Poetry Center Archive Goes Live!

Historic video recordings (with downloadable audio) from The Poetry Center's first decade of video documentation. We'll post rare video from the 1970s and 1980s, thanks to digital transfers by BAVC via its Preservation Access Program. Gratitude to Marshall Trammell, Music Research Strategies, for opening credits music and source video. Check in as more recordings from the historic collection get (more)

Nikki Giovanni: December 4, 1984

The Poetry Center presents Nikki Giovanni, talking with the audience and reading from her poetry. Giovanni opens by...

Date: 1984-12-04

David Melnick: April 23, 1984

The Poetry Center presents David Melnick, in what is apparently the only existing recording of the poet performing his...

Date: 1984-04-23

Lucia Berlin and Douglas Woolf: February 24, 1984

The Poetry Center presents Lucia Berlin and Douglas Woolf, each reading from their work, with introductions by...

Date: 1984-02-24

Michael Ondaatje: October 29, 1983

The Poetry Center presents Michael Ondaatje, visiting the Bay Area from his home in Toronto, Canada, in a reading at New...

Date: 1983-10-29

Q. R. Hand Jr., Genny Lim, and Juan Felipe Herrera: February 24, 1983

The Poetry Center presents poets Q. R. Hand Jr., Genny Lim, and Juan Felipe Herrera, presenting their poetry at...

Date: 1983-02-24

Karen Brodine and Meridel Le Sueur: November 5, 1981

The Poetry Center presents poet-activists Karen Brodine and Meridel Le Sueur. Brodine reads poems from her then-newly...

Date: 1981-11-05

Margaret Atwood: May 3, 1978

The Poetry Center presents Margaret Atwood, in her first Bay Area appearance, visiting San Francisco State from...

Date: 1978-05-03

K. Curtis Lyle and Calvin C. Hernton: November 16, 1977

The Poetry Center presents a rare reading by Black Arts Movement poets K. Curtis Lyle, founding member of the Watts...

Date: 1977-11-16

James Broughton and Helen Adam: November 2, 1977

The Poetry Center presents James Broughton and Helen Adam, presenting their poetry at a special reading held at the...

Date: 1977-11-02

"Tempest in a Teapot" Asian American Poets Reading—with Jeffery Paul Chan and Al Robles, Lou Syquia, George Leong, Lane Nishikawa, Janice Mirikitani, Alan Chong Lau, Laureen Mar, Garrett Hongo: May 16, 1977

The Poetry Center presents this landmark 1977 recording of a group reading by eight West Coast Asian American and Asian...

Date: 1977-05-16

Amiri Baraka at San Francisco State University: March 2, 1977

The Poetry Center presents Amiri Baraka, talking to students on revolution, political organizing, and the function...

Date: 1977-03-02

Amiri Baraka at New College of California: March 2, 1977

The Poetry Center, in collaboration with New College of California, presents Amiri Baraka, reading from his poetry and...

Date: 1977-03-02

Joan Didion: February 23, 1977

The Poetry Center presents Joan Didion, in what was her first ever public reading. Celebrated prose-stylist, journalist,...

Date: 1977-02-23

Kathy Acker and Jim Gustafson: February 9, 1977

The Poetry Center presents Kathy Acker, accompanied in her presentation by Rae Armantrout and Kit Robinson, and Jim...

Date: 1977-02-09

Daphne Marlatt and Tom Raworth: November 3, 1976

The Poetry Center presents Daphne Marlatt, visiting from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Tom Raworth, from London, UK,...

Date: 1976-11-03

Clark Coolidge and Philip Whalen: May 5, 1976

"The Poetry Center is insanely pleased to present the brilliant word theoretician and poet, CLARK COOLIDGE, in...

Date: 1976-05-05

Basil Bunting: April 29, 1976

The Poetry Center presents Basil Bunting, reading Briggflatts,  his most celebrated long poem, and, by...

Date: 1976-04-29

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge: April 21, 1976

The Poetry Center presents Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, in an early recorded solo reading of her poetry. Scheduled to...

Date: 1976-04-21

Lorenzo Thomas and David Henderson with Ghetto Violence: March 19, 1976

The Poetry Center presents Lorenzo Thomas and David Henderson, the latter performing with the band Ghetto Violence,...

Date: 1976-03-19

Ebbe Borregaard and Robin Blaser: February 11, 1976

The Poetry Center presents Robin Blaser and Ebbe Borregaard, reading their work at the San Francisco State University...

Date: 1976-02-11

David Meltzer and Jerome Rothenberg: December 3, 1975

The Poetry Center presents David Meltzer and Jerome Rothenberg, reading together in what host Lewis MacAdams describes as...

