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September 2018

Pride Poetry Palooza, Take 2

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Strut, 470 Castro Street
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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Pride Poetry Palooza usually comes but once a year but everyone had so much fun in July we decided to do it all over again! Take 2 is Saturday, September 15, 7pm to 8:30pm at Strut, 470 Castro St. in San Francisco. 8 poets will read 8 minutes each: Susan Dambroff, Natasha Dennerstein, Europa Grace, Michael Tod Edgerton, Philip Harris, David Hathwell, Vernon Keeve III, and Randall Mann. Free admission. Better yet, free fruit pies and cold glasses of milk will be served. (Nothing goes better with Queer…

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poetry in parks 2018 @ samuel p. taylor state park

September 16 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Samuel P. Taylor State Park, 8889 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Lagunitas, CA 34938 United States
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sunday, sept 16   12pm potluck, 2pm readings   Join us for an afternoon of readings in the redwoods! curated by Chris Cole, Evan Karp, and Scott Green free, all-ages show all the authors are paid the first 100 people receive a copy of sPARKLE & bLINK 95   Thanks so much to everyone who sent in writing!!!   We received 71 submissions and will announce the selected authors by Wed, 8/22.   Check out those trees!

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Patricia Polacco Book Signing

September 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Sunday, September 16, 1:00pm - 4:00pm Pegasus Books Oakland Beloved author and illustrator Patricia Polacco will be signing her best-selling children's books, including the newly released Holes in the Sky. The book signing will take place in the Pegasus Books tent (outside and adjacent to Pegasus Books Oakland) as part of the annual Rockridge Out & About Street Festival.   ABOUT HOLES IN THE SKY Miss Eula is back! In this heartwarming companion to Chicken Sunday, young Trisha is devastated when her grandmother passes away, but…

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Jerry Ferraz’s Trump Poem

September 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Jerry Ferraz's Trump Poem

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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Word for Word presents SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE: “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” An Off the Page Reading

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Z Space, 450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Free - $20

Monday, September 17  | 7 PM at Z Below Directed by Delia MacDougall Off the Page staged readings are the first step in developing a Word for Word production—taking a short story from the page to the stage. Join us for a special reading of the classic poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE. Coleridge (21 October 1772 – 25 July 1834) was an English poet, literary critic, philosopher and theologian who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a…

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POETS! – Sharon Doubiago + Bill Bradd, followed by an open mic

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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POETS! - Sharon Doubiago + Bill Bradd, followed by an open mic

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BOOKSMITH: Terese Svoboda with Dean Rader / Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet

September 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts a special evening with NY-based Terese Svoboda, in town as a Headlands Artist In Residence and to celebrate the publication of Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet. Joining her is Dean Rader (Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry). We'd love to see you there!   Anything That Burns You is the first full-length biography of Lola Ridge, a trailblazer for women, poetry, and human rights. Terese Svoboda takes the reader on a fascinating journey that follows Ridge's life from her childhood as an…

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Margaret Randall celebrating the release of Time’s Language: Collected Poems

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the release of Time's Language: Collected Poems from Wings Press Ultimately, there are two kinds of poets: those who have a long vitae and those who have an amazing life. Just glancing at Margaret Randall's list of works is enough to show us we are before a distinguished and prolific writer. Beginning with Giant of Tears in 1959, she has published over forty poetry collections. To this we can add dozens more—works of oral history, essays, photography, translations, and…

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GET LIT #40 (MUSIC BY TBD)

September 18 @ 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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Roni Ben Hur – Harvie S – Sylvia Cuenca

September 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Roni Ben Hur - Harvie S - Sylvia Cuenca

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Lisa Hanawalt: Coyote Doggirl

September 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Tuesday, September 18, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Lisa Hanawalt presents and signs Coyote Doggirl BoJack Horseman producer / production designer and award-winning cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt presents Coyote Doggirl. The graphic novel is a playful homage to and send-up of classic Westerns, presenting the story of the goofy, dramatic, and fiercely independent Coyote as she journeys through the desert on horseback. With Coyote Doggirl, Hanawalt documents the harsh realities of sexism, her insatiable admiration of horses, and the indispensability of a good crop top. “Lisa's work…

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Maxim Loskutoff (Come West and See) and Mikkel Rosengaard (The Invention of Ana)

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts a special evening of readings by Maxim Loskutoff (Come West and See) and Mikkel Rosengaard (The Invention of Ana). Please join us!     Come West and See by Maxim Loskutoff   This searing debut reimagines the American West through linked stories describing a violent rural separatist movement.   In an isolated region of Idaho, Montana, and eastern Oregon known as the Redoubt, an armed occupation of a wildlife refuge is escalating into civil war. Against this backdrop, twelve stories of ordinary…

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Peter Phillips discussing the subject of his new book Giants: The Global Power Elite

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Giants: The Global Power Elite By Peter Phillips Introduction by William I. Robinson published by Seven Stories Press Who holds the purse strings to the majority of the world's wealth? There is a new global elite at the controls of our economic future, and here former Project Censored director and media monitoring sociologist Peter Phillips unveils for the general reader just who these players are. The book includes such power players as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon,…

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Lisa Hanawalt

September 19 @ 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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Lisa Hanawalt discusses her new graphic novel, Coyote Doggirl. Praise for Coyote Doggirl "Lisa's work is a reminder of the limitless boundaries of one's imagination. She somehow creates fantastical worlds within our own, commenting on some of our most timely issues while exploring our most minute absurdities. I could spend all day inside this heartfelt, beautiful, twisted take on a classic Western." Abbi Jacobson, co-creator of Broad City "Coyote Doggirl is uppity, cocky, and occasionally profane, but she is also smart, clever, and…

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Creative Writing Reading Series with Kevin Young

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hagerty Lounge, SMC, 1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga , CA 94575 United States
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Creative Writing Reading Series with Kevin Young DATE & TIME: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 -  7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. LOCATION: De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: Kevin Young is the Director for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, newly named a National Historic Landmark, and Poetry Editor of the New Yorker. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently Brow (2018); Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected…

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Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Wednesday, September 19, 7:30pm This Recurring Event is at Pegasus Books Downtown Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. Reading this month: Valerie Wallace, Sarah Gladstone, and Norma Smith. Hosted and Curated by Mk Chavez and Sharon Coleman. Every third Wednesday of the month at Pegasus Books Downtown.…

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H O L L O W A Y : R E A D I N G : S E R I E S Roberto Harrison

September 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Maude Fife Room, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Roberto Harrison READINGS ARE FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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Forrest Gander in conversation with Jonathan Santlofer (moderated by Susan Steinberg)

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating two new books: Be With - by Forrest Gander - from New Directions Widows Notebook - by Jonathan Santlofer - from Penguin Books about Be With: Drawing from his experience as a translator, Forrest Gander includes in the first, powerfully elegiac section a version of a poem by the Spanish mystical poet St. John of the Cross. He continues with a long multilingual poem examining the syncretic geological and cultural history of the U.S. border with Mexico. The poems of the third…

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InsideStorytime IN EXTREMIS

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Thursday September 20th, 7-9pm, will feature Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar (The Map of Salt and Stars), Rita Bullwinkel (Belly Up), Philip Harris (The Flowers In My Mothers' Name), Kate Folk, and Steven Black.

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Marin Poetry Center 2018 Anthology Launch Thursday, September 20, 7pm

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael , CA 94901 United States
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The annual event to launch the Marin Poetry Center is always popular. Come join us to start the Marin Poetry Center fall season and read and hear selections from this unique anthology. This is an evening of reconnecting with other members, having a glass of wine, and celebrating our unique anthology. We will also let you know about exciting new events, partnerships, and venues for our Spring Season. Hope to see you there!

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MK Chavez and Heather June Gibbons, reading and in conversation

September 20 @ 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 Bay Area poets MK Chavez and Heather June Gibbons. We'll be helping to debut the first full-length book, Her Mouth As Souvenir, by SF State Creative Writing faculty member Gibbons. This event, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, is free and open to the public. Oakland based Latinx writer MK Chavez is the author of Mothermorphosis and Dear Animal (both from Nomadic Press.) She is a recipient of a 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award and her poem The New Whitehouse,…

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Readings by R. O. Kwon, Anisse Gross, Rachel Khong, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Caille Millner, Esmé Weijun Wang, and Colin Winnette

September 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a very special evening of readings with one of San Francisco's longest-running writing groups! It all started in 2003, when some friends in college started a group called Chapter Room. It's gone through a lot of iterations since then, and names (Kick-It Boys, Pre-Party Forever); it's now bicoastal and nameless, with one branch in San Francisco and one in New York. Please come join us for a celebratory group reading, and for revelry afterward!   Readings by (clockwise,…

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Denise Clifton

September 20 @ 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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Denise Clifton discusses her new book, Tables from the Rubble: How the Restaurants That Arose After the Great Quake of 1906 Still Feed San Francisco Today. About Tables from the Rubble TABLES FROM THE RUBBLE transports readers to San Francisco in the years just after the Great Earthquake of 1906. Amid the ruins, restaurants rose to feed the hungry and lead the recovery. Today, a handful of the restaurants that opened in those boom years remain – some still serving customers…

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The story of the Spear of Longinus: Terry Tarnoff discusses his novel “The Thousand Year Journey of Tobias Parker”

September 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Author Terry Tarnoff discusses his novel The Thousand Year Journey of Tobias Parker with special focus on the story of the Spear of Longinus.

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