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The Poetry Center presents Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle and Maryam Ivette Parhizkar, reading and in conversation. Maryam Ivette Parhizkar opens, reading an assortment of her poems as published at The Brooklyn Rail, OmniVerse, Gramma, and Gesture, as well as unpublished work. Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle reads extended excerpts from her forthcoming debut book SIR (Litmus Press, 2019). Their readings are followed by a conversation with the audience. This event continues is the second evening of a two-night program in The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series, supported by a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
The Poetry Center presents Orlando White, recipient of the Poetry Center Book Award for LETTERRS (Nightboat Books, 2015). White reads with award judge Patrick James Dunagan, who reads from Drops of Rain / Drops of Wine (Spuyten Duyvil, 2016) and Book of Kings (Bird & Beckett Books, 2015). The poets' readings are followed by an extensive conversation with the audience focused on questions of poetics.
The Poetry Center and the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University co-present a reading by Solmaz Sharif. Sharif reads from her book of poetry Look (Graywolf Press, 2016), and from new work in manuscript. The reading was followed by a reception, with the event held in celebration of the new Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies and its premier director, Persis Karim.