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Forrest Gander

28 JULY 2022 — thursday

41st Napa Valley Writers' Conference public event series presents a reading by poet and translator Forrest Gander, Be With, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, conference participants will also present their best works on this last night of the conference, in person, McCarthy Library Courtyard, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $20 at the door, free for students with ID, 6:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.napawritersconference.org)




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1 APRIL 2023 — saturday

2 APRIL 2023 — sunday

  • Bazaar Writers Salon presents a poetry reading by Peter Neil Carroll, This Land: These People, The 50 States, Amanda Gunn, Michael Rutherglen, and Ajibola Tolase, Nigerian poet and essayist, hosted by Peter Klein, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.bazaarcafesf.shop)
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents "Echoes: Poets in Memoriam," a reading honoring poets who have recently passed, with featured readers Clyde Always, Mahnaz Badihian, Ask the Wind, Dan Brady, Aileen Cassinetto, Paul Corman-Roberts, Bone Moon Palace, Kitty Costello, San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Blood on the Fog, and Lauren Ito, facilitated by Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 1:00-2:30 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2023/04/02/performance-echoes-poets-memoriam)
  • Book Passage presents a reading with Sixteen Rivers Press poets, featuring Barbara Swift Brauer, Rain Like a Thief, Matthew Monte, All Tomorrow's Train Rides, and Joseph Zaccardi, Songbird of the Nine Rivers, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.bookpassage.com/event/sixteen-rivers-press-poetry-reading-corte-madera-store-0)

3 APRIL 2023 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist and poet Mircea Cartarescu celebrating his new novel Solenoid, set in the late 1970s-early 1980s Communist Romania, in conversation with Dustin Illingworth, writer for The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, and online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: citylights.com/events/mircea-cartarescu)
  • Rivertown Poets presents a reading with featured poets Susan Cohen, Democracy of Fire, and Corey Weinstein, the open mic list is full, but come to listen virtually or in person, hosted by poet Sande Anfang, Aqus Café, 189 H Street, Petaluma, free, 6:15 pm PDT (More information here: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays)

4 APRIL 2023 — tuesday

  • Green Apple Books presents a reading by Alix Christie, in celebration of her new novel, The Shining Mountains, with Lucille Lang Day, poet and publisher of Scarlet Tanager Books, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.greenapplebooks.com)
  • Cobalt Poets presents an all-open reading with guest emcee, poet and editor Jon Wesick, Words of Power, A Foreigner Wherever I Go, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights Books presents award-winning poet and performer Tim Z. Hernandez, Skin Tax, American Book Award-winner, reading from his new collection, Some of the Light: New and Selected Poems, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

5 APRIL 2023 — wednesday

6 APRIL 2023 — thursday

  • City Lights Books presents Joan Baez, legendary singer-songwriter and social activist, celebrating her new book, Am I Pretty When I Fly?: An Album of Upside Down Drawings, in conversation with music journalist Paul Liberatore, Kerouac Alley, between Columbus and Grant Avenues, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: citylights.com/events)
  • Lunch Poems, a monthly noontime reading series, presents poet and essayist Ishion Hutchinson, The Mariner's Progress, Fugitive Tilts, Morrison 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)

7 APRIL 2023 — friday

  • San Diego Poetry Annual, along with San Diego Writers Festival and Library Foundation San Diego, presents the Kowit Awards, a celebration of San Diego's poetry community and remembrance of the late seminal poet Steve Kowit, with an evening of readings by California Poet Laureate Lee Herrick, San Diego Poet Laureate Jason Magabo Perez, and San Diego area poets Julia Levine, winner of the 2023 Kowit Award, Ron Salisbury, Jeff Walt, Gill Sotu, and more, with an open mic reading hosted by Poets Underground, come enjoy street foods, drinks, and a mini-book fair, bringing together the diverse literary arts of San Diego, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, free, 6:30-9:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-poetry-celebration-and-kowit-awards-tickets-551667621707)

8 APRIL 2023 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents a reading by contributors of the Santa Monica Review's Spring 2023 issue, featuring short story writers Kristen Leigh Schwartz and Gregory Tower, poet and novelist Kareem Tayyar, and writer and critic Yxta Maya Murray, emceed by Santa Monica Review editor Andrew Tonkovich, copies of the journal are included with admission, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, doors open 2:30 pm, reading at 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
  • Red Hen Press presents "Voices at the Center of American Literature," a reading and conversation with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ authors, featuring poets Afaa M. Weaver, The Government of Nature, winner of the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award, and Douglas Manuel, Testify, winner of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, joined by jazz musician Dr. Ray Briggs, moderated by Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson, Beg No Pardon, Red Hen Literary House, 1540 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, proof of vaccination required to attend in person, free, 4:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/voices-at-the-center-of-american-literature-tickets-590269089737)

