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February 2018

MARY: A Journal of New Writing

February 5 @ 8:00 am - March 7 @ 12:00 am

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Nancy Huang, “Favorite Daughter,” with Aurielle Marie

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Nancy Huang will be reading from her first book of poems, Favorite Daughter. Nan Huang (黄洁) is a queer Chinese-American poet. She is a winner of the 2016 Write Bloody Poetry contest, an Andrew Julius Gutow Academy of American Poets Prize, a James F. Parker Award in Poetry, a 2015 YoungArts Finalist prize, and more. She has received fellowships from VONA and Tin House, and is a former member of UT Spitshine. She competed/resisted at CUPSI 2017 in Chicago, where all her…

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This is Now with Angie Coiro Presents: Morgan Jerkins on Race and Misogyny

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Blogger and essayist Morgan Jerkins boldly takes on the most incendiary of topics: the stew of racism, misogyny, and white-dominated feminism that sidelines black women from American discourse and influence. Her new book This Will Be My Undoing tallies the cost to us all of objectifying and silencing black women. Lauded by no less a voice than Roxane Gay, Jerkins' essays are a fearless tapestry of observation and personal experience. In an evening with Angie Coiro, host of KLF's This Is Now…

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Dear Diary Zine Fest Pre-Party!

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Oh my goodness, it is almost time for the Bay Area's only PERZINE FEST! We are celebrating by hosting a zine reading the night before the fest! Out-of-town and local zinestresses will be reading select works from their *super popular* zines. Come hangout with Enola Dismay, Alex Wrekk, Angela Roberts, Neelybat Chestnut and the rest of the Dear Diary Zine Fest crew. All exhibitors, attendees, and zine fans are welcome to come mingle and trade zines. It's gonna be a…

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Saturday Night Special: Shades of Gray

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nick’s Lounge, 3218 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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February is the sluttiest month. Our theme is "shades of grey." You know what to do. You're welcome ;) As always, we'd love to hear your (three-minute) poems, stories, comedic sketches, songs, or dances, on our optional theme (or any topic). Our fab February features are: Cassandra Dallett and Mimi Gonzalez -- First come first served. Sign-up starts at 7pm and closes when it fills up or when the reading starts, so get there early if you want to read! (Note: Sometimes the…

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Shaina Hammerman / Silver Screen, Hasidic Jews

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Shaina Hammerman as she launches her first book, Silver Screen, Hasidic Jews. Joining her in conversation is Helene Wecker (The Golem and the Jinni). Don't miss it!   Motivated by Woody Allen’s brief comedic transformation into a Hasidic Jew in Annie Hall, cultural historian Shaina Hammerman examines the effects of real and imagined representations of Hasidic Jews in film, television, theater, and photography. Although these depictions could easily be dismissed as slapstick comedies and sexy dramas about forbidden relationships, Hammerman uses this ethnic…

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THE RACKET! #16 – Grief

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Featuring: Sarah Klineman, Amy Harcourt, Vincent Chu, Galadrielle Allman, Elizabeth Bernstein, Jacqueline Hampton and Jennifer Lewis Hosted by Noah B. Sanders https://www.facebook.com/events/165709004068905/

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Nancy Huang / Favorite Daughter

February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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In town from Austin, TX, Nancy Huang will be reading from her first book of poems, Favorite Daughter. Reading with her are Bay Area poets Arati Warrier and Kiana Young—join us!   Favorite Daughter is a poetry collection trying to uproot America from inside the body, and find where China is buried underneath. Divided into four parts, Daughter explores ideas like navigating hybridity, localism, and harmony in ways that disturb commonly-held notions about broad terms like “belonging” and “cultural struggle.” A compilation of immigration stories, Chinese radio…

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Vincent Chu / Like a Champion

February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery is thrilled to host the launch for Vincent Chu's debut story collection, Like a Champion! Please join us. In eighteen stories that shine a light on people who are far from champions, Like a Champion is an ode to underdogs and long shots, sad office parties and one-sided basketball games, disappointed worker bees and hopeful lovers. A lonely businessman on a cruise finds comfort in an unlikely companion. Two high school friends try to survive their last backyard wrestling match only…

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Perfectly Queer-East Bay: Celebrate African-American Literature

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Come hear voices from the past as we celebrate Black History Month.

