1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30      

Bay Area calendars
for Poetry, Art and Literature Events
Poetry Flash
The Poetry Center (SFSU)
SF Station
SF Arts
The Poet's One-Page Guide
San Francisco's Open Mic Poetry Scene.

Peace & Justice Calendars
Global Exchange  
Bay Area IndymediaSF
for upcoming civic actions

star*ART  *FILM  (current movie calendars)
Open Mic   starRADIO and more.

One Heart = Love in ActionLOVE in ACTION Projects
 events on the calendar that show  this  little red heart are what  S. F. Heart  calls  love in action  projects, benefits, fundraiser's for good causes.

Petaluma Poetry Walk Geri Digiorno

San Francisco Mime Troupe
San Francisco    415-285-1717
Please contribute to the San Francisco Mime Company so they can continue their Love In Action performancesall donations are tax deductible

 Bay Area Literacy
 California Poets in the Schools

  Haight Ashbury Literary Review
  E-Mail or 415-751-9226
  Indigo Hotchkiss

  Ambush Review   submissions
  1859 Powell St, #122
  San Francisco, CA   94133
  Editors: Bob Booker -Patrick Cahill

 Out Of Our Poetry Magazine'

 North Coast Literary Review
  Online submission for print journal

To Submit an Event
2015 is the 18th Anniversary of
S.F. and the 9th year of the
San Francisco Art and Poetry Calendar


The Beat Goes On!
Please support the Venues found within the San Francisco Art and Poetry Calendar each month who are providing space for our local artists, poets, writers, musicians and other creative individuals to do what they love.

*Alliance Française of San Francisco
(1345 Bush Street
San Francisco - map

Adobe Books,
826 Valencia
San Francisco

Alley Cat Books
3036 24th St.
San Francisco

*Art House Gallery & Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, Ca.

Beat Museum
540 Broadway
North Beach
San Francisco

Bird & Beckett Books
and Cultural Legacy Project

653 Chenery St.
bet. Diamond and Castro
San Francisco

1644 Haight St.
San Francisco

Book Club of California
312 Sutter Street
San Francisco
(415) 781-7532

California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco

Center for New Music
55 Taylor St.
San Francisco
(map and hours)
(415) 275-2466

City Arts & Lectures
upcoming events

*City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco
(415) 362-8193

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco

De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco

Folio Books
3957 24th Street
San Francisco

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison Street

Galería de la Raza
2857 24th Street
San Francisco

Green Apple Books
506 Clement St.
San Francisco

Green Apple Books on the Park
1231 9th Ave
San Francisco

The Green Arcade
1680 Market St,
San Francisco

La Promenade Cafe
3643 Balboa St.@38th Ave

Luna's Press & Bookstore
3790 Mission St
San Francisco

Mechanic's Institute Library
57 Post St.
San Francisco

*Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission Street
San Francisco (map)

Modern Times Bookstore Collective
2919 24th St at Florida
San Francisco

Nourse Theater
275 Hayes Street
San Francisco

Readers Bookstore,
Fort Mason Building C
Fort Mason Center
San Francisco

Palace of the Legion of Honor
Lincoln Park
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco

Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco

Sacred Grounds Cafe
2095 Hayes @ Cole
San Francisco

*San Francisco Main Library
Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin
San Francisco (map)

San Francisco Center for the Book

SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s
2097 Turk Street @ Lyon
San Francisco map
(415) 454.5238

SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St.
(between 8th & 9th)
San Francisco

Unitarian Universalist Society
1187 Franklin St (@ Geary)
San Francisco.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
San Francisco
(415) 978-2700







  • Friday September 4, 2015
  • 4:30 PM
  • Writer’s Studio
  • 195 DeHaro 15th St.
  • San Francisco
  • Two-Way Mirror – A Poetry Notebook
  • with David Meltzer
  • a class at California College of Arts
  • open and free to the public
  • A talk and open conversation with participants
  • to exploresome of the basic mysteries of poetry
  • & poetics. Material covered will come from David
  • Meltzer’s book,'Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook'
  • (published by Berkeley's Oyez Press in 1977, and
  • reprintedin an amended edition by City Lights in
  • March 2015).The book will be available for
  • purchase by the participants.

  • Friday. September. 4, 2015
  • 5:00 - 8:30 pm
  • M.H. de Young Museum
  • 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
  • San Francisco

  • Friday. September. 4, 2015
  • 7pm
  • Beat Museum
  • 540 Broadway
  • North Beach
  • San Francisco
  • Cara Vida, Michael Koch,
  • Rebecca Peters collage
  • and Alejandro MurguIa.
  • Poet Laureate of San Francisco
  • Ye culture vultures of refined disposition, you’re not
  • going to want to miss this one, at the Beat Museum:
  • three very original voices from out the depths and
  • breaths of poetry will deliver unto the public altar the
  • treasures and jewels they have ferreted out of the
  • soil and mists of human complexity.

  • Reception - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - for fresh art
  • and live conjunction with the North
  • Beach First Fridays Art Walk.
  • ~*~
  • OPENING: Friday, September 4, 2015, 6:00 pm– 9:00 pm
  • Saturday September 5, 2015
  • Doors at 7:00pm.
  • Show at 7:30_10:00 pm
  • Red Poppy Art House
  • 2698 Folsom St.
  • San Francisco
  • Daniel Riera Ensemble: “The Wind Controller:”
  • Future Flutist With Electric Ensemble
  • Featuring:Daniel Riera – wind controller, flute
  • Parker Grant – keyboards - Schuyler Karr – bass
  • Dame Drummer – drums, sampler
  • Get a sneak peak at his productions here and here.
  • Tickets will not be sold in advance for this event.
  • Please arrive at the Red Poppy when doors open
  • to purchase tickets.$10-20
  • All ages welcome.

  • Saturday September 5, 2015
  • 7:00 pm-9:30 pm
  • La Promenade Cafe
  • 3643 Balboa Street
  • San Francisco

  • Sunday September 6, 2015
  • 11:00 a.m.-5:00
  • San Francisco County Fair Building
  • Hall of Flowers
  • 1199 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way
  • Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
  • SF ZINE FEST 2015
  • Zine Fest
  • presents exhibitors with do-it yourself
  • ethos, including independent writers,
  • artists, and creators from across the
  • San Francisco Bay Area, Nomadic Press
  • will exhibit, guest of honor: print-comic
  • artist Madeleine Flores,
  • Free admission!

  • POETS!
  • Featured Poet Alice Rogoff Alicehas been doing
  • serious work in poetry for decades, is an editor
  • of the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal and she
  • even sings with the San Francisco Rockin'
  • Solidarity Labor Chorus.
  • She'll read some new work and some classic
  • work, which will be followed by an open mic
  • hosted by Jerry Ferraz
    1st & 3rd Mondays poetry series

  • Tuesday September 8, 2015
  • 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm
  • Park Branch Library (downstairs)
  • 1833 Page St.
  • bet. Cole and Shrader
  • San Francisco
  • On the Page, Off the Page
  • 0n the Page,Off the Page Open Mic
  • hosted by RICHARD IVANHOE
  • Open Mic Poetry (music is also ok),
  • Food for the Body, the Mind and the Spirit.
  • Come and join us, downstairs.
  • Eat, drink, listen, perform. Invite your friends

  • Stars Seen in Person:
  • A Tribute to John Wieners
  • Garrett Caples, Michael Seth Stewart
  • and Friends.Celebrating the release of
  • "Stars Seen in Person:
  • Selected Journals of John Wieners;"
  • edited by Michael Seth Stewart
  • introduction by Michael Seth Stewart
  • preface by Ammiel Alcalay.
  • Free!

  • Wednesday September 9, 2015
  • 3:00 pm
  • Jack Foley
  • "Cover to Cover"
  • KPFA 94.1 FM
  • Tribute to Harold Norse, Part Two

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015,
  • 6:30 pm sign up ~ readings until 9:50 pm
  • Sacred Grounds Cafe
  • 2095 Hayes @ Cole
  • San Francisco
  • Sacred Grounds Poetry Series
  • Featuring BOB CLIFFORD
  • hosted by Dan Brady
  • Dan Brady:
  • Good food and fine poetry since 1972

  • Short Films Screening:
  • Taking inspiration from their own experience as racially targeted people, a group of teenagers decide to stage the history of the US Civil Right Movement in order to understand how to cope with racial brutality of German police and
  • society. The film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Donation $5 ~
  • * Documentary film screening as part of the exhibition “Homestory Deutschland Black Biographies in Historica
  • l and Present Times"

  • Join City Lights Books and the
  • Book Club of California to celebrate the
  • release of A Manual for Cleaning Women:
  • Selected Stories, by Lucia Berlin.
  • Edited by Stephen Emerson.
  • Foreword by Lydia Davis.
  • Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  • Opening statement by Stephen Emerson,
  • with readings by Gloria Frym, Barry Gifford,
  • Alastair Johnston, August Kleinzahler,
  • Jim Nisbet, and Michael Wolfe.
  • Free !

  • Wednesday September 9, 2015
  • 7:30 pm
  • Nourse Theater
  • 275 Hayes Street
  • San Francisco
  • book coverPart of Our Lives:
  • A People's History of the American Public Library with author Wayne Wiegand whose
  • new book views the history of the American public library through theeyes of its users, and presents many more reasons why people love these ubiquitous institutions than
  • are cited by information technology experts whotend to see only one
  • future for libraries.

  • The House of Twenty Thousand Books
  • with Author Sasha Abramsky
  • in conversation with writer David Biale
  • This is the story of Chimen Abramsky, an extraordinary polymath and bibliophile who amassed a vast collection
  • of socialist literature and Jewish history. For more than
  • fifty years Chimen and his wife, Miriam, hosted epic gatherings in their house of books that brought together
  • many of the age’s greatest thinkers...
  • Members Free Public $15 ~ Public $15

  • Thurday Sptember 10, 2015
  • Mirus Gallery
  • 540 Howard Street
  • San Francisco
  • Artist Talk and Closing Reception
  • Join us for an artist talk with Casey Cripe as we
  • bring his solo show ONE IS ALL IS ONE to a close.
  • Last Chance
  • from Casey Cripe

  • (Through Saturday, September 12)
  • The evening will begin with the debut screening
  • of the exhibition video, followed by an artist talk
  • led by special guest moderator and a guided tour,
  • and end with Q&A from guests.
  • Light refreshments will be served;
  • Interview and video by Peter H. Lee.view the exhibition
    video teaser for a sense of what will be discussed, 
  • RSVP on facebook

  • Thurday Sptember 10, 2015
  • 6:30 pm
  • Readers Bookstore
  • Building C
  • Fort Mason Center
  • San Francisco
  • Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series
  • The Readers series is curated by former
  • San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman
  • sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
  • Wheelchair accessible (free & open to the Public)
  • The American Plate with Libby O'Connell
  • A Culinary History in 100 Bites.
  • Emmy Award-winning documentary producer and chief historian for the History Channel and A+E Networks,
  • Libby H. O’Connell, introduces readers to lost American
  • food traditions. Tracing the history of the United States through a series of 100 iconic dishes and delicacies (or Bites), O’Connell offers a unique multilayered overview
  • of the American people and the transformation of their palates from the 1400s to today.

  • Friday. September. 11, 2015
  • 5:00 - 8:30 pm
  • M.H. de Young Museum
  • 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
  • San Francisco

  • Friday. September. 11, 2015
  • Beat Museum
  • 540 Broadway
  • North Beach
  • San Francisco
  • COPUS Album Release
    with Royal Kent & Wendy Loomis
  • an evening of poetry, music, scintillating conversation,
  • and general revelry celebrating the release of their
  • latest album, Aspects.
  • COPUS is a spoken word/world beat ensemble formed
  • by renowned San Francisco poet/spoken word artist
  • Royal Kent and award-winning composer/pianist
  • Wendy Loomis,wih flutist Monica, with Williams, bassist Patrick Mahon, drummer Greg McRay, and various
  • guest artists on percussion and vocals.


  • Saturday September 12, 2015
  • Modern Eden Gallery
  • 801 Greenwich Street
  • San Francisco
  • Saturday September 12, 2015
  • September 12–October 3, 2015
  • Brian Gross Fine Art
  • 248 Utah Street
  • San Francisco
  • opening Reception ~ 3–5 pm, and an artist’s talk at 3:30 pm. September 12–October 3, 2015
  • a solo exhibition of work by
  • Santa Fe artist Meridel Rubenstein
  • (September 12- October 31, 2015)
  • pPhotography by Meridel Rubenstein
  • On view will be ten new photoworks from
  • The Volcano Cycle the second part of
  • Rubenstein’s three-part seriesEden Turned
  • on its Side ~In The Volcano Cycle


  • Sunday September 13, 2015
  • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • 390 27th Street
  • Oakland, Ca.

  • Rumi’s Caravan Returns to Oakland
  • Recitation of world poetry
  • with Doug Von Koss, Barry and Maya Spector,
  • Larry Robinson,Kay Crista and Maurice Wren
  • and musicians Christine Tulis and Kem Stone
  • For fifteen years Rumi’s Caravan has inspired audiences,weaving together poems by Rumi,
  • Hafez, Machado, Rilke, Yeats, Mary Oliver,Joy Harjo,
  • Naomi Shihab Nye, David Whyte and other poets
  • across the world.
  • TICKETS: $15.00/Advance, $25. at the door
  • All of our performances benefit local non-profit
  • organizations.This year, we are proud to partner
  • with Youth Speaks (,



Susan Birkeland star
1961 ~ 2006
City of Love
Tony Vaughanstar
1947 ~ 2008
After An Evening of Poetry and Wine
& Approaching Desire
George Tsongas star
(1927 - January 2010)
The City is a Dream
John Dowling star
(Aug. 7, 1956 -. Dec.16, 2012)
The Revolution in North Beach
Joie Cookstar
(Nov. 4, 1951 ~ Feb. 24, 2013)
There Are Nights in San Francisco
Don Brennan star
(1935 ~ March 18, 2013)
Spirit Walk &
Old World Cafes

Don Altadena star
Foghorns bloom,
we break upon meaning
Jerry Ferrazstar
Richard Hack star
Three poems
Leonard Irving star
Bleak Morning on Jones Street
Paul Leclerc star
Porter prospectus
Rosemary Manno
What the Beatniks Saw in North Beach
& Ode To Michelangelo Park at Twilight
Bill Mercerstar
Vesuvio's North Beach
Jane Rades star
My Adopted City
Ronald Sauer star
The San Francisco Renaissance
Mark Schwartz star
All the Critical Mass bicycles
confiscated should be: &
There was a little alley
in San Francisco
Mike Aguzinstar
420 and a Vision & Cheer
Kim Shuck star
On Columbus
Mia Kirsi Stageberg star
Angels of San Francisco- 2,4&5
Vince Storti star
Walking Woman 1 &
Mime Troupe Witness 1
Peter Sherburn-Zimmerstar
Broadway Queen & what may a poem be?


peace signALLEN COHEN Poetry
April 23,1941 ~April 30, 2004
The Decline & Fall of San Francisco
by Allen Cohen

Dan Harrington Dec 12 2012
 Offering For A Friend by Jerry Ferraz
 Enchantment by Peter Sherburn Zimmer

* John Ross (1938-2011)
* Victor Martinez (1954-2011)
* Carlos Ramirez (1938-2013)
by Jorge Argueta

Jehanah Wedgewood
(1941- Nov, 2010)
George Tsongas
(1927 - January 2010)
Patricia Carr Lamerdin
(Aug. 15, 1926 - Nov. 9, 2009

Mar. 24, 1935- June 3, 2009
Harold Norse
July 6, 1916 - June 8, 2009
by Neeli Cherkovski
Vampyre Mike
Dec. 3, 1953 - Mar. 22, 2008
Nov. 1940 - May 2007


Sept 5, 1957
On the Road, is published. Jack wrote in fits of inspiration that lasted for days, fueled by amphetamine binges & lack of sleep. The entire process took 20 days & ended with a single spaced, 120-foot long scroll.

September 9,1966 --
San Francisco Oracle begins publication. See San Francisco Oracle

San Francisco Oracle

September 22, 1985
September 22, 1985The first Farm Aid
concert, organized principally by Willie Nelson, was held with more than 50 musicians raising $9 million for debt-ridden U.S. farmers.

Farm Aid 2014 - was held Sept. 13, 2014
in Raleigh, North Carolina at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre.
read more and listen

September 25, 1965 ~ ”Eve of Destruction”, sang by
Barry McGuire top of the charts
Hear Barry sing it HERE (youtube)

September 29, 2001
Some 7,000 people marched for peace in Washington DC while an estimated
7-10 thousand marched in San Francisco. They marched to mourn terrorist victims, and to urge the nation to heal poverty and injustice that fuels global violence instead of focusing on military revenge.


Blaise EndearsSept. 1, 1887 ~born, Frederic Louis Sause in La Choux Fond's, Neufchatel, Switzerland and better known as Blaise Endears was naturalized French in 1916. He was a novelist and poet, soldier, mechanic, traveler, and film-maker. His writing was of considerable influence in the modernist movement.
Blaise Endears  ( an interview in
ladies and gentleman -blaise endears is not dead by patti smith

"I am haunted by no phantoms.
It is rather that the ashes I stir up contain the crystallization that hold the image (reduced or synthetic) of the living and impure beings that they constituted before the intervention of the fire. If life has a meaning, this image
(from the beyond?) has perhaps some significance. That is what I should
like to know. And it is why I write."

Blaise Cendrars

September 2, 1928
Horace Silverborn, Horace Silver, musician, composer. the heart of the hard bop era, was greatly influenced various boogie woogie piano by
players, and the bebop pianists Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk.

"Jazz is not background music.
You must concentrate in order to
get the most out of it.
You must absorb it."
Horace Silver

September 5, 1912
John Cageborn on this day, John Cage , an American composer, philosopher and poet who was also active as a visual artist, and lover of mushrooms. He was a pioneer of chance music, electronic music and non-standard use of musical instruments, and one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde.
About Indeterminacy

"Get yourself out of whatever cage you find yourself in."...John Cage

September 7, 1860
Grandma Moses, an american artist was born this day. She began professional painting at the age of 78 and was nearly 100 when she found fame. She began painting after abandoning a career in embroidery because of arthritis. she died on December 13,1961.
The Legacy of Grandma Moses

September 10, 1912 ~ born in Sacramento, Calif. poet , artist, William Everson (later known as Brother Brother AntoninusAntonius, the Beat Friar), conscientious objector during World War II, poet of the San Francisco Renaissance and also literary critic and small press printer. Brother Antonius was a poet of conscience and consciousness of self, his verse mapping his extraordinary inner journey as social activist, Dominican brother, and preeminent religious and philosophical poet. William Everson
Two Poems ~ seed * soul*

Ben ShahnSept. 12, 1898 ~born, Ben Shahn, a Lithuanian-born American painter, teacher, graphic artist, and photographer, devoted to the figurative tradition. He was best known for his works of social realism, and his left-wing political views and was one of the more significant social critics among painters of the 20th century.
Art as Activism: The Compelling Paintings of Ben Shahn youtube

Sept. 17, 1883~ born, poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright, William Carlos Williams. William Carlos WilliamsA Poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright. William Carlos Williams is often said to have been one of the principal poets of the Imagist movement. He began writing poetry while a student in Horace Mann High School, having he made the decision to become both a writer and a doctor. (image above is a self portrait)
William Carlos Williams 1883–1963

September 17, 193~ born, Ken Keseyauthor Ken Kesey, a Counter-cultural link between the Beats (1950s) and the hippies-(1960s) While Kesey was a graduate student in creative writing at Stanford University, he volunteered to take part in a government drug research program at Menlo Park Veterans Hospital that tested a variety of psychoactive drugs such as LSD, which was legal at the time. His
debut novel was One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

There are going to be times when we can't wait for somebody. Now, you're either on the bus or off the bus. If you're on the bus, and you get left behind, then you'll find it again. If you're off the bus in the first place — then it won't make a damn. ~ Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968)

September 18, 1905
born, Actress Greta Garbo was born on this day
Greta Garbo
Legendary Greta Garbo

September 19, 1911 --
born, William Golding in Cornwall, England. British novelist, poet, playwright, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1983 for his novel Lord of the Flies which had been turned down by 21 publishers before it was finally published in 1954.

September 21, 1866
born, H.G. Wells, author & futurist, in Bromley, Kent, England. English novelist, journalist, sociologist, socialist & historian. Wells wrote over a hundred of books, about fifty of them novels. best known for his science-fiction novels, "War of the Worlds", Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.

"A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own."
H. G. Wells

September 21, 1934
Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and artist. Leonard Cohen ~ * ~
Poetry and Art from the scrapbooks ...directly from Leonard Cohen

September 21, 1945
American poet and educator, Kay Ryan was born on this day. She is the sixteenth Poet Laureate of the United States.

September 23, 1926
Jazz legend John Coltrane was born on this day

September 26, 1898
George Gershwin was born on this day. on Wikipedia

September 30, 1943
Steve Arnsten, san Francisco Poet piano maestro born on this day.


(October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962
e.e. Cummingse.e cummings, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and\ playwright. His body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays and several essays, as well as numerous drawings and paintings
ee cumming is remembered as an eminent voice of 20th century poetry. He died of a stroke age 67.
 ee cummings poems on sfheart.comand from spiralling ecstatically this

September 14, 1984
Richard Brautigan,Poet Richard Brautigan, a suicide (age 49)
Remembering Broutigan by Allen Cohen

Kitka is a celebrated women’s vocal arts ensemble inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe. The octet has earned international recognition for its earthy to ethereal timbres evoking an astonishing range of subtle to extreme inner states, instincts, and emotions.

September 18, 1970
Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
died of an accidental barbiturate overdose in London.

(wilipedia) -Jimi's official site

September 23, 1973
Chilean writer, poet. diplomat, and politician Pablo Neruda died on this day.

Take bread away from me,
if you wish,  take air away,
but  do not take from me
your laughter. ~ Neruda

Sept. 27, 2008
Tony Vaughan, San Francisco poet artist, musician left through the Golden Doors he had dreamed of not long before he died.

Celebrating a life well lived
by Tony Long
Memorial for Tony Vaughan,
S.F. poet, painter
by Jesse Hamlin,

poems & paintings
by Tony Vaughan

poems & paintings by Tony Vaughan
A Thief of Flames by Tony Vaughan
Book designed by his good friend,
artist Diane Fenster

S.F.History for September









Some seed in me, 
Some troublous birth,
Like an awkward awakening,
stirs into life.

Terrible and instinctive
It touches my guts.
I fear and resist it,
Crouch down on my norms, a man's
Patent assurances.

I don't know its nature.
I have no term for it.
I cannot see its shape.
But, there, inscrutable,
Just underground,
Is the long-avoided tatency.

Like the mushrooms in the oak wood,
Where the high-sloped mountain
Benches the sea,
When the faint rains of November
Damp down the duff,
Wakening their spores---
Like them,
Gross, thick and compelling,
What I fear and desire
Pokes up its head.

© William Everson




O vast potentiality unprobed!

Be touched! Be opened!

Be moved! Be crushed!

God, witholding being

Just out of grasp,

Do something!

Kiss or kill

But move me!...

I place my hand out.

Lead me!

I stop, thus.

Lead me!

Lead me!

© Brother Antonius




from spiralling ecstatically this

proud nowhere of earth’s most prodigious night
blossoms a newborn babe:around him,eyes
–gifted with every keener appetite
than mere unmiracle can quite appease–
humbly in their imagined bodies kneel
(over time space doom dream while floats the whole

perhapsless mystery of paradise)

mind without soul may blast some universe
to might have been,and stop ten thousand stars
but not one heartbeat of this child;nor shall
even prevail a million questionings
against the silence of his mother’s smile

–whose only secret all creation sings

ee cummings





FOREST BOOKS ~ Buchanan Plaza Japantown
1748 Buchanan Street bet. Post & Sutter Street San Francisco

Mon - Thus:12:00 pm - 8:00pm
Fri - Sat: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun:12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Forest Books logoIn 2013, Gregory Wood, proprietor of FOREST BOOKS in the mission for 23 years needed to find a new location for his Forest Books. Fortunately fate led him to a perfect location in Buchanan Plaza, in Japantown.
Forest Books has always been a serene oasis of curated exceptional quality used, out of print and rare books in many genres of interest and I appreciate the orderliness with which they are displayed. An added benefit of my peaceful visits to Forest Books books is the peacefulness I feel there. As I leave returning to everyday life those good feelings linger and follow me into the rest of my day.

I have spoken with many people who have told me they found books they had been seeking for many years at Forest Books and I myself on the very first time I visited was excited to find a book on one of my favorite artists Ben Shahn edited by John D. Morse (1972). On my most recent visit, I was once again delighted to find a book I had wanted of Lew Welsh poetry in perfect condition.

Stop by and say hello to Gregory Wood and see for yourself the infinite variety of books he has available. Perhaps that book you have been searching for will be there waiting for you… in any case, I feel certain you will enjoy your visit... nicole,
Visit Forest Books website ~ Forest Books (Facebook)


Beatitude Magazine and the 1970's San Francisco Renaissance' star
(photo documentary) New Native Press 2014
star book cover
Cover photo © Thomas Rain Crowe
THOMAS RAIN CROWE, founder and editor of New Native Press was the main distributor and nuts and bolts guy for Beatitude magazine and press in the 1970s beginning with issue 21, and was the editor of Beatitude #25

Purchase now!








De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco

J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free
Works from the artist’s final years.
 The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons- Turner
J.M.W. Turner's 'The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16th October 1834.'

August 13 - September 30, 2015
Creativity Explored
3245 16th Street (at Guerrero)
San Francisco

 Remember That One? by Charles Cruz
(Remember That One? by Charles Cruz)
August 13 - September 30, 2015
Creativity Explored artists use music
as a source of inspiration.




San Francisco Center for the Book
375 Rhode Island Street
San Francisco

Be Enveloped
(July 17 thru October 4, 2015)
The exhibition seeks to engage visitors
to experience envelopes in myriad ways.

American Bookbinders Museum
355 Clementina Street
San Francisco

The Hand Bookbinders of California
43rd Annual Members’ Exhibition
American Bookbinders Museum
A showcase of members’ fine binding, artists’ books, historical structures, boxes and book conservation. Continues through September 13, 2015.  Mondays-Fridays or by appointment,
10am to 4pm.

