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The Poetry Center presents Cosmic Diaspora and Steve Dalachinsky, reading and in performance. Cosmic Diaspora (Jake Marmer, poetry; John Schott, guitar; and Joshua Horowitz, keyboard, accordion) opens with a set of songs shaped around poems by Marmer, paralleling immigration and science fiction. Steve Dalachinsky follows with an extended reading, much of it dedicated to musicians, from The Superintendent's Eye (Autonomedia/Unbearable Books, 2000), The Mantis (Iniquita Press, 2009), and works in manuscript.
The Poetry Center and Bird & Beckett Books & Records co-present musicians David Boyce (tenor saxophone), Hafez Modirzadeh (soprano saxophone), and Marshall Trammell (drums and percussion) in performance at Bird & Beckett Books & Records, San Francisco. The event, titled "Arcana Boil," also features poets Linda Norton, Brian Lucas, and Rod Roland, with Nicholas Whittington and Steve Dickison reading works by the late David Meltzer, as a celebration of the "Shuffle Boil" special edition of Whittington's magazine Amerarcana, guest-edited by Meltzer and Dickison. Each of the musicians and poets were contributors to the magazine. During March 2017, all Poetry Center programs were dedicated to the theme "Because We Come from Everything: Poetry and Migration," shared with 30+ organizations across the US engaged in the Poetry Coalition.
The Poetry Center presents a Jazz Symposium on Blues People, featuring LeRoi Jones (a.k.a. Amiri Baraka), Philip Elwood, Richard Hadlock, and John Handy.
The Poetry Center and the Department of English at UC Berkeley co-present Tom Raworth (1938–2017): A Celebration of His Life and Work: 23 poets, musicians, publishers, and friends, in tribute to Tom Raworth. Taking place in the Maude Fife Room in Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley, the event includes in-person tributes, along with several recorded or written and read by proxy, by: Lyn Hejinian, Stephen Emerson, Norma Cole, Alastair Johnston, Kit Robinson, Claude Royet-Journoud, David Southern, Jean Day, Alan Bernheimer, Merrill Gilfillan, Armando Pajalich, Stephen Vincent, Rod Smith, Larry Ochs, Fanny Howe, Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Jim Nisbet, Gian Antonio Pozzi, Rita degli Esposti, Duncan McNaughton, Dale Heard, Lyn Hejinian, Andy Berlin, Steve Dickison, and Miles Champion. Selections from a 2012 recording of Tom Raworth, reading his poems (from Tottering State: Selected Early Poems, 1963–1983, The Figures, 1984/O Books, 2000) conclude the evening.