Monday 12/16: Writers on Writing. The San Francisco State University Creative Writing Department opens its Writers on Writing course to the public every Monday evening of the semester. Dodie Bellamy and Steven Seidenberg read from and discuss their latest work. Free, 7 p.m. Humanities Building, Humanities Auditorium, SFSU campus.
Tuesday 12/17: The Word Party, an open mic open to poets and poetry, will be hosted by Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir and feature live music by Nova Jazz (Daniel Heffez, Leslie Thorne, and Geordie Van Der Bosch). $10 (donation supports musicians and venue), 9 p.m. at Viracocha.
Wednesday 12/18: Canessa Poetry Reading presented by Avery Burns will feature the poems of Clark Coolidge. Free, doors at 7/reading at 7:30 p.m at Canessa Gallery.
Thursday 12/19: An Evening with Robert Hass & Brenda Hillman at the St. Helena Public Library. Free, 7 p.m
Friday 12/20: Red Light Lit explores the “The Stories That Bind Us” in the form of prose, poetry and song. Sylvie Simmons will read from her biography, “I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.” $10, doors at 6/show at 7 p.m. at the Make-Out Room.
Saturday 12/21: Celebrate the shortest day of the year with the Octopus Literary Salon at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland. There will be hot cider, live scientist carolers, and original, comedic mini-plays directed by Rebecca Grove. $12, 4 p.m.