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SPRING 2014 EVENTS CALENDAR



FEBRUARY
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Thursday FEB 6 Ana Castillo and Benjamin Hollander
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free

 

Thursday FEB 13 Alana Siegel and Ted Rees
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free

 

Thursday FEB 20 Judy Grahn
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free

co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and
SFSU Women and Gender Studies Dept.

 

MARCH
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Saturday MAR 1 The Poetry Center at AWP/Seattle
4:30–5:45 pm @ Room 2A, Washington State Convention Center
Breaking Bread with the Dead:
60 Years at Poetry Center Digital Archive
with Steve Dickison, Melissa Eleftherion Carr, Sara Wingate Gray
Associated Writing Programs Conference, Seattle, Washington

 

Thursday MAR 6 Matvei Yankelevich and Julien Poirier
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free

 

Friday MAR 7 Ugly Duckling Presse in San Francisco
7:30 pm @ The Green Arcade
1680 Market Street (at Gough), San Francisco, free
Editors Matvei Yankelevich and Julien Poirier with UDP authors
Clark Coolidge, Micah Ballard, Dodie Bellamy, Tom Comitta, Brent Cunningham, Patrick Dunagan, John Sakkis, Cedar Sigo, Sara Wintz


co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, The Green Arcade,
and Ugly Duckling Presse
“2013 small press of the year” (The Village Voice)

 

Wednesday MAR 12 Isabelle Thuy Pelaud and guests: Christilily Chiv, Chau Nguyen, Aimée Phan, Souvankham Thammavongsa
a reading in celebration of Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora
12:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free

co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN), SFSU Asian American Studies Dept.,
and SFSU Fine Arts Gallery

 

Thursday MAR 13 George Albon and Colleen Lookingbill
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free

 

Friday MAR 21 James Sherry and Kit Robinson
7:30 pm @ Meridian Gallery
535 Powell Street (above Sutter), San Francisco, $10*

(*$5 low income; free for SFSU students, Poetry Center members;
public parking at Sutter-Stockton garage one block east)

 

APRIL
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Thursday APRIL 3 Erica Hunt and Marty Ehrlich
in performance and conversation
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free


Friday APRIL 4 Erica Hunt and Marty Ehrlich
LIVE! @ the Center for New Music
55 Taylor Street
8:00 pm performance, $15/$10 CNM members

co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, Rova: Arts,
and Center for New Music

 

Prose at the Poetry Center
Thursday APRIL 10 ZZ Packer and Angela Pneuman
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center, HUM 512, SFSU, free


Saturday APRIL 12 CAConrad Poetry Workshop:
(Soma)tic Cartographies

4:00–6:00 pm (3:30 door) @ Ruth’s Table, 580 Capp Street (at 21st),
San Francisco, $10*

*$5 low income; free for SFSU students, Poetry Center members

co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and Ruth's Table: A Center for Creative Learning rooted in the life of artist Ruth Asawa

 

Sidebrow Books authors
Thursday APRIL 17 Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Sandy Florian
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free

 

Kelsey Street Press 40th Anniversary

Thursday APRIL 24 Hazel White and Sabrina Dalla Valle
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center, HUM 512, SFSU, free
reading and conversation with the poets and Kelsey Street founding editors Rena Rosenwasser and Patricia Dienstfrey

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Saturday APRIL 26 Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Susan Gevirtz
7:30 pm @ The Third Floor, McRoskey Mattress Co.
1687 Market Street (at Gough), San Francisco, $10*

*$5 low income; free to SFSU students and Poetry Center members; no one turned away for lack of funds

hosted by McRoskey Mattress Co.
co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, The Green Arcade,
and Kelsey Street Press


MAY
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Thursday MAY 1 Maxine Chernoff and Gillian Conoley
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free

 

Philadelphia to San Francisco
Pew Fellowship Poets
Emily Abendroth, Sueyeun Juliette Lee,
Jenn McCreary, Frank Sherlock


Thursday MAY 8 4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center, HUM 512, SFSU, free

Friday MAY 9 7:30 pm @ Ruth’s Table, 580 Capp Street (at 21st),
San Francisco, $10*

*$5 low income; free to SFSU students and Poetry Center members; no one turned away for lack of funds

co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and Ruth's Table, with thanks to the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage


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PCDA logo-smallPOETRY CENTER DIGITAL ARCHIVE will be launching circa 100 rare archival recordings from the 1960s during SPRING 2014. Currently posted: 50 from the '50s.

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Dear Friend,

I’m writing near the close of 2013, as the Poetry Center approaches its 60th anniversary, a landmark we’ll be commemorating all throughout 2014. This year we’ve witnessed a singular array of poets move before our eyes and ears.

Maybe you were with us for the amazing first words-and-music meeting of Yusef Komunyakaa with saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh (they left talking about their next gig in New York City). George Stanley, who read for the Poetry Center as a student in Jack Spicer’s “Poetry as Magic” Workshop in 1957, returned with stunning new poems. We remembered Leslie Scalapino, Edward Dorn, Jayne Cortez, and George Oppen, with presentations illuminated by their lives’ work. Back-to-back dates with poet-scholar Fred Moten and historian Robin D.G. Kelley delivered the goods in exceptional manner. And no less than six poets presented work from their new first books.

Also this year, we received an unexpected and generous gift from the estate of Dorothy (Dotty) Fowler, whose kindness will sustain the Oppen Lecture series for years to come.

Will you join us in supporting the Poetry Center and its good work? Your generous donation is crucial to the Poetry Center continuing to do what we do. You gift, whether $50 or $500, matters. Donations from individuals cover costs that our grant-sourced funding can rule out. Your generosity allows us to build on this vital legacy of 60 years, as recorded documents of our performance series are migrated online to Poetry Center Digital Archive. Please DONATE ONLINE NOW, or mail your check, made out to "The Poetry Center/SFSU", to us at:

The Poetry Center/SFSU
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco CA 94132


THANK YOU for continuing to play the crucial role of helping to keep the Poetry Center vital. We anticipate a new year offering joy, beauty — and more of what poetry can bring us.


Warmly,


Steve Dickison, Director


The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives
San Francisco State University

 

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PCDA logo-smallPOETRY CENTER DIGITAL ARCHIVE posted "50 from the '50s" at its April 2011 debut, with better than fifty original Poetry Center recordings from our American Poetry Archives. In preparation are 1960s recordings, plus feature selections, 1954 forward.

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The Poetry Center since 1954 has hosted what is likely the longest continuously running poetry reading series in the United States, presenting dozens of public programs throughout the year, both on the SFSU campus and at various public venues in San Francisco and vicinity.

Our American Poetry Archives houses over 4,000 hours of original audio and video recordings dating from 1954 to the present.

POETRY CENTER DIGITAL ARCHIVE
provides free public access to significant portions of the collection via the World Wide Web.

The Poetry Center is located on the San Francisco State University campus, in Humanities 511 (Offices) , HUM 512 (Reading Room),
and HUM 507 (Archives).

Programs supported by San Francisco State University College of Arts & Humanities, SFSU Instructionally Related Student Activities Fund, Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund (City of San Francisco), the Creative Work Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, the Fund for Poetry, and Friends of the Poetry Center.

YOUR DONATION

supports our programs.

Alternately, checks can be mailed to:

The Poetry Center
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco CA 94132

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