Other Local Venues & Announcements

Note: these listings come unverified from a variety of sources and we urge that you check with the venue to assure that indeed it is being held as listed.


The Alive Contest is happening now -- only until 3/20 if you want to submit.

http://www.baybookfest.org/  is June 6-7 in Berkeley and will have a number of poets and lots of writers.  Advance tickets until May 15th.


                                                                                               Contact: Alisha (208) 456-2275
Poet sare Cordially Invited to Enter
Entries MUST BE receive by April  15, 2017
 THREE Grand Prize Winners will  receive $100 each, plus a certificate suitable for framing, entry to, plus a ticket to the Dancing Poetry Festival 2017, and be invited to read their Grand Prize Winning poem that will be choreographed, costumed, danced, and videotaped for you at the 2017 Dancing Poetry Festival, held at The Palace of the Legion of Honor - San Francisco, CA. Each Grand Prize Winner will be invited on stage for photos with the dancers
SIX  First Prizes will receive $50 each
TWELVE Second Prizes will receive $25 each
THIRTY Third Prizes will receive $10 each
Line Limit: 40 lines maximum (for ease of choreography). No limit on number of entries.
Poetry must be suitable for family audiences.
Send TWO typed, clear copies of each entry
Show name, address, telephone number, e-mail and how you heard about us on ONE copy only. (The anonymous copy goes to the judges. Judges decisions are final.)
Poems must be in English or include English translation
 Entry Fee: One poem for $5
                         Three poems for $10
   Make checks payable to Artists Embassy International

Poets outside the USA, please send an international postal money order in US dollars or US currency
No poems will be returned.
 Send all entries and fees to arrive by April 15, 2017, to:
AEI Contest Chair, Judy Cheung
704 Brigham Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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See Litseen.com for a wider listing of lit announcements beyond but including poetry


Bay Area Poets Coalition (BAPC) open reading, 3-5 minutes, first 
Saturday of the month, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Strawberry Creek Lodge,
1320 Addison Street, Berkeley. Park on the street, not in the SCL
parking lot. Check in at front desk for meeting location -- usually
4th Floor Movie Room. More info:
www.bayareapoetscoalition.org / (510) 527-9905

The Last Word Reading Series at Nefeli Caffe, 1854 Euclid Ave.
north of Hearst, Berkeley, every 2nd Friday of the month.
Featured poets followed by an open reading. Admission free, but
one-drink or one-plate minimum is suggested. Cafe phone is
(510) 841-6374. Co-hosts: Dale Jensen, Ralph Dranow, John
Rowe, Grace Grafton.

Frank Bette Center for the Arts has poetry readings on the 2nd and
4th Saturday of every month, 7-9 pm, features followed by open
mic, 1601 Paru at Lincoln in Alameda.  Hosted by Jeanne Lupton.

Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review article on local readings series now
available on line at 
Check out the rest of the fabulous issue while you're at it! 

Spanish, Spanglish y Lo Que Sea, 3:–5 PM. Cesar Chavez Branch Library,
Oakland. 3301 E 12th and 33rd    ave. r (donations for flyers accepted).
 Hosted by Avotcja. Features plus open mic,1st and 3rd Sundays

Expressions Art Gallery reading, feature plus open mike. Refreshments
served. Expressions is located at 2035 Ashby Avenue near the Ashby
BART station in Berkeley. 7-9PM on the 3rd Friday of the month.

