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The Poetry Center presents the 33rd annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture featuring David B. Hobbs at the Unitarian Center. Hobbs's talk is titled "Oppen and His Early Others," and builds on his research on a formerly lost manuscript of Oppen’s early poetry which he discovered in Ezra Pound's papers, and subsequently edited for publication as 21 Poems by George Oppen (New Directions, 2017). The lecture is followed by his response to a question from Frances Richard, in the audience, then his reading of two of Oppen's early poems.
The Poetry Center presents James Baldwin, speaking and in discussion with Philip Roth and John Cheever, the final event of a three-day Esquire Symposium on "Writers and Writing in America Today."
The Poetry Center presents John Keene reading his story "Acrobatique" from his book Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015), followed by an extended conversation with Tân Khánh Cao. Co-presented with Green Apple Books on the Park.
The Poetry Center presents Langston Hughes reading from his poetry and providing an extensive autobiographical account of his development as a poet.