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Breakking Down Walls
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Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
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Kim at the Asian Art Museum
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Poet Lucien Zell at Bird and Beckett
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Breaking Down Walls
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kim shucks poem jam
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Poetry Jam at the main
2018-08-09 TEST Poetry Jam at the main library Join San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and others for a poetry jam. The Main Librarys monthly Poem Jam poetry reading series, moderated by Kim Shuck, takes place on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Main Library. Join us!

Poetry Jam at the main library
Join San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and others for a poetry jam. The Main Librarys monthly Poem Jam poetry reading series, moderated by Kim Shuck, takes place on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Main Library. Join us!

Poetry Jam at the main library
Join San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and others for a poetry jam. The Main Librarys monthly Poem Jam poetry reading series, moderated by Kim Shuck, takes place on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Main Library. Join us!

Poetry Jam at the main library
Join San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and others for a poetry jam. The Main Librarys monthly Poem Jam poetry reading series, moderated by Kim Shuck, takes place on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Main Library. Join us!

North Beach Festival
North Beach Festival (the festival is both days I'm at 1pm on Saturday) Heading into its 64th year, the North Beach Festival is one of the largest street fairs in San Francisco every summer. This year's two-day event is on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, 2018. The North Beach Festival features more than 20 gourmet food vendors, several stages of live music, and more than 100 art and crafts vendors. There is also a kids' chalk art area, Italian street painting, and a 'blessing of the animals' ceremony on both afternoons. This event is free and lasts from 10am to 6pm each day. All activities are on Grant Avenue between Columbus and Filbert; Columbus Avenue between Broadway and Green; and Vallejo.

Quiet Lightening
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City Lights Bookstore
Introductory comments at City Lights Bookstore for a reading by Tommy Orange, this is going to be fantastic, come on out to this.

Litquake reading at Yerba Buena Gardens from 12-1

Turning Gears
Turning Gears with Kelechi Ubozoh and Thea Matthews at 4pm, Adobe Books on 24th St. between Shotwell and Folsom.

Youth Poetry workshop
Youth poetry workshop at the Ocean Ave. Branch Library from 2:30-3: 30.

The Soldier's Journey
Please come and see me perform at 3PM on Sunday, June 3 in The Soldiers' Journey at The Gereral's Resident at Fort Mason. I'm excited to be part of this recognition of the fine work of Heroes' Voices, a non-profit that brings the gifts of poetry and music to veterans, especially veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. The Soldiers; Journey will feature poetry written by veterans, as well as folk and contemporary music. all exploring war, peace and the soldier's experience. Tickets - and vouchers for free tickets for veterans - at I hope to see you there!

MoonDrop reading
At the Copper Spoon in Oakland at 6 30 for a MoonDrop reading.

Fool for Poetry
May 26 Fool for Poetry at Visitation Valley Event Information

Fool for Poetry
Fool for Poetry at Portola Event Information

Poem Jam
May 24 Poem Jam at the Main Library Event Information

Forum Literary Magazine release
Forum Literary Magazine release party at Bird and Beckett Books Wednesday, May 23 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday, May 20 at 1:30 PM - 5 PM Poetry of Spring and Place pin El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane

Grace Cathedral Forum

Turning Gears
Adobe Books 4-6 Features are Laura Zink and KM Morrison

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Woodside Event information

Fool For Poetry
Golden Gate Valley Branch Event Information

Fool For Poetry
Merced Branch Info about event

Poetry En La Mision
Mission Branch Library 5pm (curator/host) 300 Bartlett St. San Francisco, 94110 (415) 355-2800 Kim is curator and host 5PM

​ARISE! Power of Political Art
Linking local, national, and international struggles and 70 years of the occupation of Palestine. Reception: ​May 10, 2018, 7 - 9pm Exhibition Dates: May 1st – 30th, 2018 Where: 518 Valencia - Eric Quezada Center, SF CA For more information:

Eastwind Books
Asia Book Center

reading at the presidio
reading at the Presidio

Poetry Jam at the main library
April 30 Second Inning: More Baseball Poetry Second Inning: More Baseball Poetry from San Francisco Poets -- Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room


Sierra Poetry Festival

Two Poet Laureates in Berkeley

Two Poet Laureates in Berkeley
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Reading and release of two childrens books
What: Release and Readings of two Revolutionary Children's Books on issues of poverty, disability, displacement and homelessness When: Sun, Feb 18th 1-3pm Where: SF Main Branch Library - 100 Larkin St SF - Koret Room - (with Poet Laureate Kim Shuck)

