Shortly following the 1968 release of his book Soul on Ice, and during a time of civil unrest and riots in more than 100 U.S. cities, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and rioting at the Chicago Democratic National Convention in August 1968, Eldridge Cleaver addresses a crowd from the San Francisco State speaker’s platform. Note: Cleaver's address preceded by one month the San Francisco State Student Strike (November 6, 1968-March 20, 1969).
The Poetry Center presents Frank B. Wilderson III reading from the manuscript to his forthcoming book, provisionally titled Afro-Pessimism (due early 2020 from Liveright Publishing/W.W. Norton). His reading is followed by a conversation with the audience. This event, the first of two, inaugurates The Poetry Center's Black Study Series, a new annual program supported by an anonymous donor and, in this instance, the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Poetry Center presents Jackie Wang and Lily Hoang, reading and in conversation. This event is one of many programs featured across the U.S. during March 2018 as part of the Poetry Coalition series on The Body (sponsored in part by a Ford Foundation grant to the Poetry Coalition). Jackie Wang reads from Carceral Capitalism (Semiotext(e) Interventions Series, 2018) and Lily Hoang reads from A Bestiary (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2016). Their readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.