackson, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents a reading with featured poets Briana Muñoz, Loose Lips, and Ivy Raff, What Remains / Qué queda, winner of the Dolors Alberola International Poetry Prize, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • City Lights presents a poetry reading by Elizabeth Robinson, Rodrigo Toscano, and Laura Mullen in honor of Solid Objects Press, an independent publisher of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction; City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 9:0 0pm PDT citylights.com/events/solid-objects-city-lights/)

13 MARCH 2024 — wednesday

  • The Thousand Oaks Library and the Ventura County Poetry Project jointly present a poetry open mic, held every second Wednesday of the month, featuring readings with local poets and special guests, come share your work and listen to others, hosted by Ron Fullerton, Newbury Park Library Meeting Room, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: libcal.tolibrary.org/event/10554134?f=h)
  • City Lights and Viking Press present a night of music, reading, and discussion in celebration of Rita Bullwinkel's electric debut novel, Headshot, that follows the lives of eight teenage girls competing in a boxing tournament in Nevada; the event will feature music from composer and cellist, Theresa Wong, readings from Venita Blackburn, Jennifer Cheng, Ashley Nelson Levy, and discussion from Rita Bullwinkel and Oscar Villalon, managing editor of ZYZZYVA, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 9:00 pm PDT citylights.com/events/rita-bullwinkel-and-friends/)

14 MARCH 2024 — thursday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet and engineer Zara Jamshed, reading from their debut collection, Neither Created Nor Destroyed, in conversation with writer and educator tanea lunsford lynx, a book signing follows the reading, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:30 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

15 MARCH 2024 — friday

  • Beyond Baroque presents poet Cathie Sandstrom and artist Thom Cooney, celebrating their collaborative book Eclipse Illumined, a dialogue between poems and images, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)

16 MARCH 2024 — saturday

  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a reading featuring poet Danny Romero, Traces, with the Poet Laureate of Lodi, California, Nancy Gonzalez St. Clair, followed by an open mic, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.facebook.com/sacramentopoetryalliance)
  • Beyond Baroque presents "The Ode: A Joyful or Analytical Wringer," a generative poetry workshop led by Lory Bedikian, Jagadakeer: Apology to the Body, winner of the 2023 Prairie Schooner Raz-Shumaker Book Prize; attendees of this workshop will read examples of the ode and write poems that use and are inspired by this form, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, $80 for members, $90 general admission, 11:00 am-2:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ode-a-joyful-or-analytical-wringer-tickets-816004841447)

17 MARCH 2024 — sunday

  • Medicine for Nightmares celebrates Women's History Month with a book launch for Exiled Moon, 2nd edition, a powerful collection of poetry by Dr. Naomi Helena Quinonez, who will be joined in a reading by poets Genny Lim, Winter Place, Leticia Hernández-Linares, and poet-percussionist Avotcja, With Every Step I Take, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

18 MARCH 2024 — monday

19 MARCH 2024 — tuesday

20 MARCH 2024 — wednesday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents the Last Supper Party, a monthly spoken word and music series curated by Kimi Sugioka, featuring Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Anna Allen, and Alan Chazaro, followed by an open mic, Medicine for Nightmares, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • Temple Sinai presents "Facets of Spirituality," a poetry reading by Karen Marker, Murray Silverstein, Red Studio, and Richard Silberg, poet and Associate Editor of Poetry Flash, hosted by Richard Silberg, refreshments, Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street, please use Webster Street entrance, Oakland, free, 7:00 to 8:15 pm PDT (More information here: www.oaklandsinai.org/event/facets-of-spirituality-poetry-readingalbers-chapel.html)

21 MARCH 2024 — thursday

  • The Poetry Center and Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability present a night on "Poetry, Autism and Our Neurodivergent Future," featuring poet and educator Chris Martin, curator of Milkweed Edition's Multiverse series, and debut poet Imane Boukaila, Tressing Motions at the Edge of Mistakes,The Poetry Center, Humanities Building 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 1:00 to 2:30 pm PDT poetry.sfsu.edu/event/chris-martin-and-imane-boukaila-poetry-autism-and-our-neurodivergent-future)
  • Speaking Axolotl, a monthly Latinx/Chicanx reading every third Thursday of the month, hosted by poet Josiah Luis Alderete, Baby Axolotls & Old Pochos, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, and online via Zoom, free, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

22 MARCH 2024 — friday

  • Beyond Baroque presents "At the Threshold: Translation and Transposition," an evening of original and translated poetry, featuring poet and translator Piotr Florczyk, reading from Building the Barricade, a collection of poems by Anna Swirszcynska, translated from the Polish to English by Florczyk, joined by poet Sarah Maclay, Nightfall Marginalia, who will read from her original work, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)

23 MARCH 2024 — saturday

  • Fourth Saturdays presents a reading with featured poets Curtis Hayes, Bottleneck Slide, and Wendy Rainey, Hollywood Church, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.facebook.com/fourthsaturdayspoetry)
  • Point Reyes Books presents authors Margaret Juhae Lee and Tessa Hulls, reading and discussing their new memoirs, Starry Field: A Memoir of Lost History and Feeding Ghosts, respectively, Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station, free, 2:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/margaret-juhae-lee-and-tessa-hulls)

24 MARCH 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: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

25 MARCH 2024 — monday

26 MARCH 2024 — tuesday

27 MARCH 2024 — wednesday

28 MARCH 2024 — thursday

  • 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 innisfreeriedell@gmail.com)
  • 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: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

29 MARCH 2024 — friday

30 MARCH 2024 — saturday

  • 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: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/living-poems)

31 MARCH 2024 — sunday


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