Book readings and signing
What: Release and Readings of two Revolutionary Children's Books on issues of poverty, disability, displacement and homelessness When: Sun, Feb 18th 1 - 3pm Where: SF Main Branch Library-100 Larkin St SF - Koret Room - (with Poet Laureate Kim Shuck) SF Poet laureate will be speaking this Sunday with Leroy Moore and Lisa Tiny Gray - Garcia who are both revolutionary poets, published authors, teachers and what they call poverty skolaz aka survivors of ableism, poverty/homelessness, police harassment and in Leroy-s case, racial profiling. They are also members and co-founders of POOR Magazine and Homefulness - a homeless peoples, self- determined solution to homelessness. This year they have both put these powerful books out for use by teachers, parents and children who hope to teach their children about people and communities like theirs who are criminalized and marginalized and targeted in this society.

Adobe Books event

community songs


Poetry Flash

Poetry Jam at the main library
January 16th Poem Jam at the Main Library

Gears Turning at Adobe books
Gears Turning at Adobe Books 24th at Shotwell in San Francisco 4-6pm

poetry-salon-water songs

Thursdays in the Mission
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is proud to announce Thursdays en La Misión, a monthly poetry series celebrating the Latinidad of the Latino Cultural District. The series will focus on the experience people of color in Bay Area, featuring a variety of local poets chosen from the Mission’s deep literary culture. This reading will be held on Thursday, January 11 at 5:00 PM. Come out and support Thursdays en La Misión at the Mission Branch Library of the San Francisco Public Library

Bird and Beckett event
Bird and Beckett Books Chenery at Diamond in San Francisco 2pm-4pm Reading in support of the anthology Your Golden Sun Still Shines

Bird and Beckett Reading for Forum Magazine
Bird and Beckett Books, Chenery at Diamond a reading for Forum magazine out of CCSF. I'll be there. The event starts at 7 30.

Reading at Bird and Beckett
Bird and Beckett Books on Chenery at Diamond. The event starts at 7pm and features Jerry Ferraz and Kim Shuck.

Adobe Books
Gears Turning at Adobe Books on 24th and Shotwell streets in San Francisco. Our event starts at 4pm with our features and then an open mic so bring a poem to share.

Mission Branch of SFPL
A new series sponsored by the Friends of the SF Public Library begins with a bang on the 7th of December. Our features are the legendary Avotcja and the brilliant emerging poet Genesis Montalvo. The event will start at 4pm and is going to be amazing.

MAPP comes to Cafe La Boheme.
La Boheme has been a long time poetry venue and now it's part of the MAPP project performances as well. This venue will be curated by Bloodflower, EK Keith and sometimes myself. Our first event will be on December 2 and will start at 6pm. La Boheme is at the corner of 24th and Mission Streets, convenient to many busses and also to BART.

Odd Mondays at Folio Books
November 27 Odd Mondays at Folio Books San Francisco with Maw Shein Win
more as available

Zinn Book fair
Howard Zinn Book Fair 2017: The World We Want
Mission Campus, City College of San Francisco
1125 Valencia St.
10:00 AM-6:00 PM Zinn book fair
12:15- 1:15 Reading on SF Politics and Poetics
4:00-5:00 Reading for Your Golden Sun Still Shines

Ashkenaz in Berkley
Ashkenaz in Berkeley 8pm
More to follow

Turning Gears
Turning Gears this month has been handed over to Denise Sullivan to present readings from Your Golden Sun Still Shines. This will be an exceptional reading and I encourage people to attend
Adobe Books in San Francisco.
Adobe Books
Address: 3130 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 864-3936

Tending the fire at the Autry Museum
Tending the fire

Reading and open mic
November 6 Rivertown Poets Announces November 6th Reading and Open Mic November 6 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm Dear Friends in Poetry, Please join us on Monday, November 6th at 6:15 p.m. for our November poetry reading, featuring poets Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate of San Francisco, and Lee Slonimsky, a prolific poet from New York. After the features, we'll host our wonderful open mic. Reading time is three minutes per person. Come early for good seating and open mic slots. Kim Shuck has been talking story since very early in life and shows no signs of giving it up. She has most of the accomplishments one would expect of a writer. She’s won awards, been published in journals, anthologies and a handful of her own books. This year she was named the 7th Poet Laureate for the city of San Francisco and is still wondering what that was about. These days she writes many tiny autobiographies and has her picture taken more often than is comfortable. Lee Slonimsky's eighth and latest book is Lion, Gnat from Spuyten Duyvil Press. The poet Pui Ying Wong writes that it "soars above the clamor of modern life…these poems argue vigorously that not only is nature man's origin, but also his destiny." Lee's poems have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Measure, The New York Times and Poetry Daily. He is also the author of a mystery novel about the hedge fund industry, Bermuda Gold. On November 8, Lee will be conducting a poetry writing workshop at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, entitled "The Poetry of Looking Out the Window."