9 APRIL 2023 — sunday

10 APRIL 2023 — monday

11 APRIL 2023 — tuesday

  • City Lights Books presents poet and novelist adrienne maree brown, discussing her new book, Maroons: A Grievers Novel, in conversation with filmmaker and writer dream hampton, executive producer of the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, online via Zoom, free, Noon PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

12 APRIL 2023 — wednesday

  • The Mechanics' Institute presents "No Poetry No Peace," a biannual reading series celebrating human expression and peace, featuring multidisciplinary writer Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte, Betrayal on the Bayou, poet and essayist Dr. Jeanne Powell, and poet Karla Brundage, Swallowing Watermelons, the title of this reading series comes from the collection No Poetry No Peace, co-written by Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte and her daughter, Dr. Angela Boutte, online via Zoom, free, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.milibrary.org/events/events-activities)
  • Sausalito Books by the Bay presents a poetry and prose reading featuring Creative Writing students and faculty at the Dominican University of California, with Bonnie Carasso, Britta Stromeyer Esmail, Judy Halebsky, Matthew Kline, Abby Laporte, Reneé Marie, Margaret Neville, Nichole Turnbloom, and Marianne Vernacchia, Sausalito Books by the Bay, 100 Bay Street, Sausalito, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.sausalitobooksbythebay.com/2023-events/dominican-mfa-reading).

13 APRIL 2023 — thursday

  • Sausalito Books by the Bay presents Joel Richard Paul discussing his book Indivisible: Daniel Webster and the Birth of American Nationalism, a story of how Daniel Webster popularized American nationalism that would then inspire Abraham Lincoln to preserve the Union, Sausalito Books by the Bay, 100 Bay Street, Sausalito, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.sausalitobooksbythebay.com/2023-events/author-event-joel-richard-paul).
  • Maker, Mentor, Muse presents "Poetry in Process: Creating Together," a workshop led by Maw Shein Win, Storage Unit for the Spirit House and first Poet Laureate of El Cerrito, California; attendees will work on craft with prompts, generative writing exercises, and non-traditional workshops to emphasize listening and responding, second and fourth Thursdays, April 13-May 25, online via Zoom, $450, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm PDT (Enroll here: www.eventbrite.com/e/poetry-in-process-creating-together-workshop-salons-consultation-tickets-557525572997)
  • Poem Jam monthly poetry reading features writers from the new anthology, This Wandering State: Poems from Alta, poems on San Francisco, with readings by Lisbit Bailey, Jennifer Barone, Paul Corman-Roberts, Charlie Getter, Clara Hsu, Lauren Ito, and EK Keith, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:15 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2023/04/13/kim-shucks-poem-jam-wandering-state)

14 APRIL 2023 — friday

15 APRIL 2023 — saturday

16 APRIL 2023 — sunday

  • "Speaking of Survival," a poetry reading and fundraiser hosted by Olney Magazine, features poets Madeleine Barnes, You Do Not Have to Be Good; Avery Guess, The Truth Is; Raegen Pietrucha, Head of a Goron, finalist in the 2022 American Book Fest Awards. Sage Ravenwood, Everything That Hurt Us Becomes a Ghost; Meggie Royer; Lannie Stabile, Good Morning to Everyone Except Men Who Name Their Dogs Zeus; Zoë Fay-Stindt, Bird Body, winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize from Cordella Press; and Qiana Towns, all proceeds will benefit Resilience, a nonprofit supporting survivors of sexual assault, online via Zoom, free admission, 1:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: resilience.salsalabs.org/SpeakingofSurvivalAPoetryReadingandFundraiser/index.html)
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents California Poet Laureate Lee Herrick, Scar and Flower, joined in a reading with guest poets Ayodele Nzinga, Oakland Poet Laureate; Linda Noel, James Siegel, How Ghosts Travel; San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, What Unseen Thing Blows Wishes Across My Surface?; and current San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Blood on the Fog, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 1:00-2:30 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2023/04/16/performance-lee-herrick-and-poets-basement)

