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The Poetry Center presents Dale M. Smith speaking on Robert Duncan and Charles Olson, reading briefly from his own poetry, and in conversation. Smith presents two pieces drawing on his research into the relationship between poets Duncan and Olson, as involved in his work on two books: An Open Map: The Correspondence Between Robert Duncan and Charles Olson and Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan's Lectures on Charles Olson, both volumes co-edited by Smith and the late Robert J. Bertholf (University of Mexico Press, 2017). Smith also reads briefly from his recent book Sons (Knife Fork Book, 2017). The reading is followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Dennis Cooper and Eileen Myles reading at McRoskey Mattress Co., San Francisco. Dennis Cooper reads his early story "My Mark," included in the New Narrative anthology Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997, edited by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian (Nightboat Books, 2017). Eileen Myles reads an older poem along with new poems in manuscript form before reading from her book Afterglow (a dog memoir) (Grove Press, 2017). This event is co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade, in conjunction with Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today, a conference held at UC Berkeley and related venues, October 13-15, 2017, organized and convened by Daniel Benjamin, Chris Chen, Lyn Hejinian, and Eric Sneathen.
The Poetry Center presents Margaret Randall reading and in conversation. Randall speaks and reads from the anthology she edited and translated, Only the Road/Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry (Duke University Press, 2016). The reading is followed by a conversation with the audience. 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 presents Morgan Parker and Charif Shanahan, reading and in conversation. Charif Shanahan reads poetry from his collection Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017) as well as some newer work from manuscript. Morgan Parker reads from her books Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night (Switchback Books, 2015), There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House, 2017), and Magical Negro (Tin House, 2019), before reading some new work from manuscript. Following the readings, both writers engage in conversation with the audience.