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The Poetry Center presents David Brazil, Rebecca Eland, Sara Larsen, and Andrew Schelling reading and in conversation. David Brazil reads "Tombstone Blues," Rebecca Eland reads from Arrives, then Steady Pace with the Hour (Plein Air Editions, 2016), Sara Larsen reads from Merry Hell (Atelos, 2016), and Andrew Schelling reads a mixture of published and unpublished works. The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Douglas Kearney and Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, reading and in conversation. Douglas Kearney performs works from his books Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016) and Someone Took They Tongues (Subito Press, 2016), as well as new work, plus an improvised piece incorporating lines out of books from Poetry Center shelves (Lawrence Raab, Mark Jarman, Maude Meehan, Artie Gold, Rochelle Owens, and the North Coast Review) with Kearney's own Buck Studies and Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015). Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta reads new works and poetry from her book The Easy Body (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017). The readings are followed by an extended conversation with the audience.
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 and the Department of English at UC Berkeley co-present Tom Raworth (1938–2017): A Celebration of His Life and Work: 23 poets, musicians, publishers, and friends, in tribute to Tom Raworth. Taking place in the Maude Fife Room in Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley, the event includes in-person tributes, along with several recorded or written and read by proxy, by: Lyn Hejinian, Stephen Emerson, Norma Cole, Alastair Johnston, Kit Robinson, Claude Royet-Journoud, David Southern, Jean Day, Alan Bernheimer, Merrill Gilfillan, Armando Pajalich, Stephen Vincent, Rod Smith, Larry Ochs, Fanny Howe, Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Jim Nisbet, Gian Antonio Pozzi, Rita degli Esposti, Duncan McNaughton, Dale Heard, Lyn Hejinian, Andy Berlin, Steve Dickison, and Miles Champion. Selections from a 2012 recording of Tom Raworth, reading his poems (from Tottering State: Selected Early Poems, 1963–1983, The Figures, 1984/O Books, 2000) conclude the evening.