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April 2020

Nomadic Press’ Virtual Open Mic #3

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
Nomadic Press' Virtual Open Mic #3

FREE AND ALL WELCOME! Donate (only if you can swing it) by clicking on the "ticket" link or dropping donations via the $Cash app to $NomadicPress OR https://cash.app/$NomadicPress 90 minutes 30 readers 3 minutes each On Zoom! It feels really important to gather in these times, and we need to prioritize the health of most vulnerable community members (our elders, those who work with elders, and those with suppressed immune systems). So we are hosting another virtual open mic (this…

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Luiza, Colleen, and Audra Have a Book Party at Wolfman Books

April 3 @ 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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Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, winner of the Charlotte Mew Prize, and Colleen McKee and Audra Puchalski, finalists for the Charlotte Mew Prize, read from their chapbooks, all published in January by Headmistress Press. Luiza Flynn-Goodlett's chapbook Tender Age won the 2019 Headmistress Press Charlotte Mew contest. She is also the author of the forthcoming collection Look Alive, winner of the 2019 Cowles Poetry Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press, along with five other chapbooks, most recently Shadow Box, winner of…

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Poetry with Jeanne Heuving, Eleni Stecopoulos and Susan Gevirtz

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Jeanne Heuving’s latest book is Mood Indigo, selva oscura press (2019) and she is the co-editor, along with Tyrone Williams, of Inciting Poetics: Thinking and Writing Poetry (Recencies Series, University of New Mexico Press, 2019. Eleni Stecopoulos is the author of Visceral Poetics (ON Contemporary Practice, 2016), Armies of Compassion (Palm Press, 2010), and Daphnephoria (Compline, 2012) Susan Gevirtz is the author of seven books of poetry, including Aerodrome Orion & Starry Messenger, Thrall, and Hourglass Transcripts. Her critical works include Narrative Journey: The Fiction and Film Writing of Dorothy Richardson and Coming Events (Collected Writings)

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About Last Night: A One Night Stand Storytelling Series April

April 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$15 – $20

About Last Night - Join us for an evening of laughter, sex positivity and of course hilariously true one night stand stories. 7 brave souls will once again climb on our stage to share true tales of their most intimate and embarrassing one night stands. About Last Night is a monthly San Francisco one night stand / poor life choice storytelling series. This event features real people sharing hilarious (way too personal) stories about horrifying one night stands, awkward hookups,…

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Bay Area Poets Coalition

April 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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Free
bay area poets coalition

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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BINDERY: Kate Radford / Drought

April 4 @ 7:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Free – $15

The Bindery hosts a special evening with Kate Radford, a sonic poetry performance and book release. Drought is fusing contemporary poetry, cinematic landscapes and electronic harmonic compositions. This is the premiere performance in San Francisco – please join us! Please note: This is a ticketed event, with tickets on a sliding scale from $0-15. Advance tickets are highly recommended, as door tickets are not guaranteed. Unless otherwise noted here, tickets will be available at the door. Drought is a compositional performance…

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Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor of Welcome to Night Vale / The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home

April 5 @ 4:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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$24

The Bindery hosts a special afternoon event with Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor of Welcome to Night Vale for their new novel, The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home. Join us! Please note: This event is ticketed, with each ticket including a book, and will take place at The Bindery, 1727 Haight St. Tickets are available in advance here. Unless otherwise noted here, general admission tickets will be available at the door. In the town of Night Vale, there's a faceless old woman…

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Rebecca Dinerstein Knight / Hex

April 6 @ 7:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Rebecca Dinerstein Knight (The Sunlit Night) for her new novel Hex. Please join us! Nell Barber, an expelled PhD candidate in biological science, is exploring the fine line between poison and antidote, working alone to set a speed record for the detoxification of poisonous plants. Her mentor, Dr. Joan Kallas, is the hero of Nell's heart. Nell frequently finds herself standing in the doorway to Joan's office despite herself, mesmerized by Joan's elegance, success, and spiritual force. Surrounded by Nell's ex,…

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D. A. Powell and Paola Capó-García

April 6 @ 7:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, 94704
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Paola Capó-García is the author of CLAP FOR ME THAT’S NOT ME (Rescue Press, 2018), selected by D.A. Powell as the winner of Rescue Press' 2017 Black Box Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Volta, Puerto Rico en mi corazón, Latino Book Review, jubilat, Poetry Society of America, Academy of American Poets, and others. Originally from San Juan, PR, she now lives in San Diego, CA, where she teaches 12th grade English. D. A. Powell's books include Useless…

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Malcolm Harris – – Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit w/Robin Sloane

April 6 @ 7:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Free

EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome Malcolm Harristo read from his new book, Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit on Tuesday, April 7th at 7pm. He will be joined in conversation by Robin Sloane. From the writer hailed for giving voice to a generation in Kids These Days comes a bold rejection of a society in which inequality, student debt, and exploitation have come to define our lives Our economic situation, political discourse, and future prospects have gotten much…

