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The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade co-present a tribute to Bill Berkson (1939–2016), hosted by McRoskey Mattress Co. Thirty poets, artists, and friends of Bill Berkson come together to reminisce and read poems and prose, from, among others of Berkson’s books, Lush Life (Z Press, 1984), Blue is the Hero (L Publications, 1976), Repeat After Me (with John Zurier, paintings, Gallery Paule Anglim, 2011), Portrait and Dream: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2009), Our Friends Will Pass Among You Silently (The Owl Press, 2007), What’s Your Idea of a Good Time? Interviews and Letters 1977–1985 (with Bernadette Mayer, Tuumba Press, 2006), The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings 1985–2003 (Qua Books, 2004), Sudden Address: Selected Lectures 1981–2006 (Cuneiform Press, 2007), and For the Ordinary Artist: Short Reviews, Occasional Pieces and More (BlazeVox, 2010), as well as from the festshrift volume For Bill, Anything (Pressed Wafer, 2015). The program incorporates "School of Poets," a short video featuring Bill Berkson interviewed at his home, commissioned by Kenward Elmslie and appearing here courtesy of Citizen Film.
The Poetry Center presents Garrett Caples and Julian Talamantez Brolaski reading and in conversation. Garrett Caples reads new poems in manuscript as well as poems from Power Ballads (Wave Books, 2016). Julian Talamantez Brolaski reads from Advice for Lovers (City Lights, 2012) a new chapbook, Come Correct (fivehundred places, 2018), and new work from manuscript. The reading is followed by a conversation in response to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Joanne Kyger and Australian poet Robert Adamson, reading primarily from new works: Kyger's On Time (City Lights Books, 2015) and Adamson's Net Needle (Flood Editions, 2015.)
The Poetry Center, along with The Green Arcade, presents some two dozen poets from the Bay Area and beyond reading from the works of Michael Gizzi (1949–2010), on the occasion of the publication of his Collected Poems (The Figures, 2015), edited by Clark Coolidge and Craig Watson. The volume includes all of the poet’s books, plus more than 100 pages of unpublished poetry covering the years 1975-2010. Reading organized by Alan Bernheimer and Kit Robinson.