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The Poetry Center presents “Adjunct Action | Poets in Action,” a panel at the 2nd Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair, with poets, adjunct faculty members, and union organizers Jessica Beard, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, David Buuck, and Stephanie Young, co-chaired by Jessica Lawless (SEIU) and Sheila Tully (CFA). The panelists each read briefly and comment on short excerpts of poetry and prose, followed by conversation with Jessica Lawless and Sheila Tully. Event co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, SFSU Labor Archives and Research Center, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021, and California Faculty Association (CFA) San Francisco.
The Poetry Center presents Oscar Bermeo and Barbara Jane Reyes reading and in conversation. Bermeo reads unpublished work. Reyes reads new unpublished work, and from her books For the City That Nearly Broke Me (Aztlan Libre Press, 2012), Diwata (BOA Editions, 2010), and To Love as Aswan (PAWA, Inc. Publications, 2015). Following her reading, Kuwentuhan (Talkstory), a short film produced by San Francisco State University’s Documentary Film Institute and edited by Daewon Kim is screened, with the film incorporating a reading by Reyes of Joy Harjo's poem "Perhaps The World Ends Here." Kuwentuhan (Talkstory) is a project of the Poetry Center and Barbara Jane Reyes, supported by the Creative Work Fund. The film is followed by a conversation between the poets and the audience.
The Poetry Center and the Labor Archives and Research Center present poet/artist/activists Cassie Thornton, Christian Nagler, and Christopher Higgenbotham discussing their community projects and reading and performing their works. Tanya Hollis introduces the event, followed by Cassie Thornton reimagining the meaning and structure of debt; Christian Nagler reading a series of poems; and Christopher Higgenbotham performing his spoken-word poem “Why, America?” The event concludes with questions from the audience. Co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, SFSU Labor Archives and Research Center, and Service Employees International Union Local 1021.