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April 2020

The Black (W)hole

April 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Laney College, Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center 900 Fallon St
Oakland, 94607
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The Black (W)hole

In 2019, every member of the now award-winning Destiny Arts Center Youth Performance Company knew someone killed by violence. How they began to ask, do we remember the “gone too soon”? It’s a question at the heart of The Black (W)hole, a new, multidisciplinary performance commissioned by Destiny Arts Center in collaboration with members of Oakland’s vibrant arts community that will premiere on April 17 at The Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center at Laney College. The Black (W)hole combines hip…

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Get Lit #59 (Music by: TBA)

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Ale Industries, 3096 E 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94601 United States
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$10 – $50
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12–15 writers reading new work + live music + beer made on site + tacos just down the street: pure magical Get Litness. We're headed into our 5th consecutive year at Ale Industries as we celebrate writers taking risks and reading never-before-read work (rough drafts/debuts) within a 3-minute time limit + live music. All ages are welcome. Emceed by Abe Becker. Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30 PM sharp! Suggested donations of $10-25 will be kindly requested…

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For Young Adults! Dallas Woodburn in Conversation with Stephanie Kuehn

April 21 @ 7:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Launch and discussion of her new novel, The Best Week That Never Happened, "a poignant and gripping heart-tug of a page-turner filled with heart and hope. --Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of The Best Week That Never Happenedby speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below to order online. Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 7:00pm After her parents' bitter divorce, family vacations to the Big Island in Hawaii ceased. But across…

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Nina Renata Aron: Good Morning, Destroyer of Men’s Souls

April 21 @ 7:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome Nina Renata Aronto read from her new book, Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls on Tuesday, April 21st at 7pm. “The disease he has is addiction,” Nina Renata Aron writes of her boyfriend, K. “The disease I have is loving him.” Their love affair is dramatic, urgent, overwhelming—an intoxicating antidote to the long, lonely days of early motherhood. Soon after they get together, K starts using again, and years of relapses and broken…

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Afternoon Craft Conversation with Chris Feliciano Arnold

April 22 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 928 St. Marys Road
Moraga, CA 94575 United States
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. LOCATION: De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: Chris Feliciano Arnold will explore how creative nonfiction can blend genres and forms in mysterious, illuminating ways. To begin, we will discuss brief samples from a few daring books, focusing on intersections of memoir, lyric essay, journalism, history, poetry, criticism and more. From there, through generative…

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Holloway Reading Series: Lynn Xu

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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flier for Holloway Spring 2020
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Creative Writing Reading Series with Cyrus Cassells

April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 928 St. Marys Road
Moraga, CA 94575 United States
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. LOCATION: De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: Cyrus Cassells is the author of seven acclaimed books of poetry and two books translated from Catalan. Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas, and To the Cypress Again and Again: Tribute to Salvador Espriu, which is forthcoming in 2021. A 2019 Guggenheim fellow, he also recieved a Lannon…

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The Irresistible Beauty of All Things: A reading and conversation with poets Cyrus Cassells and Matthew Zapruder

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Dr.
Moraga, CA 94556 United States
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Hacienda de las Flores

DATE & TIME: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. LOCATION: Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Dr. in Moraga. View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: The Irresistible Beauty of All Things: A reading and conversation with poets Cyrus Cassells and Matthew Zapruder Sunday, April 26 from 4:00 - 6:00pm. Celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading, conversation, and q and a with poets and Saint Mary’s College MFA professors Cyrus Cassells and Matthew Zapruder. Cassells, a winner of…

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May 2020

Bay Area Poets Coalition

May 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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STRAWBERRY CREEK LODGE 1320 Addison St., Berkeley, CA   Addison is one block south of and parallel to University Ave. between Acton & Bonar St. Parking on the street (NOT in the S.C.L. parking lot) Check in at the front desk and you will be directed to the meeting location (usually Movie Room, or backyard garden)   All Ages Welcome Come and enjoy a friendly and informal read-around -- 3-5 minutes per poet/reader, or "just listening" is fine too :-) After the reading, join us for…

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Berkeley Noir

May 5 @ 7:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, 94704
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Editors (and Moe's workers) Jerry Thompson and Owen Hill introduce the contributors to Akashic's latest city noir anthology. Celebrate Berkeley on Telegraph Avenue! Berkeley brings its own unique blend of Bay Area noir, complementing the grit and grime that preceded it in San Francisco Noir and Oakland Noir. Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within…

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Afternoon Craft Conversation with Marie Mutsuki Mockett

May 6 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 928 St. Marys Road
Moraga, CA 94575 United States
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. LOCATION: De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, Hagerty Lounge, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: This event was postponed due to the planned PG&E power outage but has been rescheduled to May 6th at 2:30pm in Hagerty Lounge! Whether your parents read you bedtime stories, or you watched a lot of television growing up, (or both), you were unknowingly…