Poetry Unbound, feature poets and brief open mic, first Sunday of the
month, Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.  $5. Also has cultural, musical & other events, check arthouse2905@gmail.com  (510) 472-3170

Poetry Diversified meets at Estrellitas Cafe & Bar
446 E. 12th St. (@ 5th Ave.), Oakland, CA 94607
On 1st Fridays of each month, sign-up &:30 pm, starts at 8 pm
info: (510) 508-3523

Other Events may be found at a variety of sites:
On UCB Campus: Lunch Readings: All readings are open to the public and free. More information regarding the Holloway readings can be found on-line at UC Berkeley English Holloway. More information regarding the Lunch Poems readings can be found on-line athttp://lunchpoems.berkeley.edu/
Although perhaps redundant to most, included below is BPAC’s  email, which contains a more extensive listing of various local events:

1974 ~ 40th Anniversary ~ 2014 


In Memoriam: Alameda Poet Laureate MARY RUDGE (1928-2014)



Write a  "POEM-A-DAY" -- If you want to challenge yourself by writing a poem every day and sharing it in a supportive online community, go to www.nicenet.org and look for class titled FEBRUARY FOIBLES run by JANNIE DRESSER. Use the following code (cut and paste it) to sign on: S354377F46
Questions: janniedres@att.net


SAN FRANCISCO PEACE AND HOPE  is an online publication that promotes peace through poetry, writing and visual art. Now accepting submissions for the 2014 edition:http://sfpeaceandhope.com/submissions.html

Every Monday, 7:00-9:00 PM POETRY EXPRESS at HIMALAYAN FLAVORS RESTAURANT, 1585 University Ave. (at California St.), Berkeley.  Open reading before and after the features. Hosts: JIM BARNARD, NANCE WOGAN, ODILIA GALVAN RODRIGUEZ, JAN DEDERICK & BRUCE BAGNELL. email: poetryexpress@gmail.com

Open Mic sign-up 6:30 PM, Reading 6:45 PM: RIVERTOWN POETS (meets first Monday of EVERY month) at the AQUS CAFE, 189 H St., Petaluma. Hosted by SANDRA ANFANG. email: wrdpntr51@gmail.com


1st Wednesday 1:00-4:00 PM ELDER VOICES PERFORMANCE & OPEN MIC SERIES (every 1st Wednesday of the month) at NORTH BERKELEY SENIORCENTER, Multi-purpose Room, 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Followed by the Open Mic with up to 10 minutes each, in your own style and form: music, prose, poetry, dance, politics, comedy, memoirs, slice of life comments and anything else we can think up or conjure up, scripted or spontaneous. Call Joan Gatten (510) 234-0727 to sign up for the open mic or sign up at the door. Also, volunteer help is needed for this series -- contact Joan for more info.


1ST THURSDAY LIT NIGHTS at JULIE'S COFFEE & TEA GARDEN (upstairs), 1223 Park St., Alameda  (510) 865-2385

BAPC member JANET LEE BUTLER invites everyone to Julie’s every first Thursday of the month for Literary Nights -- whether you come to be inspired or to be the inspiration, the Muse awakens in Alameda! Sign up to read from your own work (or a favorite author’s), or simply grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the litterateurs as they share their pieces. 
Pieces do not have to be original (please state author’s name, if not your own) and can be from any genre -- fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, etc.
Common courtesy and respect is expected and appreciated during the readings. Critiques, though welcome, are not an official part of the Lit night, so please do so privately and discreetly.
For further details/questions/comments please email Janet:  


First Fridays at POETRY DIVERSIFIED "One of Oakland's Longest Running Poetry Series" at ESTRELLITAS CAFE & BAR, 446 E. 12th St. (@ 5th Ave.), Oakland. All Ages Welcome. No Cover. Delicious Mexican Food. Hosted by TRES SANTOS. Come sing, dance, recite poetry, spout spoken word, play your instrument, act out a scene, tell a joke or two. Hey, just do YOUR thing... Contact: jokwadi@yahoo.com


2nd Saturdays,:  RANDOM ACTS Open Mic at READERS’ BOOKS, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma, CA - Tel: (707) 939-1779 (Come a little early to Sign Up.)  
Random Acts at Sonoma’s Readers’ Books on 2nd Saturdays was created in order to pay for the expense of creating an outdoor “reading patio” at the rear of the bookstore. This open microphone continues to slowly reduce the “Readers’ Patio” bill month by month as well as adding a place at which local writers can voice four and a half minutes’ worth of work to an enthused audience.  
For the cost of five dollars, a writer or musician is able to listen to the best which her/his contemporaries can deliver as well as being able to deliver to that audience her/his own material. 
Random Acts saves a bookstore, creates a lit-space, and warms an audience. For further info, contact: Catherine Sevenau:  RandomActs.Sonoma@gmail.com


