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The Poetry Center and False Starts at The Lab present Alice Notley reading Books Three and Four of The Descent of Alette (Penguin Books, 1996). Books One and Two were read by her the previous night (see Alice Notley: November 14, 2016).
The Poetry Center presents Frances Richard delivering the 32nd annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture, entitled "The Mind's own Place and Feminine Technologies: George Oppen and Possibilities of the Political." The Oppen Memorial Lecture series benefits from the support of the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust.
The Poetry Center presents Julia Bloch and erica lewis reading and in conversation. Bloch reads from her book Valley Fever (Sidebrow Books, 2015) and her forthcoming chapbook Like Fur (Essay Press, 2016). erica lewis reads from her book daryl hall is my boyfriend (Barrelhouse Books, 2015) and her forthcoming book mary wants to be a superwoman (Third Man Books, 2017). Their readings are followed by a conversation in response to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Oscar Bermeo and Barbara Jane Reyes reading and in conversation. Bermeo reads unpublished work. Reyes reads new unpublished work, and from her books For the City That Nearly Broke Me (Aztlan Libre Press, 2012), Diwata (BOA Editions, 2010), and To Love as Aswan (PAWA, Inc. Publications, 2015). Following her reading, Kuwentuhan (Talkstory), a short film produced by San Francisco State University’s Documentary Film Institute and edited by Daewon Kim is screened, with the film incorporating a reading by Reyes of Joy Harjo's poem "Perhaps The World Ends Here." Kuwentuhan (Talkstory) is a project of the Poetry Center and Barbara Jane Reyes, supported by the Creative Work Fund. The film is followed by a conversation between the poets and the audience.