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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 presents Charles Reznikoff and George Oppen in an early reading from their respective books, By the Waters of Manhattan and The Materials, among other work. Both books, co-published by New Directions/The San Francisco Review, for each of the poets was their first book publication by a prominent publisher, and for Oppen his first published work since his 1934 debut Discrete Series, almost three decades prior.
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.