2nd/4th Saturdays, at FRANK BETTE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 1601 Paru St., Alameda. Featured poets followed by an open mic. Hosted by JEANNE LUPTON: jeany98@aol.com  
Also, CATHY DANA hosts a Storytelling Swap on 3rd Thursdays at FBCFTA. 
Donations welcome. Get more info about these ongoing events and other programs/classes:


Sundays, VALONA DELI 2ND SUNDAY POETRY SERIES 3:00-5:00 PM, 1323 Pomona St., Crockett, CA.. Open mic follows after break. Hosted by CONNIE POST. Info: connie@poetrypost.com -- Stay after the reading for live music with the TERRY HENRY JAZZ TRIO.

ALAMEDA ISLAND POETS  1st Wednesday of the month at BOOKS, INC., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Locations of the monthly AIP readings may vary month to month. All are welcome. Series coordinated by NANETTE BRADLEY DEETZ. For more info: (510) 995-8698 / nanettedeetz@comcast.net

every 2nd Thursday ongoing, 3-4:45 PM: ELDER VOICES ORAL HISTORY WORKING GROUP / Oral History Workshop Attendees / Folks interested in Oral History
NORTH BERKELEY SENIOR CENTER, 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley - Health Room. This oral history working group is available for anyone interested in interviewing or being interviewed and recorded, for: historical documentation, linking with participation in social movements, for leaving a legacy of life works, for family and friends, etc. -- Joan Gatten, Elder Voices (510) 234-0727


NEFELI CAFFE, 1854 Euclid Avenue, a little north of Hearst, in Berkeley, as part of the LAST WORD READING SERIES (happening every 2nd Friday of the month). Cafe phone is (510) 841-6374. There is also an open reading  Admission is free, but a one-drink or one-plate minimum is suggested. DALE JENSEN, RALPH DRANOW, JOHN ROWE, GRACE GRAFTON are co-hosts.


5:00-7:00 PM: THE MUSIC OF THE WORD (LA PALABRA MUSICAL), join us the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month (still in English, Spanish, Spanglish y Lo Que Sea) at new location: CAFÉ LEILA (organic menu & fair trade products), 1724 San Pablo Ave. @ Delaware, Berkeley. (510) 525-7544. Hosted by AVOTCJA. (Donations accepted & don’t forget to bring your Congas, Guiros, Maracas, Panderetas etc.).. www.Avotcja.org or email:LaVerdadMusical@yahoo.com


 8:00-10:00 PM: POETRY at KNOW KNEW BOOKS at its new location at 366 State St., Los Altos, CA  (650) 326-9355. The series is held on the 3rdSunday of the month. 2/16 Featured poet: MARVIN R. HIEMSTRA followed by open mic. Hosted by: SHERRI ROSE-WALKER: sherrirose-walker@hotmail.com


The POETRY SERIES (last Saturday of the month, typically) at FLOREY'S BOOK COMPANY, 2120 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica. 2/22 Featured poets: WENDY BRADY, DAN BRADY & CLARA HSU followed by a break, then open mic. Coordinated and hosted by SHERRI ROSE-WALKER: sherrirose-walker@hotmail.com


Check out BAPC member CHERISE WYNEKEN'S online poetry column:

Cherise says: "My aim is to introduce our wonderful poets to the community, give readers a good poem to read, and help those who don't understand poetry, learn to love it."


JANNIE DRESSER offers Bay Area salons/classes/workshops:
or email: janniedres@att.net


Links to community calendars of poetry events:


JOHN ROWE, President
1791 Solano Ave. #A11
Berkeley, CA  94707-2209
(510) 527-9905

Scott Hernandez-Jason, University Communications

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