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December 2018

Joshua Rivkin and R.O. Kwon

December 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Joshua Rivkin discusses his new biography, Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly, with R.O. Kwon. Praise for Chalk “Reviled when young, revered when old, the elusive Twombly surprisingly emerges in this fascinating biography, which traces the difficulties of tracking down the man as thoroughly as it fills in the blurred, half-erased likeness. This is the record of a heroic journey of discovery.” —acclaimed author and memoirist Edmund White “Joshua Rivkin’s sensitive eye and investigative ambition expand and enrich our understanding of Cy Twombly's genius in this…

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Mary Jo Bang

December 6 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Mary Jo Bang is the author of eight books of poems—including A Doll For Throwing, Louise in Love, The Last Two Seconds, and Elegy, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award—and a translation of Dante’s Inferno, illustrated by Henrik Drescher. She has received a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy of Berlin. She teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis.

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NEW DATE! In Common Writers Series: Kiese Laymon, reading and in conversation with Tongo Eisen-Martin

December 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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Thanks to a generous grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The Poetry Center In Common Writers Series will present six double-programs (twelve events in all) during 2018–19, featuring a series of remarkable writers from across the US, paired in conversation and performance with (for the most part) local area writers with whom they share strong affinities. Each featured guest writer appears at The Poetry Center—we're doing outreach in particular to students and faculty in SF State's College of Ethnic Studies—reading…

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NEW DATE! In Common Writers Series: Kiese Laymon and Tongo Eisen-Martin, reading their work

December 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Marcus Books, 3900 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Oakland, CA 94609 United States
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Thanks to a generous grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The Poetry Center is thrilled to launch our new In Common Writers Series. We'll present six double-programs (twelve events in all) during 2018–19, featuring a series of remarkable writers from across the US, paired in conversation and performance with (for the most part) local area writers with whom they share strong affinities. Each featured guest writer appears at The Poetry Center—we're doing outreach in particular to students and faculty…

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Noir: Nighthawks

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Featured readers: Jon Sindell, Sara McAulay, Robert Pesich, Susan Cohen. Open Mic Night follows the featured readers. Sign-up now for Ist Annual Open Mic Award's Contest. Book & Broadside Giveaway. Free, 7-9 pm. The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St., Oakland.

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Chaya Bhuvaneswar in conversation with Louise Aronson

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating Chaya Bhuvaneswar's new book White Dancing Elephants from Dzanc Books In luminous, vivid, searingly honest prose, the stories in White Dancing Elephants center on the experiences of diverse women of color—cunning, bold, and resolute—facing sexual harassment and racial violence, as well as the violence women inflict upon each other. One woman's miscarriage is juxtaposed against the story of the Buddha's birth. Another cheats with her best friend's husband, only to discover it’s her friend she most yearns for. In three different stories, three…

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InsideStorytime LAPSARIANS

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edinburgh Castle Pub, 950 Geary St
San Francisco , CA 94109 United States
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InsideStorytime LAPSARIANS will occur at Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary Street, San Francisco, Thursday December 6th, 7-9 pm, featuring Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Fruit of the Drunken Tree), and others. lapsarians n. (lap-?ser-?-?n) Believers in the Fall. Origin: Latin lapsus, a fall.

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OAKLAND FIRST FRIDAYS AT NOMADIC PRESS!

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30 PM SHARP! Join us at Nomadic Press as we celebrate Oakland First Fridays! Featuring readings by 4-5 Nomadic Press authors in our intimate space amongst the hustle at 23rd and Telegraph Avenue. Come early and catch our authors reading on a street stage just down the block at 6:30 PM. This month features readings by TBD and music by TBD. To help pay for our space and our artists and ensure…

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Writers with Drinks

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$5 - $20

Jaymee Goh (The Sea is Ours: Steampunk Tales of Southeast Asia) Jennifer S. Cheng (Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems) Bryan Thao Worra (On the Other Side of the Eye) Alan Chazaro (Ghost Town Literary Review) Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away All proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture. At The Make Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM.  

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Michael Lally will read from and sign his new book Another Way to Play: Poems 1960-2017

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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From a '60s-era verse letter to John Coltrane to a 2017 examination of Life After Trump, Another Way to Play collects more than a half century of engaged, accessible, and deeply felt poetry from a writer both iconoclastic and embedded in the American tradition. In the vein of William Carlos Williams and Frank O'Hara, Lally eschews formality in favor of a colloquial idiom that pops straight from the page into the reader's synapses. This is the definitive collection of verse…

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Poetry Event: GEARS TURNING w/ Kim Shuck

December 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Join us for an afternoon of wonderful poetry by SF Bay Area based poets, artists, and musicians with your host Kim Shuck. To participate in the open mic sessions, please arrive by 4 and plan to listen to all of the featured poets. Seating/space is limited.

