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The Poetry Center presents a Jazz Symposium on Blues People, featuring LeRoi Jones (a.k.a. Amiri Baraka), Philip Elwood, Richard Hadlock, and John Handy.
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.
Michael S. Harper reads poetry from his first book Dear John, Dear Coltrane among other work.
The Poetry Center presents Wanda Coleman, recipient of the 2011 Poetry Center Book Award, for The World Falls Away (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). Following an introduction by Book Award judge, Brenda Coultas, Coleman reads poems from: The World Falls Away, Greatest Hits: 1966–2003 (Pudding House Publications, 2004), Ostinato Vamps (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003), and Bathwater Wine (Black Sparrow Press, 1998).