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The Poetry Center presents Frances Richard delivering the 32nd annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture, entitled "The Mind's own Place and Feminine Technologies: George Oppen and Possibilities of the Political." The Oppen Memorial Lecture series benefits from the support of the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust.
The Poetry Center presents Stefan Hyner in a reading and talk entitled "This Other World Not Civilized." Hyner reads in reverse-chronology from his own poetry dated 2003–2015, all in manuscript. He also reads his translations from Classical Chinese poets Lao Tzu, T'ao Yuan-Ming and Li T'ai Po, and responds to questions and remarks from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Tongo Eisen-Martin performing works from his book Someone's Dead Already (Bootstrap Press, 2015) along with new work which has appeared at SFMOMA's Open Space, and Jasmine Gibson reading from her chapbook Drapetomania (Commune Editions, 2016) and other unpublished works. Their readings are followed by a conversation between the poets and with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Wendy Trevino and Oki Sogumi, reading and in conversation. Wendy Trevino reads from her chapbook, Brazilian Is Not a Race (Commune Editions, 2016) and from unpublished work. Oki Sogumi reads the introduction to Smear Jelly Dreaming A goo daughter & Time Travel and Friendship (Museum of Expensive Things, 2016), and from unpublished work. The poets' readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.