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Berkeley Affordable Housing Teach-In

Sat., April 18, 2-4 p.m.
Hear what’s in the pipeline & our city’s need for affordable housing. Discuss opportunities for coalition-building. Explore preparations for the 2016 elections. Free
Berkeley Art Festival 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley (map)


La Tertulia de la Palabra: Mario Barrera and Arturo Mantecón

Tue., April 21, 6-8 p.m.
Mario Barrera, one of the founders of Chicano Studies in the 1970s, will read from his novel,Kitty and Shep. Arturo Mantecón, poet, short story writer, and translator, will read from his latest book, Memories, Cuentos, Verídicos, y Otras Outright Lies. Free
Multicultural Center Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union Building, Berkeley (map)


Mrs. Dalloway's Eighth Annual Pocket Poem Giveaway!

Through May 1, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Mrs. Dalloway's Eighth Annual Pocket Poem Giveaway!
During all of National Poetry Month (April), Mrs. Dalloway’s will offer customers printed giveaway “pocket poems” selected by and featuring Bay Area poets George Albon, Bill Berkson, Maggie Glover, Miriam Bird Greenberg, Joanne Kyger, Raina J. León, Jacques J. Rancourt, Claire Scott, Kevin Simmonds, and Bruce Snider. Free
Mrs. Dalloway's 2904 College Ave., Berkeley (map)


Bay Area Poets Coalition Open Reading

, First Saturday of every month, 3-5 p.m.
Strawberry Creek Lodge 1320 Addison St., Berkeley (map)

Landlords and Tenants Counseling

Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Housing counselors from the Berkeley Rent Board offer one-on-one counseling sessions. free
Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley (map)


Lyrics and Dirges

Third Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m.
Lyrics and Dirges
has been bringing a hand-picked selection of prominent and emerging writers to Pegasus Books Downtown (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on the third Wednesday of every month. Hosted and curated by Rad Dad zine editor Tomas Moniz and Berkeley Poetry Festival organizers Sharon Coleman and MK Chavez, the series aims to provide a picture of the diverse Bay Area literary landscape by gathering different types of writers on the same stage. “We’ve paired slam poets with writers of erotic memoir; we’ve highlighted writers published by mainstream presses, hard core zinesters who still staple each issue, comics artists, and playwrights,” Moniz wrote in an email. For its fourth anniversary edition, the series is hosting authors Virgie Tovar, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, Matthew Zapruder, and Aimee Suzara. Though Lyrics and Dirges’ lineup is always eclectic, Tovar promises an especially memorable performance. Author of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion, Virgie Tovar travels the country preaching the motto “Lose Hate Not Weight,” and serving up refreshingly raw lectures and readings concerning body politics, sex, and identity. She fits the bill for Lyrics and Dirges nicely, which also aims to represent socially engaged writers who share perspectives that are relevant to their communities. free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)


Read and Share Book Club

, , , Fourth Tuesday of every month, 3-4 p.m.
A monthly book group for adults to discuss any book they please. Meetings held in the fourth floor Story Hour room.
Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley (map)


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