If you’re going to be in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend and love poetry as much as I do (or are ready to fall in love with it for the first time), check out the International Poetry Festival. All of the events which range from street parties to readings to crawls are listed here.
I traveled to the festival two years ago and got to enjoy Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading at Cafe Trieste before heading over the the Palace of Fine Arts where I saw 10 or so poets from around the world read in their original languages (with translation projected in the back). There’s something so indescribly powerful about poets coming together in one space to celebrate the written and spoken word. Come tomorrow, you can find me once again at the Palace of Fine Arts, where an awesome line-up of poets, including Ferlinghetti, will be reading.