The Leisure of Literary Readings

May 20, 2015 - 11:51am -- Jennifer Arin

Summer, with its more leisurely pace, is the perfect time to become immersed in the Bay Area's literary scene. A few links to local readings and events follow, as a starting point:

The San Francisco Chronicle lists readings and plays throughout the Bay Area:

Poetry Flash’s site announces poetry readings and open mics throughout California:

San Francisco State has diverse literary and artistic events sponsored by the College of Liberal & Creative Arts (, and the campus's Poetry Center has its own roster of readings (

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre has high-quality events -- and offers student discounts:

Independent bookstores in the Bay Area tend to feature readings. Books Inc., for instance, which has bookstores throughout the Bay Area (including several in San Francisco), holds numerous events:

Alternatively, readings at The Booksmith, on Haight Street, sometimes feature clowns! Check for “Literary Clown Foolery” ($10), or any of their many free readings, at


Booksmith event