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The Poetry Center and Bird & Beckett Books & Records co-present musicians David Boyce (tenor saxophone), Hafez Modirzadeh (soprano saxophone), and Marshall Trammell (drums and percussion) in performance at Bird & Beckett Books & Records, San Francisco. The event, titled "Arcana Boil," also features poets Linda Norton, Brian Lucas, and Rod Roland, with Nicholas Whittington and Steve Dickison reading works by the late David Meltzer, as a celebration of the "Shuffle Boil" special edition of Whittington's magazine Amerarcana, guest-edited by Meltzer and Dickison. Each of the musicians and poets were contributors to the magazine. 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.
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.
The Poetry Center presents Gwendolyn Brooks, reading at Wheeler Hall, the University of California, Berkeley, at an event co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley English Department and The Poetry Center. Brooks reads poems published at the time in magazines and newspapers, selections from Winnie (Third World Press, 1991), A Street in Bronzeville (Harper & Bros., 1945), In Montgomery, and Other Poems (Third World Press, 2003), Children Coming Home (David Co., 1991), The Bean Eaters (Harper & Bros., 1960), The Near-Johannesburg Boy (David Co., 1987), and Gottschalk and the Grand Tarantelle (David Co., 1988), commenting throughout on her work. Black studies scholar and UC Berkeley professor Barbara Christian contributes at the close of the recording. Note: This recording is audio only. Photo of Gwendolyn Brooks, April 21, 1997, by Jewelle Gomez.
The Poetry Center presents Maya Angelou, reading and commenting on her poems from the book Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie (Random House, 1971), and responding to questions from the audience about her life and work, including her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and its adaptation to film. Note: This recording is audio only. Photos of Maya Angelou, October 14, 1971, from the San Francisco State Phoenix.