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The Poetry Center presents David Henderson reading a retrospective selection of poems, from his earliest published works to the present, and in conversation with the audience. Henderson reads from Felix of the Silent Forest (Poets Press, 1967), De Mayor of Harlem (E.P. Dutton, 1970), The Low East (North Atlantic Books, 1980), Neo California (North Atlantic Books, 1998), and newer work from manuscript, including a work-in-progress “For Gil Scott-Heron.” His reading is followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Dennis Cooper and Eileen Myles reading at McRoskey Mattress Co., San Francisco. Dennis Cooper reads his early story "My Mark," included in the New Narrative anthology Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997, edited by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian (Nightboat Books, 2017). Eileen Myles reads an older poem along with new poems in manuscript form before reading from her book Afterglow (a dog memoir) (Grove Press, 2017). This event is co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade, in conjunction with Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today, a conference held at UC Berkeley and related venues, October 13-15, 2017, organized and convened by Daniel Benjamin, Chris Chen, Lyn Hejinian, and Eric Sneathen.
The Poetry Center and the UC Berkeley Department of English co-present this celebration of the publication of Lucia Berlin's A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015, with introductions to Berlin's work by poet Lyn Hejinian and novelist Namwali Serpell, followed by readings of four stories by her friends and fellow writers Stephen Emerson, Gloria Frym, August Kleinzahler, and Mimi Pond at the Maud Fife Room in Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley.