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March 2019

Queeriosity: Writing + Performance Workshop (Youth Centered)

March 20 @ 5:00 pm - May 22 @ 6:00 pm
Qulture Collective, 1714 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Queeriosity: Writing and Performance workshops celebrates LGBTQQIA+ youth voices in the Bay Area. Taught by Youth Speaks poets including Sarah O'Neal and Janae Johnson. Every Wednesday | March 20th - May 22 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Qulture Collective, 1714 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607 (near 19th Street BART) This LGBTQIA+ centered workshop will explore personal and historical narratives that (re)frame perceptions of language, sexuality & gender. Participants will be encouraged to write, learn performance techniques, and create the dopest space…

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April 2019

KASSIDAT: Spoken word and music

April 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Featured readers and Musical guests: tba With your host Bloodflower   Posted in LIVE POETRY

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Darius James

April 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University and New York Review Books in conjunction with City Lights present an afternoon with Darius James celebrating the eagerly awaited re-release of his seminal novel Negrophobia: An Urban Parable introduction by Amy Abugo Ongiri published by New York Review Books Darius James's scabrous, unapologetically raunchy, truly hilarious, and deeply scary Negrophobia is a wild-eyed reckoning with the mutating insanity of American racism. A screenplay for the mind, a performance on the page, a work…

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Poets Joseph Noble and Todd Melicker

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Monday, Apr 22, 2019 7:00 PM Location:  The basement at Moe's 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website Todd Melicker regularly communes with the fog of San Francisco's Outer Richmond. His most recent book is this the body / if hovers is just out from lyric& Press.rendezvous, his first book, was published by Rescue Press in 2013 as the winner of the second annual Black Box Prize. He is the author of the chapbooks the immaculate autopsy (Achiote Press) and king &…

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SPANISH LANGUAGE BOOK CLUB MEETING

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Please join us for a lively discussion about: (author will not be present) To join the book group please contact iranyi@me.com

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Book Launch with ALLIE LARKIN at Books Inc. in The Marina

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. in The Marina, 2251 Chestnut St
San Francisco , CA 94123 United States
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Join internationally bestselling author Allie Larkin for a Book Launch celebrating her charming new novel, Swimming for Sunlight. When recently divorced Katie Ellis and her rescue dog Bark move back in with Katie's grandmother in Florida, she becomes swept up in a reunion of her grandmother's troupe of underwater performers--finding hope and renewal in unexpected places, in this sweet novel perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Claire Cook. Aspiring costume designer Katie gave up everything in her divorce to gain custody of…

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Dirty Old Women Read Erotica

April 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Donna George Storey’s goal is to change the world one sexy story at a time. She is the author of Amorous Woman, an erotic novel based on her own experiences living in Japan.  Her adults-only tales have appeared in nearly two hundred publications including Dirty Old Women: Erotica by Women of Experience, Penthouse, and Ageless Erotica. She will read from her work-in-progress, a short story collection of her greatest hits, each accompanied by an essay on the craft of erotica writing and a meditation on the ways our society's myths…

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Ed Bok Lee

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from Mitochondrial Night: Poems from Coffee House Press Poems that trace paths through time, genealogy, and geography, locating the generational legacy of history. Taking mitochondrial DNA as his guide, Ed Bok Lee explores familial and national legacies, and their persistence across shifting boundaries and the erosions of time. In these poems, the trait of an ancestor appears in the face of a newborn, and in her cry generations of women's voices echo. Stories, both benign and traumatic, travel as…

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A Necessary Darkness: Barbara Guest and The Open Chamber

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FR 125 – Maraschi Room, USF, 2130 Fulton St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 7 – 9 p.m. Fromm Hall - FR 125 - Maraschi Room Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the editor of There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera, on Joanne Kyger (forthcoming from Wave Books, 2017), and author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including Royals (Wave Books, 2017), Language Arts (Wave Books, 2014), Stranger in Town (City Lights, 2010), Expensive Magic (House Press,…

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PIERRE JARAWAN at Books Inc. Berkeley

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94710 United States
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Internationally-acclaimed writer Pierre Jarawan shares his astounding debut novel, The Storyteller. Samir leaves the safety and comfort of his family's adopted home, Germany, for volatile Beirut in an attempt to find his missing father. The only clues Samir has are an old photo and the bedtime stories his father used to tell him. In this moving and engaging novel about family secrets, love, and friendship, Pierre Jarawan does for Lebanon what Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan. He pulls away the curtain of…

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Myla Goldberg / Feast Your Eyes

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Myla Godberg reading from her new novel Feast Your Eyes. More information to be announced soon, but please save the date and join us for Myla's only Bay Area appearance!   Feast Your Eyes, framed as the catalogue notes from a photography show at the Museum of Modern Art, tells the life story of Lillian Preston: “America’s Worst Mother, America’s Bravest Mother, America’s Worst Photographer, or America’s Greatest Photographer, depending on who was talking.” After discovering photography as a teenager through…

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Lyrics & Dirges: A “Weekly” Reading Series

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Wednesday, April 24, 7:30pm This Recurring Event is at Pegasus Books Downtown Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Weekly Reading Series In celebration of National Poetry Month, our flagship reading series Lyrics & Dirges is going weekly! (For April only). Lyrics & Dirges features a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Currently in its ninth year, its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. Hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman and Mk…

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Jacqueline Winspear

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Returns to read from her latest Maisie Dobbs novel The American Agent. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 7:30pm Event address: 2904 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705

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Jane Gregory

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hagerty Lounge, SMC, 1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga , CA 94575 United States
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Jane Gregory is from Tucson and lives in Oakland. She is the author of Yeah No and My Enemies, both from The Song Cave, as well as several chapbooks. Her work has been most recently published or reviewed in The Believer, Omniverse, and The New York Times. She is co-editor and co-founder (with Lyn Hejinian and Claire Marie Stancek) of Nion Editions, a chapbook press, and she works for Small Press Distribution. GRADUATE STUDENT READING SERIES

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Neda Atanasoski in conversation with Kalindi Vora

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of their new book Surrogate Humanity: Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures published by Duke University Press (part of the Perverse Modernities Series edited by Lisa Lowe and Jack Halberstam) In Surrogate Humanity Neda Atanasoski and Kalindi Vora trace the ways in which robots, artificial intelligence, and other technologies serve as surrogates for human workers within a labor system entrenched in racial capitalism and patriarchy. Analyzing myriad technologies, from sex robots and military drones to sharing-economy platforms,…

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Franny Choi and sam sax / Soft Science

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Franny Choi (Floating, Brilliant, Gone), in town to read from her second collection of poems, Soft Science. Joining her is sam sax (Madness and Bury It). Don't miss this evening of readings with these phenomenal young poets!   In Franny Choi's highly-anticipated collection, Soft Science, she uses the myth of the cyborg to explore queer, Asian American femininity. A series of Turing Test-inspired poems guides readers as Choi asks questions not just of identity, but of consciousness -- of how to speak and love, in a world filled with…

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Poet Laureate Celebration

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael , CA 94901 United States
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Rebecca Foust, outgoing poet laureate of Marin County will host this event, welcoming the new poet laureate and honoring previous poets laureate. The evening will feature brief readings by all. Rebecca’s books include Paradise Drive (Press 53 Award), reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement and The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Georgia, Harvard, and Hudson Reviews. The Unexploded Ordnance Bin won the 2018 Swan Scythe chapbook prize and is forthcoming in 2019. Recognitions include the Cavafy and James Hearst Poetry Prizes, the Lascaux and American Literary Review Fiction Prizes, and fellowships from Hedgebrook,…

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Cherrie Moraga

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Internationally acclaimed artist, Cherríe Moraga delivers a poetic, heart-wrenching reflection on her mother’s complex relationship to America and the pioneering, queer Latina feminist daughter who continues down the path of identity forged by her battle-tested matriarch. As a child, Elvira was hired out as a child by her own father to pick cotton in California’s Imperial Valley. Leaving California in the late-1920s, she became a cigarette girl in Jazz-age Tijuana, meeting a wealthy white man who taught her life lesson…

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Rebecca Foust & Nicholas Friedman

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
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Rebecca Foust’s book Paradise Drive  won the 2015 Press 53 Prize for Poetry, and was widely reviewed in such venues as the Times Literary Supplement, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, and Hudson Review.  Her other books include All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (2010), winner of the Many Mountains Moving Book Prize, God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World (Small Press Distribution, 2010), winner of the Foreword Review Book of the Year Award for Poetry, and Mom’s Canoe and Dark Card, recipients of the Robert Phillips Chapbook Poetry Prize in…

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Independent Bookstore Day 2019

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Bookshop Santa Cruz will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27th, 2019, all day long, from opening at 9 am to close at 11 pm! Check back for our events and opportunities this year, or sign up for our events emails. What is Independent Bookstore Day? Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is…

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Independent Bookstore Day

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00pm Independent Bookstore Day is two things: your one & only chance to buy one-of-a-kind, limited edition books and literary gifts.  Never again; never online. AND it's a party in a bookstore! We're still developing the plans for the day, but so far we know we'll have: free on-demand poetry by Silvi of The Poetry Store from noon to 2pm.  Her time is on us, but tips are appreciated. a free scavenger hunt around the store free beer (locally made, of course)…

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INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY!

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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events and special offers tba http://www.indiebookstoreday.com

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Poetry Flash

April 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Details to Come! Event date: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 3:00pm Event address: East Bay Booksellers 5433 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618

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David Zeltser, The Night Library

April 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019 - 4:00PM This is an advanced event listing. Please check back for updated information, or sign up for our events emails. This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please e-mail info@bookshopsantacruz.com by April 26th, 2019. The Polar Express meets The Night at the Museum in this fantastical picture-book adventure about the magic of books…

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Grace Schulman

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of her book Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage published by Turtle Point Press Grace Schulman is an award-winning poet and the author of seven collections of poems. She has had long posts as Poetry Editor of the Nation magazine, Director of the Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y, and Distinguished Professor at CUNY's Baruch College, where she still teaches. But her love for her scientist husband and her care for him through his long illness proved to…

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