Date: 1975-12-03

Simon J. Ortiz: November 19, 1975

The Poetry Center presents Simon J. Ortiz, in this early reading of his work at San Francisco State University. Ortiz...

Date: 1975-11-19

Jackson Mac Low: November 5, 1975

The Poetry Center presents Jackson Mac Low presenting a variety of his works. The poet plays a magnetic-tape collage,...

Date: 1975-11-05

Jessica Hagedorn and the West Coast Gangster Choir: October 30, 1975

The Poetry Center presents Jessica Hagedorn and the West Coast Gangster Choir, in this historic mid-1970s video...

Date: 1975-10-30

Carolee Sanchez and Lawson Fusao Inada: October 15, 1975

The Poetry Center presents Carolee Sanchez and Lawson Inada, reading from their poetry in the César Chavez Center...

Date: 1975-10-15

Robert Glück: April 3, 1975

The Poetry Center presents Robert Glück, reading from his poems and other early work, including passages related to...

Date: 1975-04-03

Ted Berrigan, Keith Abbott, and Kenward Elmslie: March 6, 1975

The Poetry Center presents Keith Abbott, Ted Berrigan, and Kenward Elmslie, reading from their respective work, at San...

Date: 1975-03-6

Thom Gunn, Joanne Kyger, Nathaniel Tarn: November 20, 1974

The Poetry Center presents Thom Gunn, Joanne Kyger, and Nathaniel Tarn, each presenting substantial readings of what was...

Date: 1974-11-20

Bill Berkson, Jim Carroll, Anne Waldman: October 10, 1974

The Poetry Center presents Bill Berkson, Jim Carroll, and Anne Waldman, reading their work at San Francisco State...

Date: 1974-10-10

Judy Grahn and Diane Wakoski: October 2, 1974

The Poetry Center presents Judy Grahn and Diane Wakoski, appearing at the San Francisco Museum of Art, each reading from...

Date: 1974-10-02

Audre Lorde and Etheridge Knight: September 26, 1974

The Poetry Center presents Audre Lorde and Etheridge Knight, both reading from their work as published by Dudley...

Date: 1974-09-26

Edward Dorn: September 19, 1974

The Poetry Center presents Edward Dorn, reading from new poetry. Dorn's reading is in two parts. He begins with...

Date: 1974-09-19

Diane di Prima and Kathleen Fraser: June 21, 1974

The Poetry Center presents Diane di Prima and Kathleen Fraser, each reading from their work, following introductions by...

Date: 1974-06-21

Adrienne Rich: April 25, 1974

The Poetry Center presents Adrienne Rich, in this rare early color-video recording. Rich, in a solo feature program,...

Date: 1974-04-25

Charles Reznikoff: March 21, 1974

The Poetry Center presents Charles Reznikoff, reading his poetry before an audience at San Francisco State University. He...

Date: 1974-03-21

Ernest J. Gaines: March 6, 1974

The Poetry Center presents novelist Ernest J. Gaines, reading from an early typescript of his subsequent novel In My...

Date: 1974-03-06

Tomas Tranströmer: March 4, 1974

The Poetry Center presents Tomas Tranströmer, reading his poetry in translations by May Swenson, Robert Bly, and...

Date: 1974-03-04

Barbara Guest and Bobbie Louise Hawkins: February 14, 1974

The Poetry Center presents Barbara Guest and Bobbie Louise Hawkins, each in an early appearance recorded to video,...

Date: 1974-02-14

Robert Creeley and John Wieners: November 15, 1973

The Poetry Center, in one of several special programs marking its 20th anniversary with celebratory readings at the San...

Date: 1973-11-15

Tom Clark and Lewis MacAdams: October 25, 1973

The Poetry Center presents Tom Clark and Lewis MacAdams, reading their poems written solo and in collaboration. Clark...

Date: 1973-10-25

Michael McClure: October 10, 1973

The Poetry Center presents Michael McClure in a featured solo reading at the San Francisco Museum of Art (subsequently,...

Date: 1973-10-10

Ishmael Reed and Stan Rice: October 4, 1973

The Poetry Center presents Ishmael Reed and Stan Rice, reading from their contemporary works, in this early black &...

Date: 1973-10-04

John Ashbery: May 16, 1973

The Poetry Center presents John Ashbery, reading from his poetry at the San Francisco Museum of Art (pre SFMOMA), at...

Date: 1973-05-16

Robert Duncan and George Oppen: February 22, 1973

The Poetry Center presents Robert Duncan and George Oppen, reading from their poetry, in the very first video...

Date: 1973-02-22