CENTRAL COAST WRITERS’ CONFERENCE XXV takes place Oct. 2-3 at Cuesta College in SLO. Info: communityprograms.net or 546-3132.
STEYNBERG GALLERY HOSTS THE SLO FAVORITE POEMS PROJECT on the first Sundays of the month from 4-6pm. This is a different style of poetry reading: instead of their own work, featured readers and audience members read only poems that are written by others, and are related to a monthly topic. Oct. 4: Myths and fairytales. 1531 Monterey St. in SLO. Info: SLOfavoritepoems.org or 788-0818.
CENTRAL COAST BOOK AND AUTHOR FESTIVAL which takes place Oct. 4 from 10am-4pm in Mission Plaza in SLO. Kids will be dazzled by the Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man show. Enjoy free readings, workshops, author panels, art show, book sales, book signings, kids’ story time, entertainment and more. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for SLO County Public Libraries, funding programs like the County-wide Children’s Summer Reading Program. Visit ccbookfestival.org.
ANOTHER TYPE OF GROOVE OPEN MIC AND SPECIAL POETRY READINGS take place on the first Wednesday of the month at Cal Poly in SLO. In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, the Cal Poly MultiCultural Center’s Another Type of Groove presents Chicano spoken word poet and activist Tomás Riley on Oct. 7 at 7:30pm in the Chumash Auditorium. Riley’s performance poetry career began in 1994 as a member of the Taco Shop Poets, an eminent Chicano spoken word collective that balanced poetry with live music and grassroots politics. Info: 756-1405 or multicultural.calpoly.edu.
LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL SAN LUIS OBISPO POETRY FESTIVAL takes place Nov. 6-15. All events start at 7pm. Tickets are $3-$5. Readings happen all over SLO. Info: 547-1318, firstname.lastname@example.org, or languageofthesoul.org.
COALESCE BOOKSTORE presents Second Sundays at 7pm. Open reading follows. 845 Main in Morro Bay. Info: 772-2880.
“CORNERS OF THE MOUTH” meets in SLO at Linnaea’s Cafe 1110 Garden St., the third Sun. at 7pm. Open reading to follow. Free. Info: 547-1318 or email@example.com.
THIRD THURSDAY-POETS’ NIGHT OUT takes place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 5318 Palma in Atascadero. Open reading, open mic follows. Info: 466-0356 or 466-2195.