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The Poetry Center presents Cosmic Diaspora and Steve Dalachinsky, reading and in performance. Cosmic Diaspora (Jake Marmer, poetry; John Schott, guitar; and Joshua Horowitz, keyboard, accordion) opens with a set of songs shaped around poems by Marmer, paralleling immigration and science fiction. Steve Dalachinsky follows with an extended reading, much of it dedicated to musicians, from The Superintendent's Eye (Autonomedia/Unbearable Books, 2000), The Mantis (Iniquita Press, 2009), and works in manuscript.
The Poetry Center presents poets Peter Culley, reading from a recent collaborative work done with Elisa Ferrari, then from Parkway, from his Hammertown trilogy (New Star Books, 2003–2013), and Stacy Szymaszek, reading from Hart Island (Nightboat Books, 2015) and from the manuscript to a work subsequently titled Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals, which would be awarded the Ottoline Prize and published in 2016 by Fence Books.
The Poetry Center and the Labor Archives and Research Center present poet/artist/activists Cassie Thornton, Christian Nagler, and Christopher Higgenbotham discussing their community projects and reading and performing their works. Tanya Hollis introduces the event, followed by Cassie Thornton reimagining the meaning and structure of debt; Christian Nagler reading a series of poems; and Christopher Higgenbotham performing his spoken-word poem “Why, America?” The event concludes with questions from the audience. Co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, SFSU Labor Archives and Research Center, and Service Employees International Union Local 1021.