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The Poetry Center presents Darius James and Val Jeanty in a first-ever collaboratiive "workshop performance" at The Poetry Center, in advance of their full performance the following night at The Lab in San Francisco. James reads from a newly issued edition of his novel Negrophobia: An Urban Parable (NYRB, 2019). Jeanty plays an electronic Korg Wavedrum as well as electronic turntables, improvising in real time with James's reading. This event, the first of a three-evening program in The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series, was supported by a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
The Poetry Center presents Hollie Hardy reading from her Poetry Center Book Award winning volume How to Take a Bullet and Other Survival Poems (Punk Hostage Press, 2014), together with award judge Mukta Sambrani, reading from The Woman in This Room Isn’t Lonely (Writer’s Workshop, Calcutta, 1997) and Broomrider’s Book of the Dead (Paperwall Media, Mumbai, 2015).
The Poetry Center presents John Keene reading his story "Acrobatique" from his book Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015), followed by an extended conversation with Tân Khánh Cao. Co-presented with Green Apple Books on the Park.