Wording Life

Upcoming readings, talks, workshops

Thursday August 10, 2017   5:00 PM

MoAD – Museum of the African Diaspora

685 Mission Street (at Third)
San Francisco, California

I will be August 10 featured Bay Area Cave Canem poets reflecting on themes of the current exhibition. Now on view, The Ease of Fiction presents the work of four African artists living in the United States as the foundation of a critical discussion about history, fact and fiction. The readings and discussion of original work will take place in the gallery for a maximum of 30 minutes.  


Thursday August 17, 2017   6:00 PM

Museum of the African Diaspora

685 Mission Street (at Third)
San Francisco, California

poets-speak-2017-300x210Community Voices: Poets Speak, The series has been curated by Arisa White.  Bay Area Cave Canem poets reflect on themes of the current exhibition.  This the culmination of the series  with a reception and an evening of poetry by the participating poets on Thursday, August 17, 2017.


 Free Admission.


Friday September 29, 2017   7:00 PM

Sierra Writers Series

I will be reading with Indigo Moor at

The Open Book

671 Maltman Drive

Grass Valley, CA 95945


Friday October 21  7:30 PM


Litquake Reading – Writers with Drinks

Make Out Room

3225 22nd Street,

SF near Mission. Close to 24th street BART. Show at 7:30





















Past Readings

Lunch Poems

Morrison Library in Doe Library

U.C. Berkeley

Berkeley, Ca.

Sunday April 9, 2017 – 8:00

My birthday

SF Jazz Center

201 Franklin Street San Francisco, Ca.

SF Jazz Poetry Festival

This is the last day of an exciting program of poetry and music curated by Genny Lim. The [poetry festival will close with Devorah major with Destiny Muhammad, harpist, composer and vocalist extraordinaire

Genny Lim with Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra


Friday April 21 7 p.m.

world poetry seriesWorld Poetry Series

Mill Valley Public Library 375 Throckmorton Ave

batter up! a big rowdy crowd, free wine and beer and popcorn, and the best poetry around. come join Daniel Handler, Julia Levine, Brynn Saito, Charif Shanahan, Devorah Major, Zubair Ahmed, Roy Mash, Tom Barbash, and Prartho Sereno at this insanely fun event! admission is free.


Wednesday, April 26 at 6:00

Cal State East Bay -Hayward Hill Campus

Distinguished Writers Series, Department of English



 An award-winning writer of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, and performer, editor, and part-time professor, Devorah Major served as San Francisco’s third Poet Laureate from 2002 to 2006, and currently serves as poet-in-residence of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She has appeared in scores of literary journals and anthologies, and has published two novels (An Open Weave and Brown Glass Windows) four chapbooks, two history books for young people, and four poetry collections (Where River Meets Ocean, With More Than Tongue, Street Smarts, and and then we became, which Library Journal named one of the Top Poetry Books of Fall 2016). Jewelle Gomez says, “devorah major remains one of our premier storytellers.”

Further info: Professor Steve Gutierrez at On-campus parking fee. California State University, East Bay welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Please notify event sponsor at least two weeks in advance if accommodation is needed.

as part of National Poetry Month

and in conjunction with the DeCerq Poetry Prize




Saturday April 29 1:30PM

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Saturday, April 29 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm Oakland Main Branch Library 125 14th Street, Oakland CA Favianna Rodriguez, Copyright 2017 Co-sponsored by The Ina Coolbrith Circle and PEN Oakland This year’s National Poetry Month Program features migration – and the kaleidoscope of images, experiences and adventures available with the movement that reshapes lives, landscapes and our knowledge of each other.