Mark Haskell Smith
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San Francisco International Poetry Festival
Thursday, July 26-Sunday, July 29, various locations
Organized by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, this biennial celebration of poetry will take place all weekend long, with events like a Kerouac Alley kick-off party featuring readings by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jack Hirschman and a jazz concert starring Jonathan Richman. All weekend long, poets like Amiri Baraka (left) will read in Civic Center Plaza, capping off the event with a Sunday poetry crawl through North Beach galleries. Check their website for the full schedule.