Back-Alley Poetry Readings

Everyone knows California knows how to party, but let's back it up to appreciate this one: City Lights Books is throwing a six-month long fiesta for its 60th anniversary. It started last month with a daylong celebration, and continues in high gear with the kickoff to its Sundays in Kerouac Alley series: Throughout the summer, a different friend of the bookstore/publisher will curate an event in the street that connects Chinatown and North Beach ... and City Lights with popular watering hole Vesuvio across the way. San Francisco's Poet Laureate, Alejandro Murguia, hosts the first round, which includes Leticia Hernández-Linares, who combines music, performance, and writing and is a recipient of a KQED local hero award and the William Carlos Williams Prize from the Academy of Poets; Tomas Riley, a finalist for the California Voices Award; indie singer/songwriter Diana Gameros; and the poet Brenda Montaño.

Sun., July 21, 2 p.m., 2013
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