On December 4, 2015, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Dana Gioia as California poet laureate. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and books of literary criticism. He will serve a two-year term.

Alejandro Murguía is San Francisco’s sixth poet laureate and the first Latino poet to hold the position. An editor, translator, literary organizer, and prose writer, he is the author of the poetry collections Stray Poems (City Lights Books, 2014) and Native Tongue (CC. Marimbo Press, 2012), among others.

upcoming events

Jun 24 2018
Poetry Flash -- featuring Kim Addonizio, Donna Masini, and Brittany Perham
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome back our friends from Poetry Flash on Sunday, June 24th at 3pm. The month's feature poets are Kim Addonizio, Donna Masini, and Brittany Perham.
Kim Addonizio’s latest book of poems is Mortal Trash. Terrance Hayes calls it  “Peerless poetry…reliably remarkable clarity, edge, and emotion.” This is her seventh collection. She’s been a finalist for the National Book Award, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, and a Pushcart Prize. Among her other publications are four books of fiction and her Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life. An occasional presenter for BBC radio, she teaches workshops privately and online.
Donna Masini’s new book of poems is 4:30 Movie. Tracy K. Smith says, “Truly inspired…4:30 Movie is a stunning, playful, searing, healing collection that will enlarge the reader and revive something crucial in American poetry.” Her two previous collections are Turning to Fiction and That Kind of Danger.  She has also published a novel, About Yvonne. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship and another from the New York Foundation for the Arts, she has won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in Best American Poetry 2015.
Brittany Perham’s second book of poems, Double Portrait, won the Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Claudia Rankine. Eavan Boland says, “This unswerving, ambitious work brings the reader on a wild and thrilling journey. The poems lead into a world where desire, the body, memory and invention are looked at in the bright light of language; nothing forgiven, everything laid bare.…” She is also the author of the full-length collection The Curiosities and, with Kim Addonizio, the chapbook The Night Could Go in Either Direction. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she is now a Jones Lecturer in their Creative Writing Program.
3:00pm to 4:30pm
5433 College Avenue
94618 Oakland, California
Jun 13 2018
Bookswap at the Bindery: Pride! edition
June is for Pride! So this month, we're asking you to bring, like, the queerest book you love. Maybe you love a lesbian road trip mystery, or a peachy bisexual love story set somewhere in Northern Italy, or a memoir from your favorite trans rockstar: bring on all the gay books! All of them.
And if that isn't your cup of tea, bring any book you love and want other people to love. Mostly, Bookswap is a social event, so bring a book and a friend, enjoy a premium cocktail, and relax in our cozy space.
$15 admission includes a drink ticket, swag, and 20% off book purchases at The Bindery and Booksmith for the evening.
Space is limited, and tickets do sell out, so we encourage you to buy early. Bar opens at 6:30, the fun starts at 7.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
1727 Haight Street
94117 San Francisco, California
May 31 2018
Borderlands // an Open Mic with Featured Poet Kim Shuck
"... every step forward is a travesía, a crossing. I am again an alien in a new territory. And again, and again."
--Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera
Join us for a poetry open mic the last Thursday of May. We want to hear about your new growth, your crossings, what territory you've uncovered with the shifting of the seasons. Poets of any level welcome: share with us your undone and your in-process! 15 available open slots, one poem per poet, sign-up upon arrival. 
MC and Featured Poet: Kim Shuck is the current Poet Laureate of San Francisco. She has two full length collections of poetry, one chapbook and one collection of prose poems to her name. Her recent works include Sidewalk NDN (Foothills Publishing, 2014) and Clouds Running In (Taurean Press, 2014). Kim serves on the board of directors for the San Francisco American Indian Cultural Center in planning, is involved with the Cherokee Society of the Greater Bay Area and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. In addition, she is a former Indian Studies instructor and a visual artist who works with traditional textiles.


6:30pm to 8:00pm
3036 24th St
94110 San Francisco, California

recent & featured listings

typesort descending name state
Literary Organization Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center California
Literary Organization California Arts Council California
Literary Organization The California Center for the Book California
Literary Organization Independent Writers of Southern California California
Literary Organization Intersection for the Arts California
Literary Organization The Marin Poetry Center California
Literary Organization PEN Center USA West California
Literary Organization The Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives California
Literary Organization Poetry Santa Cruz California
Literary Organization The Writing Project at 826 Valencia California
Poetry in California
Dana Gioia
California poet laureate

Dana Gioia

Born in Hawthorne, California, in 1950, Dana Gioia is the author of several poetry collections, including Interrogations at Noon (Graywolf Press,...




    —& humans walked to the edge of the sand
  through a bank of verbena & fog;  
     they thought they’d never get over
the deaths, but they were starting to. Worry
     about money rested in their phones. Talk of
 candidates had stalled. Some sang. Grays of


The only thing I miss about Los Angeles

is the Hollywood Freeway at midnight, windows down and
radio blaring
bearing right into the center of the city, the Capitol Tower
on the right, and beyond it, Hollywood Boulevard

—pimps, surplus stores, footprints of the stars

—descending through the city