The Poetry Center and the UC Berkeley Department of English co-present this celebration of the publication of Lucia Berlin's A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015, with introductions to Berlin's work by poet Lyn Hejinian and novelist Namwali Serpell, followed by readings of four stories by her friends and fellow writers Stephen Emerson, Gloria Frym, August Kleinzahler, and Mimi Pond at the Maud Fife Room in Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley.
The Poetry Center presents poet and translator Pierre Joris reading, primarily, from his collection Barzakh: Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press, 2014), and a reading and performance by multi-media artist Nicole Peyrafitte, with works from Bi-Valve: Vulvic Space, Vulvic Knowledge, before the two take questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center and City Lights Books co-present Pierre Joris, reading his translations and discussing the work and life of Paul Celan, upon the release of Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014). The event features multimedia material assembled and presented by Nicole Peyrafitte. Joris responds to questions from the full-house audience, upstairs at City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco.