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The Poetry Center presents Darius James and Val Jeanty in a first-ever collaboratiive "workshop performance" at The Poetry Center, in advance of their full performance the following night at The Lab in San Francisco. James reads from a newly issued edition of his novel Negrophobia: An Urban Parable (NYRB, 2019). Jeanty plays an electronic Korg Wavedrum as well as electronic turntables, improvising in real time with James's reading. This event, the first of a three-evening program in The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series, was supported by a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
The Poetry Center presents Fay Victor and Myra Melford, with a workshop performance and conversation. The two artists, working for the first time as a duo, Victor on vocals and Melford on electronic piano, combine composition and improvisation across a selection of original songs. Throughout, Victor and Melford engage in conversation with each other, and at intervals with the audience. The workshop performance was the first in a two-event program, with a performance following the same evening at the Center for New Music, downtown San Francisco, as part of The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series, supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.