Wednesday, April 16
7:30-9:00pm
Lyrics & Dirges
featuring Nancy Aidé González, George Higgins, Katherine Hastings, John Oliver Simon & Solmaz Sharif
curated & hosted by Sharon Coleman
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley
free



Thursday, April 17
4:30pm
Joshua Marie Wilkinson & Sandy Florian
HUM 512
San Francisco State University
San Francisco
free

6:00pm
Katherine Hastings reads
775 Village Court
Montgomery Village
Santa Rosa

7:00pm
and music by Art Khu and a very special guest vocalist
3036 24th Street
San Francisco

7:00pm
Poetry & Music
with readers Grace Grafton, Sharon Coleman & Susan Cohen
and music by Richard Mertes
4100 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland

7:30pm
Poery & Spirituality
featuring Kim Rosen & another poet to be announced
1408 Mission Avenue
San Rafael



Friday, April 18

8:00pm
2141 Broadway
Oakland



Saturday, April 19
4:00pm
the first annual EcoPoetry Festival
organized by Alhambra High Students
and featuring poetry read by Lynne Knight, Ellery Akers, John Oliver Simon & Murray Silverstein
will take place in the orchard outside of the Muir House
at John Muir Historical Site
4202 Alhambra Avenue
Martinez

7:30pm
Alta Solano: Lit Out Loud presents
The Activist Poetry Tradition
featuring Fred Ostrander & John Hart
1861-A Solano Avenue
Berkeley
$5-10 sliding scale donation request; no one will be turned away for lack of funds



Sunday, April 20
11:30am-12:30pm
subject/feature to be announced
with hosts Delia Tramontina, Nicholas Leaskou & Jay Thomas
online at SaveKUSF.org

2:00-5:00pm
a reception held as a West Coast celebration of Naropa’s 40th annversary
(and to be held previous to the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets
40th Anniversary Reading taking place 5:00pm at City Lights, as noted below)
hosted by Naropa’s trustees/alums Tyler Norris & Pamela Krasney & alum Diana Conley
478 Green Street
San Francisco
appetizers & beverages (non-alcoholic & wine) will be provided; entrees & other beverages will be available for purchase
an RSVP is requested (even if it is a “maybe”)
here is the RSVP link

4:00pm
featuring a visit with Carolyn Kizer by Annie Finch, Joyce Jenkins, & Philip Terman
with hose Katherine Hastings
every 3rd Sunday of the month

5:00pm
Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets 40th Anniversary Reading
featuring readings by Eric Baus, Michelle Naku Pierce, Chris Pusateri, Andrea Rexiliums, Cedar Sigo & Juliana Spahr
260 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco
free



Monday, April 21
7:00-9:00pm
featuring Carl Kopman
plus an open mic
1585 University Avenue
Berkeley
Wednesday, April 23

6:30pm
Sara Michas-Martin & Molly Antiopl
in the Terrace Room
4th Floor of Margaret Jacks Hall
450 Serra Mall
Stanford

6:30-7:45pm
“On Mission”
open mic series with host Elliot Weiss
all artists are welcome
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco
please rsvp to mfa@ciis.edu



Thursday, April 24
all month is National Poetry Month
all day it’s National Poem in Your Pocket Day!
so to celebrate, drop by Mrs. Dalloway’s any time in April
for its Seventh Annual Pocket Poem Giveaway
featuring printed giveaway “pocket poems” selected by and featuring Bay Area Poets Maxine Chernoff, Brian Komei Dempster, Jennifer Elise Foerster, Alice Jones, Hugh Martin, David Meltzer, Randall Potts, giovanni singleton, Tess Taylor & Alli Warren
2904 College Avenue (between Ashby Avenue & Russell Street)
Berkeley
their hours are 10am-7pm Mon-Tue, 10am-9pm Sat, 11am-6pm Sun

4:30pm
Kelsey Street Press 40th Anniversary
with Hazel White & Sabrina Dalla Valle
reading and in conversation with poets and Kelsey Street founding editors
Rena Rosenwasser & Patricia Dienstfrey
HUM 512
San Francisco State University
San Francisco
free

5:30-8:00pm
San Franciso Poet Laureate Alejandro Murgía will read the first poem
Diamond Dave Whitaker will be the primary host
in the North Light Court
at San Francisco City Hall
Civic Center
San Francisco
free

6:30-8:30pm
War and Legacy: Literary Readings & Discussion
with Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Juliet S. Kono, Pireeni Sundaralingam & Joël Barraquiel Tan
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco



Friday, April 25
7:00pm
Omnidawn celebrates National Poetry Month
with brief readings from Omnidawn authors Robin Caton, Maxine Chernoff, Gillian Conoley, Endi Bogue Hartigan, Angela Hume, Bill Mayer, Sara Mumolo, Paul Hoover, Aaron Shurin & Dean Rader
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley
free



