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The Poetry Center presents Garrett Caples and Julian Talamantez Brolaski reading and in conversation. Garrett Caples reads new poems in manuscript as well as poems from Power Ballads (Wave Books, 2016). Julian Talamantez Brolaski reads from Advice for Lovers (City Lights, 2012) a new chapbook, Come Correct (fivehundred places, 2018), and new work from manuscript. The reading is followed by a conversation in response to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Jackie Wang and Lily Hoang reading at The Green Arcade. This event, debuting Jackie Wang's book Carceral Capitalism, is one of many programs featured across the U.S. during March 2018 as part of the Poetry Coalition series on The Body, sponsored in part by a Ford Foundation grant to the Poetry Coalition. Lily Hoang (introduced by Jackie Wang) opens, reading from A Bestiary (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2016). She is followed by Jackie Wang (introduced by Brandon Brown) reading from Carceral Capitalism (Semiotext(e) Interventions Series, 2018).
The Poetry Center, along with The Green Arcade, presents some two dozen poets from the Bay Area and beyond reading from the works of Michael Gizzi (1949–2010), on the occasion of the publication of his Collected Poems (The Figures, 2015), edited by Clark Coolidge and Craig Watson. The volume includes all of the poet’s books, plus more than 100 pages of unpublished poetry covering the years 1975-2010. Reading organized by Alan Bernheimer and Kit Robinson.
The Poetry Center presents a memorial tribute to Stephen Rodefer (1940–2015), with reminiscences and poems, mostly by Rodefer, read by twenty Bay Area poets and friends. The event incorporates a portion from a Poetry Center video of Stephen Rodefer reading, May 8, 1975, at San Francisco State University.