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The Poetry Center presents Arisa White reading from Post Pardon (Mouthfeel Press) and A Penny Saved (Aquarius Press, 2012) and Raina J. Léon reading from Boogeyman Dawn (Salmon Poetry, 2014) followed by questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center, in collaboration with giovanni singleton and Nocturnes Review, presents Jayne Cortez and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs. Each poet reads briefly from their work and then engages in a conversation, moderated by singleton. The event, in tandem with an unrecorded performance the prior night at The Victoria Theatre, in San Francisco, by Jayne Cortez and The Firespitters (Denardo Coleman, Al McDowell, Bern Nix), with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Matana Roberts opening, took place at the César Chavez Student Center on the SF State campus as part of a multi-program project funded in part by the San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Initiatives grant program.
The Poetry Center presents John Keene reading his story "Cold" from his book Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015) and responding to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Morgan Parker and Charif Shanahan, reading and in conversation. Charif Shanahan reads poetry from his collection Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017) as well as some newer work from manuscript. Morgan Parker reads from her books Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night (Switchback Books, 2015), There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House, 2017), and Magical Negro (Tin House, 2019), before reading some new work from manuscript. Following the readings, both writers engage in conversation with the audience.