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Creative Writing Reading Series with Marie Mutsuki Mockett

May 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Soda Center, Claeys Lounge SMC, 1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575 United States
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. LOCATION: Soda Activity Center: Claeys Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s memoir, Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye examines grief against the backdrop of the 2011 Great East Earthquake in Japan and was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, Indies Choice Best Book for Nonfiction and the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her…

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Ottessa Moshfegh discusses Death In Her Hands

May 6 @ 7:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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New York Times bestselling author Ottessa Moshfegh discusses and signs copies of her highly anticipated new novel, Death In Her Hands. From one of our most ceaselessly provocative literary talents, a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds a cryptic note on a walk in the woods that ultimately makes her question everything about her new home While on her normal daily walk with her dog in the nearby forest woods, our…

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Lunch Poems: Student reading

May 7 @ 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 liveliest events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley’s creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.

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BERKELEY ARTS & LETTERS: Shaun King / Make Change: How to Fight Injustice, Dismantle Systemic Oppression, and Own Our Future

May 8 @ 7:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$10 – $45

Berkeley Arts & Letters hosts activist and journalist Shaun King for his new book Make Change: How to Fight Injustice, Dismantle Systemic Oppression, and Own Our Future. Please join us! Please note: This event is ticketed, and will take place at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. Tickets, including discounted book bundles, are available in advance here. Advance tickets are highly recommended -- night-of tickets are not guaranteed. Unless otherwise noted here, general admission tickets will be available at the door. As a…

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Graduate Student Reading Series

May 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hagerty Lounge, SMC, 1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga , CA 94575 United States
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. LOCATION: De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: Join us as the final group of our 2nd year graduate students read their work. Curated and hosted by a committee of graduate students, the Graduate Student Reading Series showcases the dynamic and welcoming arts community here at Saint Mary's College. Lis Arevalo Hidalgo (Creative Nonfiction) Lia Castro (Fiction) Sage Giordano…

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Get Lit #60 (Music by: TBA)

May 19 @ 7:00 pm
Ale Industries, 3096 E 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94601 United States
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$10 – $50

12–15 writers reading new work + live music + beer made on site + tacos just down the street: pure magical Get Litness. We're headed into our 5th consecutive year at Ale Industries as we celebrate writers taking risks and reading never-before-read work (rough drafts/debuts) within a 3-minute time limit + live music. All ages are welcome. Emceed by Abe Becker. Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30 PM sharp! Suggested donations of $10-25 will be kindly requested…

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Get Lit #60 (Music by: TBA)

May 19 @ 7:00 pm
Ale Industries, 3096 E 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94601 United States
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$10 – $50

12–15 writers reading new work + live music + beer made on site + tacos just down the street: pure magical Get Litness. We're headed into our 5th consecutive year at Ale Industries as we celebrate writers taking risks and reading never-before-read work (rough drafts/debuts) within a 3-minute time limit + live music. All ages are welcome. Emceed by Abe Becker. Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30 PM sharp! Suggested donations of $10-25 will be kindly requested…

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Speaking Axolotl Reading and Open Mic

May 21 @ 8:00 pm
Nomadic Press, 2926 Foothill Blvd
Oakland , CA 94601 United States
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A Latinx poetry reading series y open mic that happens every third Thursday (unless otherwise noted) in "The Chapel" at Nomadic Press. Decolonized beats provided by the one-and-only L7. Hosted by Josiahluis Alderete. This month's features are TBA. Donations will be kindly requested to help pay the features and cover the cost of the space. The 10-slot open mic list opens at 7:30 PM and fills up pretty quick so if you plan on reading get there early Free parking…

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Round Weather Reading Series: Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Round Weather, 951 Aileen St.
Oakland, 94608
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Round Weather art gallery is starting a reading series of earth writing and ecopoetics. Join us to see contemporary poetry shine its leading lights onto the natural world in California.

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June 2020

ALEXANDRA PETRI presents NOTHING IS WRONG AND HERE IS WHY: ESSAYS

June 10 @ 7:00 pm
Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, 94709
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$13 – $49

In Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, acclaimed Washington Post satirist Alexandra Petri offers perfectly logical, reassuring reasons for everything that has happened in recent American politics and culture that will in no way unsettle your worldview. In essays both new and adapted from her viral Post columns, Petri reports that the Trump administration is as competent as it is uncorrupted, white supremacy has never been less rampant, and men have been silenced for too long. Q-Anon makes perfect sense! Perhaps the abyss is…

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Speaking Axolotl Reading and Open Mic

June 18 @ 8:00 pm
Nomadic Press, 2926 Foothill Blvd
Oakland , CA 94601 United States
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Free

