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CLA Presents: Viet Thanh Nguyen

4 MAY 2022 — wednesday

The Center for Literary Arts of San José presents Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen reading from The Committed, a blistering portrayal of commitment and betrayal, Student Union Theater, One Washington Square Student Union Building, San José, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information: www.clasanjose.org)




Daily Listings

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7 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents poet Douglas Kearney, Sho, finalist for the National Book Award, celebrating his new book, Optic Subwoof, a collection of talks given by Kearney for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series in 2020 and 2021, in conversation with essayist and poet Tisa Bryant, Unexplained Presence, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events/)

8 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

  • The Poetry Center presents a special reading with poets Will Alexander, Divine Blue Light (For John Coltrane), and Sotère Torregian, In An Era of Pillage, both reading from new work, followed by a conversation with one another and the audience, free, online, 6:00-7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: poetry.sfsu.edu/event/will-alexander-and-sotere-torregian-reading-and-conversation)
  • Beyond Baroque presents the fourth and final installment of "One of the Dozens," an ambitious performance series of short works of poetry, song, dance, sound, plays, performance art, video, and comedy featuring a curated selection of twelve or more artists, co-presented by Praxinoscope, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents the monthly Poem Jam, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, Exile Heart, this month featuring poets Sara Biel, Wanda Sabir, and other special guests reading from their new anthology, Colossus: Freedom: An Anthology of Voices Across the Carceral Wasteland, free, at the Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 6:00-7:15 pm PST (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2022/12/08/performance-kim-shucks-poem-jam-celebrates-colossus-freedom)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poets Heather Bourbeau and Anne Casey, celebrating the launch of their collaborative collection, Some Days The Bird, a poetry conversation written back and forth across the globe, resulting in fifty-two poems created in fifty-two weeks, both poets will be joined by poet Maw Shein Win, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, and musician Raman Osman, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • Open mic reading, anything goes, poetry, recitals, rants, rejoicings, come to read or to listen, and be a part of this collaborative experience, with musical accompaniment by Psi Process, every second Thursday of the month, The Ugly Mug Coffee House, 4640 Soquel Drive, Soquel, free, 5:30-7:15 pm PST
  • City Lights Books presents poet Zein El-Amine, A Travel Guide for the Exiled, shortlisted for the Bergman Prize, reading and discussing his new book, Is This How You Eat a Watermelon?, a collection of stories spanning war-torn Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, in conversation with author and organizer James Tracy, Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times, and poet Aimee Suzara, Finding the Bones, free, at Kerouac Alley, between Columbus and Grant Avenues, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PST (More information here: citylights.com/events/)

9 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet and essayist María Mínguez Arias reading from her new book, Nombrar El Cuerpo, in conversation with journalist Lourdes Cárdenas, followed by a Q&A and book signing, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • Beyond Baroque presents "Bodies, Borders, and Tongues," a reading featuring three poets reading from their latest collections: Lisa Ortiz, Stem, 2021 Idaho Prize-winner, Leonora Simonovis, Study of the Raft, 2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry winner, and Farnaz Fatemi, Sister Tongue, 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize-winner, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, and livestreamed on YouTube, free, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)

10 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents a special tribute to poet, performance artist, and musician Linda J. Albertano (1942-2022), with an afternoon of readings and performances featuring Frank Lutz, Amelie Frank, John Fleck, Philip Littell, The Dark Bob, Tequila Mockingbird, Anna Homler, Jeff Schwartz, Laurel Ann Bogen, and others TBA, hosted by poet Suzanne Lummis, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 1:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)

11 DECEMBER 2022 — sunday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents actor and poet Carlos Baron reading from his new book, Poemario Semiurgente, joined by poets and musicians Roque Baron, Damien Nunez, Ahkeel Mestayer, Francisco Ferrer, and Mission Bohemia Trio, co-hosted by Vivos & Activos, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00-5:30 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

