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For the second event in The Poetry Center's premier Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series, we present Antena, a language justice and language experimentation collaborative, represented by poet-translators Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, reading, in performance, and in conversation. Antena enact their collaborative practice by engaging in topics chosen through audience feedback, free-flowing association, and discussion of current and past projects, culminating in a performance of improvised interpretative poem-making using excerpts out of June Jordan's Naming Our Destiny: New & Selected Poems (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1989) and Antena's own RECLICLADOS LANGUAGES リサイクルされた LENGUAJES RECYCLED 言語 (Libros Antena Books, 2016). The performance is followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Spring 2019 Mazza Writer in Residence Juliana Delgado Lopera and Joseph Cassara, reading and in conversation. Delgado Lopera reads from the beginning chapter of her highly anticipated multilingual first novel Fiebre Tropicale (forthcoming from The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2020). Cassara then reads a scene from the middle, and one from end of his award winning first novel, The House of Impossible Beauties (HarperCollins Publishers, 2018). Afterwards, a conversation ensues between the artists, as well as with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle and Maryam Ivette Parhizkar, reading and in conversation. Maryam Ivette Parhizkar opens, reading an assortment of her poems as published at The Brooklyn Rail, OmniVerse, Gramma, and Gesture, as well as unpublished work. Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle reads extended excerpts from her forthcoming debut book SIR (Litmus Press, 2019). Their readings are followed by a conversation with the audience. This event continues is the second evening of a two-night program in The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series, supported by a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
The Poetry Center, as the inaugural event in the Leslie Scalapino 21st Century Innovative Writers Series, presents M. NourbeSe Philip, at McRoskey Mattress Co., San Francisco, in performance and in conversation. Philip reads and performs work from Zong! (Wesleyan University Press, 2008). The reading is followed by a conversation with the audience. The evening was co-sponsored by The Green Arcade. The annual series is supported by the Leslie Scalapino-O Books Fund.