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FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friend,

Greetings. If you live here, or have been to San Francisco lately, you’ll have noticed the city shifting. It’s impossible to overlook. Daily, we’re seeing this town become a less hospitable home for poets and artists, scholars and students, ordinary folks whose incomes aren’t expanding. People are pushed out, and those who hang on are finding the centers of gravity migrating elsewhere. The crux of poetic activity in the Bay Area has, for the most part, shifted outside San Francisco. The scene has changed. Mean economics and cultural migration are facts of the day. Though, let me remind you that The Poetry Center is still here, after 60 years, and we’re still vitally active.

Could you become a member of The Poetry Center? And if you already are, could you please renew your membership with a donation? This year we’ve celebrated The Poetry Center’s 60th Anniversary (1954–2014), and we’ve been fortunate to host a remarkable series of public readings, talks, and performances. Did you see Judy Grahn’s great solo afternoon (she first read for The Poetry Center in 1971, on an historic Gay Liberation bill with Thom Gunn, Robert Duncan and others); or Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Susan Gevirtz at McRoskey Mattress Co. (for the 40th Anniversary of Kelsey Street Press)? Some of us caught Erica Hunt and Marty Ehrlich’s wonderful word & music duo at the Center for New Music; CAConrad delivered an inimitable Som(atic) Poetry Workshop at Ruth’s Table (named for Ruth Azawa, whose work table graces the room); and two stellar readings by four Pew Fellow poets from Philadelphia took place, with a follow-up Cincinnati trio in October. Maybe you heard Cuban poet Nancy Morejón, as she super-packed The Poetry Center; or across the bay in Oakland, you helped us salute late musician/activist Fred Ho? Andrew Joron joined SF State’s Creative Writing faculty, and read with Julie Carr; Ed Roberson, rarely in town, shared a night with Michael Palmer that proved an exceptional occasion; at City Lights Books, I interviewed two gentlemen, WWII Conscientious Objectors who’d been in the Waldport, Oregon CO camp; Dawn Lundy Martin came to town to read with Anne Lesley Selcer; and Kevin Killian, with Andrew Durbin out of New York, brought down the house. Now we’re coming up on our DEC 6 tribute to Kansas City poet Anne Boyer by her Bay Area friends, and this year’s George Oppen Memorial Lecture, DEC 13, features brilliant Maria Damon. We promise events for this coming year will be equally memorable.

Meanwhile, quietly, we’ve been tending to our Archives: Bay Area Video Coalition has transferred two batches of early hard-to-access videos from the 1970s and early ’80s, heading online soon at Poetry Center Digital Archive. As a video pilot, on view now are six historic readings by Alice Notley, transferred and posted for the “Alette in Oakland” Symposium last month at the Bay Area Public School’s new Omni Oakland Collective. You’ll also find online the first set from about 100 audio recordings from the ’60s — with more joining these ASAP.

We’re able to do these things with your support. Please send a check, at the $50 member level, or at our low-income level of $25. If you’re able, please make a donation of $100, $250, or even something more generous (it happens!). Members are admitted free to most events. Donations above the $50 member-level are tax deductible. And you’ll be on board as we enter our 7th decade. NOTE: you can DONATE ONLINE NOW or mail your check made out to "The Poetry Center/SFSU" to:


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


See you in 2015, if not before then. Many thanks!

Steve Dickison
Director, The Poetry Center
San Francisco State University



FALL 2014 Poetry Center Events


SEPTEMBER
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Thursday SEPT 4 Celebrated AfroCuban poet Nancy Morejón
12:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free
Co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, and the Departments of
Creative Writing and Women and Gender Studies


Thursday SEPT 4 Words and Music, in memoriam Fred Ho
Royal Hartigan and Ben Barson
with special guest Hafez Modirzadeh

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



Sunday SEPT 7
STRUGGLE FOR A NEW WORLD!
Fred Ho Memorial Tribute

An all-star salute to the late musician and cultural worker
2:00-4:30pm @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street (at Franklin), Oakland, free

co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and the Design Center for Global Needs at SFSU, Freedom Archives, and Oakland Asian Cultural Center

 

Thursday SEPT 11 Andrew Joron and Julie Carr
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free



Thursday SEPT 25 Prose at The Poetry Center
Lance Olsen and Lucy Corin

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

 

OCTOBER
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Thursday OCT 2 Poetry Center Book Award Reading
Stephen Ratcliffe
for Selected Days
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free

 

Saturday OCT 11 Ed Roberson and Michael Palmer
7:00 pm @ Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin St (at Geary),
San Francisco, $10*

(*$5 low income; free for SFSU students, Poetry Center members; Franklin St parking available at 7pm)

 

Wednesday OCT 15 "Here On The Edge": World War II Conscientious Objectors, Their Legacy of Art and Peace
Steve McQuiddy with special guest Vladimir Dupre
in conversation with Steve Dickison

7:00 pm @ City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus (at Broadway), San Francisco, free

Co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, City Lights Bookstore,
and LitQuake


Thursday OCT 16 Dawn Lundy Martin and Anne Lesley Selcer
3:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free

—AND—

Thursday OCT 16 Dawn Lundy Martin and Anne Lesley Selcer
reading and book party for from A Book of Poems on Beauty
7:00 pm @ The Green Arcade
1680 Market Street (at Gough), San Francisco, free

 

Thursday OCT 23 Cincinatti to San Francisco:
Catherine Wagner, Dana Ward, Tyrone Williams

7:00 pm @ Ruth's Table, 580 Capp Street (at 21st),
San Francisco, $10*

(*$5 low income; free for SFSU students, Poetry Center members; parking at Municipal Garage, 21st St btw Mission and Valencia)

 

NOVEMBER
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Thursday NOV 6 Kevin Killian and Andrew Durbin
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free

 

Thursday NOV 13 Donna de la Perrière and Barbara Tomash
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free



Thursday NOV 20 Prose at The Poetry Center
Donal McLaughlin

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

 

DECEMBER
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Thursday DEC 4 Amarnath Ravva and giovanni singleton
4:30 pm @ The Poetry Center HUM 512, SFSU, free

 

Saturday DEC 6 For Anne Boyer
7:00 pm @ Ruth's Table, 580 Capp Street (at 21st),
San Francisco, $10-$20 donation*

(*$5 low income; free for SFSU students, Poetry Center members; parking at Municipal Garage, 21st St btw Mission and Valencia)




Saturday DEC 13 George Oppen Memorial Lecture: Maria Damon
7:00 pm @ Ruth's Table, 580 Capp Street (at 21st),
San Francisco, $10*

(*$5 low income; free for SFSU students, Poetry Center members; parking at Municipal Garage, 21st St btw Mission and Valencia)

Supported by the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust

 



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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 through the year, 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), Humanities 512 (Reading Room), and Humanities 507 (American Poetry 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 Dorothy A. Fowler Trust, the Fund for Poetry, and Friends of the Poetry Center.

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

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