The good ole San Francisco Bay Area, where there's a poetry reading every night. Maybe I'll see you there.
Don't forget - I'll be reading Saturday, October 6 at El Tecolote, 2-5pm and on Saturday, October 20, at Project Artaud, 7:30 pm for the 30th Anniversary Gala Benefit for Precita Eyes, my step-mother's mural arts center.
Readings, Spoken Word Performances
I'd like to go to:
• Cristina Garcia reads from her novel, A Handbook to Luck, McLaren Room 250, Lone Mountain Campus, 2800 Turk Boulevard, SF, free, 7:30 (415/422-6066)
• Open mike follows featured reader every wednesday night, Sacred Grounds Cafe, 2095 Hayes, at Cole, SF, sign up 7:00, reading 7:30 (415/387-3859, www.sacredgroundscafe.com)
• Poetry reading by A.D. Winans and George Tsongas, hosted by Mark Schwartz, Beat Museum, 540 Broadway Street, SF, donation, 7:30
• SF Zine Fest presents exhibits by San Francisco's unique community of artists, independent publishers, and poets, The Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, SF, 2:00-8:00
• The de Young Poetry Series presents a reading by renowned poet Jorie Graham, curated by Paul Hoover, de Young Museum, Koret Auditorium, Golden Gate Park, SF, $12/$8 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco members, including museum admission, 7:00-8:30 (415/750-7634, firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Acción Latina Presents:
El Tecolote Literary Series
October 6, 2 - 5 pm
El Tecolote Office - 2958 24th St., SF
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Hosted by Alfonso Texidor, Cesar Love and Eva Martinez
• Litquake presents Off the Richter Scale, Day One: "Hot Off the Press: Fresh First Books," with Emily Mitchell, Matt Richtel, Kaya Oakes, Colby Buzzell, Jessica Fisher, Austin Grossman, Kiara Brinkman, 11:00 a.m.; "Around the World in 60 Minutes," hosted by Olivia Sears, Center for the Art of Translation, with Ishmael Reed, Anita Amirrezvani, Peter Orner, Tess Uriza Holthe, Bharati Mukherjee, Marissa Handler, Siddharth Shangvi, noon; "Poet Palooza" with Jack Hirschman, Diane di Prima, Carolyn Miller, Tung-Hui Hu, Chana Bloch, Camille Dungy, D.A. Powell, 1:00; "Gritty City: Where the Pavement Meets the Page," with Eddie Muller, Lisa Grey-Garcia, Rachel Howard, Justin Chin, Kim Addonizio, Kate Braverman, 2:00; San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, SF, free (www.litquake.org)
• Sterling James celebrates twenty years in Bay Area radio with a benefit party for Youth Speaks, live performances by Martin Luther, DJ Wisdom, Jennifer Johns, Youth Speaks, Broun Fellinis, hosted by Sterling James, The Independent, 628 Divisadero, SF, $20, 9:00-200 a.m. (www.ticketweb.com)
• Litquake presents Off the Richter Scale Day Two:
"Sunday Storytime," with fiction writers Ann Cummins, Alejandro Murguia, Sara Houghteling, Juvenal Acosta, Gayle Brandeis, Holly Shumas, Adam Johnson, 3:30; San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, SF, free (www.litquake.org)
• Arroz Con Palabras
Come have some delicious and sensational comida criolla (Puerto Rican food for the Latino illiterate) and listen to spoken word and live music, bring your instruments, maracas, congas, barriles, clave, guitar and your voice for an exquisite jam session at...
MUSIC OF THE WORD/LA PALABRA MUSICAL
Hosted by Avotcja and Eric Aviles
Sunday October 7, 2007
SOFRITO (Rico Pabon's restaurant)
3451 International Blvd @35th Ave (near Fruitvale BART)
SPANGLISH SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCE by
Paul S. Flores
CD RELEASE PARTY also for
For more info:
• Word Dancing features poets Carlos Ramirez and Noemi, open reading follows hosted by Jeanne Powell, It's A Grind Coffee House, 1800 Polk Street, SF, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/928-8904)
• Litquake presents a Porchlight event, "I'd Prefer Not to: Writers Talk About Day Job Hell," with Dave Eggers, Milta Ortiz, Alvin Orloff, Eric Spitznagel, Marta Acosta, Robert Mailer Anderson, Frank Portman, Cameron Tuttle, and Jack Boulware, Swedish-American Hall, 2174 Market Street, SF, $15 tickets available through Cafe du Nord, 7:30 (www.litquake.org, www.cafedunord.com)
• Litquake presents Lawrence Ferlinghetti signing Poetry As Insurgent Art, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, SF, 7:00 (415/863.8688)
• Reading in the Gallery presents Histories, with poets Norma Cole, Michael Palmer, creative nonfiction author Rebecca Solnit, recent paintings by Amy Trachtenberg, Brian Gross Fine Art, 49 Geary Street, Fifth Floor, SF, 7:00 (email@example.com)
• Acclaimed poet Diane di Prima reads from the new and expanded edition of her classic, Revolutionary Letters, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, SF, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
• National Book Award-winning poet Nathaniel Mackey, Splay Anthem, reads his poetry, accompanied by Hafez Modirzadeh on saxophone, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, $11 door/$8 advance, $19.40 with dinner, reserve in advance, 7:00 (831/427-2227)
• Litquake presents Litcrawl, readings at over thirty venues with over two hundred authors during three hours (6:00-9:00) down Valencia Street in the Mission, SF; 7:00-7:45: New World/New Words: Recent Writing from the Americas, bilingual reading of contemporary Latin American writing, featuring readings by local translators including Elizabeth Bell, Michael Koch, Tom Christensen, Anita Sagastegui, and John Oliver Simon, Encantada Gallery, 904 Valencia at 20th Street; 7:00: F&endash;STOP: Seal Press women authors read, Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 8:00-8:45: Small Press Distribution New Lit Generation reading with Joseph Lease, Eileen Tabios, Elaine Kahn, Dennis Somera, Tanea Lunsford, Eli Wolfe aka Pickleman, with a Poetry Trading Post, trade a poem for a free book, Marsh Cafe, 1070 Valencia; see web site for full Crawl schedule (www.litquake.org)
• Great night for all literature fans. Over 30 venues in the Mission in SF will have readings. Pass this on to any of your writer friends in the Bay Area, this is a great event to network at. Also stop by the links page on my personal site and check out a full list of Bay Area Open-mic nights for every day of the week.
More than 200 authors appear in a three-hour literary crawl through the heart of the Mission District. Three phases, each starting at the top of the hour, will carry you through our version of the traditional pub crawl, from bars and cafes to galleries, laundromats, and even a few bookstores. All Lit Crawl events are free; see specific venues for age restrictions.
Phase II: 7-7:45 pm
Elbo Room (21+), 647 Valencia Street
Small Press Fest: Small Presses, Local Lit Mags, Members of Ecstatic Monkey
Five Fingers Review: Susanne Dyckman, Brian Teare
Instant City: Jennifer Blowdryer, Scott Upper
Manic D Press: Jennifer Joseph, John Longhi
1111: Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Rusty Morrison
14 Hills: Antonio Fernandez, Jenny Pritchett
Switchback: Harbeer Sandhu, Valerie Witte
Come check it out and bring your friends. Also, stop by and check out my site at
• Contemporary Writers Series presents a reading by scholar, activist, and widely anthologized writer of fiction and poetry, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, New Indians, Old Wars, Mills College, Mills Hall Living Room, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, 5:30-7:00 (www.mills.edu)
• Edwidge Danticat reads from her memoir Brother, I'm Dying, Cody's Books, 1730 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 7:00 (510/559-9500, www.codysbooks.com)
• Rebecca Brown reads from the re-release of her first novel, The Haunted House, about growing up in an alcoholic family, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, SF, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, citylights.com)
• SFSU Poetry Center presents a poetry reading by Rae Armantrout and David Bromige, The Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin, at Geary, SF, $5, 7:30 (www.sfsu.edu/~poetry)
• Precita Eyes Muralists
Gala & Extravaganza!
