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 Jerome Rothenberg, reading and in conversation. Rothenberg reads works from several of his books, including Flower World Variations (revised, expanded edition, The Operating System, 2017), Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader (Black Widow Press, 2013), China Notes & the Treasures of Dunhuang (Ahadada Books, 2006), and A Field on Mars: Divagations & Autovariations, Poems 2000-2015 (PURH, 2015), plus a new poem and a poem previously published in the online magazine Jacket2. The reading is followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Jim Dunn and Neeli Cherkovski, reading and in conversation. Dunn reads his poems from Convenient Hole (Pressed Wafer, 2005), Soft Launch (Bootstrap/Pressed Wafer, 2008), and from his unpublished manuscript Dreaming in Tongues. Cherkovski then reads poems including selections from his book Elegy For my Beat Generation (Lithic Press, 2018) and from the manuscript of his forthcoming book Hyper (due 2019 from Lithic Press). The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.