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Holloway Reading Series: Tongo Eisen-Martin with Ismail Muhammad

February 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman

February 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Robbin Légère Henderson discusses the incredible life of her grandmother Matilda Rabinowitz, as told in the illustrated memoir Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman. Featuring a slideshow of Henderson's accompanying black-and-white scratchboard drawings.   ABOUT THE BOOK Matilda Rabinowitz’s illustrated memoir challenges assumptions about the lives of early twentieth-century women. In Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman, Rabinowitz describes the ways in which she and her contemporaries rejected the intellectual and social restrictions imposed on women as they sought political and economic equality in the first half…

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André Aciman / Call Me By Your Name & Enigma Variations

February 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith is thrilled to host André Aciman reading from his sensational novels Call Me By Your Name—now a major motion picture nominated for three Golden Globes—andEnigma Variations. Please note: Due to popular demand, this event has been moved to Booksmith (1644 Haight St.). The event is free to attend, but seating is limited.  André Aciman's Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian…

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March 2018

Rosa Alcalá

March 1 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Alcalá teaches in the Department of Creative Writing and Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas-El Paso.

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Lily Hoang + Jackie Wang

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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Poets Lily Hoang + Jackie Wang read from their work, in their first-ever appearances at The Poetry Center.

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Brittney Cooper: Eloquent Rage

March 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery is thrilled to welcome Brittney Cooper to read from and discuss Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower.

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Will Boast + Molly Antopol

March 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Will Boast discusses his new novel, Daphne w/ Molly Antopol.

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Ann Raeff w/ Sylvia Brownrigg

March 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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About Raeff's new novel, Winter Kept Us Warm.

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Anne Raeff in Conversation with Sylvia Brownrigg

March 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Anne Raeff in Conversation with Sylvia Brownrigg about Raeff's new novel, Winter Kept Us Warm. "Raeff writes with vivid assurance about Berlin, America, and Morocco, about men and women, about love and work. As the boundaries between characters shift, as past and present converge, Winter Kept Us Warm casts a dazzling spell. A wonderful novel."--Margot Livesey, author of Mercury and Criminals Ulli is a young woman squatting in a dismal, empty Berlin apartment, one year after the war has ended. She's scraping together a living as an…

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Cantíl: Lily Hoang, Kevin Lo, Andrea Marina

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Lily Hoang is the author of five books, including A Bestiary (PEN USA Award finalist and winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Nonfiction Contest) and Changing (recipient of a PEN Open Books Award). She teaches in the MFA program at UC San Diego. Kevin Lo is a composer, choreographer and writer based in Oakland (previously Australia, born New Zealand). He works with spatiality, machinic processes, and has a background in the biological sciences. Andrea Marina is an indigenous…

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Caroline Goodwin / The Paper Tree

March 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts an evening of poetry and conversation with Caroline Goodwin (The Paper Tree) and Linda Norton (The Public Gardens). Please join us for this special Friday evening event!   The poems in The Paper Tree are redolent in sound and rich in the details of place. Caroline Goodwin deeply knows these landscapes of which she writes, goat hair and fireweed and cedar. She spins words with such velocity and cunning that the poems weave a spell. One arrives out the other…

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Studio One Reading Series: Arisa White, Aja Couchois Duncan, Adam Giannelli, and Catherine Theis

March 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Studio One Arts Center, 365 45th Street
Oakland, CA 94609 United States
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Please join us on Friday, March 2nd for a reading featuring Arisa White, Aja Couchois Duncan, Adam Giannelli & Catherine Theis! Event is FREE. Laguintas beer, wine and snacks will be served. Studio One Art Center 365 45th Street | Oakland, CA, 94609 Here's a map. Special thanks to our generous sponsors! Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation Laguintas Brewing Company Clorox Company Foundation  author bios and photos follow. Cave Canem graduate fellow Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst, and is…

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BAPC First Saturday Reading

March 3 @ 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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Bay Area Poets Coalition

March 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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BAPC OPEN POETRY READING   Upcoming First Saturday Readings in 2018:   March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2 3:00 - 5:00 PM     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…

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