Celebrating 30 Years of Community Mural Art
Featuring Honorary Co-Chairs Mayor Gavin Newsom,
Supervisor Tom Ammiano, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Lorna Dee Cervantes
w/ Steve Cervantes (music)
Saturday, October 20th
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
499 Alabama Street
(between 17th street and Mariposa)
Precita Eyes Muralists is celebrating 30 years of community mural arts on Saturday, October 20th, with an all out Extravaganza at the funky & fabulous Project Artaud. The Gala evening will feature a live mural painting performance, an exhibit and silent auction of works by 30 Master Muralists, live music, light refreshments, & much more!
Precita Eyes has created many of the finest public community murals in the country. We have painted more than 450 murals in schools, community centers, parks, and businesses around San Francisco/Bay Area and more than a dozen in other countries in collaboration with children, youth, families and residents that express the diverse voices and visions of the many communities that we have served.
Tickets are available now!
Call/Email to reserve space today!
For more information please call or stop by
Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center
2981 24th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110
• New location grand opening celebration with poets reading and music, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, SF, 1:00-8:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
• The Lane Lecture Series presents a colloquium with poet and memoirist Mark Doty, School of the Arts, Heaven's Coast, Stanford University, Terrace Room, Fourth Floor, Margaret Jacks Hall, Building 460, free and open to the public, 11:00 a.m. (650/725-1208, http://creativewriting.stanford.edu)
• Independent Press Spotlight: New American Writing and KRUPSKAYA are featured, with readings by Norma Cole, Kevin Killian, Brian Teare, and Rusty Morrison, Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia, between 15th and 16th Streets, SF, $5-$15 sliding scale, 7:30 (415/626-2787, www.theintersection.org)
• The Lane Lecture Series presents a poetry reading by Mark Doty, School of the Arts, Stanford University, Cubberley Auditorium, free and open to the public, 8:00 (650/725-1208, http://creativewriting.stanford.edu)
• Lawrence Ferlinghetti reads from his new book, Poetry As Insurgent Art, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, SF, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
• Reading series, Native American poets open mike, all welcome to listen, Creamery, New College, Valencia at 19th Street, SF, 7:00 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Screening of Canto a lo poeta: poet songs, a documentary film by Maria José Calderón about La Paya, a deeply rooted style of improvisational singing in Chile, and the singer-poets who keep the tradition alive, question session with the filmmaker follows, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $10/$8 students with ID, 8:00 (www.lapena.org)
• Reading by renowned poet Robert Hass, Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005, Monterey Peninsula College, Lecture Forum 103, $10, tickets available from the MPC Public Information Office or Humanities Office, BH-102, 7:00 (831/646-4057, or 646-4100)
• SFSU Poetry Center nocturnes series presents jazz poet Jayne Cortez artistically integreting word and music, appearing as Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters, featuring Denardo Coleman on drums, Al McDowell on bass and Bern Nix on guitar, with opening duo Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, voice-electronics, and Matana Roberts, saxophone, The Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street, at 16th Street BART, SF, $10, 7:30 (www.victoriatheatre.org)
• Poetry Center presents jazz poet Jayne Cortez in conversation with Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, voice-electronics artist, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, SF, free (for details to be announced: www.sfsu.edu/~poetry)
• Holloway Poetry Readings present a poetry reading by Amiri Baraka and Michael Bigley, University of California campus, Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall 315, Berkeley, 6:30 (http://holloway.english.berkeley.edu)
Thanks much to Poetry Flash.