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The Poetry Center in conjunction with the Flor y Canto Festival presents a bilingual reading by Ernesto Cardenal. As featured guest artist for the Flor y Canto Festival, the celebrated Nicaraguan poet-priest makes a rare Bay Area appearance, at the Brava Theater in San Francisco's Mission District, to read from his 1989 volume Cánto Cósmico [Cosmic Canticle, translated by John Lyons, Curstone Books, 2002] and from later poems that appear in his English-language volume of 90 new poems, The Origin of Species and Other Poems (Texas Tech University Press, 2011), also translated by John Lyons.
The Poetry Center presents Margaret Randall reading and in conversation. Randall speaks and reads from the anthology she edited and translated, Only the Road/Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry (Duke University Press, 2016). The reading is followed by a conversation with the audience. 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.