Special Feature: Black Women in the Archives

Selected by poet Arisa White, this group of historic recordings features original Poetry Center readings by Ai, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Jayne Cortez, Wanda Coleman, Audre Lorde, June Jordan, and Pat Parker. Fourteen featured recordings of nine poets range across four decades—from October 1971, as Maya Angelou reads and remarks on her poems collected after the grand success of her autobiography, I Know the Caged Bird Sings, to April 2013, when Wanda Coleman in one of her last (more)

Maya Angelou: October 14, 1971

The Poetry Center presents Maya Angelou, reading and commenting on her poems from the book Just Give Me a Cool Drink of...

Date: 10/14/1971

Audre Lorde: September 26, 1974

The Poetry Center presents Audre Lorde, reading her poems from New York Head Shop and Museum (Broadside Press, 1974) as...

Date: 09/26/1974

Ai: November 14, 1974

The Poetry Center presents Ai, reading poetry from her book Cruelty, published by Houghton Mifflin in 1973, and from as...

Date: 11/14/1974

June Jordan: April 20, 1977

The Poetry Center presents June Jordan reading her poetry, from the collection Things That I Do in the Dark: 1954-1977...

Date: 04/20/1977

Wanda Coleman: October 14, 1982

The Poetry Center presents Wanda Coleman reading from her book of poems, Mad Dog Black Lady (Black Sparrow Press,1979).

Date: 10/14/1982

Jayne Cortez: April 12, 1985

The Poetry Center presents Jayne Cortez [as part of a program shared with French novelist and feminist theorist Monique...

Date: 04/12/1985

Wanda Coleman: April 14, 1985

The Poetry Center presents Wanda Coleman, performing her poetry as part of the Women Working in Literature Conference, at...

Date: 04/14/1985

Pat Parker and Audre Lorde: February 7, 1986

The Poetry Center Presents Pat Parker and Audre Lorde reading at the Women's Building in San Francisco. Pat Parker...

Date: 02/07/1986

Lucille Clifton: April 2, 1987

The Poetry Center presents Lucille Clifton, reading at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. Clifton reads and...

Date: 04/02/1987

June Jordan: April 15, 1993

The Poetry Center presents June Jordan reading her essay "Requiem for the Champ" (written in response to boxer...

Date: 04/15/1993

Gwendolyn Brooks: April 21, 1997

The Poetry Center presents Gwendolyn Brooks, reading at Wheeler Hall, the University of California, Berkeley, at an event...

Date: 04/21/1997

June Jordan: August 20, 1998

The Poetry Center co-presents June Jordan, acclaimed poet, essayist, political activist, and professor of Afro American...

Date: 08/20/1998

Jayne Cortez and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs: October 30, 2007

The Poetry Center, in collaboration with giovanni singleton and Nocturnes Review, presents Jayne Cortez and LaTasha N....

Date: 10/30/2007

Wanda Coleman: April 4, 2013

The Poetry Center presents Wanda Coleman, recipient of the 2011 Poetry Center Book Award, for The World Falls Away...

Date: 04/04/2013