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For the second event in The Poetry Center's premier Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series, we present Antena, a language justice and language experimentation collaborative, represented by poet-translators Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, reading, in performance, and in conversation. Antena enact their collaborative practice by engaging in topics chosen through audience feedback, free-flowing association, and discussion of current and past projects, culminating in a performance of improvised interpretative poem-making using excerpts out of June Jordan's Naming Our Destiny: New & Selected Poems (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1989) and Antena's own RECLICLADOS LANGUAGES リサイクルされた LENGUAJES RECYCLED 言語 (Libros Antena Books, 2016). The performance is followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade present Fred Moten and Nathaniel Mackey reading their poetry, along with Hafez Modirzadeh on alto saxophone, at the 3rd Floor, McRoskey Mattress Co., in San Francisco. Fred Moten reads from The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions, 2016); Hafez Modirzadeh offers a brief solo performance; Nathaniel Mackey reads from Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015), Whatsaid Serif (City Lights Books, 2001), and from manuscript. The evening culminates with Mackey and Moten performing their works in tandem.
The Poetry Center presents May-lee Chai and Junse Kim, reading and in conversation. May-lee Chai reads excerpts from her story "Ghost Festivals," from her newly published collection, Useful Phrases for Immigrants (Blair, 2018). Junse Kim reads excerpts from a larger work in progress (part of which was published in Fourteen Hills, 2012). Their readings are followed by an extended conversation with the audience. This program was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Note: video exists only for May-lee Chai's portion of this program; the remainder is audio only.
The Poetry Center, with support by the Sam Mazza Foundation, presents Mazza Writer in Residence Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta along with Daisy Zamora, reading and in conversation. Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta reads a new unpublished poem and their essay "A Film About Bleeding, Composed of Previously Discarded Fragments" (Open Space, 2018). Daisy Zamora reads from The Violent Foam (Curbstone Press, 2002) and La violenta espuma (Visor, 2017) as well as newer, unpublished poems, reading both in Spanish and in translations by George Evans. The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.