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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a weekly digital gathering and poetry reading. join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. this is a space to just talk about what's going on and how we feel about it and also share our work. Topic: escape from quarantine reading Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Mon, until May 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mar 30, 2020 07:00 PM…

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MFA Alumni Reading Featuring mai c. doan & Aiden Thomas

April 7 @ 5:30 pm
Mills Hall Living Room, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland , CA 94613 United States
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Free

Reception at 5:15 pm for newly admitted Mills graduate students, followed by readings. mai c. doan is poet and writer from Southern California. Her first full-length collection, water/tongue, was published by Omnidawn in 2019. She has published and performed her work though the National Queer Arts Festival, RADAR Productions, Entropy Magazine, Mixed Up!: A Zine about Mixed Race Queer and Feminist Experience, and more. She holds an MFA from Mills College, where she attended as a Community Engagement Fellow. Aiden Thomas…

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Odd Salon SF: System

April 7 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Public Works, 161 Erie Street
San Francisco , CA 94103 United States
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$12 – $25

Early bird tickets go on sale on March 3 through Friday March 13 only. ~ Salon details and speakers to be announced ~ Tuesday, April 7 at Public Works, San Francisco Doors open for pre-salon cocktail hour at 6:30, Talks begin at 7:30 Reserved Seats available. General Admission seats are first come, first served. Odd Salon Members always enjoy discounted Join our growing membership for ticket discounts and Members-only opportunities.

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Benicia First Tuesday Poets

April 7 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Benicia Public Library, 150 East L St.
Benicia, 94510
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Free
Benicia First Tuesday Poets

Benicia Public Library in the Dona Benicia Room. Hosted by Benicia Poet Laureate Tom Stanton. Mystery Poet followed by open mic! Founded in 2003.

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Ellen Bass, Indigo at Bookshop Santa Cruz

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Free

Indigo merges elegy and praise poem in an exploration of life's complex grey areas. Whether her subject is oysters, high heels, a pork chop, a beloved dog, or a wife's return to health, Bass pulls us in with exquisite immediacy. Her lush and precisely observed descriptions allow us to feel the sheer primal pleasure of being alive in our own "succulent skin," the pleasure of the gifts of hunger, desire, touch. In this book, joy meets regret, devotion meets dependence, and…

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Chris Carlsson Book Launch at The Green Arcade

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Hidden San Francisco is a guidebook like no other. Chris Carlsson (of Shaping San Francisco and Foundsf fame) peels back the layers of San Francisco’s history to reveal a storied past: behind old walls and gleaming glass facades lurk former industries, secret music and poetry venues, forgotten terrorist bombings, and much more. Carlsson delves into the Bay Area’s long prehistory, examining the region’s geography and the lives of its inhabitants before the 1849 Gold Rush changed everything, setting in motion the clash between capital and…

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C Pam Zhang: How Much of These Hills is Gold

April 7 @ 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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C Pam Zhang discusses her debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold. Praise for How Much of These Hills is Gold "C Pam Zhang's debut is ferocious, dark and gleaming, a book erupting out of the interstices between myth and dream, between longing and belonging. How Much of These Hills Is Gold tells us that stories--like people, like the rough and stunning landscape of California itself--are constantly in the process of being made, broken, and finally remade into something tender and…

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Cody Simpson / Prince Neptune

April 8 @ 7:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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$18.50 – $20.42

Booksmith hosts Cody Simpson for his first book, Prince Neptune. Join us! Please note: This is a ticketed event, to be held at Booksmith (1644 Haight St.). The price of admission is equal to the cost of Prince Neptune, which is included with each ticket. Advance tickets are highly encouraged -- tickets are not guaranteed to be available at the door.   Conjuring vivid imagery and drawing from the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water, Prince Neptune presents poems and prose on themes of life, love, fame, escapism,…

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Mari Coates with Peg Alford Pursell / Launch for The Pelton Papers

April 8 @ 7:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts the launch party for Mari Coates and her new novel The Pelton Papers. She'll be in conversation with Peg Alford Pursell (A Girl Goes into the Forest). Join us! A richly imagined novel based on the life of artist Agnes Pelton, whose life tracks the early days of modernism in America. Born into a family ruined by scandal, Agnes becomes part of the lively New York art scene, finding early success in the famous Armory Show of 1913. Fame seems…

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Robert Williams at City Lights Books

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination published by Fantagraphics Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination is a comprehensive, career-spanning collection of the iconic painter's fine art, including over 300 oil paintings as well as drawings, sculptures, and more. Simply put, this is the definitive volume that Williams has been working towards his entire career. In the late 20th and early 21st century, diverse forms of commonplace and popular art appeared to be coalescing into a formidable faction of new…

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Kathy Valentine: All I Ever Wanted