Saturday, April 26

11:00am-1:00pm
Lines & Faces Broadsides Exhibit
Closing Party
featuring a noon surprise performance by
PACES: dance and poetry fit to the space
at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club Corridor
Berkeley
directions can be found here
for more information contact Alan Bern at abbern@sbcglobal.net

7:00pm
WordTemple Poetry Series presents
Leonore Wilson, Todd Melicker & David Rosenthal
282 South High Street
Sebastopol

7:30pm
the Poetry Center, The Green Arcade & Kelsey Street Press present
in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Kelsey Street Press
a reading by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge & Susan Gevirtz
at the Third Floor of McRoskey Mattress Company
1687 Market Street (at Gough)
San Francisco
$10 admission ($5 low income; free to SFSU students & Poetry Center members)



Sunday, April 27

11:30am-12:30pm
subject/feature to be announced
with hosts Delia Tramontina, Nicholas Leaskou & Jay Thomas
online at SaveKUSF.org

5:00pm doors; 5:30pm reading
Lisa Robertson & Jeff Derksen
hosted by former SPT Director Dodie Bellamy
992 Valencia Street (at 21st)
San Francisco
$6-10 admission for non-members; no one turned away for lack of funds



Monday, April 28

6:30pm drinks, delectables & auction
7:30pm spelling bee
an annual fundraiser for Small Press Distribution
20 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco
as this is a fund-raiser, tickets are at several tiered prices and can be purchased in advance via SPD’s website



Thursday, May 1
12:10-12:50pm
Lunch Poems at UC Berkeley presents
a UC Berkeley student poets reading
at Morrison Library (101 Doe Library)
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley
free

4:30pm
Gillian Conoley & Maxine Chernoff
HUM 512
San Francisco State University
San Francisco
free

6:30pm
Anne Boyer  
in the Maude Fife Room (Wheeler Hall #315)
at The University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley
free

Friday, May 2
7:30pm
readers to be announced
365 45th Street
Oakland
free
Sunday, May 4
11:30am-12:30pm
with hosts Delia Tramontina, Nicholas Leaskou & Jay Thomas
subject/feature to be announced
online at SaveKUSF.org



Monday, May 5
7:00-9:00pm
featuring Simon Rogghe
plus an open mic
1585 University Avenue
Berkeley
Wednesday, May 7
7:00-9:00pm
Jack and Adelle Foley
1501 Washington Avenue
Albany
free
Thursday, May 8
4:30pm
Philadelphia to San Francisco
with Pew Fellowship Poets Emily Abendroth, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Jenn McCreary & Frank Sherlock
HUM 512
San Francisco State University
San Francisco
free



Friday, May 9
7:30pm
Philadelphia to San Francisco
with Pew Fellowship Poets Emily Abendroth, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Jenn McCreary & Frank Sherlock
50 Capp Street (at 21st)
San Francisco
$10 admission ($5 low income; free for SFSU students & Poetry Center members)



Saturday, May 10
1:00-4:30pm
The 12th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival
with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Poetry going to Avotcja Jiltonilro,
an invocation by Adam David Miller, and readings by Nanette Deetz, Tim Donnelly, Rosa Lane, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Grace Marie Grafton, Arisa White, Harold Terezón, Denise Jezebel Delilah X, Rafael Jesús González, Aya de Leon & the Milvia Street journal poets, Wilfred Galila, Nasaibah Coleman, Michael Hartman & Fred Dodsworth
come early to put your name in the hat for an open mike slot
this year’s festival will be hosted by MK Chavez
at Berkeley City College Auditorium
2050 Center Street
Berkeley
free

8:00pm
Lark Readings presents
its second Saturday poetry series
featuring Taylor Brady, Brandon Brown & Cedar Sigo
3234 Grand Avenue
Oakland



Sunday, May 11
11:30am-12:30pm
subject/feature to be announced
with hosts Delia Tramontina, Nicholas Leaskou & Jay Thomas
online at SaveKUSF.org



Thursday, May 15
7:30pm
Ilya Kaminski & Katie Farris
1408 Mission Avenue
San Rafael



Saturday, May 17
7:30pm
Alta Solano: Lit Out Loud presents
featuring Dave Holt, Nanette Deetz & others to be announced
1861-A Solano Avenue
Berkeley
$5-10 sliding scale donation request; no one will be turned away for lack of funds



Sunday, May 18
10:30am-12:30pm
an ongoing class by Diane di Prima which “explores the beginnings of what we call “human”; the fall of Neanderthal and the rise of Cro-Magnon culture; the beginnings, dominance, and eclipse of matriarchy; the double invasions of patriarchy and oligarchy; and the persistent dream of a non-hierarchical society.”
2141 Broadway
Oakland

11:30am-12:30pm
subject/feature to be announced
with hosts Delia Tramontina, Nicholas Leaskou & Jay Thomas
online at SaveKUSF.org