Reading and Art presentation
8:50 PM - 10:00 PM
Pauley Ballroom
2475 Bancfroft Way, MLK jr. Bldg
Berkley, CA

7th Annual immigrant art gala
Join us as we celebrate those that have sacraficed their lives for social justice.

Remembrance and Resistance
Dia de los Muertos at SOMARTS Remembrence and Resistance 6-9 pm More info at

The Crow Show
The Crow Show Returns at La Val's 1834 Euclid Ave Berkeley 7-10pm with myself and Joel Landmine, another fantastic Paul Corman-Roberts production

Poem Jam at the SF Public Library
1pm-3ish QR Hand, EK Keith, Tongo Eisen-Martin and potentially a very special guest. Come on out.

Paseo Artistico- Puerto Rico and Beyond

The Mission has traditionally celebrated independent artists and supported Latin American leftists. In that spirit, from Do-it-yourself artists to experimental media, graffiti artists, poetry readings, film and print screening, join us in standing in solidarity with communities in Puerto Rico and beyond.

Given recent natural disasters, this month we charge our spirit of solidarity by raising consciousness and monetary funds to support Puerto Rico through local grassroots organizations.

Precita Eyes Muralists 11 am to 12:30 pm
- BILINGUAL MURAL TOUR (meet at Precita Eyes store at 2981 - 24th St.)

Adobe Books Backroom Gallery 12pm-2pm
- Bilingual Children's Reading Cirlce with Jorge Argueta

Artillery AGÂ 12pm-5pm
- Free Paseo Portraits

Accion Latina 1pm-3pm
Poetry By:
- Norman Zelaya
- Josiah Luis Alderete
- Cassandra Dallet
- A’aron Heard
- SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck
- DJ - L7

Alley Cat Books 1pm-3pm
- Screen printing with Calixto Robles

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 1pm-4pm
- DIY Fanzine workshop w/Ana Aranda and Xanath Mirell
- Stories by Marga Gomez
- FistUP film screening of "Defend Puerto Rico"

Brava for Women in the Arts 2pm-5pm Live Music with:
- Sandra Garcia Rivera
- Bonafide Rojas
- Avotcja
- John Santos
- Rico Pabon
- Aguacero
- DJ Leydis

Dance Brigade's Dance Mission Theater 4:30pm-6pm
- Bomba Classes

Paseo Artístico is a collaborative effort among the Calle 24/ 24th Street cultural arts organizations that brings free arts programing—music, poetry, crafts workshops, readings, film and mural tours—to the 24th Street Latino Cultural District every other second Saturday of the month.

Catch me at other events on this day as well.

Exhaled Verse
Exalted Verse at Grace Cathedral San Francisco A sterling lineup of poets will read from their work. Hear Sarah Kay and Jason Bayani, William Brewer, Victor Hernández Cruz, Tongo Eisen-Martin, San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and Jen Siraganian. The Event starts at 7:30 PM

Gears Turning Poetry Series
Our features for this Litquake edition of Gears Turning will be Amos White and Arturo Mantecon Adobe Books will be hosting us as always 3130-24th St San Francisco, we start at 4pm and go until around 6pm. Bring a poem about another SF poet for this special edition of our monthly reading.

Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival
Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, Berkeley

Literary Speakeasy at Martuni's
Literary Speakeasy at Martuni's, 4 Valencia St. SF. We begin at 7pm

At the word temple Sebastopol
At the Word Temple in Sebastopol 282 S. High Street 7pm Book release party for Know Me Here

In conversation at the Beat museum
In Conversation at the Beat Museum 540 Broadway, San Francisco 7pm

Book signing/Reading
Book signing/reading at Green Apple

Turning Gears at Adobe Books
Turning Gears at Adobe Books 3130-24th St. San Francisco our features this month are Noemi Sohn and Jan Steckel bring a poem for the open mic. We start at 4pm (after this show I am going over to Alley Cat books to catch Jennifer Barone's book party, you should too)

Poetry in the Parks

Quiet Lightening Poetry in the Parks (details coming). quiet lightning

Write from the gut from the gut sf creative writing institute.html

Poets at the North Beach Library

I will be reading at this series sponsored by the Friends of the SF Public Library

If you want to hear me come on by (yes the website doesn't reflect this but someone had to cancel and I am filling in)

Friends of the SFPL - tuesdays at the north beach library


Saturday August 26th
join us the 4th Saturday of every Month
still in English, Spanish, Spanglish y Lo Que Sea
3PM - 5PM No Cover
hosted by Avotcja
And don't forget to bring your Congas, Guiros,
Maracas, Panderetas etc.
Always the word festival to remember!

3301 East 12th Street @ 33rd Avenue
(½ block North of Fruitvale BART & 1 block South of International)
Oakland, CA 94601 (510)535-5620
KIM SHUCK (S.F. Poet Laureate)
KIRK LUMPKIN (Poet / Lyricist)
¡ Vengan todos & tell everyone to tell everyone!

Poetry TV

Clarion Music Center
Monday August 21, 2017
6 to 8 pm
816 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA

Clara's guest is Ana Elsner.
John Rhodes' guest Kim Shuck
Stephen Kopel's guest TBA.

Bring a poem and join our open mike. It will also be seen on youtube.

Open Mic at Adobe Books

(every 2nd Sunday of the month at Adobe Books on 24th btw Folsom and Shotwell 4 pm-6ish, features and open mic bring a poem)

Vos Sin Tinta

Voz Sin Tinta is back for August with Honored guest and reader, San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck.

As always, open mic to follow after the break. Come early to get on the list as we anticipate this will be a big night.


Kim Shuck embraces the fool and jester qualities of being a modern poet and artist. She is a devotee of San Francisco, whose hills she wanders nearly always on foot. Her maternal grandparents met at the Polish Hall on Shotwell and she spent many hours with her mother and grandmother wandering the Mission St. Miracle Mile, taking books out of the Mission Branch library and watching aquarium fish on the ground floor of what used to be Hale's. She firmly believes in carrying a bubble wand, keys, pen and notebook and cat's cradle string at all times.

Shuck is widely published in journals, anthologies and a couple of solo books. She enjoys volunteering in SFUSD elementary school classrooms to share her loves of origami, poetry and basket making… in other words, math of various kinds. Kim currently also works with students at the California College of Art in the Diversity Department.

Lyndsey Ellis is a St. Louis-born writer who lives and works in Oakland. She received her MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Ellis is a VONA/Voices and Squaw Valley Writers' Community alumna. She's a recipient of the 2016 Henry Joseph Jackson award from the San Francisco Foundation. Her work has been anthologized in Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California and appears in several journals. She's a fan of Afro-Samba dance, Jolly Rancher candies, and thrift stores.

Rocio Ramirez is a published poet and writer. She has published an essay on Sara Estela Ramirez, a woman from the Mexican revolution, as well as poetry with Voz Alta magazine. Rocio has a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She has worked with children and their families as a Play therapist in elementary schools. Rocio loves her family, poetry and her cat Marshmallow. She is always happiest when she is next to the sea.

Today at 6 30, Alley Cat Books, Calle 24, San Francisco

Celebrating NEW Poet Laureate

Bird and Beckett Books
Neighborhood go-to for new & used titles & vinyls, plus poetry readings & live bands on weekends.
Address: 653 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131
Phone: (415) 586-3733

Poetry Walk and Reading 4 pm

Petaluma Poetry Walk reading with Bill Vartnaw and Nancy Wakeman at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St. Petaluma CA, at 4 PM.

Yosemite Book Signing 4 to 6 pm

Book Signing at Ansel Adams Gallery Yosemite 6:30 to end : Reading and Reception at Yosemite Arts and Activities Center

Beadworking and Poetry
Please join us for an afternoon of beautiful beadwork, words and laughter with award-winning author, poet, beadworker and friend, Kim Shuck. Kim will be conducting a beadwork demonstration in the afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with her work available for sale. From 6:00 p.m. to 7: p.m., she will be reading from her latest book, Rabbit Stories which was published earlier this year. Books will be available for sale. - See more at:

Poetry Flash presents
A reading by Kim Shuck and Chris Hoffman, wheelchair accessible, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from editor, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087,

Major Poetry Event @ Bird and Beckett

Monday, 7:00 to 9:00 -- Three poets, followed by an open mic... our headliner is San Francisco's third poet laureate (2002-2006), the engaging and impassioned devorah major, whose tenure was marked by her effort to bring out the voices of poets from across the City's varied social and economic terrain. devorah joins poet Kim Shuck, whose writing is informed by her native american ancestry, and by Howard Isaac Williams, who, in addition to producing a significant body of poems, has written a sprawling narrative based on the life and legend of Genghis Khan and has studied deeply the history and culture of Afghanistan.

