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April 2017
$10 - $20

Ericka Huggins

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610 United States
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Activist, former political prisoner, and poet Ericka Huggins reaches into her own history, reading the words of her sheroes and heroes.

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Saturday Night Special: An “Elevator Pitch” Open Mic

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nick’s Lounge, 3218 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Three minute poems, stories, comedic sketches, songs, dances, or sales pitches on the optional theme.

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THERE 14

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Reading series showcasing emerging and established writers from Oakland and Berkeley, with the occasional San Franciscan.

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Lone Glen Welcomes BACS

April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lone Glen, 3132 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94611 United States
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A celebration of the sixth anniversary of the Bay Area Correspondence School.

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Paul Elias Taylor Celebration of Life

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Redwood Gardens, 2591 Derby Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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A celebration of the life of Paul Elias Taylor.

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Guts, Grit & Glory Poetry Night

April 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Two Jacks Denim, 2355 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Featuring Readings by Three Stanford Wallace Stegner Fellows.

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May 2017

Lunch Poems Student Reading

May 4 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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One of the year’s most lively events!

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Story Hour in the Library Student Reading

May 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Story Hour in the Library celebrates the writers in our campus community with an annual student reading.

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Babar in Exile

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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The Octopus Literary Salon is proud to present Babar in Exile, a quarterly commemoration and revival of the high energy San Francisco reading series of the 1990’s, Café Babar and Paradise Lounge.

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Duncan McNaughton and Norma Cole

May 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Readings by two poets in our Reading Room, programmed by Sunnylyn Thibodeaux. Duncan McNaughton has lived in and around the Bay Area since 1973 and established the Poetics Program at New College of California with Louis Patler. His recent books include Tiny Windows and Altoon’s Frog. Norma Cole is a poet living in the sanctuary city of San Francisco whose books include Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside. Her new translation of Jean Daive’s White Decimal is forthcoming…

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$5 - $25

Uptown Fridays w/ Shideh Etaat & Ingrid Rojas Contreras

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Shideh Etaat and Ingrid Rojas Contreras read for Nomadic Press' Uptown Fridays series, with music by Phillip Michael Hermans.

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Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel, 최 Lindsay, and Lorraine Lupo

May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Studio One Arts Center, 365 45th Street
Oakland, CA 94609 United States
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The release of Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel's occident, featuring Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel, 최 Lindsay and Lorraine Lupo!

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Free

Homegoing: An Evening with Yaa Gyasi

May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Yaa Gyasi appears at Pegasus Books Downtown for the paperback release of her celebrated debut novel Homegoing.

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Pittsburghers by the Bay

May 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Celebrate the Steel City with a reading by four transplanted yinzers - Laura Davis, Molly Prosser, Turi Fesler Steffen, and Laura Vrcek

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Bay Area Poets Coalition First Saturday

May 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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Come and enjoy a friendly and informal read-around.

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Free

Christopher Bernard Reads from Chien Lunatique

May 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
DIESEL, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618 United States
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Christopher Bernard reads from his new book of poems, Chien Lunatique, at Diesel, A Bookstore.

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Free

Battle of the Brains 2017: A Pub Quiz in Support of SPD

May 8 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Lake Merritt Sailboat House, 568 Bellevue Ave
Oakland , CA 94610 United States
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A pub quiz to benefit Small Press Distribution.

*Will you and your friends win bragging rights to become the BRAINIEST GANG IN THE BAY AREA*

*Can you dethrone last year's champions - Alan Bernheimer's team, the BFFs of Small Press Distribution?*

*Are you looking forward to more brain-bending questions such as the 2016 classic, "What is a LEMNISCATE?" (clue: it is not a lemon riding a skateboard)*

~*~

Join us at this classic pub quiz, featuring teams of up to 8 at each table, working together to answer trivia questions (some of them literary, some not).

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Dani Shapiro

May 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Dani Shapiro reads from Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage.

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$3.80 - $8.54

“Say her name!”: Writing the poetry of witness

May 13 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Temescal Art Center, 511 48th Street
Oakland, 94609 United States
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In this workshop, poets will study the poetic work of Aracelis Girmay, Patricia Smith, and Danez Smith as a way of tracing the trembling thread that these poets leave us through the intense witnessing of pain to human connection, creative response, and action. You will also read the news and be guided in the spiritual and humanizing practice necessary to write poetry of witness. At the end of the workshop, those who are ready, will be encouraged to record and…

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Jennifer Barone + Ingrid Keir

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street
Alameda, 94501 United States
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Hosted by Deborah Ledvick + Jeanne Lupton.

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GET LIT #24

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ale Industries, 3096 E 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94601 United States
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An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

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Mary Gordon

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Mary Gordon reads from her new novel, There Your Heart Lies.

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InsideStorytime DEFIANCE

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ale Industries, 3096 E 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94601 United States
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Michele Aharaonian Marcon, Brynn Saito, and Vernon Keeve III, and others reading.

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Cornelia Nixon

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Cornelia Nixon reads from her new novel, The Use of Fame.

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Wendy Lesser

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94710 United States
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Wendy Lesser, founder and editor of The Threepenny Review, discusses her landmark biography, You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn.

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