Sunday, May 25
11:30am-12:30pm
featuring a tribute to Colleen Lookingbill
with hosts Delia Tramontina, Nicholas Leaskou & Jay Thomas
online at SaveKUSF.org



Sunday, June 1
11:30am-12:30pm
subject/feature to be announced
with hosts Delia Tramontina, Nicholas Leaskou & Jay Thomas
online at SaveKUSF.org



Wednesday, Jun 4
7:00-9:00pm
Judith Goldhaber & Grace Marie Grafton
1501 Washington Avenue
Albany
free
Friday, June 6
7:30pm
readers to be announced
365 45th Street
Oakland
free
Sunday, June 8
11:30am-12:30pm
subject/feature to be announced
with hosts Delia Tramontina, Nicholas Leaskou & Jay Thomas
online at SaveKUSF.org



Saturday, June 14
8:00pm
Lark Readings presents
its second Saturday poetry series
featuring Samantha Giles, Douglas Kearney & Tanika Thacker
3234 Grand Avenue
Oakland



Sunday, June 15
11:30am-12:30pm
subject/feature to be announced
with hosts Delia Tramontina, Nicholas Leaskou & Jay Thomas
online at SaveKUSF.org



Saturday, June 21
7:30pm
Alta Solano: Lit Out Loud presents
Gail Peterson & Patricia Nelson
1861-A Solano Avenue
Berkeley
$5-10 sliding scale donation request; no one will be turned away for lack of funds



Sunday, June 22
11:30am-12:30pm
subject/feature to be announced
with hosts Delia Tramontina, Nicholas Leaskou & Jay Thomas
online at SaveKUSF.org

10:30am-12:30pm
an ongoing class by Diane di Prima which “explores the beginnings of what we call “human”; the fall of Neanderthal and the rise of Cro-Magnon culture; the beginnings, dominance, and eclipse of matriarchy; the double invasions of patriarchy and oligarchy; and the persistent dream of a non-hierarchical society.”
2141 Broadway
Oakland




Saturday, June 28
6:30pm doors; 7:00-9:00pm event
Ishmael Reed takes center stage at
the SFJAZZ Center
presenting an evening of poetry and music
celebrating his multicultural and multi-format legacy
in Miner Auditorium
201 Franklin Street (at Fell)
San Francisco
admission is free



Saturday, July 12
8:00pm
Lark Readings presents
its second Saturday poetry series
featuring Melissa Benham & Brent Cunningham
3234 Grand Avenue
Oakland



Saturday, July 19
7:30pm
Alta Solano: Lit Out Loud presents
Molly Fisk & Adam David Miller
1861-A Solano Avenue
Berkeley
$5-10 sliding scale donation request; no one will be turned away for lack of funds



Sunday, July 20
10:30am-12:30pm
an ongoing class by Diane di Prima which “explores the beginnings of what we call “human”; the fall of Neanderthal and the rise of Cro-Magnon culture; the beginnings, dominance, and eclipse of matriarchy; the double invasions of patriarchy and oligarchy; and the persistent dream of a non-hierarchical society.”
2141 Broadway
Oakland




Wednesday, August 6
7:00-9:00pm
Peter Weltner & Roy Mash
1501 Washington Avenue
Albany
free



Saturday, August 9
8:00pm
Lark Readings presents
its second Saturday poetry series
featuring Brian Komei Dempster & Barbara Jane Reyes
3234 Grand Avenue
Oakland



Saturday, August 16
7:30pm
Alta Solano: Lit Out Loud presents
Jannie M. Dresser & Gary Turchin
1861-A Solano Avenue
Berkeley
$5-10 sliding scale donation request; no one will be turned away for lack of funds



Sunday, August 17
10:30am-12:30pm
an ongoing class by Diane di Prima which “explores the beginnings of what we call “human”; the fall of Neanderthal and the rise of Cro-Magnon culture; the beginnings, dominance, and eclipse of matriarchy; the double invasions of patriarchy and oligarchy; and the persistent dream of a non-hierarchical society.”
2141 Broadway
Oakland



Saturday, September 13
7:00pm
Poetry Hotel Press 2014 Authors Reading
featuring Ivan Argüelles, Jack and Adelle Foley & Clara Hsu
1601 Paru Street
Alameda
8:00pm
Lark Readings presents
its second Saturday poetry series
featuring Lee Ann Roripaugh, giovanni singleton & Christine Wertheim
3234 Grand Avenue
Oakland



Saturday, September 20
7:30pm
Alta Solano: Lit Out Loud presents
Dale Jensen & Mary Mackey
1861-A Solano Avenue
Berkeley
$5-10 sliding scale donation request; no one will be turned away for lack of funds



Saturday, September 27

all day long
more information to be announced
this is a global multi-location event
to learn more or to sign up to participate click here



Saturday, October 11
8:00pm
Lark Readings presents
its second Saturday poetry series
featuring Susana Gardner, Nada Gordon & Rodney Koeneke
3234 Grand Avenue
Oakland