George Oppen Memorial Lecture

The George Oppen Memorial Lecture was initiated in 1985, after the death of poet George Oppen (1908–1984), in order each year to explore the life, work, and context of Oppen and his contemporaries. Also featured here are three historic readings by George Oppen for The Poetry Center. At present, digital video is available for the four most recent talks: by Roberto Tejada, Frances Richard, David Hobbs, and Tyrone Williams. Earlier talks will be added from the collection as they are prepared (more)

Roberto Tejada, The George Oppen Memorial Lecture: December 12, 2015

The Poetry Center presents Roberto Tejada delivering the 31st annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture. Tejada focuses on the...

Date: 12/12/2015

Frances Richard, The George Oppen Memorial Lecture: December 17, 2016

The Poetry Center presents Frances Richard delivering the 32nd annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture, entitled "The...

Date: 12/17/2016

David Hobbs, The George Oppen Memorial Lecture: December 2, 2017

The Poetry Center presents the 33rd annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture featuring David B. Hobbs at the Unitarian...

Date: 12/02/2017

Tyrone Williams, The George Oppen Memorial Lecture: December 6, 2019

Tyrone Williams presents the 34th annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture, at the Unitarian Center, San Francisco. The...

Date: 2019-12-06

Charles Reznikoff and George Oppen: February 19, 1963

The Poetry Center presents Charles Reznikoff and George Oppen in an early reading from their respective books, By the...

Date: 02/19/1963

George Oppen: February 21, 1968

The Poetry Center presents George Oppen reading two major sequences from his 1968 book Of Being Numerous , for which he...

Date: 02/21/1968

George Oppen: October 29, 1969

The Poetry Center presents a return reading (following his early 1968 Poetry Center reading) by George Oppen, in honor of...

Date: 10/29/1969