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The Poetry Center presents Forrest Gander, reading and in conversation. After opening with a reading from unpublished work by C.D. Wright, and a selection of poems by Latin American and Spanish poets (read in Spanish and in translation), Gander reads his own new work from Be With (New Directions, 2018) and from his earlier book, Science and Steepleflower, (New Directions, 1998). His reading is followed by a conversation in response to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Brontez Purnell and Tommy Pico, reading and in conversation. Brontez Purnell reads from Johnny Would You Love Me If My Dick Were Bigger (The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2017) and his forthcoming collection 100 Boyfriends. Tommy Pico reads from Junk (Tin House Books, 2018) and from the manuscript to his forthcoming book, Feed. After the reading is a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents MK Chavez and Heather June Gibbons, in reading and conversation. MK Chavez reads from her books Dear Animal, (Nomadic Press, 2017) and Mothermorphosis (Nomadic Press, 2016), as well as a manuscript of work in progress, and her literary essay A Brief History of the Selfie (Alley Cat Books). Heather June Gibbons reads from her book, Her Mouth as Souvenir (The University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, 2018). After the reading is a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents poet-translator-activists John Pluecker and Jen Hofer, reading and in conversation, to debut the Poetry Center's Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series. John Pluecker reads from Ford Over (Noemi Press, 2016), poems from an unpublished manuscript, Green Go Home, and poems from an untitled unpublished work in progress. Jen Hofer reads from her translation of Virginia Lucas’s Amé.RICA (tu valor de cambio), as Ah.me.RICH.ah (your exchange value) (forthcoming, Litmus Press, 2019), followed by an unpublished manuscript of new works, titled conditions. The poets' interlaced performances are followed briefly by a conversation with the audience.