12 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents a tribute to the life and work of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982), a poet, filmmaker, and artist who worked in a variety of mediums, including film, sculpture, handmade books, and performance, this event celebrates the publication of two new books, Dictee, a postmodern autobiography, and Exilee and Temps Mort: Selected Works, two related poem sequences that explore language, memory, and alienation, featuring poet Brandon Shimoda, The Desert, publisher and writer Reese Williams, and curator Christina Yang, moderated by artist and poet Linda Norton, Wite Out: Love and Work, co-presented with Asian American Writers' Workshop and University of California Press, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events/)

13 DECEMBER 2022 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Damian Rucci, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights Books presents bestselling novelist Sam Lipsyte, Home Land, recipient of the Believer Book Award, reading from his new book, No One Left to Come Looking for You, joined by essayist Sloane Crosley, Look Alive Out There, a 2019 finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events/)
  • The San Francsico Public Library presents the monthly open mic reading On the Page, Off the Page, come to perform or listen to poetry and music, free, at the Park Meeting Room, 1833 Page Street, San Francisco, 6:00-7:45 pm PST (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2022/12/13/performance-page-page)

14 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents an evening of poetry featuring readings by Robert Carr, The Unbuttoned Eye, Kris Winquist, Sophie Diehl, and Tanuki SpiderCat, hosted by Bloodflower, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

15 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents poet Kate Baer, What Kind of Woman, reading from her new collection, And Yet, in conversation with multimedia reporter and author Elizabeth Holmes, HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style, $17, ticket includes a signed copy of the book, at 695 E. Colorado Street, Pasadena, 7:00 pm PST (Purchase tickets here: www.vromansbookstore.com/kate-baer-in-conversation-with-elizabeth-holmes-discusses-and-yet-poems)
  • The Poetry Center presents poet, musician, and activist Camae Ayewa, a.k.a. Moor Mother, creating a voice and sound workshop on the theme "Anthropology of Consciousness," with local poets and artists alex cruse, Jemma Decristo, Kevin CK Lo, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Leila Weefur, and Zêdan Xelef, followed by a performance of the new work they created together, audiences are welcome to observe the workshop prior to the performance, The Lab, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco, free, workshop begins at 7:00 pm PST, performance and talk begin at 8:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: poetry.sfsu.edu/event/moor-mother-anthropology-of-consciousness-with-local-guest-poetartists)
  • City Lights Books presents Helen Shiller, radical anti-war activist, discussing her new book, Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win: Five Decades of Resistance in Chicago's Uptown Community, telling the story of Shiller's forty-year struggle for justice in Chicago, in conversation with translator, activist, and poet Achy Obejas, Boomerang / Bumerán: Poetry / Poesía, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events/)

16 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

17 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents an evening of poetry, experimental films, and indigenous Hip Hop, featuring the films of Chuli 1312, poetry by Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, La Movida, Wendy Trevino, Cruel Fiction, and special guest Bishop Underdog, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-10:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

18 DECEMBER 2022 — sunday

19 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents poet Mosab Abu Toha, celebrating his debut collection, Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza, winner of a 2022 Palestine Book Award, Toha will be signing copies of his book at the event, free, at 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PST (More information here: citylights.com/events/)

20 DECEMBER 2022 — tuesday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet and artist Adrian Arias in a celebration of his new collection, Mar De Las Palabras Para Amar, joined by special guest Anaís Azul, composer and singer-songwriter, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Layla Lenhardt, Mother Tongue, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)

21 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

22 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

23 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

24 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday

25 DECEMBER 2022 — sunday

26 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

27 DECEMBER 2022 — tuesday

28 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

  • Point Reyes Books presents novelist Selby Wynn Schwartz, The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, celebrating her new book, After Sappho, longlisted for the Booker Prize, free, at Dance Palace Church Space, Point Reyes Station, 4:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/selby-wynn-schwartz)

29 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

30 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

31 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday


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