April 8 @ 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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Kathy Valentine, bassist for The Go-Go's, discusses her new memoir All I Ever Wanted. About All I Ever Wanted Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine’s story is a roller coaster of sex, drugs, and of course, music; it’s also a story of what it takes to find success and find yourself, even when it all comes crashing down. At twenty-one, Kathy Valentine was at the Whisky in Los Angeles when she met a guitarist from a fledgling band called the Go-Go’s—and the band…

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Take Place: SFSU Reading & Open Mic

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

This is a time for all of us to come together and support one another & our SFSU writing community. Join us on Zoom for our first virtual Take Place. We'll still have our featured readers originally planned for March, and we'd love to hear what you've been working on during our open mic portion. Sign-ups below. WHEN: Thursday, April 9 @ 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. WHERE: https://sfsu.zoom.us/j/137877419 WHAT:  Featured reading and open mic. All literary and experimental genres are welcome! Open mic slots are about…

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Melville House @ City Lights

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Free
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Melville House Publishers is celebrated by City Lights! Three authors with recently released books join us for an evening of spirited discussion Malcolm Harris in conversation with Curtis White, moderated by Jenny Odell Malcolm Harris celebrates the release of SHIT IS FUCKED UP AND BULLSHIT: History Since the End of History  Curtis White celebrates the release of Living in a World that Can't Be Fixed: Reimagining Counterculture Today Jenny Odell is the author of How to Do Nothing ----------------- about Shit Is Fucked Up and Bullshit: History…

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Susan Briante and Valyntina Grenier at Wolfman Books

April 9 @ 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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Briante and Grenier Take Heart and Deface the Monument at Wolfman.   ABOUT OUR BOOKS: "Fever Dream / Take Heart is a doubled poetry book. Two chapbooks have been produced in a flip-book format . Bound in the tête-bêche style, Fever Dream and Take Heart provide two forays through this poet's feverishly delicious style. Lifting off from nature, Grenier leaps intuitively between images that comment on humanity's impact on the climate, corrosive politics, and all that is ferociously feminine. Leap…

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Poetry Center Book Award Reading: Ashley Toliver and Jason Bayani, reading and in conversation

April 9 @ 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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Join us for this reading by Poetry Center Book Award winner Ashley Toliver, for her work Spectra (Coffee House Press, 2018). She'll be joined by award judge Jason Bayani, reading and in conversation. Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, this event is free and open to the public. Ashley Toliver’s Spectra is an immensely moving work. Its three-act structure entrenches within the violent friction between nature and manmade forms and between nature and the human body. Under Toliver’s…

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Namwali Serpell & Carmen Maria Machado

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29
Serpell & Machado

TICKETSTo purchase over the phone: 415-392-4400 This event appears in the series Social Studies Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. She won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and The Best American Short Stories. Her first novel, The Old Drift, which Salman Rushdie calls a “dazzling debut,” tells the stories of three Zambian families across three generations, from the precolonial…

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Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘Twitterpated’

April 9 @ 8:00 pm
Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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$25

Thursday, April 9th, 2020 at the Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa, San Francisco, CA Remember: Bang-O at 7:00 PM, Stories at 8:00 PM Want a sample of Bawdy? Listen to the Bawdy Storytelling podcast at http://bit.ly/bawdypodcast •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• This Evening of Stories, Songs & Sex Toys features: ❤ Hosted by Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour ❤ Legendary Author/Speaker/Kinkster Race Bannon ❤ Songs by Bawdy's brilliant cohort, Jefferson Bergey ❤ Pitch your story to Dixie@BawdyStorytelling.com ❤ Play Bang-O & WIN Prizes, just…

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National Poetry Month: Stegner Fellows Reading + Happy Hour!

April 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Ruby, 23rd and bryant street
san francisco, 94110
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Join us for a special Ruby happy hour in honor of National Poetry Month featuring readings by Monica Sok, Safia Elfhillo, Claire Meuschke, and Taneum Bambrick; all current Stegner fellows at Stanford University. Drinks and bites served at 5:30pm followed by performances! About the poets: Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. She is the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). Her work has been recognized with a…

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Joanne McNeil: Lurking: How a Person Became a User

April 10 @ 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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Joanne McNeil discusses her new book Lurking: How A Person Became a User with Jenny Odell. Praise for Lurking “The internet isn’t ‘out there’ somewhere; it’s coextensive with the brain of any writer who’d be worth reading on the subject. In Lurking, Joanne McNeil writes as an internet ‘supertaster,’ a veteran of more platforms and forums and flame wars and start-ups than most of us could ever imagine. She employs a trees-not-forest style, immersing herself in the paradoxes, and reinscribing her body at…

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Author Event /// Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Author Event with Maritere R. Bellas //// Parenting Expert Topic - Bilingualism, Biculturalism, Multiculturalism & Award-Winning Author, Influencer, Speaker, Podcast Host, Features Writer

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