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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 James Kass and Paul Flores, reading and in conversation, to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Youth Speaks. They read from manuscript, and performed from memory, poems that reflect on their time as founders and directors at Youth Speaks, which they launched in 1996 while still graduate students in the MFA Writing program at SF State. They discuss topics in between the poems, with their readings followed by a conversation with the audience.
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 Nigerian novelist Okey Ndibe reading from and discussing his novel, Foreign Gods, Inc. (Soho Books, 2014). Ndibe collaborates in his reading, at one point, with members of the audience. His reading is followed by his responding to questions from the audience. Ndibe's appearance was co-sponsored by SFSU Departments of English, Africana Studies, and Creative Writing, together with The Poetry Center.