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Tommy Orange

Las Positas College Literary Arts Festival: Tommy Orange, Dean Rader, Jennifer Elise Foerster

13 MAY 2023 — saturday

Las Positas College Literary Arts Festival presents a day of poetry and literary arts at the featuring keynote speaker Tommy Orange, There There, winner of the American Book Award; the 20th Annual LPC Poetry Slam and workshop with Bri Blue and Natriece (Tri) Spicer; best-selling author Bruce Henderson, Bridge to the Sun: The Secret Role of the Japanese Americans Who Fought in the Pacific in World War II; "The Poetry of Place," a conversation between California Poet Laureate Lee Herrick and Livermore Poet Laureate Peggy Schimmelmann; "Drag Queen Storytime" with Ava LaShay and Avery Night; novelist Randy Ribay, Patron Saints of Nothing, National Book Award-finalist; "Memoir Master Class" with Tamim Ansary, Northern California Book Award-winner; "Native Nations Poetry Panel," with former San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and poet Jennifer Elise Foerster; "Talking to Paintings: The Art of Poetry and Poetry of Art," with Dean Rader, Before the Borderless: Dialogues with the Art of Cy Twombly; "Feminist Writing Workshop" with poet Judith Serin, Gravity; Nancy Davis Kho and Tomás Moniz speak about tips and tricks for getting your work published; Catherine Ceniza Choy on Asian Americans in the U.S. scholarly writing, and publishing; and Awards Ceremony for Havik: The Las Positas College Journal of Arts and Literature, celebrating the release of its 2023 edition with live readings by contributors, Mertes Center for the Arts, Building 4000, Las Positas College, Livermore, free (Register to attend:

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27 SEPTEMBER 2023 — wednesday

  • Left Margin Lit presents a poetry workshop led by David Roderick, co-director of Left Margin Lit and author of Blue Colonial; the workshop will focus on short poems that make use of painterly images and surprising transitions and juxtapositions, all levels of experience welcome, runs four-weeks, September 27-October 18, Berkeley Public Library, North Branch, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

28 SEPTEMBER 2023 — thursday

  • The Arts Research Center presents "Latinx Poetry Now," a reading and conversation with J. Michael Martinez, Heredities, winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and aracelis girmay, The Black Maria, moderated by John Alba Cutler, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, Berkeley, free, 11:00 am-12:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Bird & Beckett presents a reading featuring poet Martin Nakell, Consciousness, fiction writer Rebecca Goodman, Forgotten Night, and poet Evan Burkin, Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30-9:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents poet Robin Gabbert, Diary of a Mad Poet, who will give a lecture on ekphrastic poetry and read from her new book, The Clandestine Life of Paintings in Poem, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, $5 suggested donation, 7:00 pm PDT

29 SEPTEMBER 2023 — friday

  • Small Press Traffic presents a poetry reading with Gia Gonzales, Render Sleaze, Muriel Leung, Imagine Us, The Swarm, and Jocelyn Saidenberg, If an Elsewhere, Et al. etc., 2831A Mission Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:

30 SEPTEMBER 2023 — saturday

  • The Dancing Poetry Festival presents a memorial concert in honor of poet Richard Angilly, co-founder of the Poetic Dance Theater Company and who served as president of the Ina Coolbrith Circle for thirty years; the performance celebrates Angilly's life as well as the arts of poetry and dance together, Social Hall of Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington, free, 1:00-4:00 pm PDT (Email: to RSVP)
  • 42nd Annual Northern California Book Awards, honoring the published works and authors of Northern California, as well as California translators state-wide, presenting the FRED CODY AWARD, RECOGNITION and GROUNDBREAKER AWARDS, and awards in FICTION, POETRY, CREATIVE NONFICTION, GENERAL NONFICTION, CALIFORNIA TRANSLATION IN POETRY, CALIFORNIA TRANSLATION IN PROSE, CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, YOUNGER READERS, MIDDLE GRADE, YOUNG ADULT, bookselling follows, selected by Northern California Book Reviewers and sponsored by Poetry Flash, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00 pm PDT (Check back for updates, or
  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a poetry reading by Camille Norton, Corruption, and Stella Beratlis, Dust Bowl Venus, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here:

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