gottlieb has tattoos and is dressed all in black as she sniffs a red flower
You can have lunch with poet Daphne Gottlieb during Pride Month. (Photo/Tristan Crane)

‘Have a Poet for Lunch’ during Pride Month

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is hosting the series “Have a Poet for Lunch” in conjunction with its current exhibit of works by gay artist Cary Leibowitz and Pride month.

The lunchtime series, which kicked off June 2, picks up at 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, with Jewish poet Daphne Gottlieb. She is the author of 10 books, including “Pretty Much Dead,” a collection of short stories about homelessness and mental illness — topics Gottlieb frequently writes about.

On June 16, S.F.-based writer, librarian and film critic Sherilyn Connelly will be featured. Her most recent book is “Ponytail Confidential: The History and Culture of My Little Pony.”

Charlie Jane Anders is the final guest in the series, on June 23. Her books include “All the Birds in the Sky” and the award-winning novel “Choir Boy.” Anders is also organizer of the Writers with Drinks literary series.

“Have a Poet for Lunch” poetic sessions take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Fridays in the CJM gallery, 736 Mission St., S.F. “Have a Poet” is included with museum admission.

In addition to the lunchtime series, the CJM has spearheaded an alliance of area museums and arts organization that will be marching in the city’s June 25 parade, under the banner “Museums with Pride.”