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The Poetry Center presents a memorial tribute to Benjamin Hollander (1952–2016). Twenty-two poets, writers, artists, and friends come together to reminisce and to read from Hollander's books, including How To Read, Too (Leech Books, 1992), The Book of Who Are Was (Sun & Moon Press, 1997), Rituals of Truce and the Other Israeli (Parrhesia Press, 2004), Vigilance (Beyond Baroque Books, 2005), In the House Un-American (Clockroot Books/Interlink Publishing, 2013), Memoir American (Punctum Books, 2013), and his posthumously published work, The Letters of Carla, the letter b: A Mystery in Poetry (Chax Press, 2017).
The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade co-present a tribute to Bill Berkson (1939–2016), hosted by McRoskey Mattress Co. Thirty poets, artists, and friends of Bill Berkson come together to reminisce and read poems and prose, from, among others of Berkson’s books, Lush Life (Z Press, 1984), Blue is the Hero (L Publications, 1976), Repeat After Me (with John Zurier, paintings, Gallery Paule Anglim, 2011), Portrait and Dream: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2009), Our Friends Will Pass Among You Silently (The Owl Press, 2007), What’s Your Idea of a Good Time? Interviews and Letters 1977–1985 (with Bernadette Mayer, Tuumba Press, 2006), The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings 1985–2003 (Qua Books, 2004), Sudden Address: Selected Lectures 1981–2006 (Cuneiform Press, 2007), and For the Ordinary Artist: Short Reviews, Occasional Pieces and More (BlazeVox, 2010), as well as from the festshrift volume For Bill, Anything (Pressed Wafer, 2015). The program incorporates "School of Poets," a short video featuring Bill Berkson interviewed at his home, commissioned by Kenward Elmslie and appearing here courtesy of Citizen Film.
The Poetry Center presents Duncan McNaughton, reading from Tiny Windows (Auguste Press, 2014), among other work, and Bill Berkson, reading from earlier poems and then from Expect Delays (Coffee House Press, 2014), followed by the two poets conversing and responding to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade present Fred Moten and Nathaniel Mackey reading their poetry, along with Hafez Modirzadeh on alto saxophone, at the 3rd Floor, McRoskey Mattress Co., in San Francisco. Fred Moten reads from The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions, 2016); Hafez Modirzadeh offers a brief solo performance; Nathaniel Mackey reads from Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015), Whatsaid Serif (City Lights Books, 2001), and from manuscript. The evening culminates with Mackey and Moten performing their works in tandem.