Dolby Chadwick gallery
210 Post Street, Suite 205
San Francisco

Michael Kenna ~ Forms of Japan
September 3 — 26, 2015
Michael Kenna ~ Forms of Japan
(Sadakichi's Docks, Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan)


De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco

The Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue
San Francisco map

Live Worms Gallery
1345 Grant Avenue
San Francisco

111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna Street
San Francisco

540 Howard Street
San Francisco

Galeria de la Raza
2857 24th Street
San Francisco (map)





Please give your SUPPORT to our independent Theaters

275 Capp Street,
San Francisco

Oddball Films actively works to present rarely screened genres of cinema as well as avant-garde and ethno-cultural documentaries which expand the boundaries of conventional cinema. Thursday & Fridays
Weekly screenings of offbeat cinema.
8pm Screenings - $10. - Nights!
Tickets: $10.00 - Limited seating RSVP or 415-558-8117
OddBall Theatre front door 275
* please note: Oddball films is upstairs in an attic warehouse of film cans - there are Stairs - NO Elevator and it may not be comfortable for allergy sufferers or people with claustrophobia

Every Tuesday | 6:45 pm
The Alliance Française
of San Francisco

1345 Bush Street
San Francisco

The Alliance Française of San Francisco
offers a weekly Tuesday night French film..To help non-French speakers discover French cinema, all films are screened with English subtitles, $8. donation is suggested.





Friday, Aug. 28- Thursday, Sep 3
Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street (at Valencia)

Film - Listen TO  Me Marlon
Directed by Stevan Riley, 95min, 2015.
The definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. No talking heads, no interviewes, just Brando on Brando and life.



Love in Action eventLOVE IN ACTION

The Prisoners Literature Project
The Prisoners Literature Project
Volunteer With Us

these three special programs are excellent example of Love in Action
California Poets in the Schools

826 Valencia the Writing Center
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
 Since opening in 2006, they have enlisted help from hundreds of qualified volunteer tutors eager to teach students in the area.   
 Volunteer now »

The Imagine Bus
The Imagine Bus

bringing arts education
where it's needed most

Children's Creativity Museum ~
221 Fourth Street ~ San Francisco

Creativity Explored ~
(where art changes lives) ~
3245 Sixteenth St ~
San Francisco (map)

Red Poppy Art House programs offered my Red Poppy Art House for families and the children exemplify Love in Action!RED POPPY ART HOUSE ~ FAMILY ART PROGRAM,
Saturdays 1pm-4pm, you can find the corner of 23rd and Folsom bursting with  color and vibrance as children and families exercise their creative freedom in an open outdoor forum.
All Activities are FREE unless otherwise listed. All are welcome. Come by if you can!
This program aspires to bring the community’s children and families together to partake in artistic endeavors that include diverse artistic and educational perspectives
Todas las actividades del programa de Arte en Familia son GRATIS a menos que esté indicado en el calendario.Calendar activities are subject to change.
Las actividades están sujetas a cambio. Revise la página web.



Wednesday: 3:00 pm
JACK FOLEY's"Cover to Cover"
KPFA 94.1 FM
streaming audio

Every Friday -Noon to 3pm
AVOTCJA On The Radio &
The World Wide Web
La Veda Musical/The Musical Truth
playing the best of African, Caribbean, Jazz, Bomba, Plena & Latin dance.


Friday 3pm- 6pm
Diamond Dave Whitaker's
OPEN MIC with co-host Global Val Ibarra broadcasting live from Mutiny Radio at
2781 21st St. (@Florida St.) in
San Francisco.
Index of /Diamond Dave
starVAL IBARRA is a member of KPFA's
Women's Magazine and once a month
produces and hosts their excellent weekly
show on 94.1 &, Monday 1-2pm -
Podcast's for ALL shows, including Women's Magazine with Global Val - in association with KPFA 94.1 - and Common Thread Collective
are available at www.MutinyRadio.FM

radiOM ~ archived audio recordings
from KPFA-FM radio in Berkeley

Sundays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
POET AS RADIO~ weekly program on
KUSF In Exile, @
Links to all our archived shows, can be found at You can also find our podcast's by going to ITUNES and searching for ‘Poet as Radio.

S.F. Open Mic Poetry Podcast TV,
by John Rhodes and Clara Hsu
filmed live once a month. The series airs Thursdays @ 7:30 PM on 29 Comcast and 99 U-verse. View past shows!
You are also invited to an OPEN MIC after the taping sessions, hosted by Stephen Kopel. Watch those past shows here
~Youtube Open Mic

 BTW: Stephen Kopel's own poetry is published has been published is 100's of periodicals, anthologies, and magazines all over the world.

And here is his most recent book of poetry
Picnic Poetry by Stephen KopelPOETRY PICNIC by Stephen Kopel
Picnic Poetry is a delightful gift choice for family and friends! Stephen Kopel's book offers a feast of funny bones, a plethora of pleasures pungent and tart, a basketful of extra helpings or side dishes to satisfy tummies hungry for delicious humor. No matter your mood, these tasty poems will alter your attitude ~

Stephen Kopel with Nicole Savage
as his Feature on Special Edition

Thank you , Stephen Kopel and John Rhodes for
making my maiden voyage on youtube so easy and such fun, too. ~
nicole, (2014)

653 Chenery ~ San Francisco map  
POETS! featured poet followed by open mic    Hosted by Jerry Ferraz.
3RD MONDAY: open+features, 6 sign up-630 start, POETRY FOR PEACE:
Pat's Cafe 2330 Taylor@Columbus, Host: Karen Melander Magoon
Second Tuesday of the month ~ 7:00 to 8:45 pm ~
On the Page, Off the Page Open Mic Poetry ~ (acoustic music,too)
Park Branch Library, (downstairs) 1833 Page, between Cole & Shrader, San Francisco Food for the body, the mind, and the spirit. Everybody (performers, audience, and friends) welcome!    ~  Hosted by Richard Ivanhoe

The Word Party The wildly popular series "The Word Party Poetry & Jazz Open Mic "hosted by Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir including LIVE jazz with Nova Jazz: is no longer happening at Viracocha and now taking a much deserved break from the series until a suitable new venue can be found.
Rumor has it that a world cruise may be on their list of things to do in the meantime with their free time.