Bird & Beckett Books -- 653 Chenery Street, at Diamond in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood (415) 586-3733 --

Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading on June 4 at Gathering Tribes (the corner of Solano Ave. and Santa Fe in Albany) from 7:00 to 8:30. The reading will take place both inside and outside the venue. There will be two MCs therefore: the amazing Pennie Opal Plant and myself. More lineup information as it becomes available. Gathering Tribes is a wonderful place if you've never been. This would be a great time to visit.

For Colored Girls Only
For Colored Girls Only Poetry at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland March 7,14,21 and 28 3pm - 6pm $5 - $10 sliding scale. With Nancy Hom, Marijo, Avotcja, Genny Lim, Phavia Kujichgulia, Wordslanger, Chinaka Hodge, Talia Taylor, hosted by Tureeda Mikell Kim will be reading poetry on March 14.

The Music of the Word (LA PALABRA MUSICAL)
join us the 2nd & 4th Sunday of every Month still in English, Spanish, Spanglish y Lo Que Sea 3:30 ? 5:30PM No Cover hosted by Avotcja (Donations for flyers accepted & don?t forget to bring your Congas, Guiros, Maracas, Panderetas etc. ALWAYS THE WORD FESTIVAL TO REMEMBER! @ REBECCA's BOOKS (SPECIALIZING IN ETHNIC POETRY) 3268 Adeline Street wheel chair accessible (˝ BLOCK NORTH OF ALCATRAZ & 2 SHORT BLOCKS SOUTH OF ASHBY BART) Berkeley, CA (510)852-4768 Sunday December 13th KIM SHUCK (Teacher/Poet) & N-SIDE (The Jazz Poet) & you & you & you ˇVengan todos & tell everyone to tell everyone!

Benefit Fundraiser, Turtle Island to Abya Yala
Benefit Fundraiser, Turtle Island to Abya Yala - A Poetry Night featuring Native women artists with music, live art, food and arts vendors, art auction and a raffle give-away!

Saturday, December 12 from 7 - 10pm
doors open @ 6:30pm
Admission: $8-10, Youth 21 and under, $5
Youth under 18, free

(raffle ticket included with admission)

Intertribal Friendship House
523 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 836-1955

MC: Gise

Poetry by: Marjorie Jensen, Sonia Gutierrez, Sherry Wilson, Kim Shuck, Jaynie Weye Hlapsi, and more...

Music by:DJ Special K, Redbird Giving, Sista Hailstorm

(Proceeds to publish our love anthology of art and poetry by Native American and Latina women.)

Macha Femme Press

Queer Relations
New Writing from Queer and Two-Spirit Native Americans Curator: Luna Maia Location: Femina Potens June 11 and 12 door opens at 7:30pm show starts at 8pm Tickets are $10-$15 (a similar event last year had to turn folks away, there are now two shows but it would be wise to show up early). Quo-li Driskill, Kim Shuck, Miko Thomas and curator Luna Maia share writing for more information and our beautiful photos go to

Art Attack: Art Walk on Solano Ave
6:30 to 9 pm
1412 Solano Avenue, Albany CA
(510) 528-9038

I'm reading some of my poetry at Gathering Tribes, should be a fun time. For full details see

Follow-up comments

Thank you to those people who came to the reading at Gathering Tribes. I had a great time. It's always good fun to meet people I know a little through my work. It was exciting to see people from other shows, to meet folks I've corresponded with for the first time in person and to see some of my crazy busy friends whose schedules never seem to mesh with mine anymore. It's also cool to meet totally new people. The folk at Gathering Tribes were wonderful, thank you Pennie, Michael and Kim for treating my family and me so well. I love my new earrings and actually only left the house this morning to be able to take them for an airing. I encourage everyone to go visit Gathering Tribes... the folk there have great taste, fun senses of humor and a great new space. Thank you all again.

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