A Latinx poetry reading series y open mic that happens every third Thursday (unless otherwise noted) in "The Chapel" at Nomadic Press. Decolonized beats provided by the one-and-only L7. Hosted by Josiahluis Alderete. This month's features are TBA. Donations will be kindly requested to help pay the features and cover the cost of the space. The 10-slot open mic list opens at 7:30 PM and fills up pretty quick so if you plan on reading get there early Free parking…

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August 2020

Speaking Axolotl Reading and Open Mic

August 17 @ 8:00 pm
Nomadic Press, 2926 Foothill Blvd
Oakland , CA 94601 United States
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A Latinx poetry reading series y open mic that happens every third Thursday (unless otherwise noted) in "The Chapel" at Nomadic Press. Decolonized beats provided by the one-and-only L7. Hosted by Josiahluis Alderete. This month's features are TBA. Donations will be kindly requested to help pay the features and cover the cost of the space. The 10-slot open mic list opens at 7:30 PM and fills up pretty quick so if you plan on reading get there early Free parking…

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Get Lit #63 (Music by: TBA)

August 18 @ 7:00 pm
$10 – $50

12–15 writers reading new work + live music + beer made on site + tacos just down the street: pure magical Get Litness. We're headed into our 5th consecutive year at Ale Industries as we celebrate writers taking risks and reading never-before-read work (rough drafts/debuts) within a 3-minute time limit + live music. All ages are welcome. Emceed by Abe Becker. Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30 PM sharp! Suggested donations of $10-25 will be kindly requested…

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Speaking Axolotl Reading and Open Mic

August 20 @ 8:00 pm
Nomadic Press, 2926 Foothill Blvd
Oakland , CA 94601 United States
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Free

A Latinx poetry reading series y open mic that happens every third Thursday (unless otherwise noted) in "The Chapel" at Nomadic Press. Decolonized beats provided by the one-and-only L7. Hosted by Josiahluis Alderete. This month's features are TBA. Donations will be kindly requested to help pay the features and cover the cost of the space. The 10-slot open mic list opens at 7:30 PM and fills up pretty quick so if you plan on reading get there early Free parking…

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September 2020

Changing Academia Forever: Black Student Leaders Analyze the Movement They Led

September 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The most effective and long-lasting student strike in U.S. history took place at San Francisco State College in 1968. The first Black Student Union, the first Black Studies Department, the only College of Ethnic Studies, and the admission of thousands of students of color resulted from this four-and-a-half-month strike which shut down 80% of the campus. It has been called the movement which “changed academia forever.” Join Kitty Kelly Epstein and Bernard Stringer, co-authors of Changing Academia Forever: Black Student Leaders Analyze the Movement…

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Speaking Axolotl Reading and Open Mic

September 17 @ 8:00 pm
Nomadic Press, 2926 Foothill Blvd
Oakland , CA 94601 United States
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Free

A Latinx poetry reading series y open mic that happens every third Thursday (unless otherwise noted) in "The Chapel" at Nomadic Press. Decolonized beats provided by the one-and-only L7. Hosted by Josiahluis Alderete. This month's features are TBA. Donations will be kindly requested to help pay the features and cover the cost of the space. The 10-slot open mic list opens at 7:30 PM and fills up pretty quick so if you plan on reading get there early Free parking…

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Juan Felipe Herrera & Naomi Shihab Nye: Every Day We’re More Illegal

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
online
$5 – $20

Tuesday, Sept 29, 7-9pm Pacific time KPFA Radio 94.1 FM with City Lights Books presents a webinar Juan Felipe Herrera & Naomi Shihab Nye Every Day We're More Illegal with Sabrina Jacobs After two years on the road as United States Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera reports back on his travels through contemporary America. Poems written in the heat of witness, and later, in quiet moments of reflection, here coalesce into an urgent yet hope-filled portrait. The struggle and pain…

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October 2020

Speaking Axolotl Reading and Open Mic

October 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nomadic Press/Fairmount, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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A Latinx poetry reading series y open mic that happens every third Thursday (unless otherwise noted) in "The Chapel" at Nomadic Press. Decolonized beats provided by the one-and-only L7. Hosted by Josiahluis Alderete. This month's features are TBA. Donations will be kindly requested to help pay the features and cover the cost of the space. The 10-slot open mic list opens at 7:30 PM and fills up pretty quick so if you plan on reading get there early Free parking…

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Beast Generation Uprising

October 21 @ 2:00 pm - October 22 @ 12:01 am
online
Free
Beast Generation Uprising

Beast Generation culture exploded in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 2000s. By 2012, we, Beast Generation writers, lived a never-ending literary feast. We gathered in the Mission, at the street corners (16th and Mission), in a former voodoo and black magic temple Viracocha, Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, in the bars like Amnesia and Make Out Room or Nick’s Lounge in Berkeley. They read poetry and prose, played music and acted at festivals and happenings like Bay…

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