Sacred  Grounds CafeEvery Wednesday ~7 pm sign up -reading begins 7:30
~ Sacred Grounds Cafe, 2095 Hayes Street ~ San Francisco.
with an open mic and the feature follows. The Sacred Grounds Poetry reading series is long running poetry reading (since 1972)w/ feature poets and open mic. Hosted by Dan Brady - -
Every Thursday~7 pm ~  Bazaar Cafe - 5927 California Street -
between 21st / 22nd Avenue - (415) 831-5620 -San Francisco map
open mic, spoken wd, original acoustic music.  Go a bit early to be assured a seat.
Every Thursday ~6:30 pm~ Readers Café & Bookstore ~
Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
(415)771-1011 Poetry Reading at Readers Cafe curated by Jack Hirschman
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library poet-in-residence
Every Friday ~3pm- 6pm ~ Diamond Dave Whitaker's -
with co-host Val Ibarra broadcasting live out of the MutinyRadio & Cafe
~ 2781 21st St. @ Florida ~ San Francisco.
Second Friday ~ Potluck at 6 pm, reading at 7:30 pm.~ Hosted by Kayla Sussell.
POETRY SALOON (drunk on poetry!) Bring poems by you and others to share, or come just to enjoy. 472 44th Street, Oakland
peace Every 3rd Friday ~6:00 to 8:00 pm ~ Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil
corner of Masonic and Fell, Golden Gate Park Panhandle. We will have our usual signs, music, candles, and snacks. Join us for the whole two hours or for just five minutes. Everybody welcome! If you join us, please dress for the weather. Pictures from past vigils can be seen here
***NEW  First Saturday ~ 7 - 9:30 pm ~ La Promenade Poetry Series
with featured readers followed by open mic. Host ~ Bill Mercer @ La Promenade Café -
3643 Balboa St-.San Francisco

Every 2nd Saturday ~7:00 pm-9:00 pm - Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru at Lincoln -Alameda,Ca map ~ Poetry and Prose Reading Series
Showcasing local talent, mostly poets and writers but also other creative's. Sessions open with two featured artists followed by open mic ~ Hosted by Jeanne Lupton
No Cover (but Donations are appreciated)  Questions? Email: Jeanne

Every 3nd Saturday ~7:30 pm to 9 pm- Alta Solano: Lit Out Loud hosted by Jannie Dresser is seeking a new venue, preferably in northern Berkeley. I you happen to know or or hear of a a place that might be possible please contact her @
 Sugartown Publishing & California Poets websites

2nd & 4th Sunday~- 3:30-5:30pm ~
still in English,Spanish, Spanglish y Lo Que Sea ~
Featured poets followed by open mic, hosted by Avotcja,
~*~ No Cover ~*~ (Donations for flyers accepted & don’t forget to bring your
 Always the word festival to remember! @ CASA LATINA (Taqueria, Bakery & Café) ~
1805 San Pablo Avenue @ Delaware
(3 blocks North of University) Berkeley, Ca. (510 )558-7177
First Sunday each month - signup 5 pm- start 5:15- ~
Poetry Unbound, a new monthly reading series featuring three poets
each month at the Art House Gallery in Berkeley , 2905 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, Ca. (one block north of Ashby, and close to Ashby BART)
This series dedicates itself to presenting new work in a broad range of
styles and genres, and to bringing together writers from different circles and communities, Hosts Clive Matson, Karla Brundage
Last Sunday each month ~ 4:30 to 6:30 pm ~
Bird and Beckett ~ 653 Chenery ~ San Francisco map ~ (415) 586- 3733
Walker Brent, masterful storyteller, is a cornucopia of literary fact and fiction. As a geographer of the entire range of human cultural output, his monthly talk son topics diverse & fascinating are not to be missed. During the summer months Walker is on haitus.


~ WEB LINKS~                                                                                                                                                        ♥´¯) ¸.♥´¯)¸.♥´¯)    (¸♥´ (¸.♥´ (¸♥´ (¸.♥´¯`•.✿◠‿◠✿¸¸.♥ Enjoy!
      Poets: Here Now and There Then, Beats and Otherwise, Artist Friends, Odds and Ends

 Virginia Barrett
 Jennifer Barone
 Charles Curtis Blackwell   ART
 Bob Booker Ambush Review
 Don Brennan
 Carla Badillo Coronado
 Neeli Cherkovski
 Poem for Harold Norse
  by Neeli Cherkovski
 Ana Elsner
 Ana Elsner poem for George Tsongas
 Auto/Biographical Sketch of Jack Hirschman
 by Matt Gonzalez
 Clara Hsu
Diamond Dave, S. F. Rabble Rouser and Revolutionary Rebel By Hugh Dander
 Q R Hand
 Fifteen Poems Jack Hirschman
 devorah major
 David Meltzer
 A Tribute to David Meltzer
 Blake Moore
 Jeanne Powell poet, publisher,
 performer, and producer
 Diane di Prima
 Diane di Prima Lunch Poems - video
 Gary Snyder
 North Beach Alba by Gary Synder
 Tony Seymour's Biography
 Mark Schwartz
 Mel Thompson
 George Tsongas North Beach Poet
 Cara Vida
/Al Young California Poet Laureate emeritus
 Antonin Artaud
 Anais Nin
 Baudelaire -Les Fleurs du mal
 William Blake Archive
 Charles Bukowski - The Great Poet
 John Cage
 Ira Cohen
 Robert Creeley
 ee cummings  paintings
 Hermann Hesse  Paintings
 T. S. Eliot
 Robert Lax
 Robert Lax poetry
 Pablo Neruda   poems
 Charles Olson
 Documentary of Ezra Pound youtube
 Ezra Pound's "Cantos," section LXXXI
  read by the poet
BEATS    gone/ gone/ gone beyond
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg performs William Blake
Richard Brautigan
William Burroughs
William Burroughs Reality Studio
Howard Hart by Armour Garland
Jack Hirschman Remembers:
Kenneth Rexroth and the Beats
Gregory Corso
Kirby Doyle links:
obituary, & announcement of memorial readingS F Chronicle, 05.14.03
Kirby Doyle page - Hammond Guthrie's Third Page
"The Birth of Digger Batman" by Kirby Doyle,as published in The Digger Papers
photo of Billy Batman & Kirby Doyle by Chuck Gould, (Diggers website)
Remembrances of Kirby Doyle
by McClure, Peter Coyote,Tisa Walden, Philomene Long and John Thomas, and Claude Hayward.
Jack Kerouac
Bob Kaufman (1925-1986)
Philip Lamantia
Jack Micheline
In memory of Jack Micheline Poet-
by Jack Hirschman
Tribute to Jack Micheline by A.D. Winans
Lew Welch

Harold Norse July 6, 1916 - June 8, 2009
Charles Olson
Kenneth Rexroth
Rexroth in the Anachist Encyclopedia
Jack Spicer
Philip Whalen  
a chapbook
Mark Other Place by Phillip Whalen
Jack Foley The alsop review
Academy of Beat Poets
American Museum of Beat Art
The Beat Generation:
Beat SuperNova
California Beat Era
Cultural Chronology of Early Beat Generation Literature
Cosmic Baseball Association
How Beat Happened
Lit Kicks
Decade of Bebop, Beatniks & Painting
Arthur Monroe1998
Naropa U. Internet Archive
Harry Redl : Portraits of Beat Generation
Unspeakable Visions:
Beat Generation/Bohemian Dialectic
Why the Beats Still Matter
Beat Generation Video Archive
Artists San Francisco
Agneta Falk
Agneta Falk creating Blue
and the North Beach Contrarian
George Long artist, musician
Phil Deal poet, artist, musician, inventor
Kim Schuck poet/artist
Larry Keenan photographer
Anahid artist
Torrey Nommesen  fractal artist
REDO artist
Visionary artist Ned Millett
Richard 'Lucky' Perri' Artist
Tina Tarnoff Artist
Christopher Trian Artist
Pecita Eyes Muralists
San Francisco Women Artists

The fight for the bohemian soul of North Beach's Caffe Trieste

Shig Murao: The Enigmatic Soul of City Lights and the San Francisco Beat Scene

BJ PAPA Interview by Catz Forsman.

Harry Smith Archives (1923-1991)
M.C. Escher Gallery
Paul Klee
Vincent van Gogh Gallery
Vincent van Gogh Letters
Literary stamps
Art Crimes Writing on the Wall
Art Daily
Women in the Arts National Museum
Women Painters Index: 1893 Expo
Women in Art video
Women are Art - Corot video
For the Love of Beauty!
Wenaus favorite poems
Ancient Greek Philosophers
Bartleby great books/classic poetry
Poetry Library UK *
The Poets Corner
Bibliomania Free Online Literature/ ?
The Library of Congress
Project Gutenberg
Poetry through the Ages
Poetry Foundation
*Aspen web version - multimedia magazine in a box
Light and Dust Anthology
Neurotic Poets
Institute for study of Bohemian Literature
surrealist.comm ~ A history of surrealism, surreal art, and the artists involved in the surrealist art movement. A definitive history of the surrealist movement.
One Man's Multimedia Journey Through the San Francisco
Live Jazz & Creative Music Scene
Fusion Anomaly
objects that were found, mixed
and compiled by Atomjack
International SurreaLists Art
*dada - situationist
The Physik Garden
Transcendental Biographies:
The effect of the Transcendental Planet in the lives of historical, cultural and artistic personalities
Political Writings of George Orwell
Essays, newspaper columns, letters and editorials.
George Orwell
complete works,photos
For the Love of Beauty!
On The Edge The Hidden Art of Fore-Edge Book Painting
Sacred Text the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship.
Kenneth Patchen links
Kenneth Patchen
—Poetry and Jazz days, 1957–1959
Painted and Silkscreened Poems by Kenneth Patchen
Kenneth Patchen Home Page
Excerpts from Kenneth Sleeper Patchen Awake
Patchen: Man of Anger & Light by Henry Miller and A Letter to God by Kenneth Patchen 
open culture
The best free cultural & educational media on the web

more poetry at
Poetry a few of my favorites

The Desiderata

Love Quotes
eclectic snippets of prose and poetry.

Excerpts From "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran
"On Love"
Song of Love by Kahlil Gibran




Website created by S.F.Heart©1997 -   2015 all rights reserved.
All products and company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.