The new SFJAZZ Center, which opened in January, is putting on its first annual Poetry Festival, curated by SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Ishmael Reed. Spanning four days, the festival includes performances by premier Bay Area poets, many of whom will be riffing with improv musicians. Each evening will also conclude with an open mic session. Thursday features S.F. Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia and California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. On Friday, Genny Lim performs with woodwind maestro Melecio Magdaluyo, with the two joined by Lorna Dee Cervantes, Boadiba, and Neli Moody. On Saturday, Reed performs with pianist Mary Watkins, and will be joined by Michael McClure and Al Young accompanied by bassist Dan Robbins. Sunday's lineup includes Lucha Corpi, Floyd Salas, Jack and Adelle Foley, and Claire Ortada. If you're looking for dynamic performance in a lush setting, then any one of these nights is a sure bet.