The Living Room Readings

Last year, a group of East Bay poets organized a weekend-long festival of free house readings by poets visiting from across the country, raising a modest sum to help pay traveling costs and hosting a weekend of thrilling community events, including karaoke and a barbecue and what seemed like a never-ending parade of new and unique ways to use language. The experiment was so successful that some of the organizers helped to put a similar event together in Brooklyn earlier this year, and this weekend sees the second annual East Bay Poetry Summit. Several local series organizers will host writers from as far away as New York, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, and Louisiana, as well as some local poets. One of the major epiphanies from last year's events was the extent of what's already going on regularly here, particularly in Oakland and Berkeley, and how much a major event like this just seemed to make sense. There's a reading Thursday night in Oakland; Berkeley-based events on Friday; Oakland events on Saturday; a BBQ party on Sunday. For a full schedule with lineups and locations, visit the event page on Facebook.

East Bay Poetry Summit starts at 8 p.m. at Speakeasy, 3218 Adeline St., Oakland. Free; visit

July 2-6, 8 p.m., 2014

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