17 APRIL 2023 — monday

  • "The Life of Poetry," a workshop led by poets Ellen Bass, Indigo, and Frank X. Gaspar, A Field Guide to the Heavens, winner of the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, attendees will focus on generating new writing, workshop in small groups, and will share their work in a poetry reading on the final night; this workshop is appropriate for both beginning and experienced poets, online via Zoom, maximum twenty-eight participants, $1750; there are two full scholarships available to Black poets, runs April 17-21 (Enroll here: www.ellenbass.com/events/the-life-of-poetry/?mc_cid=f3ce913629&mc_eid=65eb098795)

18 APRIL 2023 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with featured poet Shawna + The Light, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • Small Press Traffic presents "Anti-Narrative Arcs," an experimental fiction workshop led by writer and editor Angie Sijun Lou, attendees will explore short stories and novel excerpts that deviate from the traditional conflict-resolution model often found in contemporary American fiction, runs four-Tuesdays, April 18-May 9, sliding scale $80-$200, Et al etc./Et al. books, 2831 Mission Street, San Francisco, 6:30-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.smallpresstraffic.org/event/experimental-fiction-workshop-with-angie-sijun-lou)

19 APRIL 2023 — wednesday

  • Sausalito Books by the Bay presents Native American poet Kurt Schweigman (Oglala/Sicangu Lakota) reading from his new book, Confluences of Solitude, a collection on topics that range from comedy to tragedy, family to solitude, taking us from South Dakota, California, and Mexico; Kurt Schweigman formerly published as Luke Warm Water; Sausalito Books by the Bay, 100 Bay Street, Sausalito, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: 415/887-9967, www.sausalitobooksbythebay.com/2023-events/kurt-schweigman-poetry).

20 APRIL 2023 — thursday

  • Beyond Baroque presents an evening of prose, with readings by short story writer Peter Cherches, Things, Dennis Callaci, founder of the record label Shrimper and author of the experimental prose collection 100 Cassettes, and memoirist Juanita Mantz, Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender, or how I became a punk rock lawyer, winner of a gold medal at the International Latino Book Awards, book signing to follow the reading, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-11:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
  • The Mechanics' Institute presents a reading by two award-winning poets, Henri Cole, Pierce the Skin, Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winner, and Brenda Hillman, In a Few Minutes Before Later and Extra Hidden Life Among the Days, winner of the 2019 Northern California Book Award, both reading from their latest books, Gravity and Center: Selected Sonnets, 1994-2022 and In a Few Minutes Before Later, with special guest Robert Hass, Time and Materials, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, U.S. Poet Laureate 1995-97, Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.milibrary.org/events/celebrate-national-poetry-month-apr-20-2023)
  • City Lights Books presents poet Matthew Zapruder, Father's Day, readingfrom and discussing his new memoir, Story of a Poem, Kerouac Alley, between Broadway and Grant Avenues, next to City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: citylights.com/events)
  • The California Institute of Integral Studies presents scholar and author Samira Mehta, Beyond Chrismukkah: The Christian-Jewish Blended Family in America, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, discussing her latest book, The Racism of People Who Love You: Essays on Mixed Race Belonging, online, pay what you can, suggested price $10, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ciis.edu/public-programs/event-calendar/mehta-samira-april-20-2023)

21 APRIL 2023 — friday

22 APRIL 2023 — saturday

23 APRIL 2023 — sunday

24 APRIL 2023 — monday

25 APRIL 2023 — tuesday

26 APRIL 2023 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents poet Evan Kennedy, Jerusalem Notebook, celebrating his new collection, Metamorphoses: City Lights Spotlight No. 22, joined in a reading with poet and editor Sophia Dahlin, moderated by Garrett Caples, City Lights poetry editor and curator of the Spotlight Poetry Series, Poetry Room at City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, and online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

27 APRIL 2023 — thursday

  • City Lights Books presents poet and translator Katie Farris, A Net to Catch My Body in its Weaving, winner of the 2020 Chad Walsh Poetry Award from Beloit Poetry Journal, reading from her new collection, Standing in the Forest of Being Alive, in conversation with poet Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • University of San Francisco Reading Series presents a reading by award-winning poets Arisa White, Who's Your Daddy, and Derek Mong, The Identity Thief, Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall, 2497 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:45 pm PST (More information here: usfca.edu/arts-sciences/programs/graduate/writing-mfa/reading-series)

28 APRIL 2023 — friday

29 APRIL 2023 — saturday

30 APRIL 2023 — sunday

  • "The West Revisits Harlem," Black poets read, featuring Tshaka Campbell, Donté Clark, Meilani Clay, San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Blood on the Fog, A'aron Heard, LadiRev, and Landon Smith, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00-5:30 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2023/04/30/performance-west-revisits-harlem)

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