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Dana Frank in conversation with John Lindsay-Poland

December 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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  discussing their new books The Long Honduran Night: Resistance , Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup By Dana Frank from Haymarket Books and Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism by  John Lindsay-Poland published by Duke University Press about The Long Honduran Night: A story of resistance, repression, and US policy in Honduras in the aftermath of a violent military coup. This powerful narrative recounts the dramatic years in Honduras following the June 2009…

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Roman Muradov

December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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presenting a polyphonic play of interconnected stories from the new book Vanishing Act by Roman Muradov from Fantagraphics Books Written and drawn in thirteen styles, from comedy and confession to prophecy and interpretative dance, Vanishing Act is a polyphonic play of interconnected stories, synchronized in time and space on one melancholy evening. A paranoid man rehearses the upcoming party. A disheveled actor expounds on the conceptual potential of sitcoms. A beloved dog disappears into the Internet and starts a cult. A couple…

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Cosmopolitan Wanderlust: Rachel Galvin and Harris Feinsod discuss Oliverio Girondo’s Decals

December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Center for the Art of Translation office, 582 Market St #700
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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An important influence on Jorge Luis Borges and others, Oliverio Girondo was at the center of Argentine poetry in the twentieth century. His first two books demonstrate his cosmopolitan wanderlust and avant-garde aesthetics. Twenty Poems to Be Read on the Streetcar crisscrosses Europe and the Americas on trams, express trains, and ocean liners. Decalcomania takes the reader on a tour of Spain that cleverly deflates its romantic appeal, but reinvigorates it with a glamour found in Girondo’s intensive wordplay and idiosyncratic flare for metaphor. Rachel…

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The Racket!

December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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The summer's over and light is getting dimmer in the evenings. Let's gather a bunch of writerly souls together to shed a little light on THE DARK. Hosted by Noah B. Sanders

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Emily Yoon, Sam Sax, Monica Sok

December 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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    Emily Yoon, Sam Sax and Monica Sok read their latest poems. About A Cruelty Special To Our Species A piercing debut collection of poems exploring gender, race, and violence from a sensational new talent   In her arresting collection, urgently relevant for our times, poet Emily Jungmin Yoon confronts the histories of sexual violence against women, focusing in particular on Korean so-called “comfort women,” women who were forced into sexual labor in Japanese-occupied territories during World War II.   In…

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Marcia Douglas: Natural Herstory Remix

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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In 2008, Douglas began performing Natural Herstory, a one-woman multimedia performance drawing from her poetry and fiction to explore Jamaican women's voices. Natural Herstory Remix is a continuation of that project, with a focus on The Marvellous Equations of the Dread, examining what a hybrid (fiction/poetry/one-drop beat) novel might become when given voice and stage. It is directed by University of Colorado Theatre professor Cecilia Pang. celebrating the release of The Marvellous Equations of the Dread published by New Directions Books About The Marvellous Equations of…

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Voz Sin Tinta: Our monthly bilingual poetry series and open mic.

December 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Sponsored by Alejandro Murguia, curated by Marguerite Munoz and Rene Vaz. This month's readers TBD.

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Sara Mumolo and Caroline O’Connor Thomas

December 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Sara Mumolo and Caroline O'Connor Thomas read from their latest poetry collections, Day Counter and Unusual Light Source. Sara Mumolo’s previous book is Mortar. Her poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, Action Yes, Entropy, Lana Turner, PEN Poetry Series, Typo, and Volt, among others. She serves as the associate director for the MFA in Creative Writing program at Saint Mary’s College of California.   Caroline O'Connor Thomas is a writer currently residing in the Bay Area. Originally from the east coast,…

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City Arts & Lectures JAMES FORMAN, JR.

December 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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JAMES FORMAN, JR. In Conversation with Lara Bazelon Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:30 pm Venue: Nourse Theater Series: Cultural Studies  Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 James Forman, Jr. has devoted his life to fighting institutionalized racism. After clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Forman joined the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where for six years he represented both juveniles and adults charged with crimes. Frustrated with the lack of education and job training opportunities for his clients, Forman founded the Maya Angelou Public…

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Michael Wall in conversation with Jonathon Keats

December 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bar Fluxus, 18 Harlan Place
San Francisco, 94108 United States
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discussing Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel at the fabulous Bar Fluxus, 18 Harlan Place, San Francisco, CA 94108 celebrating the release of Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (For the Cosmically Curious) by Michael Wall published by Grand Central Publishing We've all asked ourselves the question. It's impossible to look up at the stars and NOT think about it: Are we alone in the universe? Books, movies and television shows proliferate that…

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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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GET LIT #43 (MUSIC BY TBD)

December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ale Industries, 3096 E 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94601 United States
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$10 - $25

Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30 PM SHARP! An amazing gathering of 12-15 writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit. Featured lineup of writers TBA Suggested donations of $10-25 will be kindly requested at the door, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds (NOTAFLOF). Beer made by Ale Industries on site and wonderful food by Guadalajara Restaurant & Tequila Bar just down the block. All ages…

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January 2019

POETS! – featured readers to be announced followed by an open mic

January 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Voz Sin Tinta: Our monthly bilingual poetry series and open mic.

January 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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